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Dr Nick Unwin


Nick Unwin

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 593581

Office Hours:

Thursday 11-1

Research overview

My research has spanned several areas of philosophy. In metaphysics, I have written and am writing on the identity conditions for events, properties, and for physical objects that persist and change through time. In the theory of knowledge, I have written and am writing on the problem of testimony and the underdetermination of theories by data. In the philosophy of language, I have written and am writing on the nature of truth and its importance. In ethical theory, I have written on technical issues concerning how ethical judgements fit together (the ‘Frege-Geach problem’). In the philosophy of mind, I have written on the nature of colour. I am also interested in early modern philosophy, especially Locke and Kant.

I have recently become interested in radically new ways of understanding language, consciousness and communication, and am writing a blog at


PhD supervision

Philosophy of mind, especially perception; ethical theory, especially expressivism; metaphysics, especially the nature of events and causation; theory of knowledge and philosophy of science, especially underdetermination, scepticism and the nature of belief; philosophy of language, especially the nature of truth; early modern philosophy, especially Locke and Kant.


Career Details

1978-80. Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Essex

1980-2007. Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Bolton

Affiliation and Outside Duties

Member of Management Committee, British Society for the History of Philosophy (1999-2008), (Treasurer and Membership Secretary, 1999-2006)

Member, British Society for Ethical Theory

External Examiner, University of Birmingham, 2005-8.

Research Interests

I have a variety of interests: in philosophy of language, metaphysics, philosophy of perception and metaethics.

I am currently working on a paper on substance, ' Continuants, Essentialism and Identity'.

Ditto, a paper on ethical theory, 'Semantics for Expressivism: A Language Game Approach'.

Ditto a paper on pragmatism.

Current Teaching

In the Michaelmas term, I teach PPR.212 (Metaphysics) and PPR.305 (Logic and Language). I teach PPR.204 (Philosophy of the Mind) and the Critical Thinking component of PHIL100 (Introduction to Philosophy) in the Lent term. Teaching interests also include: theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, and early modern philosophy (especially Locke and Kant). I am the convenor for PHIL100.

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