As a philosophy professor, I investigate the structure, dynamics, and functions of scientific theories and models. How do models about cognition and climate change influence technology, and how is that technology used? What is the historical and normative context of evolutionary and psychological theories, and how are these theories used, perhaps illegitimately, to draw conclusions about race, sex/gender, and intelligence? I have lectured and published on a wide variety of topics in philosophy of science as well as on science more generally.
Here are my areas of interest: philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of cartography, 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?
- University of California, Santa Cruz: Associate Professor (2013 - Current), Assistant Professor (2007-2013); Department of Philosophy
2. Professional Service?
- Reviewer for 25+ journals, publishers, and funding agencies.
3. General research content?
- 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)?
- 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)
- (i) the genomics of "race" (Wir sind alle Afrikaner)
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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Neues Museum, Berlin, 2010.
UPCOMING TALKS AND CONFERENCES
(Session organized by
@ Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Nov. 21, 2014
"The Structure of Scientific Theories,"
University of Toronto,
June 27, 2014
IIF, UNAM, Mexico City, May 20, 2014
Kresge College, UC Santa Cruz, April 12-13, 2014.
synthetic styles of thinking, in science and in everyday life.
(University of Chicago Press, book under contract).