David Hugh Mellor

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D. H. Mellor
Born (1938-07-10) 10 July 1938 (age 81)
London, England
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
InstitutionsDarwin College, Cambridge
Doctoral studentsJeremy Butterfield, Tim Crane, Huw Price, Rebecca Roache
Main interests
Philosophy of science
Philosophy of mind
Philosophy of time

David Hugh Mellor (/ˈmɛlər/; born 10 July 1938) is a British philosopher. He is a former Professor of Philosophy and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, now Professor Emeritus, of Cambridge University.


Mellor was born in London, and educated at Manchester Grammar School. After studying chemical engineering at Pembroke College, Cambridge (BA 1960) and the University of Minnesota (MSc 1962), he took up philosophy.

His primary work is metaphysics, although his philosophical interests include philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, probability, time and causation, laws of nature and properties, and decision theory. Mellor was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Darwin College from 1971 to 2005; as a professor he was the subject of extensive media coverage as the main opponent of the conferment of an honorary degree in philosophy to the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

He was president of the Aristotelian Society from 1992 to 1993, a member of the Humanist Philosophers' Group of the British Humanist Association and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, he was a Fellow of the British Academy between 1983 and 2008. In retirement Mellor now holds the title of Emeritus Professor.[1][2]

Mellor is also an amateur theatre actor.


  • The Matter of Chance (1971). Cambridge University Press.
  • Real Time (1981). Cambridge University Press.[3]
  • Real Time II (1998). Routledge.[4]
  • Matters of Metaphysics (1991). Cambridge University Press.
  • The Facts of Causation (1995). Routledge.
  • Probability: A Philosophical Introduction (2005). Routledge.
  • Mind, Meaning, and Reality (2012). Oxford University Press.


  1. ^ University of Cambridge (updated on December 13, 2011) 2008 University of Cambridge, Faculty of Philosophy, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA Archived 2011-12-28 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  2. ^ Hugh Mellor's web pages. Retrieved 26 October 2005
  3. ^ CUP Archive, 31 May 1985. Retrieved 2012-01-25 ISBN 0-521-28468-6.
  4. ^ Routledge, 22 Jun 1998. Retrieved 2012-01-25 ISBN 0-415-09781-9.

Further reading[edit]

  • Real Metaphysics: Essays in Honour of D. H. Mellor (2003). Hallvard Lillehammer and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra ed.