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Dr. Alison Fernandes

Assistant Professor (Philosophy)


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Charter Fellow, John Bell Institute for the Foundations of Physics
Research Fellow, Centre for Philosophy of Time, University of Sydney
Society for the Metaphysics of Science
Society for the Philosophy of Time
British Society for the Philosophy of Science
European Society for Philosophy and Psychology
Aristotelian Society
Irish Philosophical Club
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
Alison Fernandes, Time Travel and Counterfactual Asymmetry, Synthese, 2020, p1 - 19, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text  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, 2020, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Jack Shardlow, Ruth Lee, Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, Patrick Burns & Alison S. Fernandes, Exploring people's beliefs about the experience of time, Synthese , 2020, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Alison Fernandes, Does the Temporal Asymmetry of Value Support a Tensed Metaphysics?, Synthese, 2019, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  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

Caring for Our Future Selves in, editor(s)Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, Alison Fernandes , Temporal Asymmetries in Philosophy and Psychology, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020, [Alison Fernandes], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
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, 2020, [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


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Fellowship of the John Bell Institute for the Foundations of Physics 2018
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
Dean's List of Excellence in Academic Performance, University of Sydney 2007
Honours Scholarship, University of Sydney (full tuition funding) 2008
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.