Matt Farr | Philosophy | University of Queensland -
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I'm a philosopher specialising on the metaphysics and epistemology of time and causation. I'm currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the project The Causal Power of Information in a Quantum World at the University of Queensland and an external member of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy. From 2013-2014 I was a postdoc on the project New Agendas for the Study of Time at the University of Sydney's Centre for Time. In 2013, I was awarded a PhD in Philosophy by the University of Bristol for my thesis Towards a C Theory of Time, which was written under the supervision of James Ladyman and examined by Huw Price and Alexander Bird.


My research covers various issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of science, in particular the relationship between the directionality of time and causation, the roles of non-causal constraints and self-locating beliefs in scientific explanation, the psychology of time and causation, and the relationship between science and metaphysics more generally.  + read more about my current research


In 2016, I spent a term visiting the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, and have given talks in Munich, at the Congrès de la Société de Philosophie des Sciences at the University of Lausanne, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference at Cardiff University, the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and at Foundations2016 at the London School of Economics. I'm currently back in the Southern Hemisphere, spending the term writing. I have the following talks lined up for rest of 2016:

    • September 16: "The C Theory of Time," University of Adelaide, Australia.
    • October 7: "Explaining Temporal Qualia," University of Queensland, UK.
    • November 29 – December 2: "Causation and Time Reversal," New Zealand Association of Philosophers Annual Conference, University of Waikato, New Zealand.
    • December 8: "Explaining Temporal Qualia," Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich, Germany.
In 2015 I coorganised the conference Causality in a Quantum World with my colleague Pete Evans on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. I have previously organised/co-organised the following conferences: Free Will and Retrocausality in a Quantum World (with Huw Price) at Trinity College, Cambridge; Time Symmetry: A Unified Approach at the University of Sydney; The Present State of Presentism at the University of Bristol; and Conventional Principles in Science (with Milena Ivanova), Bristol. From 2013-2014, I ran the Sydney Foundations of Physics seminar series.


I recently coordinated the following courses:
  • 2015. Advanced Topics in Metaphysics: Time and Causation + info
  • 2014. Advanced Topics in Metaphysics: What is Time? + info
  • Other

    My Erdös number is 5: Erdös→Anderson→Binmore→Paternotte→Ivanova→Me.

    Had I been less interested in counterfactuals, I'd probably make my living as a drummer.

    I'm (very) happily married to this fellow philosopher.
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    Journal Articles

    • In press. Review of Mathias Frisch’s Causal Reasoning in Physics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. + details
    • 2015. Conventional Principles in Science: On the foundations and development of the relativized a priori. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. [With Milena Ivanova.]
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    • 2015. Temporal Experience, Temporal Passage and the Cognitive Sciences. Philosophy Compass. [With Sam Baron, John Cusbert, Maria Kon & Kristie Miller.] + details
    • 2015. Review of Tim Maudlin’s Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time. Philosophy in Review. + details
    • 2013. A Relic of a Bygone Age? Causation, Time Symmetry and the Directionality Argument. Erkenntnis. [With Alexander Reutlinger.] + details
    • 2012. On A- and B-Theoretic Elements of Branching Spacetimes. Synthese. + details
      • Edited Works

      • 2015. Conventional Principles in Science: On the foundations and development of the relativized a priori. Special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. [With Milena Ivanova.] + details
        • PhD Thesis

        • 2013. Towards a C Theory of Time: An Appraisal of the Physics and Metaphysics of Time Direction. University of Bristol. + details
          • Other things

            Works in Progress


            • Causation and Time Reversal. + abstract
            • Temporal Ontology in Perspective. + abstract
            • Pre-entanglement shows that individual quantum systems do not possess states (with David Miller). + abstract

            In Preparation

          • The C Theory of Time. [Monograph]
          • Realism about Time Direction.
          • Explaining Temporal Qualia.
          • The Past Hypothesis needs no time-directed explanation.
          • A New (lack of) Perspective on McTaggart's Paradox.
          • What is the Problem of Quantum Causation? (With Sally Shrapnel.)
          • The Metaphysics of Multi-Fingered Time. (With Karim Thébault.)
          • Talks

              + forthcoming talks
            • Causation and Time Reversal. + venues
            • Causal Realism in Physics. + venues
            • The C Theory of Time. + venues
            • Causality and Retrodiction in Quantum Mechanics. (With David Miller.) + venues
            • 'Initial' Conditions and the Direction of Time. + venues
            • Time: Inside and Out. + venues
            • Supertemporal Ontology and the 'Triviality' Problem. + venues
            • Explaining Time and Time Explaining. + venues
            • Does time have a direction? + venues
            • Difference-Making and the Direction of Time. (With Alexander Reutlinger.) + venues
            • Non-Reductive Naturalism about Time Direction? + venues
            • On Some Problems with A- and B-Theoretic Models of Branching Spacetime. + venues
            • Towards a C Theory of Time. + venues
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