Alistair Isaac

Senior Lecturer

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 6.08, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code


Alistair Isaac received his PhD from Stanford University in 2010, where he also worked as an instructor in history and philosophy of science at the Stanford EPGY Online High School. He joined the University of Edinburgh in 2013 after postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, the latter on the NSF project "Measurement and Isomorphism in the Psychology of Perception: A Historical Approach to the Problem of Representation" on which he was co-PI with Gary Hatfield.

Selected articles

  • "The Semantics Latent in Shannon Information" (forthcoming) British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • "Structural Realism for Secondary Qualities" (2014) Erkenntnis 79(3): 481–510.
  • "Objective Similarity and Mental Representation" (2013) Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91(4): 683–704.
  • "Modeling without Representation" (2013) Synthese 190: 3611–3623.

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Philosophy Prehonours Coordinator
  • PPLS Deputy PG Director
  • Philosophy Library Representative
  • PPLS Library Representative

Undergraduate teaching

I teach Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophical Issues in Evolution, the pre-honours course Philosophy of Science 1, and a variety of modules in Philosophy of Science and Cognition.  In future, I plan to design a course on the Philosophy of Information.

Student consultation hours

My official office hours are Mondays, 11am–noon, however I am also available by appointment, so please feel free to email me to set up a time.

Postgraduate teaching

I teach courses related to the Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition MSc program, as well as other MSc level courses involving Philosophy of Science or Cognitive Science.

Current PhD students supervised