David Denby

David Denby

(617) 627-4931
Miner Hall
Research/Areas of Interest:

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Ethics


  • PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst Center, United States, 1997
  • BPhil, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 1988
  • BA, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 1986


David Denby grew up in Gloucestershire in South West England. He and his wife, Anya, have three young boys and two old dogs. In his endless leisure hours, he likes to run and to read Welsh.

He joined the Tufts Philosophy Department in 1996 while finishing his dissertation on the metaphysics of modality. His research focuses on metaphysics, especially modality, properties and ontology. He also dabbles in other areas of metaphysics and in the philosophy of language, mind and Ethics. Currently, he is working on papers on mereology and on whether modal talk need be taken to be quantificational.

David teaches courses on many areas of philosophy and at all levels.