Alexander Bird

Alexander James Bird (born 1964) is a British philosopher and Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King's College London.


Previously, he was the professor of philosophy at the University of Bristol. Before that he was lecturer then reader and head of department at the University of Edinburgh. Bird has also taught at Dartmouth College and at Saint Louis University, and was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He was chair of the Philosophy sub-panel in REF 2014.

In 2020 Bird was elected to the Bertrand Russell Professorship of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He will move to Cambridge during the academic year 2020 after the retirement of the current Bertrand Russell Professor, Huw Price.


  • Philosophy of Science, Routledge, 1998
  • Thomas Kuhn, Acumen/Princeton University Press, 2000
  • Nature‚Äôs Metaphysics, Oxford University Press, 2007