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Dr Umut Baysan

Dr Umut Baysan

University Teacher in Philosophy



Umut Baysan completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow in 2014, and held a 1-year post-doctoral position in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow for a project on emergence, funded by the Durham Emergence Project. Currently, he is a University Teacher in Philosophy, teaching a variety of topics in philosophy, ranging from philosophy of mind to epistemology. His primary research interests are in philosophy of mind and metaphysics. He explores the metaphysics of some relations that are thought to obtain between mental properties and physical properties. He also has some research interests in philosophy of science and philosophy of perception. His published work includes “An Argument for Power Inheritance” (forthcoming, The Philosophical Quarterly), “Realization Relations in Metaphysics” (2015, Minds and Machines), and “Realization” (2015, Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy).

Research and Teaching Interests

Umut Baysan’s explores the metaphysics of some relations that are thought to obtain between higher-level properties (such as mental properties and other properties of macro-level entities) and lover-level properties (such as physical or micro-physical properties). A particularly popular line of thought is that higher-level properties of complex systems (including biological organisms) are emergent properties relative to the lower-level physical properties of these systems. Baysan investigates whether there is a metaphysically viable notion of emergence. This issue has important bearings on any “special science”, as special sciences (e.g psychology, biology, economics, etc.) typically invoke such higher-level properties to explain regularities that we observe at macro-levels. It is thought that special science explanations are “autonomous” from physical explanations due to the fact that the properties that are studied in special sciences are emergent. If one were to take medical humanities as a special science in this sense, the questions about emergence arise within the domain of medical humanities too.



Teaching Materials:


  • College of Arts, School of Humanities