William Simpson


Academic Summary

PhD, Philosophy (in progress), University of Cambridge
MPhil, History and philosophy of science, University of Cambridge, 2016
PhD, Theoretical physics, University of St Andrews, 2014
MPhys, Physics and mathematics, University of St Andrews, 2010

William Simpson is currently a doctoral student in philosophy at the  University of Cambridge, having completed an MPhil in the history and  philosophy of science. Prior to embarking on his philosophical studies at Cambridge, he pursued research in theoretical physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the University of St Andrews, and completed a doctorate in theoretical physics and a Masters degree in physics and mathematics at the University of St Andrews.

Research Interests

Physics and philosophy of physics
Metaphysics and philosophy of science
Philosophy of mind
Philosophy of religion and analytic theology


University of Cambridge (PhD Candidate)
Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford (Associate Member)


(Edited volumes)

“Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science”, co-edited with 
R.C Koons and N. J. Teh, Routledge, 2017.

Forces of the Quantum Vacuum: an introduction to Casimir Physics, W.M.R. 
Simpson, U. Leonhardt, Eds, World Scientific Publishing, 2015.


Surprises in Theoretical Casimir Physics, W.M.R. Simpson, Springer 

(Select papers in philosophy)

“What’s the matter with Super-Humeanism?”, W.M.R. Simpson, British 
Journal for the Philosophy of Science, (accepted; forthcoming in 2019).

“Half-baked Humeanism”, in Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary 
Science, Eds. W.M.R. Simpson, R.C. Koons, N. J. Teh, Routledge, 2017.

“Ontological aspects of the Casimir Effect”, Studies in Hist. and 
Philos. of Modern Physics, 2014

(Select papers in physics)

“Exact solution for the Casimir stress in a spherically symmetric 
medium”, Leonhardt, U., Simpson, W. M. R., Phys. Rev. D, 2011.

“Divergence of the Casimir stress in inhomogeneous media”, Simpson, 
W.M.R, Horsley, S.A.R, Leonhardt, U., Phys. Rev. A, 2013.

“Casimir forces at the cutting edge”, Simpson, W.M.R., Leonhardt, U., 
Decca, R., Buhmann, S.Y., in Forces of the Quantum Vacuum: an 
introduction to Casimir Physics. World Scientific, 2015.

(Papers in theology)

“Knowing nature”, in Knowing Creation, Eds. A. B. Torrance, T. H. 
McCall, Zondervan, 2017.

“The Significance of Andrew Perriman’s ‘Faith, Health and Prosperity’ in 
the Word of Faith Debate” Simpson, W.M.R, in the Journal of Pentecostal 
Theology, Vol 16(1) 64-96.