Alexander Bird

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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
InstitutionsKing's College London
ThesisArithmetic, Grammar, and Ontology (1991)
Main interests
Philosophy of science, Philosophy and history of medicine, Metaphysics, Epistemology

Alexander James Bird (born 1964) is a British philosopher and Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King's College London.


Previously, he was the professor of philosophy at the University of Bristol.[1] Before that he was lecturer then reader and head of department at the University of Edinburgh. 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 REF 2014.[2]

In 2020 Bird was elected to the Bertrand Russell Professorship of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He will move to Cambridge during the academic year 2020 after the retirement of the current Bertrand Russell Professor, Huw Price.[3]


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

See also[edit]


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

External links[edit]