Lecturer in Philosophy

PositionDr Owen Maroney

Departmental Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy

College Lecturer, Brasenose College


BA (Cambridge)

MSc (London)

PhD (London)

Academic Background and Previous Positions

Dr Maroney studied for his doctorate in Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College, London, under Professor Basil Hiley. He has since held post-doctoral teaching and research positions at: the University of Bristol; Imperial College London; the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics; the University of Waterloo; and the University of Sydney. He has been at the University of Oxford since 2011, working on interdisciplinary collaborations in Physics, Material Science, Philosophy and Computer Science.

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

Dr Maroney provides undergraduate teaching in a range of topics, including philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, epistemology and metaphysics.

Research Interests

Dr Maroney’s research focus is upon the philosophy of physics, with particular emphasis upon the interfaces between statistical mechanics, quantum theory and information theory.


Constraints on macroscopic realism without assuming non-invasive measurability
R Hermens, OJE Maroney
Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Volume 63 p 50-64 (2018)

How is there a Physics of Information? On characterising physical evolution as information processing.
OJE Maroney, CG Timpson
in Cuffaro, Fletcher (eds.) Physical Perspectives on Computation, Computational Perspectives on Physics (2018)

Time symmetry in wave-function collapse
DJ Bedingham, OJE Maroney
Physical Review A 95 (4), 042103 (2017)

The thermodynamic cost of quantum operations
DJ Bedingham, OJE Maroney
New Journal of Physics 18 (11), 113050 (2016)

No ψ-epistemic model can fully explain the indistinguishability of quantum states
J Barrett, EG Cavalcanti, R Lal, OJE Maroney
Physical review letters 112 (25), 250403 (2014)


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