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Dr. Alison Fernandes

Assistant Professor (Philosophy)


Alison Fernandes, Time Travel and Counterfactual Asymmetry, Synthese, 2020, p1 - 19, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text  URL
Alison Fernandes, Freedom, Self-Prediction, and the Possibility of Time Travel, Philosophical Studies, 2018, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  DOI  URL
Alison Sutton Fernandes, A Deliberative Approach to Causation, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 95, (3), 2017, p686 - 708, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Alison Fernandes, Varieties of Epistemic Freedom, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 94, (4), 2016, p1 - 16, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL

Time, Flies, and Why We Can't Control the Past in, editor(s)Barry Loewer, Eric Winsberg, Brad Weslake , Time's Arrows and the Probability Structure of the World, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2019, [Alison Fernandes], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Causation: Further Themes, Jonathan Tallant , Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Version 2, , Taylor and Francis, 2018, [Alison Fernandes], Notes: [doi:10.4324/9780415249126-N114-2.], Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, PUBLISHED


I work in metaphysics and philosophy of science, with a focus on temporal asymmetries, physics and agency. At its most general level, my work explores how features of agents can be used to pick out objective scientific relations, explain their temporal features, and reconcile them with the picture of the world presented by fundamental physics. I'm currently working on a book project that develops a pragmatist approach to the ontology of fundamental physics. I aim to show how we can accept primitive modalities without associating them with causal and temporal asymmetries, or standard notions of metaphysical fundamentality. I've recently worked on temporal asymmetries of causation and chance, how to evaluate counterfactuals in the context of time travel, and why we value past and future events differently.