WELCOME
As a philosophy professor, I investigate the promises and dangers of scientific theory. How do theories about consciousness and climate change influence technology, and how is that technology used, and abused? How are evolutionary and psychological theories used to draw particular conclusions about race, sex/gender, and intelligence? When are such conclusions legitimate? I have lectured and published on a wide variety of topics in philosophy of science as well as on science more generally. 

rgw@ucsc.edu

ACADEMIC CV (Updated December 20, 2013).
Here are my areas of interest: philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, political philosophy, ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of the social sciences, Pragmatism, History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), Kant, post-structuralism, Latin American Philosophy.

1. Education and Appointments?

2. Professional Service?
  • Reviewer for 20+ journals.

3. General research content? 
  • Abstraction-Reification
  • What is the relation between the concrete (e.g., reality, material technology, and the body) and the abstract (e.g., theory, functional design, and consciousness)? 
  • Pluralism
  • Which categories of scientific research exist in a plurality of ways? 


4. Current specific projects? 
+Pragmatic aspects of models and modeling: 
  • (i) mathematical models (especially in genomics, climate studies, and physics)
  • (ii) diagrammatic models (especially of biological mechanisms, and "Tree of life" vs. "Network of life")
  • (iii) narrative models (especially in Evo-Devo)
Assumption Archaeology of the practices, theories, and ontologies of these fields:
  • (i) the genomics of "race" (Wir sind alle Afrikaner)
Prediction and hypothesis testing (frequentist & Bayesian) as stringent and probative empirical methodologies

5. Other intellectual interests? Physics, psychology, literature and poetry, art, architecture, and the study of multiculturalism.

6. Languages? I speak Danish, English, and Spanish. Perhaps one day my French, German, and Latin will improve. 

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The Quote Bestiary

"[The scientist] therefore must appear to the systematic epistemologist as a type of unscrupulous opportunist: he appears as realist insofar as he seeks to describe a world independent of the acts of perception; as idealist insofar as he looks upon the concepts and theories as the free inventions of the human spirit (not logically derivable from what is empirically given); as positivist insofar as he considers his concepts and theories justified only to the extent to which they furnish a logical representation of relations among sensory experiences. He may even appear as a Platonist or Pythagorean insofar as he considers the viewpoint of logical simplicity as an indispensable and effective tool of his research."
(A. Einstein,1949, "Reply to Criticisms" in Albert Einstein. Philosopher-Scientist (Library of Living Philosophers), p. 684)

"The problem for science is to understand the proper domain of explanation of each abstraction rather than become its prisoner."
(R. Levins and R. Lewontin, 2006,The Dialectical Biologist, p. 150)

"[E]xperience has taught me that the history of various forms of rationality is sometimes more effective in unsettling our certitudes and dogmatism than is abstract criticism."
(M. Foucault, 1979, "Omnes et Singulatim: Towards a Criticism of 'Political Reason'".)
Neues Museum, Berlin, 2010.
Photo courtesy of 
Ola Jakup Joensen, Niels Bohr Institute
UPCOMING TALKS AND CONFERENCES 

On Choosing the Right Tools. Reductionism and Holism in Biomedical and Cognitive Sciences
IIF, UNAM, Mexico City, May 23, 2014

Practices of Abstraction: The View from Cartography and Geography
IIF, UNAM, Mexico City, May 20, 2014

The Genetic Reification of 'Race'? A Story of Two Mathematical Methods
(paper)
 Bay Area Philosophy of Science (BAPS),
SF State University,
San Francisco, May 1, 2014.

Conference:"Genomics and Philosophy of Race"
(websiteposter)
Paper: Are Races Like Constellations?
Kresge College, UC Santa Cruz, April 12-13, 2014.

"The Stanford School of Philosophy of Science" Conference
Organizer
Stanford, CA

"Free to Universalize or Bound by Culture?" Philosophy in a Multicultural Context
October 20, 2012.


PUBLIC LECTURES gladly given
Please contact me @
rgw@ucsc.edu
Short Essay 
Deductive vs.
synthetic styles of thinking, in science and in everyday life.
"Take Your Time"

RASMUS GRØNFELDT WINTHER