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Dr Chris Timpson

Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy
Brasenose College

Brasenose College
Oxford OX1 4AJ

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Research Interests

Philosophy of Physics, especially quantum mechanics and quantum information theory; philosophy of science; philosophy of mind and language.

Career & Education

2007 - Fellow of Brasenose College and CUF Lecturer at the University of Oxford
2004-2007  Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Division of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds
1998-2000 DPhil in Philosophy, The Queen’s College, Oxford
1998-2000 BPhil in Philosophy, The Queen’s College, Oxford
1994-1998 BA Physics and Philosophy, The Queen’s College, Oxford


  1. Quantum Information Theory and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, forthcoming with OUP in 2008


  1. ‘Information, Immaterialism, Instrumentalism: Old and New in Quantum Information’ forthcoming in A. Bokulich and G. Jaeger (eds.) Philosophy of Quantum Information and Entanglement (Cambridge University Press 2008).

  2. ‘Philosophical Aspects of Quantum Information Theory’ forthcoming in D. Rickles (ed.) The Ashgate Companion to the New Philosophy of Physics (Ashgate 2008).

  3. ‘Non-locality and gauge freedom in Deutsch and Hayden's formulation of quantum mechanics’, with D. Wallace, forthcoming in Foundations of Physics 37(6):951-955 (2007).

  4. ‘Why special relativity should not be a template for a fundamental reformulation of quantum mechanics’, with H.R. Brown, in Physical Theory and its Interpretation W. Demopoulos and I. Pitowsky (eds.) Springer (2006) pp. 29-41.

  5. ‘The Grammar of Teleportation’, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science57:587-621 (2006).

  6. ‘Proper and Improper Separability’, with H.R. Brown, International Journal of Quantum Information, 3(4):679-690 (2005).

  7. ‘Nonlocality and Information Flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden’, Foundations of Physics 35(2):313-343 (2005).

  8. ‘Quantum Computers: The Church-Turing Hypothesis versus the Turing Principle’, in  C. Teuscher (ed.), Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker (Springer 2004) pp.213-240.

  9. ‘On a Supposed Conceptual Inadequacy of the Shannon Information in Quantum Mechanics’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics34(3): 441-468 (2003).

  10. ‘The Applicability of the Shannon Information in Quantum Mechanics and Zeilinger’s Foundational Principle’ Philosophy of Science 70(5):1233-1244 (2002)

  11. ‘Entanglement and Relativity’, with H.R. Brown, in R. Lupacchini and V. Fano (eds.), Understanding Physical Knowledge (University of Bologna, CLUEB 2002) pp.147-166.

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