Andrew Newman, PhD
- ASH 205G
- Analytic Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics
Dr. Andrew Newman is Professor of Philosophy. 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) and an AKC 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 and the philosophy of physics, particularly the theory of universals and related problems concerning particulars, the notion of substance, and causality.
Dr. Newman 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, making use of ideas from Russell and the Tractatus. His paper "On the Constitution of Solid Objects out of Atoms" (The Monist, 96, pp. 149-171, 2013) solves the special composition question for solid objects and discusses emergent properties. “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 the following articles:
“The Difference Between Universals and Particulars”
“Essence, Spatio-Temporal Continuity, and Identity through Time”
“Metaphysical Causation: Causal Relations and Discrete Objects”
“Criteria for Reality and Special Relativity: Invariance and Causality”
"APA Pacific Paper -- Correspondence Theory"
"The Bundle Theory, the Principle of Unity for Elementary Particulars, and Some Issues concerning Identity"
"Converse Relations, Vectors, and Three Theses from Armstrong," Metaphysica: 3 (2002), No. 2, pp. 65-84