Dr Martin Pickup

Dr Martin Pickup
Turpin Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy
MA (Oxon), MA, BPhil, DPhil

Apart from a couple of years (including one at KCL), I have been in Oxford since beginning my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Theology at Worcester College.

An MA from KCL and the Oxford BPhil and DPhil followed. I have since held a research and welfare post at New College (the Salvesen Fellowship), a post-doc on the Metaphysics of Entanglement research project and a teaching post at Magdalen College. I am the Turpin Junior Research Fellow at Oriel until 2021.

Research interests

My research is in a few different areas: metaphysics, philosophy of religion and Early Modern philosophy (especially Leibniz).

The sorts of questions I’m interested in are: what is time like? How do things change and stay the same through time? Could it make sense to pray? What does Leibniz think the difference is between things that have to be the way they are and things that could have been otherwise (and is he right)?

Selected publications

‘Answer to our Prayers: The Unsolved but Solvable Problem of Petitionary Prayer’, Faith and Philosophy 35 (1) 84-104 (2018)

‘Deep Indeterminacy in Physics and Fiction’ (with George Darby and Jon Robson) in Bueno, Darby, French and Rickles (eds.), Thinking about Science, Reflecting on Art (London: Routledge 2017)

‘Unextended Complexes’, Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 5 (3): 257-264 (2016)

‘The Trinity and Extended Simples’, Faith and Philosophy 33 (4): 414-440 (2016)

‘A Situationalist Solution to the Ship of Theseus Puzzle’, Erkenntnis 81 (5), 973-992 (2016)

‘Real Presence in the Eucharist and Time Travel’, Religious Studies 51 (3): 379-389 (2015)

‘Leibniz and the Necessity of the Best Possible World’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (3):507-523 (2014)