Professor Dorothy Edgington
Dorothy Edgington read PPE at Oxford and then did a B. Phil in Philosophy there. She came as a lecturer to Birkbeck in 1968. She was a Professor at Oxford from 1996 to 2001, and held the Waynflete Chair of Metaphysics at Oxford from 2003 to 2006, after which she returned part time to Birkbeck. She was President of the Mind Association, 2004-5, and President of the Aristotelian Society, 2007-8. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005. She has held visiting positions in Canada, Italy, Mexico and the United States.
Her research is mainly in the philosophy of logic and language. Her particular interests are in conditional judgements, probabilistic reasoning, and reasoning in the presence of vagueness.
Some principal publications:
‘On Conditionals’, Mind, 104, 1995, pp. 235-329.
‘Vagueness by Degrees’ in Rosanna Keefe and Peter Smith (eds.) Vagueness: A Reader. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1996, pp. 294-316.
‘Counterfactuals’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 108, 2008, pp. 1-21.
Areas of research supervision
Logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics and epistemology, especially conditionals, vagueness, modality, probabilistic reasoning.