Nathan Wildman


nwildmanWhile working as a Post-Doc on the Grounding project, I am intermitting my post as a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter for Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schnieder in the Philosophy Department at the University of Hamburg. Before taking up this position, I was a PhD student in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. And before that, I did my BA at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My primary research interests concern the interplay between modality and essence; as such, within the remit of the project I mostly focus on (SPA2), about grounding’s relation with modality, and (SPA3), grounding and essence. In particular, I’m keen to see what exactly the modal upshot of metaphysical grounding is, whether grounding can be used to define essence, and how a worked out theory of grounding can help us offer novel responses to Blackburn’s dilemma about necessity. However, I also dabble in general ontological issues, aesthetics, ethics of war, and philosophical methodology.

For more information, including drafts of my work, see my personal webpage.

Some recent publications of mine include:

  • ‘Modality, sparsity, and essence’, The Philosophical Quarterly 63: 760-782 (2013)
  • ‘How not to be a modalist about essence’, to appear in M. Jago & S. Barker (eds.) Reality Making: Essence, Fundamentality, & Grounding, Oxford University Press (in press)
  • ‘Load Bare-ing Particulars’, Philosophical Studies (forthcoming), DOI: 10.1007/s11098-014-0356-2