I completed my B.Phil and D.Phil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and I am currently a Stalnaker Postdoctoral Associate at MIT. My areas of interest include metaphysics, formal and philosophical logic, and the history of analytic philosophy. My D.Phil thesis developed a logic and semantics for essence and ground which I take to regiment constitutive explanatory readings of ‘necessary for’ and ‘sufficient for’, respectively. My thesis was supervised by Tim Williamson and James Studd and examined by Kit Fine (external) and Ofra Magidor (internal). My current research focuses on developing hyperintensional theories for: (1) constitutive, causal, and normative forms of explanation; (2) counterfactual and indicative conditionals; and (3) logics for tense and modality. I am also interested in theories of subject-matter and relevance as well as a number of applications of the theoretical resources that I have developed.
Contact: brastmck [at] mit [dot] edu