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Stephen Mumford

Executive Dean of Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Arts

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Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics in the Department of Philosophy and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham UK. He is the author of Dispositions (Oxford, 1998), Russell on Metaphysics (Routledge, 2003), Laws in Nature (Routledge, 2004), David Armstrong (Acumen, 2007), Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotion (Routledge, 2011), Getting Causes from Powers (Oxford, 2011 with Rani Lill Anjum), Metaphysics: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012) and Causation: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2013 with Rani Lill Anjum). He was editor of George Molnar's posthumous Powers: a Study in Metaphysics (Oxford, 2003) and Metaphysics and Science (Oxford, 2013 with Matthew Tugby). His PhD was from the University of Leeds in 1994 and he has been at Nottingham since 1995 having served as Head of the Department of Philosophy and Head of the School of Humanities.

Expertise Summary

Stephen's teaching and research are focused on the philosophy of science and metaphysics, but he has many other interests, including the philosophy of sport.

Teaching Summary

I have taught a range of modules in my long time at Nottingham, which includes Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Locke, Metaphysics and Philosophical Logic. More recently,… read more

Selected Publications

I have taught a range of modules in my long time at Nottingham, which includes Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Locke, Metaphysics and Philosophical Logic. More recently, I have contributed to teaching on Self, Mind and Body (V71SMB) and History of Western Philosophy (V71HWP), lecturing on Searle, free will, Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein. I especially enjoy first-year teaching.

In addition, I contribute towards a Graduate School course that introduces science PhD students to ideas in philosophy of science. I currently supervise 3 PhD students, and will usually try to co-author with them.

I receive requests to deliver masterclasses on the Mumford Method for academic writing and recently spoke to a group of final-year undergraduates and research students from the School of Humanities, and also spoke at Edge Hill University. The Method is an approach to academic writing that can be employed at any level including undergraduate essays.

I have written a popular book on metaphysics that can be read by any student without any prior knowledge: Metaphysics: a Very Short Introduction.

  • MUMFORD, S. and LIL ANJUM, R., 2013. Causation: A Very Short Introduction OUP.
  • MUMFORD, S. and TUGBY, M., eds., 2013. Metaphysics and Science OUP.
  • KERRY, R., MADOUASSE, A., ARTHUR, A. and MUMFORD, S.D., 2012. Analysis of scientific truth status in controlled rehabilitation trials Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. (In Press.)
  • MUMFORD, S, 2012. Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press.
  • MUMFORD, S, 2012. Emotions and Aesthetics: an Inevitable Trade-Off? Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 267-79
  • MUMFORD, S, 2012. The Power of Power. In: GROFF, RUTH and GRECO, JOHN, eds., Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism Routledge. 9-24
  • MUMFORD, S, KERRY, R., ERIKSEN, T. E., LIE, S. A. N. and ANJUM, R. L., 2012. Causation and Evidence-Based Practice: an Ontological Overview Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 18(5), 1006-12
  • MUMFORD, S., ANJUM, R. L. and LIE, S. A. N., 2012. Dispositions and Ethics. In: GROFF, RUTH and GRECO, JOHN, eds., Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism 231-47
  • 2012. Interview of Anjum and Mumford with Maria Jose Garcia-Encinas
  • MUMFORD, S., CHORÃO, I., LIMA, J. and LACERDA, T., 2012. Technical Tactical Harmony as a Possibility to Redeem the Aesthetic Value of Tennis in the Future: A Study from the Perspective of the Tennis Expert Revista Portuguesa de Ciências de Desporto. 12((suppl)), 57-60
  • MUMFORD, S., 2012. Moderate Partisanship as Oscillation Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. 6, 369-75
  • MUMFORD, S., 2012. Sport: Profound or a Complete Waste of Time? The Philosophers' Magazine. 3, 72-6
  • MUMFORD, S. and ANJUM, R. L., 2012. Fundamentals of Causality. In: ROUSE, W., BOFF, K. and SANDERSON, P., eds., Complex Socio-Technical Systems: Understanding and Influencing the Causality of Change IOS Press.
  • MUMFORD, S. and ANJUM, R. L., 2012. Effects of Context. In: ROUSE, W., BOFF, K. and SANDERSON, P., eds., Complex Socio-Technical Systems: Understanding and Influencing the Causality of Change IOS Press.
  • MUMFORD, S. and ANJUM, R.L., 2011. Getting causes from powers Oxford University Press.
  • MUMFORD, S, 2011. La référence et le nouvel essentialisme Etudes de Philosophie. 9/10, 28-46
  • MUMFORD, S, 2011. Les lois et leurs exceptions Etudes de Philosophie. 9/10, 47-65
  • MUMFORD, S., 2011. Watching sport: aesthetics, ethics and emotion Routledge.
  • MUMFORD, S and ANJUM, R. L., 2011. Spoils to the Vector: How to Model Causes if you are a Realist about Powers The Monist. 94, 54-80
  • MUMFORD, S and ANJUM, R. L., 2011. What We Tend to Mean Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift. 46, 20-33
  • MUMFORD, S and ANJUM, R. L., 2011. Dispositional Modality. In: GETHMANN, C. F., ed., Lebenswelt und Wissenschaft: Deutsches Jahrbuch für Philosophie 2. Meiner Verlag. 468-82
  • MUMFORD, S. and ANJUM, R. L., 2011. Causal Dispositionalism. In: BIRD, A., ELLIS, B. and SANKEY, H., eds., Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism Routledge. 91-107
  • MUMFORD, S. and ANJUM, R. L., 2011. Fundamentals of Causality Information, Knowledge, Systems Management. 10(1-4), 75-84
  • MUMFORD, S. and ANJUM, R. L., 2011. Effects of Context Information, Knowledge, Systems management. 10, 101-110
  • MUMFORD, S, 2010. No power in Unger's World Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 80, 476-83
  • MUMFORD, S, 2010. 5 Questions. In: STEGLICH-PETERSON, A., ed., Metaphysics: 5 Questions Automatic Press/VIP. 53-61
  • MUMFORD, S and LACERDA, T. O., 2010. Genius in Art and Sport Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 37, 182-93
  • MUMFORD, S, 2010. Breaking it or Faking it? Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. 4, 254-86
  • MUMFORD, S and ANJUM, R. L., 2010. A Powerful Theory of Causation. In: MARMADORO, A., ed., The Metaphysics of Powers Routledge. 143-59
  • MUMFORD, S., 2010. Dispositions (expanded version). In: CRAIG, E., ed., Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: online version Routledge.
  • MUMFORD, S, 2009. Ascribing Dispositions. In: DAMSCHEN, G, SCHNEPF, R and STÜBER, K, eds., Debating Dispositions: Issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind de Gruyter. 168-85
  • MUMFORD, S. and ANJUM, R.L., 2009. Double prevention and powers Journal of Critical Realism. 8(3), 277-293
  • MUMFORD, S, 2009. Causal Powers and Capacities. In: BEEBEE, H., HITCHCOCK, C. and MENZIES, P., eds., Oxford Handbook of Causation Oxford University Press. 265-78
  • MUMFORD, S., 2009. Powers and persistence. In: HONNEFELDER, L., RUNGGALDIER, E. and SCHICK, B., eds., Unity and time in metaphysics De Gruyter.
  • MUMFORD, S, 2009. Passing Powers Around, The Monist. 92, 94-111
  • MUMFORD, S, 2009. Laws and Dispositions. In: LE POIDEVIN, R., SIMONS, P., MCGONIGAL, A. and CAMERON, R., eds., Routledge Companion to Metaphysics Routledge. 471-9
  • MUMFORD, S, 2008. Russell’s Defence of Idleness Russell: the Journal of the Bertrand Russell Archives. n.s. 28, 5-19
  • MUMFORD, S, 2008. Metaphysics. In: PSILLOS, S. and CURD, M., eds., Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science Routledge. 26-35
  • MUMFORD, S., 2008. Power, dispositions, properties or a causal realist manifesto. In: GROFF, R., ed., Revitalizing causality: realism about causality in philosophy and social science Routledge. 139-151
  • KERRY, R., MADDOCKS, M. and MUMFORD, S., 2008. Philosophy of Science and Physiotherapy: An Insight into Practice Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 24, 397-407
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2007. Negative Truth and Falsehood Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. 107(1), 45-71
  • MUMFORD,S.D., 2007. David Armstrong Stocksfield: Acumen.
  • MUMFORD, S, 2007. A New Solution to the Problem of Negative Truth. In: MONNOYER, J-M., ed., Metaphysics and Truthmakers Ontos Verlag. 313-29
  • MUMFORD, S, 2007. Filled in Space. In: KISTLER, M. and GNASSOUNOU, B., eds., Dispositions and Causal Powers [English version of ‘L’Espace comblé’]. Ashgate. 67-80
  • MUMFORD, S, 2007. Peter Unger’s All the Power in the World Journal of Philosophy. 104, 424-31
  • MUMFORD, S., 2006. The Ungrounded Argument Synthese. 149(3), 471-489
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2006. L'Espace comble. In: GNASSOUNOU, B. and KISTLER, M., eds., Les dispositions en philosophie et en sciences Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. 53-66
  • MUMFORD, S., 2006. Function, Structure, Capacity: Vermaas on Function Ascription to Technical Artefacts and their Components Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Part A. VOL 37(NUMBER 1), 76-80
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2006. Truthmakers for Judgement Calls European Journal of Sports Science. 6, 179-86
  • MUMFORD, S, 2006. Kinds, Essences, Powers. In: DREWERY, A., ed., Metaphysics in Science Blackwell. 47-62
  • MUMFORD, S., 2005. KINDS, ESSENCES, POWERS Ratio. VOL 18(NUMBER 4), 420-436
  • MUMFORD, S., 2005. Laws and Lawlessness Synthese. VOL 144(NUMBER 3), 397-413
  • SIMONS, P., MUMFORD, S. and ARMSTRONG, D., 2005. Critical Discussion of David Armstrong, Truth and Truthmakers Australasian Journal of Philosophy. VOL 83(NUMB 2), 253-276
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2005. Author's reply: Symposium on Laws in nature with Alexander Bird, Brian Ellis and Stathis Psillos Metascience. 15, 462-9
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2005. Dispositions. In: CRAIG, E., ed., Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, online version
  • MUMFORD, S., 2004. Laws in nature London: Routledge.
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2004. L'Etat des lois. In: La Structure du Monde: Objets, Proprietes, Etats de Choses: Renouveau de la Metaphysique dans l'Ecole Australienne de Philosophie 235-262
  • MUMFORD, S., 2004. Allegiance and Identity Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. VOL 31(ISSU 2), 184-195
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2003. Robert Koons Realism Regained Philosophical Books. 44(4), 358-360
  • MUMFORD, S.D., ed., 2003. Russell on Metaphysics: selections from the writings of Bertrand Russell London: Routledge.
  • MUMFORD, S., 2003. James Ladyman: Understanding Philosophy of Science Mind. VOL 112(ISSU 446), 353-354
  • MUMFORD, S.D., ed., 2003. Powers: a Study in Metaphysics Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2002. Essences, Kinds, and Laws of Nature: review essay on Brian Elliss Scientific Essentialism Metascience. 11, 324-328
  • MUMFORD, S., 2001. Miracles: metaphysics and modality Religious Studies. VOL 37(PART 2), 191-202
  • MUMFORD, S., 2001. John G. Slater (ed.), Last Philosophical Testament: The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, volume 11, 1943-1968 International Journal of Philosophical Studies. VOL 9(PART 2), 284-286
  • MUMFORD, S., 2001. Realism and the Conditional Analysis of Dispositions: Reply to Malzkorn Philosophical Quarterly. VOL 51(PART 204), 375-377
  • MUMFORD, S., 2001. Hugh Lacey: Is Science Value Free? Values and Scientific Understanding Mind. VOL 110(ISSU 438), 495-496
  • MUMFORD, S., 2001. Robert Klee: Introduction to the Philosophy of Science: Cutting Nature at its Seams Mind. VOL 110(ISSU 437), 215-217
  • MUMFORD, S., 2000. Frank Jackson, Mind, Method and Conditionals: Selected Essays International Journal of Philosophical Studies. VOL 8(PART 2), 259-260
  • MUMFORD, S., 2000. Alexander Bird: Philosophy of Science Mind. VOL 109(ISSU 434), 325-326
  • MUMFORD, S., 2000. John Leslie: The End of the World Mind. VOL 109(ISSU 433), 155-157
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2000. Daniel Hausmans Causal Asymmetries Philosophical Books. 41(1), 48-51
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 2000. Nancy Cartwrights The Dappled World, Philosophy. 75 (294), 613-616
  • MUMFORD, S., 2000. Normative and Natural Laws Philosophy. VOL 75(PART 292), 265-282
  • MUMFORD, S., 1999. Intentionality and the Physical: a New Theory of Disposition Ascription Philosophical Quarterly. VOL 49(NUMBER 195), 215
  • MUMFORD, S., 1998. Dispositions Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • MUMFORD, S., 1998. D.M. Armstrong, C.B. Martin and U.T. Place, Dispositions: a Debate Philosophical Quarterly. VOL 48(NUMBER 193), 548-549
  • MUMFORD, S., 1998. Laws of Nature Outlawed Dialectica (Switzerland). VOL 52(NUMBER 2), 83-102
  • MUMFORD, S., 1998. Hoffmann, J. and Rosenkrantz, G. S. - Substance Philosophical Books. VOL 39(NUMBER 1), 52-53
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 1996. Virtus Dormitiva, ha, ha, ha! Philosopher. 84, 12-14
  • MUMFORD, S., 1996. Conditionals, Functional Essences and Martin on Dispositions Philosophical Quarterly. VOL 46(NUMBER 182), 86-92
  • MUMFORD, S., 1995. Ellis and Lierse on Dispositional Essentialism Australasian Journal of Philosophy. VOL 73(NUMBER 4), 606-612
  • MUMFORD, S., 1995. Dispositions, Bases, Overdetermination and Identities Ratio. VOL 8(NUMBER 1), 42
  • MUMFORD, S., 1995. Perception: Do we see things, or just images of things in our own minds? Cogito. VOL 9(NUMBER 3), 268-273
  • MUMFORD, S., 1995. Properties: Are there properties as well as things? Cogito. VOL 9(NUMBER 1), 48
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 1994. Dispositions Cogito. 8(2), 141-146
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 1994. Dispositions, Concepts, and Ontologies. In: Language and Related Matters 43-45
  • MUMFORD, S.D., 1994. Dispositions, Supervenience, and Reduction Philosophical Quarterly. 44(177), 419-438
  • MUMFORD,S.D., 1993. A Puzzle About Causation Philosophy Now. 7, 28-30

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