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Dr. Alison Fernandes

Assistant Professor (Philosophy)

 


Alison Fernandes, The Temporal Asymmetry of Causation, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2022, Book, SUBMITTED
Alison Fernandes, Back to the Present: How Not to Use Counterfactuals to Explain Causal Asymmetry, Philosophies, 7, (2), 2022, p1 - 12, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Alison Fernandes, Time Travel and Counterfactual Asymmetry, Synthese, 2021, p1983 - 2001, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Jack Shardlow, Ruth Lee, Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, Patrick Burns & Alison S. Fernandes, Exploring people's beliefs about the experience of time, Synthese , 198, (11), 2021, p10709 - 10731, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Alison Fernandes, Freedom, Self-Prediction, and the Possibility of Time Travel, Philosophical Studies, 177, 2020, p89 - 108, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Ruth Lee Christoph Hoerl Patrick Burns Alison S. Fernandes Patrick A. O'Connor Teresa McCormack, Pain in the Past and Pleasure in the Future: The Development of Past-Future Preferences for Hedonic Goods, Cogntive Science, 44, (9), 2020, p1 - 40, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Alison Fernandes, Does the Temporal Asymmetry of Value Support a Tensed Metaphysics?, Synthese, 198, (5), 2019, p3999 - 4016, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  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
  

Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, Alison Fernandes, Temporal Asymmetries in Philosophy and Psychology, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, 1 - 299pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Caring for Our Future Selves in, editor(s)Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, Alison Fernandes , Temporal Asymmetries in Philosophy and Psychology, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, pp181 - 203, [Alison Fernandes], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Naturalism, Functionalism and Chance: Not a Best Fit for the Humean in, editor(s)Michael Hicks, Siegrfied Jaag, Christian Loew , Humean Laws for Human Agents, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, [Alison Fernandes], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
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, 2022, [Alison Fernandes], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Temporal Asymmetries in Philosophy and Psychology: An Introduction in, editor(s)Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, Alison Fernandes , Temporal Asymmetries in Philosophy and Psychology, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, pp1 - 28, [Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, Alison Fernandes], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Causation: Further Themes, Jonathan Tallant , Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Version 2, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/thematic/causation-further-themes/v-2. , Taylor and Francis, 2018, [Alison Fernandes], Notes: [doi:10.4324/9780415249126-N114-2.], Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, PUBLISHED
Alison Fernandes, A deliberative account of causation: How the evidence of deliberating agents accounts for causation and its temporal direction, Columbia University, 2016, Thesis, PUBLISHED

  

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Lina Kahn Metaphysics Essay Prize, Columbia University 2015
Charles Frankel Memorial Fund Fellowship, Columbia University (faculty nominated) 2014
Sidney Morgenbesser Fellowship, Columbia University (faculty nominated) 2013
David H. Siff Philosophy of Science Essay Prize, Columbia University 2012
Columbia University Faculty Fellow (full funding) 2010
University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (full funding) 2009
University Medal for Philosophy, University of Sydney 2009
Walter Reid Memorial Prize for Academic Performance in Arts, University of Sydney 2007
Honours Scholarship, University of Sydney (full tuition funding) 2008
Dean's List of Excellence in Academic Performance, University of Sydney 2007
My work in the metaphysics of science explores the relations between physics, time and agency. I particularly use feature of agents to pick out objective scientific relations, explain their temporal features, and reconcile them with the picture of the world presented by fundamental physics. I aim to show that we accept scientific relations such as laws, causation and chances in our worldview by considering why we theorise in those terms. Reasoning about the world in causal terms is necessary, for example, for agents who must deliberate and decide what to do--so no wonder we theorise in causal terms, even if causal relations don't feature in fundamental physics. Considerations of agency also contribute to explaining temporal asymmetries in these relations, such as why causes come before their effects, or why we think of the past but not the future as 'chancy'. These asymmetries partly reflect that we live our lives oriented in time, making choices towards the future and regarding the past as fixed--even if the orientation of our own lives is to be explained in physical terms. Ultimately, considering our own needs as temporally oriented agents is essential for explaining our scientific view of the world.