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D. H. Mellor

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy in the
Faculty of Philosophy
University of Cambridge

Address
25 Orchard Street, Cambridge, CB1 1JS, UK

Routes to 25 Orchard Street
(PDF)
Phone: +44(0)7815-687505
Email: dhm11 at cam.ac.uk

Photograph taken 21 September 2015
at STIAS
Stellenbosch, South Africa
(c) Anton Jordaan 2015
Email: pacj at sun.ac.za


Philosophical interests

Metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind:
probability, time, causation, properties, decision theory

Publications

Articles:
2019
Role-playing on Stage

2016
From Translations to Truthmakers

2015
Artists and Engineers

2012
Nature's Joints

1990+ major articles
Books:
2012
Mind, Meaning, and Reality

2005
Probability: A Philosophical Introduction

1998
Real Time II

ALL authored books
Other:
Festschrift
Edited books
Online

Talks & Interviews

2014
Philosophy Bites: Probability
(podcast)
2011
Philosophy Bites: Frank Ramsey on Truth
(podcast)
2008
Philosophy Bites: Time and Tense
(podcast)
2001
Theoria interview

1993
Cogito interview

1978 Words
Text and recording of six five-minute broadcasts on BBC Radio 3:
'It all depends what you mean';
'Define your terms';
Fictional documentaries;
What's wrong with jargon;
On being illogical;
The Liar paradox

Lectures & Symposia

2002 The Possibility of Life after Death
British Humanist Association Symposium with Richard Swinburne
1999
The Time of Our Lives

Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture
1988
The Warrant of Induction

Inaugural Lecture text and recording

David Lewis

1981, 1988
What Experience Teaches

Recording and published paper

Frank Ramsey

1990 Philosophical Papers
1978
Radio Portrait
Text and recording
Original manuscripts:

Universals of Law and of Fact


General Propositions and Causality


Causal Qualities


Knowledge


Probability and Partial Belief

Philosophical and other jests

Causes of death of philosophers
David Lewis on Ern Malley
Philosophical
Lexicon

Uxbridge Dictionary of Philosophy
Links
to other sites

Miles Kington's Latin Tourist Phrase
Book

Theatre

Performances
Cambridge ADC Theatre
Cambridge Arts Theatre
London Theatre Guide
National Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Company


Updated 13 September 2019

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festrev1

Mellor Real Metaphysics Review Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Philosophical Books 45(4) October 2004, pp. 359-61. Review of Real Metaphysics Edited by Hallvard Lillehammer and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra Routledge, 2003, viii + 248pp. The variety of topics addressed by the...


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festrev

Mellor Real Metaphysics Review Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003.11.13 Review of Real Metaphysics Edited by Hallvard Lillehammer and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra Routledge, 2003, viii + 248pp. This festschrift appears on the occasion of...


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ernmalley

David Lewis Ern Malley Quadrant D. H. Mellor Ern Malley's Namesake David Lewis Portraits of Ernst Mally (left) and Ern Malley (right) The article from which these portraits are taken was published in the Australian journal Quadrant in March 1995. A PDF file of it is made available here by...


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edbooks

Books edited by D. H. Mellor Articles by | Books written by | D. H. Mellor Books edited by D. H. Mellor Ramsey's Legacy Edited by Hallvard Lillehammer and D. H. Mellor Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005 Contents and publication information Properties Edited by D. H. Mellor and Alex Oliver Oxford: Oxford...


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dictphil

Uxbridge Dictionary of Philosophy Hugh Mellor Uxbridge Dictionary of Philosophy This dictionary, an illegitimate but fertile offspring of the Uxbridge English Dictionary and the Philosophical Lexicon , was started by Anthony Gottlieb, author of The Dream of Reason (Penguin 2001) and The Dream of...


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deaths wz

Causes of Deaths of Philosophers: W-Z A-C | D-G | H-L | M-P | Q-V | Index | D. H. Mellor Causes of death of philosophers: W-Z W Wagner: Götterdämmerung Walton: Make-believe Warburton: Went back to basics Weber: Overwork Wheeler: Manifold causes Whitehead: Procession Wiggins: Substantial change...


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deaths qv

Causes of Deaths of Philosophers: Q-V A-C | D-G | H-L | M-P | W-Z | Index | D. H. Mellor Causes of death of philosophers: Q-V Q Quine: Over-stimulation R Rand, Ayn: Objectified ego Ramsey: Made redundant Rawls: Ignorance unveiled Raz: Exclusionary reasons Redhead: Robust causes Reichenbach: Common...


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deaths mp

Causes of Deaths of Philosophers: M to P A-C | D-G | H-L | Q-V | W-Z | Index | D. H. Mellor Causes of death of philosophers: M-P M Mach: Unsensational causes Machiavelli: Intriguing causes MacIntyre: After-virtue infection Mackie: An inus condition Maimonides: Lost his guide Malcolm: Undreamed of...


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deaths hl

Causes of Deaths of Philosophers: H to L A-C | D-G | M-P | Q-V | W-Z | Index | D. H. Mellor Causes of death of philosophers: H-L H Haack: Crossed out Habermas: A discourse condition Hacker: Lost his Witts Hale: Reduced to logic Hamilton: Crushed by mill Han Feizi: Made illegal Hare: Wrong...


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deaths dg

Causes of Deaths of Philosophers: D to G A-C | H-L | M-P | Q-V | W-Z | Index | D. H. Mellor Causes of death of philosophers: D-G D Dancy: No particular reason Danto: Artfully transfigured Darwin: Became unfit Davidson: Radically different schematosis Dawkins: Suicidal genes Deleuze...


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deaths ac

Causes of Deaths of Philosophers: A to C D-G | H-L | M-P | Q-V | W-Z | Index | D. H. Mellor Causes of death of philosophers: A-C A Abelard: Nun Acton: Corrupt causes Adler: Inferiority complex Adorno: Bad frankfurter Ahmed: Supernatural causes Albert: Undermind Altham: Logical pluracy Althusser...


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deathindex

Causes of Deaths of Philosophers Links to other philosophical jests | D. H. Mellor Causes of death of philosophers 'Gentlemen, it is a fact that every philosopher of eminence for the last two centuries has either been murdered, or, at the least, been very near it, insomuch that if a man calls...


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chance

D H Mellor The Matter of Chance Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor The Matter of Chance D. H. Mellor Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971, pp. xiii+190 ISBN:9780521615983 A free PDF file of the book is available here . This book develops an account of objective chances...


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cause

D H Mellor Facts of Causation Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor The Facts of Causation D. H. Mellor London: Routledge , 1995, pp. xii+251 This book presents a complete theory of causation. It covers all kinds of causing and affecting, of both events and facts: deterministic...


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braithwaite

R. B. Braithwaite festschrift edited by D. H. Mellor Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Braithwaite at the 1952 Joint Session Science, Belief and Behaviour Essays in Honour of R. B. Braithwaite Edited by D. H. Mellor Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980, pp. xii+227...


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books

D. H. Mellor Philosophy Books Articles by | Books edited by | D. H. Mellor Books written by D. H. Mellor Mind, Meaning, and Reality Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012 Critical Notice by Lisa Leininger in Analysis Reviews 74 (2014), 148-157 This book contains fifteen philosophical papers...


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tensereply

Philosophy Cambridge Mellor Time Tense Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor This is the text of my comments at the Joint Session Symposium on Transcendental Tense on 11 July 1998. The page references to Mr Lucas's 'Transcendental Tense II' are to the printed version in the...


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time

Philosophy Cambridge Mellor Time Book Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Real Time II D. H. Mellor London: Routledge , 1998, pp. xiv+146 This book supersedes Real Time (1981). It uses the tenseless truthmakers of tensed thoughts and statements to show why and how they are...


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tense

Philosophy Cambridge Mellor Time Tense Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Transcendental Tense D. H. Mellor and J. R. Lucas . (c) Aristotelian Society 1998. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 72 (1998), 29-43 For my comments at the 1998 Joint Session symposium on Mr...


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swinburnereply

D. H. Mellor Life after Death Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor This is my contribution to 'An Afterlife', a symposium that was part of 'Death: a Live Issue', a Humanist Philosophers' Group conference on death and dying held at King's College London on 19 October 2002. It is...


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swinburne

Richard Swinburne Life after Death This is Richard Swinburne's contribution to 'An Afterlife', a symposium that was part of 'Death: a Live Issue', a Humanist Philosophers' Group conference on death and dying held at King's College London on 19 October 2002. It is published in Thinking About Death...


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ramseylegacy

Frank Ramsey Centenary Volume Radio portrait of Ramsey | Ramsey's Philosophical Papers | Prospects for Pragmatism || Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Ramsey's Legacy Edited by Hallvard Lillehammer and D. H. Mellor Oxford: Clarendon Press , 2005, pp.x+182. Frank Ramsey (1903...


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ramsey

F. P. Ramsey Philosophical Papers Radio portrait of Ramsey | Prospects for Pragmatism | Ramsey's Legacy || Articles by | Books edited by | written by | D. H. Mellor F. P. Ramsey: Philosophical Papers Edited by D. H. Mellor Cambridge: Cambridge University Press , 1990, pp. xxvii+257 Frank Ramsey (...


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prospects

Essays on F. P. Ramsey edited by D. H. Mellor Radio portrait of Ramsey | Ramsey's philosophical papers | Ramsey's Legacy || Articles by | Books edited by | written by | D. H. Mellor Prospects for Pragmatism Essays in Memory of F. P. Ramsey Edited by D. H. Mellor Cambridge: Cambridge University...


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properties

'Properties' edited by D. H. Mellor and Alex Oliver Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Properties Edited by D. H. Mellor and Alex Oliver Oxford: Oxford University Press 1997, pp.vi+276 Introduction D. H. Mellor and Alex Oliver I Function and Concept Gottlob Frege II The World...


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probability

Philosophy Cambridge Mellor Probability Introduction Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Probability: A Philosophical Introduction D. H. Mellor London: Routledge 2005, pp. xi+152 This book introduces and explains the principal concepts and applications of probability. It is...


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Hugh Mellor Performances 2010- Performances 2005-9 | 2000-4 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 2010-15 Senor Basilica's Manager and Man with Death Wish in a Bawds production of Terry Pratchett's Maskerade adapted by Stephen...


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plays2005 9

Hugh Mellor Performances 2005-9 Performances 2010-15 | 2000-4 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 2005-9 Escalus (with Elbow) in a Combined Actors of Cambridge production of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare in the ADC...


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plays2000 4

Hugh Mellor Performances 2000-4 Performances 2010-15 | 2005-9 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 2000-2004 King Michael in a Combined Actors of Cambridge production of Hans Christian Andersen's The Tinderbox and Other Stories...


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plays1995 9

Hugh Mellor Performances 1990-9 Performances 2010-15 | 2005-9 | 2000-4 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 1995-1999 Badger in a Combined Actors of Cambridge production of The Wind in the Willows by Alan Bennett in the Mumford Theatre...


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Hugh Mellor Performances 1990-4 Performances 2010-15 | 2005-9 | 2000-4 | 1995-9 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 1990-1994 Antonio (with Sebastian and Ariel) in a Combined Actors of Cambridge production of The Tempest by William Shakespeare at...


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plays1985 9

Hugh Mellor Performances 1985-9 Performances 2010-15 | 2005-9 | 2000-4 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 1985-1989 Sigmund (with Maya) in a Combined Actors of Cambridge production of The Archbishop's Ceiling by Arthur Miller at the...


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plays1980 4

Hugh Mellor Performances 1980-4 Performances 2010-15 | 2005-9 | 2000-4 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 1980-1984 Faulkland (with Julia) in a GROTS production of The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 8...


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plays1975 9

Hugh Mellor Performances 1975-9 Performances 2010-15 | 2005-9 | 2000-4 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 1975-1979 The Ragpicker in a Perse School for Girls production of The Mad Woman of Chaillot by Jean Girardoux at the Perse School...


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Hugh Mellor Peformances 1970-4 Performances 2010-15 | 2005-9 | 2000-4 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 1970-1974 Vershinin in an ADC production of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 12-16 March 1974 top...


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Hugh Mellor Performances 1960-9 Performances 2010-15 | 2000-4 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1955-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 1963-1969 Aeneas in a Cambridge University Players production of Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare at the Minack Theatre...


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plays1955 9

Hugh Mellor Performances 1955-9 Performances 2010-14 | 2000-4 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | Index | Hugh Mellor Performances 1955-1960 Mr Webb in a Manchester Grammar School Dramatic Society Production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder Manchester Grammar School, 28...


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plays

Hugh Mellor Performances Performances 2010-15 | 2005-9 | 1995-9 | 1995-9 | 1990-4 | 1985-9 | 1980-4 | 1975-9 | 1970-4 | 1960-9 | 1955-9 | Hugh Mellor Performances 'Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh...


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mmr

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metaphysics

D H Mellor Matters of Metaphysics Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Matters of Metaphysics D. H. Mellor Cambridge: Cambridge University Press , 1991, pp.xx+295 A free PDF file of this book is available here This volume contains sixteen papers published between 1974 and 1991...


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latin

Miles Kington Latin D. H. Mellor Latin Tourist Phrase Book compiled by Miles Kington in response to the Vatican's support for Latin as the European language and reproduced here with his permission. Quid pro quo : the sterling exchange rate Post hoc propter hoc : a little more white wine wouldn't...


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communication

'Ways of Communicating' edited by D. H. Mellor Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Ways of Communicating Edited by D. H. Mellor Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, pp. vi+165 ISBN: 0521-01904-4 paperback; ISBN: 0521-37074-4 hardback This volume contains the 1989...


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Hugh Mellor Festschrift Real Metaphysics Articles by | Books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Real Metaphysics: Essays in Honour of D. H. Mellor Edited by Hallvard Lillehammer and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra London: Routledge 2003. ISBN: 0415-24981-3 hardback; eISBN: 0203-16429-6 Notre Dame...


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pubs

Philosophy Cambridge Mellor Articles books written by | edited by | D. H. Mellor Articles Major articles published since 1990 (except those collected in Matters of Metaphysics and Mind, Meaning, and Reality ) Role-playing on Stage , The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy , ed. Craig...