Andrew Newman, Professor and Chair
Specialties: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Physics
Dr. Andrew Newman is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department. He comes from England and was born and brought up in Bournemouth in Dorset. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Physics (First Class Honours) from King's College London, a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Birkbeck College, London, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University College London. He teaches courses in metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, analytic philosophy, and the history of modern philosophy. His main research interests are in metaphysics, particularly the theory of universals and related problems concerning particulars, the notion of substance, and causality.
He is the author of a number of articles and two books on metaphysics. The Physical Basis of Predication (Cambridge, 1992) is about universals, causality, and the notion of the real. The Correspondence Theory of Truth, an Essay on the Metaphysics of Predication (Cambridge, 2002) defends a version of the correspondence theory from a realist metaphysical point of view. His paper "On the Constitution of Solid Objects out of Atoms" (The Monist, 96, pp. 149-171, January 2013) solves the special composition question for solid objects and discusses emergent properties — please email for a copy. "The Bundle Theory, the Principle of Unity for Elementary Particulars, and Some Issues concerning Identity" will appear in Substance: New Essays, Philosophie Verlag (Robert Garcia, ed.). He is currently working on a paper on the difference between universals and particulars.
"Converse Relations, Vectors, and Three Theses from Armstrong," Metaphysica: 3 (2002), No. 2, pp. 65-84