I'm a professor in the Philosophy Department at Oberlin College, and I work in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of physics, and related areas of metaphysics. My current research focusses on a cluster of questions about representation in the sciences, including questions about the nature of models and modelling, and about the connections between scientific representation and "ordinary" fiction. The other main area I've worked in is the philosophy of quantum mechanics. For more, see my research pages.


Before Oberlin, I taught at Princeton, and then at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley, where I was also a member of the Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science. I'm a Centre Affiliate of the Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics, and an Associate of the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. My undergraduate degree was in Physics and Philosophy, aBalliol CollegeOxford,  and I did my graduate work at Stanford.


Incidentally, I changed my surname to Thomson-Jones in the summer of 2004, when I married Kate Thomson; before that it was Jones simpliciter, which I had to spend even more time spelling over the phone.


e-mail: martin.thomson-jones@oberlin.edu








martin thomson-jones

Thinking. Seriously.

Updated July 2017