Dr Peter Evans


School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52162


Pete is currently a Lecturer in Philosophy specialising in the philosophy of science, particularly the philosophy of physics. His research interests include time and causation in modern physics, especially quantum foundations, and the epistemology and methodology of science, especially analogue experimentation. He completed in 2021 an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award project, "A philosophical exploration of simulating and controlling the quantum world", which examines how a novel laboratory technique, analogue quantum simulation, illuminates the epistemology of analogue experimentation. In 2023 he was a collaborator in the FQxI project "Information as fuel" based in the School of Mathematics and Physics. Pete's philosophical research is informed by the latest experimental and theoretical results from the physical sciences.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Physics
    Philosophy of space and time, relativity, and quantum foundations
  • Philosophy of Science
    Epistemology of science, methodology of science
  • Quantum foundations
    Quantum information, quantum causal models
  • Metaphysics
    Philosophy of causation


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University


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Book Chapter

  • Evans, Peter W. and Friederich, Simon (2019). Retrocausality in quantum mechanics. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. edited by Edward N. Zalta. Stanford, CA, United States: Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University.

Journal Article

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision