I specialize in metaphysics and ontology. I think about what there is, parts and wholes, composition, constitution, and modality. I am especially fond of exploring lump theory (or five-dimensionalism), the view that ordinary objects such as tables and chairs are trans-world sums of spatial, temporal, and modal parts. I do not (yet) go so far as to claim that this view is true, but I certainly think it is worth our time trying to figure out why not.
I also work at the intersection of metaphysics, mind, and language – in particular, mental fictionalism, the view that we are (or should be) fictionalists about mental content.
You can read more about my research here.
Outside of my research, I can often be found on campus flipping around in the Circus Lab, using the circus arts to magic-trick people into loving philosophy. I’m also the faculty advisor for the University of Kentucky’s newly created circus club, Circus Cats (more about that here). If you are interested in or curious about circus – even if you have no experience – check us out! All UK students, faculty, and staff are welcome.
Off-duty, I hang out with my partner and our two little boys, digging for worms and treasure.
CONTACT: I can be reached at meg dot wallace at uky dot edu.