Alasdair Richmond

Senior Lecturer

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 8.18

40 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


Alasdair Richmond is a threefold graduate of Aberdeen University and joined Philosophy at Edinburgh in September 2003. He has published on constructive empiricism, the Anthropic Principle, Doomsday arguments, Descartes' conception of immortality, time travel and the topology of time. Following research leave 2008-09 (part-funded by the AHRC), he is currently working on a book entitled 'Time Travel for Philosophers' and a series of related articles. Besides teaching epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of science, he was closely involved with the Higher Philosophy programme 1999-2003, conducting classes for pupils and Continuing Professional Development days for teachers from all over Scotland.

E.U.S.A. Teaching Recognition

  • Winner: Campbell Award for Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2010-2011)
  • Runner-up: Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award (2008-2009).
  • Shortlisted (one of three): Best Personal Tutor (2022-2023).




Book Chapters


Popular Articles

Book Reviews

  • Peter Kail, 'Berkeley's A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge: An Introduction', The Philosophical Quarterly, 2016.
  • Bede Rundle, 'Time, Space, and Metaphysics'. Analysis Reviews, 71, 2011: 391-393.
  • Stephen H. Daniel (ed.), 'New Interpretations of Berkeley's Thought' and 'Reexamining Berkeley's Philosophy', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 18, 2010: 724-26.
  • Craig Callender (ed.), 'Time, Reality, and Experience', Philosophical Books, 45, 2004: 358-59.
  • Barry Dainton, 'Time and Space', Philosophical Books, 44, 2003: 72-3.

Postgraduate Articles

  • 'Artificial Horizons: Local and Global Anti-Realism', Philosophical Writings, 11, 1999: 3-9.
  • 'Abductive Anti-Realism in Science', Philosophical Writings, 7, 1998: 31-41.
  • 'Symmetry, Evolution and Realism', Philosophical Writings, 5, 1997: 45-62.
  • 'Signs and Spaces: Berkeley and Newton's Dynamics', Philosophical Writings, 4, 1997: 5-25.

Internet Articles

All published in Cathexis (Aberdeen University Postgraduate Philosophy Journal), which is long-since defunct so the following link to PDFs on my Dropbox:

Public Talks, Interviews, Media, etc.

  • Talk on 'Time Travel: Possibilities and Paradoxes', Edinburgh Café Scientifique, May 25th 2009.
  • Interview on time and quantum theory for installation project 'Classical Reality is Only an Approximation' by Noreen Jennison at Art, Space and Nature Studio, Edinburgh College of Art, 13-28th June 2009.
  • Interview on time travel for short film 'Gödelian City', part of architectural diploma project by Ben Carter Townsend, 9th February 2010,
  • Interview/talk on time travel for 'Erratic Thinking', weekly radio show and podcast on Philosophy, February 12th 2010.  To download talk as an MP3 file, follow link here:
  • Talk to Edinburgh Skeptics on time travel, as part of the Free Fringe, 18th August 2013.

Articles on ‘The Conversation’

  • Might some of Doctor Who actually be possible?, November 21st 2013

  • Interstellar gives a spectacular view of hard science, November 10th 2014

  • Terminator Genisys and the mind-bending world of alternative history, July 8th 2015


Programme Director, online MSc. in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind.

Undergraduate teaching

Metaphysics, history of (particularly early modern) philosophy, philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of religion.

Office Hours (First Semester 2022-23)

Wednesdays 10.00-12.00


Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I'm happy to consider supervisions for undergraduates or postgraduates (either Masters or PhD.) in any of the areas listed above under 'Research Interests' but I particularly welcome the chance to supervise dissertations on topics centred around time and time travel.

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Metaphysics (especially time and space), philosophy of science, the British empiricists (especially Hume on miracles).