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James Clark Ross

I am a PhD researcher in philosophy at the University of Southampton, researching the connection between grounding and causation in explanation.

I am the founder of The Human Front, a philosophy website covering topics in art, ethics, existentialism, film, metaphysics, science, and society and featuring interviews with real philosophers.

From September 2013 to December 2023 I was a
medical physicist for the National Health Service (NHS).

Here I also showcase my poetry and advertise some services of mine: namely, CV-making, typesetting, proofreading, graph-making, and data analysis. If you are interested, you can navigate to this website’s dedicated pages.

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Better Call Saul and Philosophy, ch. 23, vol. 8 of the ‘Pop Culture and Philosophy’ series, Open Universe, 2022-07-28

Grounding and Metaphysical Explanation

Co-founder of the Grounding and Metaphysical Explanation group.



‘Grounding and Causation’ (in progress)


2024-06-25: Issues on the (Im)possible X, Bratislava, ‘Grounding and Causation’

2024-03-04: Grounding and Metaphysical Explanation Work-in-Progress, online, ‘Grounding and Causation: A Metaphysical Analogy’

2023-12-06: Explanation and Understanding, Belgrade, ‘A Unified Model of Metaphysical and Causal Explanation’

2021-11-02: University of Southampton, ‘Grounding and Degrees of Being’ – slides

Upcoming: The 2024 Joint Session, Birmingham, July 13; Open Minds XVII, Manchester, September 19.



‘Top-Down Causation in the Animal Kingdom’