Martin Pickup

Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow (Philosophy)
MA BPhil DPhil Oxf; MA Lond


Martin is a postdoctoral fellow on the Metaphysics of Entanglement project in the Philosophy Faculty. He works on Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion, with an additional research interest in Early Modern Philosophy.

Martin’s research in metaphysics presents a new theory about the world called situationalism. The theory solves a number of longstanding puzzles about the continued existence of objects through time. According to situationalism, the world is made up of fundamentally and irreconcilably conflicting parts. Larger bits of the world that contain disagreeing parts are indefinite and ‘gappy’ in a radical way where their parts conflict. The metaphysics of situationalism thus gives a new account of reality and its composition.

This picture is informed by (and neatly fits with) physics, particularly relativity and quantum mechanics. He is in the process of publishing a book, called Reality in Pieces: A Theory of How the World Is, introducing situationalism and its merits.

His work in the Philosophy of Religion focuses on the ways that contemporary analytic metaphysics can open up conceptual space to make sense of Christian doctrines that have traditionally been philosophically puzzling. This connects to his work on the Metaphysics of Entanglement project. This project, funded by the Templeton Foundation, is investigating the metaphysics of the quantum phenomena of superposition and entanglement. It is hoped that new interpretations of the quantum case might open up the use of analogous metaphysical structures to give an account of the Trinity and the incarnation.

Martin studied philosophy and theology at Oxford as an undergraduate and took an MA in philosophy at KCL, before returning to Oxford for the BPhil and DPhil in philosophy. Before taking up a position on the Entanglement project, Martin was the Salvesen Junior Fellow at New College, Oxford, where he remains a Junior Research Fellow. He has taught a range of subjects for a number of colleges in Oxford. For more infomation see his personal site.