Alexander Bird

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Alexander Bird
Alexander James Bird
EducationKing's College, Cambridge (PhD)
St Edmund's College, Cambridge (MPhil)
Maximilianeum and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
St John's College, Oxford (BA)
Westminster School
AwardsQueen's Scholar, Westminster School
Thomas White Scholar, St John's College, Oxford
AHRC Fellowship
Philosophical Quarterly essay prize
Mind Association Senior Research Fellowship
Era21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Bristol
King's College London
ThesisArithmetic, Grammar, and Ontology (1991)
Main interests
Philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, metaphysics, epistemology

Alexander James Bird (born 1964) is a British philosopher and Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.


In 2020, Bird was elected to the Bertrand Russell Professorship of Philosophy, succeeding Huw Price.[1]. Previously he was Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King's College London(2018-2020)and the professor of philosophy at the University of Bristol (2003-2017).[2] Bird was lecturer then reader and head of department at the University of Edinburgh (1993-2003). Bird has also taught at Dartmouth College and at Saint Louis University, and was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He was chair of the Philosophy sub-panel in Research Excellence Framework 2014.[3]


  • Philosophy of Science, Routledge, 1998
  • Thomas Kuhn, Acumen/Princeton University Press, 2000
  • Nature’s Metaphysics, Oxford University Press, 2007

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  1. ^ Weinberg, Justin (30 January 2020). "Bird from KCL to Cambridge's Russell Professorship". Daily Nous.
  2. ^ "Bird from Bristol to KCL". Daily Nous. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Panel membership: REF 2014". Retrieved 16 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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