Martin Thomson-Jones

  • Professor of Philosophy

Areas of Study


  • BA (Joint Hons.) in physics and philosophy, Oxford University, 1986
  • PhD in philosophy, Stanford University, 1991


Martin Thomson-Jones works in the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and the philosophy of physics, and he teaches mainly in these areas and in logic. His current research is focused on a cluster of questions about scientific representation.

Before coming to Oberlin, Thomson-Jones was an assistant professor at Princeton University and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a member of the Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science.

He is a Centre Affiliate of the Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Science and an associate of the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been visiting associate professor in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at U.C. Irvine, visiting scholar in the philosophy department at U.N.C. Chapel Hill, visiting fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, and visiting scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. In spring 2005, he held a visiting fellowship at the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.



Fall 2024

Deductive Logic — PHIL 200
Seminar: Happiness, Death, and the Meaning of Life — PHIL 370


This Week in Photos: A Classy View

March 19, 2021

Professor Todd Ganson’s problems of philosophy class in the Peters Hall Language Lab serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.