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Dorothy Edgington

Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy


Dorothy Edgington is a Senior Research Fellow. She was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysics at Oxford, 2003-6, where she was also a professor from 1996-2001. The rest of her career has been at Birkbeck, after reading PPE and doing a B. Phil. in Philosophy at Oxford. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, was President of the Aristotelian Society 2007-8 and President of the Mind Association 2004-5. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and has held visiting positions in Canada, United States, Mexico and Italy.

Research Activity

  • Dorothy works mainly in philosophical logic, particularly on conditionals, counterfactual reasoning, probabilistic reasoning and vagueness. She is currently involved in a project on Probabilities, Propensities and Conditionals at the Institute of Philosophy.


  • Selected publications are as follows:
  • ‘Counterfactuals’. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 2008, 1-21.
  • ‘Ramsey’s Legacies on Conditionals and Truth’. In H. Lillehammer and D. H. Mellor (eds.), Ramsey’s Legacy, OUP 2005, 37-52.
  • ‘Counterfactuals and the Benefit of Hindsight’. In P. Dowe and P. Noorhof (eds.) Chance and Cause. Routledge, 2004, 12-27.
  • ‘Indeterminacy de re’. Philosophical Topics 28, Issue 1, 2001, 27-44.
  • ‘Vagueness by Degrees’. In Rosanna Keefe and Peter Smith (eds.) Vagueness: A Reader. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1996, 617-30.
  • ‘On Conditionals’. Mind, 104, 1995, 235-329.

Research Supervision

  • Dorothy currently supervises research students working on conditionals, vagueness and indeterminacy, ontology, self-knowledge, and emotions.