Dr Nicholas J. Teh


Director of the Program in Philosophy, Science and Mathematics (on leave in 2017-2019)

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

Visiting Research Fellow, Philosophy Department, Princeton University (November 2013 - July 2014) 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science and DAMTP, University of Cambridge (July 2012 - 2015)

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum Foundations,  Dept. of Computer Science, Oxford University (February - June 2012)


PhD in Philosophy of Physics, University of Cambridge (July 2012) 

MA in Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh (2008) 

AB in Astrophysics, Princeton University (2005) 

Awards and Fellowships

Principal Investigator on NSF Grant "Representing the Observable" (2017-2019)

Notre Dame London Global Gateway Research Award (2017-2019)

Visiting Research Fellowship, Center for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore (June 2016)

Rothschild Research Studentship, Trinity College (2008-2012)

Gerstenberg Award in the Philosophy of Science (2008-2011)

Mellon Fellowship (2008, 2006)

Earhart Fellowship (2007)


Noether's Ark: The Empirical Significance of Symmetry, monograph under contract with Harvard University Press, forthcoming in 2020.

"Dodging the Fudamentalist Threat" (with Xavi Lanao), forthcoming in Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives in Modern Science (Routledge) in Fall 2017

"Why surplus structure is not superfluous" (with Laura Wells and James Nguyen), forthcoming in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Fall 2017

"Gauge Theory", contributed chapter forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Physics, edited by E. Knox and A. Wilson, forthcoming in Fall 2017

"Recovering Recovery: On the relationship between gauge symmetry and the Trautman Recovery Theorem", forthcoming in Philosophy of Science in 2017

Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives in Modern Science, edited volume (with Rob Koons and William Simpson) under contract with Routledge, forthcoming in Fall 2017

"Geometric Representations of Quantum Theory" (with Bryan Roberts), in submission 

"Comparing Dualities and Gauge Transformations" (with Jeremy Butterfield and Sebastian de Haro), forthcoming in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.

"Philosophy of Symmetry" (with Elena Castellani), forthcoming in the 2017 edition of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

"On the Relation between Dualities and Gauge Transformations" (with Jeremy Butterfield and Sebastian de Haro), Philosophy of Science Vol. 83, No. 5 (December 2016)

"Theoretical Equivalence in Classical Mechanics and its Relationship to Duality" (with Dimitris Tsementzis), forthcoming in a special issue on Dualities in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, edited by Elena Castellani and Dean Rickles.

"Understanding the Empirical Significance of Gauge Symmetry", Philosophy of Science, forthcoming

"Some remarks on Rovelli's 'Why Gauge?'", European Journal of the Philosophy of Science, 5 (3): 339-348, October 2015

"Categorical Generalization and Physical Structuralism" (with Raymond Lal), British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, July 25 2015 (online), print version forthcoming.

"Relational Realism: A New Foundation for Quantum Mechanics?", Metascience 24 (2): 205-209, 2015 

 "Holography and Emergence", Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Volume 44, Issue 3, August 2013, pp. 300-311

 "Gravity and Gauge", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, forthcoming

"On Classical Cloning and No-cloning",  Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Volume 43, Issue 1, February 2012, pp. 47-63

"Kahler Geometry and Quantum Mechanics", Note in the Proceedings of Quantum Malta 2012 

 "Anscombe on Non-reductionistic Accounts of Human Action", in G. DeAnna (ed.) Willing the Good: Empirical Challenges to the Explanation of Human Behavior (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)

 "Relativity, Theory of", in J. Lachs and R. Talisse (eds.) Routledge Encyclopedia of American Philosophy (Routledge, 2008)


I am a reviewer for the following journals:

  • British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • American Philosophical Quarterly
  • European Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Foundations of Physics
  • Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Research Interests

Areas of specialization: philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, metaphysics, action theory

Areas of interest: ethics, political theory, aesthetics. 


Dr Jeremy Butterfield (Philosophy and HPS), Cambridge University

Prof. Harvey Brown (Philosophy), Oxford University

Prof. Candace Vogler (Philosophy), University of Chicago

Dr David Wallace (Philosophy), Oxford University

Dr Chris Timpson (Philosophy), Oxford University

Prof. Hans Halvorson (Philosophy), Princeton University

Prof. Bogdan Ion (Mathematics), University of Pittsburgh

Prof. Bob Coecke (Category Theory and Physics), Oxford University

Dr Andreas Doering (Mathematical Physics), Oxford University