Professor Philip Ebert

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Philosophy University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Philip Ebert

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About me

About me

In 2006 I graduated from the University of St Andrews. As a PhD student I was an active member of the Arche Research Centre. My PhD entitled “Context Principle and Implicit Definitions” discusses topics in the philosophy of mathematics, epistemology and ontology. From 2005-7, I was a PostDoctoral Fellow at Arché (St Andrews). The post was funded by a Leverhulme Research Price awarded to Crispin Wright, Marcus Rossberg and myself to produce a full translation of Frege’s Grundgesetze. This project is now finished and the translation is available with Oxford University Press. See www.frege.info Since September 2007, I have been working at the University of Stirling, Scotland. In August 2012 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer and in August 2020 I was promoted to Professor.

Research (7)

My main research interests are:

  1. Epistemology (traditional, formal and experimental)
  2. Philosophy of Mathematics & History of Early Analytic Philosophy
  3. Philosophical issues in Behavioural science.

I work on a number of aspects in epistemology, in particular topics at the intersection of traditional and formal epistemology with a focus on epistemic rationality. I also work on different notions of risk and study intuitive risk judgements.

In the philosophy of mathematics, I work on aspects of Logicism, Neo-Logicism and Abstractionism more generally.  My interests in the history of early analytic philosophy, is focused mainly on the philosophy of Gottlob Frege. www.frege.info

Other interests in applied philosophy: I work on the philosophy of gratuitous risk taking (epistemology and ethics) and the use of nudges for behavioural change for policy and business.

Projects

Varieties of Risk: Epistemology and Psychology of Risk
PI: Professor Philip Ebert
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Biases in outdoor sport risk judgements
PI: Professor Philip Ebert
Funded by: The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Workshop: Applied Ethics of Nudging
PI: Professor Philip Ebert
Funded by: Scots Philosophical Association

RSE - International Exchange Programme - Travel to Scotland (Prof R Cook)
PI: Professor Philip Ebert
Funded by: The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Workshop on Frege's Epistmology of Logic. "How are the Basic Logical Laws given to us?"
PI: Professor Philip Ebert
Funded by: Scots Philosophical Association, Analysis Trust and Delegates - Short Courses

Early Career Fellowship - Frege's Platonism & Platonism in mathematics today
PI: Professor Philip Ebert
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Gottlob Frege's Basic Laws of Arithmetic
PI: Professor Philip Ebert
Funded by: The British Academy

Outputs (43)

Outputs

Book Chapter

Cook R, Ebert P & Rossberg M (2022) Frege's Concept Script. In: An Encyclopaedia of Proof Systems: Second Edition. Second ed. London: College Publication, pp. 5-7. https://github.com/ProofSystem/Encyclopedia/blob/master/main.pdf

Article

Ebert PA, Smith M & Durbach I (2020) Varieties of Risk. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 101 (2), pp. 432-455. https://doi.org/10.1111/phpr.12598

Book Chapter

Ebert PA & Rossberg M (2019) Contemporary Reviews of Frege's Grundgesetze. In: Essays on Frege's Basic Laws of Arithmetic. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 637-651. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/essays-on-freges-basic-laws-of-arithmetic-9780198712084?prevNumResPerPage=60&lang=en&cc=gb

Book Chapter

Ebert P & Rossberg M (2019) Mathematical Creation in Frege’s Grundgesetze. In: Ebert P & Rossberg M (eds.) Essays on Frege's Basic Laws of Arithmetic. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 325-342. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/essays-on-freges-basic-laws-of-arithmetic-9780198712084?prevNumResPerPage=60&lang=en&cc=gb#

Edited Book

Ebert P & Rossberg M (eds.) (2019) Essays on Frege’s Basic Laws of Arithmetic. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/essays-on-freges-basic-laws-of-arithmetic-9780198712084?prevNumResPerPage=60&lang=en&cc=gb#

Conference Proceeding

Ebert P (2018) A Bayesian Perspective on Avalanche Decision-Making and the Relevance of Stability tests. In: International Snow Science Workshop Proceedings 2018, Innsbruck, Austria. ISSW 2018: International Snow Science Workshop, 07.10.2018-12.10.2018. Innsbruck: Montana State University, pp. 1334-1338. http://arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science/item.php?id=2768

Book Review

Ebert P (2017) Paolo Mancosu, Abstraction and Infinity. Review of:
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, viii + 222pp. ISBN 9780198724629. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/abstraction-and-infinity/

Book Chapter

Ebert P (2016) A framework for implicit definitions and the a priori. In: Ebert P & Rossberg M (eds.) Abstractionism: Essays in the Philosophy of Mathematics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 133-160. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/abstractionism-9780199645268?q=abstractionism〈=en&cc=gb

Book Chapter

Ebert P & Rossberg M (2016) Introduction to Abstractionism. In: Ebert P & Rossberg M (eds.) Abstractionism. Essays in Philosophy of Mathematics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-35. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/abstractionism-9780199645268?q=Abstractionism〈=en&cc=gb#

Edited Book

Ebert P & Rossberg M (eds.) (2016) Abstractionism: Essays in Philosophy of Mathematics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/abstractionism-9780199645268?q=Abstractionism〈=en&cc=gb

Edited Book

Ebert P & Rossberg M (eds.) (2016) Gottlob Frege: Basic Laws of Arithmetic, Paperback version ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/gottlob-frege-basic-laws-of-arithmetic-9780198777304?cc=gb〈=en&q=Basic%20Laws%20of%20Arithmetic〈=en

Book Review

Ebert P (2015) Richard G. Heck Jr. Reading Frege's Grundgesetze. Review of: Richard G. Heck Jr. Reading Frege's Grundgesetze. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-19-923370-0 (hbk); 978-0-19-874437-5 (pbk); 978-0-19-165535-7 (pdf). Pp. xvii + 296. Philosophia Mathematica, 23 (2), pp. 289-293. https://doi.org/10.1093/philmat/nkv015

Other

Ebert P (2015) Know Your Own Competence. Avalanche Review, 33 (4), pp. 22-24. https://www.americanavalancheassociation.org/tar-archives

Book Review

Ebert P (2014) Frege's Theorem. Review of:
By G. Heck Richard Jr, Oxford: OUP, 2011. Pp. 322. ISBN 9780199695645. Philosophical Quarterly, 64 (254), pp. 166-169. http://pq.oxfordjournals.org/content/64/254/166; https://doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqt027

Conference Proceeding

Ebert P & Photopoulou T (2013) Bayes' beacon: avalanche prediction, competence and evidence for competence. Modelling the effect of competent and incompetent predictions of highly improbable events. In: Proceedings, 2013 International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW), Grenoble, France. International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) Proceedings. International Snow Science Workshop 2013, Grenoble, France, 07.10.2013-11.10.2013. Grenoble, France: Montana State University, pp. 363-370. http://arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science/item.php?id=1817

Edited Book

Ebert P & Rossberg M (eds.) (2013) Gottlob Frege: Basic Laws of Arithmetic. Oxford: Oxford University Press. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199281749.do

Article

Ebert P & Robertson S (2013) A Plea for Risk. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, 73, pp. 45-64. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1358246113000271

Book Review

Ebert P (2011) A Critical Introduction to the Philosophy of Gottlob Frege. Review of: Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock. A Critical Introduction to the Philosophy of Gottlob Frege. Aldershot, Hampshire, and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing, 2006. ISBN 978-0-7546-5471-1. Pp. x+157. Philosophia Mathematica, 19 (3), pp. 363-367. https://doi.org/10.1093/philmat/nkr021

Book Chapter

Ebert P & Robertson S (2010) Mountaineering and the Value of Self-Sufficiency. In: Allhoff F & Schmid SE (eds.) Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone: Because It's There. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 93-105. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444334867,descCd-description.html

Book Review

Ebert P (2010) Going to ground with concepts. Review of: Carrie S. Jenkins, Grounding concepts, an empirical basis for arithmetical knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2008, 304 pp, ISBN 978-0199231577. Metascience, 19 (2), pp. 217-220. http://www.springer.com/philosophy/epistemology+and+philosophy+of+science/journal/11016; https://doi.org/10.1007/s11016-010-9338-y

Book Chapter

Ebert P & Rossberg M (2009) Ed Zalta's version of Neo-Logicism -- a friendly letter of complaint. In: Hieke A & Leitgeb H (eds.) Reduction, Abstraction, Analysis. Publications of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 11. Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, pp. 305-310. http://www.ontosverlag.de/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=268&category_id=21&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

Book Chapter

Ebert P & Robertson S (2007) Adventure, Climbing Excellence and the Practice of 'Bolting'. In: McNamee MJ(J (ed.) Philosophy, risk, and adventure sports. London: Routledge, pp. 56-70. http://www.routledgeeducation.com/books/Philosophy-Risk-and-Adventure-Sports-isbn9780415351850

Book Review

Cook RT & Ebert P (2004) The limits of abstraction. Review of: The Limits of Abstraction, Kit Fine, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002, pp.216. ISBN 9780191567261. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 55 (4), pp. 791-800. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/55.4.791

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