Andrew Pyle (philosopher)

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Andrew Pyle (born 17 March 1955) is a British philosopher on the history of philosophical atomism.

Pyle is currently a Reader in Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where he also received his doctorate. His dissertation was titled Atomism and its Critics: Democritus to Newton. Pyle also writes on the history of science and has given talks within the university on the nature of science historically. Pyle's interest includes the recent history of epistemology and metaphysics. He is a strong proponent of the argument from inconvenience, also known as "Pyle's Beard".

Pyle is one of the editors of the Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy.[1]


  • Hume's Dialogues on Natural Religion (Continuum, 2006)
  • Malebranche (Routledge, London, 2003)
  • Boyle on Science and the Mechanical Philosophy: A Reply to Chalmers, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 33 (2002), 175-190
  • The Rationality of the Chemical Revolution, in Nola & Sankey, eds, After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2000)
  • Atomism and its Critics: Democritus to Newton (Thoemmes, Bristol 1995)


  1. ^ Grayling, A. C.; Goulder, Naomi; Pyle, Andrew (2010). The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy. Continuum. ISBN 9780199754694. 

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