Anthony Fisher is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Manchester. He is part of the AHRC project The Age of Metaphysical Revolution: David Lewis and His Place in the History of Analytic Philosophy.

He was the Bader Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at Queen's University (2015-2016), a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy at the University of Manchester (2014-2015), and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University (2012-2013).

He received his PhD from Syracuse University in 2012.

He specialises in metaphysics, history of analytic philosophy, and late 19th and early 20th C metaphysics.

arjfisher@manchester.ac.uk

Edited Books

2018. Donald C. Williams. The Elements and Patterns of Being: Essays in Metaphysics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [abstract, table of contents]

Journal Articles

2017. 'Donald C. Williams's Defence of Real Metaphysics'. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25(2): 332-55.

2016. ‘Truthmaking and Fundamentality’. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97(4): 448-73.

2015. ‘On Lewis Against Magic: A Study of Method in Metaphysics’. Synthese, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-015-0679-3.

2015. ‘Samuel Alexander’s Theory of Categories’. The Monist 98(3): 246-67.

2015. ‘David Lewis, Donald C. Williams, and the History of Metaphysics in the Twentieth Century’. Journal of the American Philosophical Association 1(1): 3-22.

2015. ‘Priority Monism, Partiality, and Minimal Truthmakers’. Philosophical Studies 172(2): 477-91.

2014. ‘Examination of Merricks’ Primitivism about Truth’. Metaphysica 15(2): 281-98.

2013. ‘Bennett on Parts Twice Over’. Philosophia 41(3): 757-61.

2011. ‘Causal and Logical Necessity in Malebranche’s Occasionalism’. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41(4): 523-48.

Book Reviews

2017. Review of Composition as Identity edited by A.J. Cotnoir and Donald L.M. Baxter. Philosophical Quarterly 67(267): 409-12.

2013. Review of Personal Identity: Complex or Simple? edited by Georg Gasser and Matthias Stefan. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 52(4): 816-18.

Research

In metaphysics, Anthony Fisher has been largely concerned with the concept of truthmaking in recent debates about grounding and fundamentality. He has defended the idea that truthmaking is a cross-categorial relation of ground between truth and entity and has argued for a 'moderate truthmaker theory of fundamentality'. He has also argued that if we admit a distinction between the fundamental and non-fundamental, there is still ontological work to be done by the non-fundamental parts of reality. He has also written on the traditional problems of ontology such as the nature of universals, parts and wholes, time, and possible worlds.

In history of philosophy, he is exploring how metaphysics beginning in the early twentieth century developed, came under fire, survived, and was revived towards the end of the twentieth century. With the support of a Newton International Fellowship from the British Academy he studied the metaphysics of Samuel Alexander (1859-1938), an underappreciated philosopher who defended metaphysics in the early twentieth century and influenced several realists of the mid-twentieth century. Visit the project website and watch the 'Heritage Heroes' video on Samuel Alexander.

His research then shifted to two key realists of the mid-twentieth century that were influenced by Alexander, namely, John Anderson (1893-1962) and Donald C. Williams (1899-1983). One of his goals is to determine the extent of their contribution to the survival of metaphysics when it was out of fashion in the mid-twentieth century and to trace their influence on philosophers in the late twentieth century who went on to revive metaphysics such as D.M. Armstrong (1926-2014) and David Lewis (1941-2001).

As part of the AHRC project on David Lewis he is currently focused on the revival of metaphysics in the late twentieth century, with much of his efforts directed towards the formation and development of Lewis' philosophy in its historical context. Read his project musings.