Frank Arntzenius University College Oxford
Sir Peter Strawson Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy; Professor of Philosophy

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Frank Arntzenius


I teach undergraduate courses in: general philosophy, knowledge and reality, logic, philosophy of mathematics, decision theory, philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of language, ethics, philosophy of the environment Graduate courses: philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, decision theory, metaphysics, probability theory.


My research interests used to be Philosophy of Physics, Decision Theory, Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics. Recently I have become interested in Ethics and Political Philosophy.

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Space, Time and Stuff, Oxford University Press, January 2012. Papers Common causes and physics, Synthese 82 (1990), pp 77-96.
Causal paradoxes in special relativity, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (1990), pp 223-243.
Kochen's interpretation of quantum mechanics, Proceedings of the 1990 Philosophy of Science Association Conference Vol 1 (1990), pp 241-249.
State-spaces and meaning relations among predicates, Topoi 10 (1991), pp 35-42.
Apparatus independence in proofs of non-locality, Foundations of Physics Letters Vol 5 No 6 (1992), pp 517-525.
The common cause principle, Proceedings of the 1992 Philosophy of Science Association conference Vol 2 (1993), pp 227-237.
Electromagnetic arrows of time, in T. Horowitz & A. Janis (eds.): Scientific Failure (1993, Rowman & Littlefield Savage, Maryland), pp 29-48.
How to discover that the Real is Unreal, Erkenntnis 38 (1993), pp 191-202.
Space-like connections, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (1994), pp 201-217. Relativistic hidden variable theories?, Erkenntnis 41 (1994), pp 207-231.
Indeterminism and the direction of time, Topoi 14 (1995), pp 67-81.
A heuristic for conceptual change, Philosophy of Science Vol 62 No 3 (1995), pp 357-369.
The two envelope paradox and infinite expectations, co-authored with D. McCarthy, Analysis Vol 57 No 1 (1997), pp 28-34.
Self torture and group benificence, co-authored with D. McCarthy, Erkenntnis Vol47 No1 (1997), pp129-144.
Transition chances and causation, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly Vol 78 No 2 (1997), pp 149-168.
Mirrors and the direction of time, Philosophy of Science, Supplement to Vol 64 No 4 (1997), pp 213-223.
Curiouser and curiouser: problems for modal interpretations of quantum mechanics, in D. Dieks and P. Vermaas (eds.): The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (1998, Kluwer, Dordrecht), pp 337-377.
An infinite decision puzzle, co-authored with Jeff Barrett, Theory and Decision Vol 46 (1999), pp 101-103 .
Reichenbach's common cause principle, in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (1999). See:
Are there really instantaneous velocities?, The Monist Vol 83 No 2 (2000), pp 187-208.
Reflections on Sleeping Beauty, Analysis 62.1 (2001), pp 53-62.
Time travel in modern physics, co-authored with Tim Maudlin, in C. Callender (ed): Time, Reality and Experience, pp 169-200 (2002, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge). This paper also appears, with minor changes, as Time travel and modern physics in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (See:
Why the infinite decision puzzle is puzzling, co-authored with Jeff Barrett, Theory and Decision 52 (2002), pp 139-147.
On what we know about chance, co-authored with Ned Hall, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science Vol 54 No 2 (2003), pp 171-179.
An arbitrarily short reply to Sheldon Smith on instantaneous velocities, Studies in History and Philosophy of Physics Vol 34B No 2 (2003), pp 281-282.
Some problems for conditionalization and reflection, Journal of Philosophy Vol C No 7 (2003), pp 356-371.
Time reversal operations and the direction of time, Studies In History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies In History and Philosophy of Modern Physics Vol 35 Issue 1 (2004), Pages 31 43.
Is quantum mechanics pointless?, Philosophy of Science Vol 70 No 5 (2004), pp 1447-1458.
Gunk, topology and measure, forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. A minor variation is on the Philosophy of Science Archive. See: (2004).
Bayesianism and Binding, co-authored with Adam Elga and John Hawthorne, Mind Vol 113 No 450 (2004), pp 251-283.
Gunk and continuous variation, co-authored with John Hawthorne, The Monist Vol 88 No 4, pp 441-466 (2005).
Time travel: double your fun, Philosophy Compass (November 2006). See:
Infinity, relativity and smoothness, Philosophical Perspectives Vol 20 No1, pp 1-16 (2006).
Rationality and self-confidence Oxford Studies in Epistemology Vol 2, pp 235-241. (2008)
No regrets, Erkenntnis. Vol 68, pp 277-297. (2008)
Time reversal in classical electromagnetism, co-authored with Hilary Greaves, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science Vol 60, No 3, pp 557 584. (2009)
The CPT theorem, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time, pp 632-646. (Oxford University Press, 2011) Utilitarianim, Decision Theory and Eternity, submitted to the Journal of Philosophy