Nicholas Teh

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Nicholas Teh

203 Malloy Hall
On Leave AY 2017


Ph.D. University of Cambridge

Research Interest

Philosophy of Physics, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science


I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, I held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge and the Quantum Group at the Oxford University Comlab. Before that, I read for a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at Trinity College, Cambridge.

My primary research is in the philosophy of physics. I am particularly engaged by the rich interplay between the conceptual puzzles of physics, and various themes in metaphysics and contemporary mathematics. 

A central strand of my research pertains to the foundations of quantum mechanics, i.e. developing the conceptual tools to interpret peculiar features such as "contextuality" and "no-cloning", as well as elucidating the geometrical foundations of the theory.

I also work on the foundations of quantum field theory (especially gauge theory), the philosophy of symmetry, the interpretation of physical dualities (especially AdS/CFT and S-duality), and the use of category theory as a framework for articulating physical theories.

My broader research interests include neo-Aristotelian metaphysics and theories of agency, as well as the philosophical foundations of finance.