Dr Nathan Wildman

Assistant Professor

TSHD: Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
TSHD: Department of Philosophy


I am an Assistant Professor in Philosophy, and a member of TiLPS. I have previously taught at Glasgow and Hamburg, and studied at Cambridge and UC-Santa Cruz.

My primary research concerns issues in metaphysics, philosophy of language, logic, and aesthetics. I am especially interested in the foundations of alethic modality, the nature & logic of fictional truth, and the aesthetics of interactive fictions (especially video games & AR/VR).

I am also an associate member of the Phlox Research Group in Vienna and the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience at Glasgow.


I have expertise in several areas of theoretical philosophy and aesthetics, with growing interests in topics concerning the philosophy of technology.

I am currently working on projects concerning:

  • "Voyeur" gaming (i.e., Twitch, Let's Plays, and watching people play videogames)
  • Digital aesthetics
  • The Limits of fictionality
  • Contingentism and fundamentality


Top publications

  1. Interactivity, fictionality, and incompleteness

    Wildman, N., & Woodward, R. (2018). Interactivity, fictionality, and incompleteness. In G. Tavinor, & J. Robson (Eds.), The Aesthetics of Video Games Routledge. https://nwwildman.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/interactivity-chapter-revision.pdf
  2. Against the reduction of modality to essence

    Wildman, N. (2018). Against the reduction of modality to essence. Synthese.
  3. The possibility of empty fictions

    Wildman, N. (2019). The possibility of empty fictions. The journal of aesthetics and art criticism, 77(1), 35-42.
  4. Modality, Sparsity, and Essence

    Wildman, N. (2013). Modality, Sparsity, and Essence. The Philosophical Quarterly, 63(253).
  5. Fiction Unlimited

    Wildman, N., & Folde, C. (2017). Fiction Unlimited. The journal of aesthetics and art criticism, 75(1), 73-80.

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