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I am a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Brasenose College, Oxford and a Lecturer (CUF) in the Faculty of Philosophy.

My research interests are in the philosophy of physics (especially quantum mechanics and quantum information theory), philosophy of science and philosophy of mind and language.

Prior to arriving at Brasenose, I was a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Division of History and Philosophy of Science at Leeds.
Before that, I read Physics and Philosophy at The Queen's College, Oxford; and studied for the BPhil and DPhil there.

Me and Hume

Me and David Hume (High Street, Edinburgh).



`Quantum Bayesianism: A Study',
forthcoming in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.

`Information, Immaterialism, Instrumentalism: Old and New in Quantum Informationí,
forthcoming in A. Bokulich and G. Jaeger (eds.) Philosophy of Quantum Information and Entanglement (Cambridge University Press 2008).

`Philosophical Aspects of Quantum Information Theory',
forthcoming in D. Rickles (ed.) The Ashgate Companion to the New Philosophy of Physics (Ashgate 2008); quant-ph/0611187.

`Non-locality and gauge freedom in Deutsch and Hayden's formulation of quantum mechanics', with David Wallace,
Foundations of Physics 37(6):951-955 (2007); quant-ph/0503149.

`Why special relativity should not be a template for a fundamental reformulation of quantum mechanics', with H.R.Brown,
in Physical Theory and its Interpretation: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Bub, Demopoulos and Pitowsky (eds.) Springer (2006); quant-ph/0601182.

`The Grammar of Teleportation',
Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 57:587-621 (2006); quant-ph/0509048.

`Proper and Improper Separability', with H.R. Brown,
The International Journal of Quantum Information 3(4):679-690 (2005); quant-ph/0402094.

`Nonlocality and Information Flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden',
Foundations of Physics 35(2):313-43, 2005; quant-ph/0312155.

`Quantum Computers: The Church-Turing Hypothesis versus the Turing Principle',
in `Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker' C. Teuscher (ed), Springer-Verlag (2004).

`Entanglement and Relativity', with H.R. Brown;
in `Understanding Physical Knowledge' V. Fano and R. Lupacchini (eds.), University of Bologna, CLUEB 2002; quant-ph/0212140.

`The Applicability of Shannon Information in Quantum Mechanics and Zeilinger's Foundational Principle',
Phil. Sci. 70(5):1233-44, 2002.

`On a Supposed Conceptual Inadequacy of the Shannon Information in Quantum Mechanics',
Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. 35(4):441-68, 2003; quant-ph/0112178.

Quantum Information Theory and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

My work on quantum information theory will be appearing as a monograph with OUP in 2008. My DPhil thesis of this title is available from quant-ph/0412063.

Contact Details:
Dr C.G. Timpson,
Brasenose College,


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