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.
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.
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
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.