William Simpson

Research Interests

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


  • Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Logos Institute, University of St Andrews,
  • Research Associate, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion,
  • University of Oxford



(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.