About me

I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Fairfax Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Balliol College.

My main areas of research are metaphysics and legal philosophy, but I also have interests in philosophy of science and philosophy of mind. Click here for details of published and forthcoming work.

You can get in touch with me at alexander.kaiserman@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

Research

Articles

  1. Stage Theory and the Personite Problem, Analysis (forthcoming). A response to Mark Johnston's claim that four dimensionalist theories of persistence have disastrous consequences for ethics.
  2. Causal Contribution in War (with Helen Beebee), Journal of Applied Philosophy (forthcoming). An assessment of recent attempts to limit liability to defensive attack in war that appeal to the concept of degrees of causal contribution.
  3. Interventionism and Mental Surgery, Erkenntnis (forthcoming). A response to John Campbell's claim that the interventionist account of causation must be amended if it is to be applied to causation in psychology.
  4. 'More of a Cause': Recent Work on Degrees of Causation and Responsibility, Philosophy Compass 13(7), e12498 (2018). A review article on degrees of causation.
  5. Partial Liability, Legal Theory 23(1), 1-26 (2017). Argues that a defendant should be held liable for a claimant's loss only to the degree to which the defendant's wrongdoing contributed to the causing of the loss.
  6. Causes and Counterparts, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95(1), 17-28 (2017). An attempt to combine David Lewis's counterpart-theoretic approach to de re modality with his counterfactual theory of causation.
  7. Necessary Connections in Context, Erkenntnis 82(1), 45-64 (2017). An attempt to combine the idea that causes necessitate their effects with Angelika Kratzer's semantics of modality.
  8. Causal Contribution, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 116(3), 387-394 (2016). An explanation and defence of the claim that causal contribution comes in degrees.

Reviews

  1. Causation and Free Will, by Carolina Sartorio (with Daniel Kodsi), Criminal Law and Philosophy (forthcoming).
  2. Proof of Causation in Tort Law, by Sandy Steel, The Cambridge Law Journal 75(3), 641-644 (2016).

In Progress

  • A paper on accomplice liability
  • A paper on the the consequence argument
  • A paper on degrees of free will

Curriculum vitae

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