E. J. Lowe (philosopher)

Edward Jonathan Lowe (/l/; 24 March 1950 – 5 January 2014), usually cited as E. J. Lowe but known personally as Jonathan Lowe, was a British philosopher and academic. He was Professor of Philosophy at Durham University.[2]

E. J. Lowe
Edward Jonathan Lowe

24 March 1950
Dover, England
Died5 January 2014
EducationFitzwilliam College, Cambridge (BA, 1971)
St Edmund Hall, Oxford (BPhil, 1974; DPhil, 1975)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsDurham University
  • Induction and Non-Demonstrative Inference (1974)
  • Induction and Causal Inference (1975)
Doctoral advisorSimon Blackburn[1]
Other academic advisorsRom Harré (BPhil thesis advisor)[1]
Main interests
Metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophical logic
Notable ideas
Dualistic interactionism


Lowe was born in Dover, England.[2] His secondary education was at Bushey Grammar School, and he subsequently studied at the University of Cambridge, 1968–72 (BA in History, 1st Class), and the University of Oxford, 1972–75 (BPhil and DPhil in Philosophy).[1]

Philosophical workEdit

Lowe was one of the leading philosophers of his generation.[3] He mainly researched and published in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophical logic, and the history of early modern philosophy.[2][1][3] He supervised many PhD students, working on a wide variety of topics.[1]

One of his contributions was a sophisticated defense of dualistic interactionism in the philosophy of mind. This, the view that the mind and the brain are distinct substances, and that facts about each are "causally relevant" to the other.


  • Kinds of Being: A Study of Individuation, Identity and the Logic of Sortal Terms (Oxford: Blackwell, 1989)
  • Locke on Human Understanding (London: Routledge, 1995)
  • Subjects of Experience (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)
  • The Possibility of Metaphysics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)
  • An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
  • A Survey of Metaphysics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Locke (London, New York: Routledge: 2005)
  • The Four-Category Ontology: A Metaphysical Foundation for Natural Science (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Personal Agency (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • More Kinds of Being: A Further Study of Individuation, Identity, and the Logic of Sortal Terms (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
  • Forms of Thought: A Study in Philosophical Logic (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

He also published over 200 articles, including in the leading journals in the field, such as The Journal of Philosophy, Mind, and Noûs.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "CV (2006)". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "The E. J. Lowe Page". Durham University. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "THE Obituary". Retrieved 1 March 2015.

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