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Curriculum Vitae

June 2013

Department of Philosophy 107 Yukon Lane

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514

CB #3125 – Caldwell Hall 919 489 6259

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3125

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mlange@email.unc.edu
Education University of Pittsburgh, 1985-1990

M.A., Department of Philosophy, 1988

Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, 1990

Dissertation: The Design of Scientific Practice

Directed by Robert Brandom
Princeton University, 1981-1985

A.B., with Highest Honors, 1985, majoring in Philosophy

Senior thesis: Newcomb’s Problem and Causal Decision Theory

Directed by David Lewis



Academic Positions

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Philosophy

Theda Perdue Distinguished Professor, July 2012-

Philosophy Department Chair, July 2011-

Faculty Fellow, UNC Institute of Arts and Humanities, 2011-

Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, July 2009-June 2012

Associate Chair of Philosophy, July 2007-June 2011

Professor, August 2003-June 2012

University of Washington, Seattle; Department of Philosophy

Professor, September 2001- June 2003

Associate Professor, July 1998-August 2001

Assistant Professor, July 1997-June 1998


University of California, Los Angeles; Department of Philosophy

Assistant Professor, July 1990-June 1997


Areas of Work Philosophy of science, and related regions of

metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mathematics




Publications



Books
Laws and Lawmakers: Science, Metaphysics, and the Laws of Nature (Oxford University Press, 2009, hardcover and paperback). Some reviews: Metascience 20 (January 2011): 27-52, symposium with papers by John Carroll, Barry Loewer, and James Woodward (and my replies); Ethics 120 (January 2010): 431-7, reviewed by Mark Lance and Maggie Little; Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 9.27.2011 reviewed by Ned Hall; International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (2011): 83-86; Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (forthcoming); Philosophical Quarterly 61 (2011): 415-418; Choice (March 2010); Science and Education 2011; Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science 4 (2010): 266-9.
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics: Locality, Fields, Energy, and Mass (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002, hardcover and paperback). Some reviews: Mind 113 (2004): 562-565; Review of Metaphysics 57 (2004): 631; Choice 40 (January 2003): 859; Il Sole 24 Ore (Domenica, Italy), 23 November 2003, p. 34. First runner-up for 2004 British Society for the Philosophy of Science President’s Prize for the best textbook in the philosophy of science.
Natural Laws in Scientific Practice (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000 hardcover, 2007 paperback). Some reviews: Philosophy and Phenomological Research 71 (July 2005): 240-245 (Review Essay); Philosophy of Science 71 (April 2004): 222-224; Annals of the Japan Association for Philosophy of Science 12 (November 2003): 53-59, HOPOS [International Society for the History of the Philosophy of Science] Newsletter VIII:1 (spring/summer 2004): 10-11; European Legacy 8 (January 2003): 237-8; Review of Metaphysics 56 (December 2002): 435; Choice 38 (February 2001): 1101.

Invited book chapters, articles, and encyclopedia entries
“How are mental illnesses different?”, in Gary Gala and Daniel Moseley (eds.), Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, Intersections, and New Perspectives, Routledge, forthcoming.
“Are Some Things Naturally Necessary?”, in Tyron Goldschmidt (ed.), The Puzzle of Existence: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing? (Routledge Studies in Metaphysics), Routledge, forthcoming.
“How to Explain the Lorentz Transformations”, in Stephen Mumford and Matthew Tugby (eds.), Metaphysics and Science, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
“What Would Natural Laws in the Life Sciences Be?”, in Kostas Kampourakis (ed.), The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators, Springer, forthcoming.
“Laws of Nature,” in Martin Curd and Stathis Psillos (eds.), Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
“’There Sweep Great General Principles Which All the Laws Seem to Follow’”, in Karen Bennett and Dean Zimmerman (eds.), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, volume 7, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 154-185.
“Laws of Nature”, in Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy, ed. Duncan Prichard, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
“Replies to my Critics”, contribution to a symposium on Laws and Lawmakers, in Metascience 20 (January 2011): 45-52.
“It Takes More Than All Kinds to Make a World”, in Joseph Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, and Matthew Slater (eds.), Carving Nature at its Joints: Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science, Cambridge: Bradford/MIT Press, 2011, pp. 53-84.
“Scientific Laws,” in Lawrence Sklar (ed.), Physical Theory: Method and Interpretation, New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
“Hume and the Problem of Induction,” in Dov Gabbay, Stephen Hartmann, and John Woods (eds.), Handbook of the History of Logic, volume 10: Inductive Logic, Amsterdam: Elsevier/North Holland, 2011, pp. 43-92.
“Causation in Classical Mechanics,” in Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, and Peter Menzies (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Causation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 649-660.
“Why do the Laws Explain Why?”, in Toby Handfield (ed.), Dispositions and Causes, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 286-321.
“Scientific Inquiry”, in John Shand (ed.), Central Issues of Philosophy, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2009, pp. 177-192.
“Laws of Nature,” in Martin Curd and Stathis Psillos (eds.), Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science, New York: Routledge, 2008, pp. 203-212.
“Laws and Theories,” in Sahotra Sarkar and Anya Plutynski (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008, pp. 489-505.
Articles in Donald Borchert (ed.)., Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006.

“Classical Mechanics, Philosophy of,” volume 2, pp. 279-284.

“Energy and Force,” volume 3, pp. 234-237.

“Laws, Scientific,” volume 5, pp. 220-225.


Book edited (with introductions to the papers anthologized)
Philosophy of Science: An Anthology (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007, hardcover and paperback).

Refereed articles
“Did Einstein Really Believe that Principle Theories are Explanatorily Powerless?” Perspectives on Science, forthcoming.
“What Makes a Scientific Explanation Distinctively Mathematical?”, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, forthcoming.
“Really Statistical Explanations and Genetic Drift”, Philosophy of Science 80 (2013): 169-88.
“Grounding, Scientific Explanation, and Humean Laws”, Philosophical Studies 164 (2013): 255-61.
“Conservation Laws in Scientific Explanations: Constraints or Coincidences?” Philosophy of Science 78 (2011): 333-352.
“Can There Be A Priori Causal Models of Natural Selection” (with Alexander Rosenberg), Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (2011): 591-99.
“Why Do Forces Add Vectorially? A Forgotten Controversy in the Foundations of Classical Mechanics”, American Journal of Physics 79 (2011), pp. 380-388.
“Meta-Laws of Nature and the Best System Account”, Analysis 71 (2011), pp. 216-222.
“What are Mathematical Coincidences (and Why Does It Matter)?” Mind 119 (2010), pp. 307-340.
“A Tale of Two Vectors”, Dialectica 63 (2009), special issue on the metaphysics of vectors, pp. 397-431.
reprinted in The Philosopher’s Annual, volume XXIX.
“Dimensional Explanations”, Noûs 43 (2009), pp. 742-775.
“The End of Diseases”, Philosophical Topics, special issue on metaphysics and natural kinds, 35 (2007), pp. 265-292.

“Must the Fundamental Laws of Physics Be Complete?”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78 (March 2009), pp. 312-345.


“Why Proofs by Mathematical Induction are Generally Not Explanatory,” Analysis 69 (2009), pp. 203-211.
“Could the Laws of Nature Change?”, Philosophy of Science 75 (January 2008), pp. 69-92.
“Why Contingent Facts Cannot Necessities Make”, Analysis 68 (April 2008), pp. 120-128.
“Laws and Meta-Laws of Nature”, The Harvard Review of Philosophy 15 (Fall 2007): 21-36.
“Laws and Meta-Laws of Nature: Conservation Laws and Symmetries,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (2007), pp. 457-81.
“How to Account for the Relation Between Chancy Facts and Deterministic Laws,” Mind 115 (2006), pp. 917-946.
“Do Chances Receive Equal Treatment Under The Laws? Or: Must Chances Be Probabilities?”, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 57 (2006), pp. 383-403.
“How Can Instantaneous Velocity Fulfill Its Causal Role?” Philosophical Review 114 (2005), pp. 433-468.
“Reply to Ellis and to Handfield on Essentialism, Laws, and Counterfactuals,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 83 (2005), pp. 581-588.
“A Counterfactual Analysis of the Concepts of Logical Truth and Necessity,” Philosophical Studies 125 (2005), pp. 277-303.
“Ecological Laws: What Would They Be and Why Would They Matter?,” Oikos [The Journal of the Nordic Ecological Society] 110 (2005), pp. 394-403.
“Laws and Their Stability,” Synthese 144 (2005), pp. 415-432.
“Would Direct Realism Resolve the Classical Problem of Induction?”, Noûs 38 (2004), pp. 197-232.
“Bayesianism and Unification: A Reply to Wayne Myrvold,” Philosophy of Science 71 (April 2004), pp. 205-15.
“A Note on Scientific Essentialism, Laws of Nature, and Counterfactual Conditionals,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (June 2004), pp. 227-41.
“The Autonomy of Functional Biology: A Reply to Rosenberg,” Biology & Philosophy, 19 (January 2004), pp. 93-101.
"Who's Afraid of Ceteris-Paribus Laws? Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Them," Erkenntnis 57 (2002), pp. 407-423.
reprinted in Philosophy of Science: An Anthology, Blackwell, 2007.
reprinted in The Philosopher’s Annual, volume XXV.
reprinted in Ceteris paribus Laws, ed. J. Earman, C. Glymour, and S. Mitchell (Kluwer, 2003).
"Baseball, Pessimistic Inductions, and the Turnover Fallacy," Analysis 62 (October 2002), pp. 281-5.
"Okasha on Inductive Scepticism," The Philosophical Quarterly 52: 207 (April 2002), pp. 226-232.
"The Apparent Superiority of Prediction To Accommodation as a Side Effect: A Reply to Maher", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 52 (2001), pp. 575-88.
"The Most Famous Equation", The Journal of Philosophy 98: 5 (May 2001), pp. 219-38.
"Is Jeffrey Conditionalization Defective By Virtue of Being Non-Commutative? Remarks on the Sameness of Sensory Experience", Synthese 123:3 (June 2000), pp. 393-403.
"Salience, Supervenience, and Layer Cakes in Sellars's Scientific Realism, McDowell's Moral Realism, and the Philosophy of Mind", Philosophical Studies, 101 (2000), pp. 213-51.
"Why Are the Laws of Nature So Important to Science?", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LIX: 3 (September 1999), pp. 625-652.
"Calibration and the Epistemological Role of Bayesian Conditionalization", The Journal of Philosophy XCVI: 6 (June 1999), pp. 294-324.
"Laws, Counterfactuals, Stability, and Degrees of Lawhood", Philosophy of Science 66 (June 1999), pp. 243-267.
"Inductive Confirmation, Counterfactual Conditionals, and Laws of Nature," Philosophical Studies, 85, #1 (January 1997), pp. 1-36.
"Laws of Nature, Cosmic Coincidences, and Scientific Realism," Australasian Journal of Philosophy 74, #4 (December 1996), pp. 614-638.
"Life, Artificial Life, and Scientific Explanation," Philosophy of Science 63 (June 1996), pp. 225-244.

reprinted in Mark Bedau and Carol Cleland (eds.), The Nature of Life: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 236-48. 


"Spearman's Principle," The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (December 1995), pp. 503-521.
"Are There Natural Laws concerning Particular Biological Species?," The Journal of Philosophy XCII: 8 (August 1995), pp. 430-451.
"Dispositions and Scientific Explanation," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 75:2 (June 1994), pp. 108-132.
"Earman on the Projectibility of Grue," PSA 1994 [Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association], volume 1, ed. D. Hull, M. Forbes, and R. Burian, pp. 87-95.
"Scientific Realism and Components: The Case of Classical Astronomy," The Monist 77:1 (January 1994), pp. 111-127.
"When Would Natural Laws Have Been Broken?," Analysis 53:4 (October 1993), pp. 262-269 (shared top prize awarded in Analysis Annual Essay Competition).
"Lawlikeness," Noûs 27 (1993), pp. 1-21.
"Natural Laws and the Problem of Provisos," Erkenntnis 38 (1993), pp. 233-248.
reprinted in John Carroll (ed.), Readings on Laws of Nature (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004), pp. 161-175.
reprinted in Alexander Bird and James Ladyman (eds.), Arguing About Science (Abington, UK: Routledge, 2013), pp. 455-465.
"Armstrong and Dretske on the Explanatory Power of Regularities," Analysis 52:3 (July 1992), pp. 154-159.
"Hui Shih's Logical Theory of Descriptions: A Philosophical Reconstruction of Hui Shih's Ten Enigmatic Arguments," Monumenta Serica 38 (1988-89), pp. 95-114.
Other Articles
"Is 'Artificial Life' Alive?", in Artificial Life, catalogue for exhibition at Consolidated Works, a Seattle contemporary arts center, 1999.
"Can Science Answer Moral Questions?," in Race and Other Misadventures, ed. L. Reynolds and L. Lieberman (Dix Hills, New York: General Hall, 1996), pp. 378-396.


Book Reviews
“Abstraction and Depth in Scientific Explanation” – contribution to book symposium on “Depth: An Account of Scientific Explanation”, by Michael Strevens, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 84 (2012): 483-491.
Review of “Nature’s Metaphysics” by Alexander Bird, Philosophical Review, 119(1), January 2010, pp. 97-99.
“Structuralism with an Empiricist Face?”, contribution (in Italian) to a debate on Bas van Fraassen, “Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective”, Iride: Filosofia E Discussione Pubblica (Bologna), 58 (December 2009), pp. 713-17.
reprinted (in English) in IRIS. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 2 (April 2010), pp. 252-6.
Review of “The Metaphysics Within Physics” by Tim Maudlin, Mind 118 (January 2009), pp. 197-200.
Review of “Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell’s Republic Revisited”

edited by Huw Price and Richard Corry, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, November 2007.


“Farewell to Laws of Nature?”, essay review of “Laws in Nature” by Stephen Mumford, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science A, 37 (2006), pp. 361-69.
Review of “Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science” by Peter Godfrey-Smith, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 83 (March 2005), pp. 122-124.
Review Essay on “Dynamics of Reason” by Michael Friedman, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 68 (May 2004), pp. 702-712.
Review of "Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth" by Stathis Psillos, Philosophical Books 42: 4 (October 2001), pp. 317-20.

Review of "Laws of Nature" by John Carroll, Philosophical Quarterly, 47 (October 1997), pp. 526-529.



Other
Contributed to The Oxford English Dictionary the earliest known use of the word “Cepheid.”
Letter to William Safire reprinted in Safire, The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time: Wit and Wisdom from the Popular Language Column in the New York Times Magazine (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), p. 402.
Panelist for askphilosophers.org; contributed to What is the Opposite of a Lion? And 99 Other Philosophical Questions Answered (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2007); contributed to What Should I Do: Philosophers on the Good, the Bad, and the Puzzling, ed. Alexander George (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) – both volumes derived from answers posted on askphilosophers.org.
“What it all Means” [Letter to the Editor], The New York Times, February 9, 2011, Sunday Book Review, p. 6.
WUNC 91.5 FM (National Public Radio) interviewed by Frank Statio on “The State of Things” show on space (August 25, 2010)
“Popular Science” [Letter to the Editor], The New York Times, May 31, 2009, Sunday Book Review, p. 5.
Letter to the Editor (on counterfactual reasoning), The Chronicle of Higher Education LII: 18 (January 6, 2006), p. B18
Letter to the Editor (on quantum mechanics and the history of physics), The New Yorker, May 30, 2011, p. 5.
Member of American Philosophical Association (APA), Philosophy of Science Society (PSA).
Awards and Research Grants
“A Tale of Two Vectors” selected for The Philosopher’s Annual, volume XXIX, as one of the ten best articles published in philosophy in 2009.
D. Earle Pardue Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Faculty Fellowship for spring term 2011 (won through university-wide competition).

Awarded a University of North Carolina Pogue Competitive Research Leave (university-wide competition for one term of research sabbatical), fall term 2010.


Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, awarded 2007, term 2009-12.
"Who's Afraid of Ceteris-Paribus Laws? Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Them" selected for The Philosopher’s Annual, volume XXV, as one of the ten best articles published in philosophy in 2002.
UW Humanities Center grant ($10,000) to develop the UW Young Humanities Scholars Program for high schoolers, 1998-99.
UW Faculty "Tools for Transformation" Curriculum Development Award, to develop courses in the philosophy of physics and an undergraduate major in the history and philosophy of science, 1998-1999 (with Andrea Woody).
UCLA Chancellor's Faculty Career Development Award, UCLA, 1995
"When Would Natural Laws Have Been Broken?," tied for top prize awarded in Analysis Annual Essay Competition, 1993
Andrew Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 1985
United States Presidential Scholar, 1981
National Merit Scholar, 1981

Professional Service
Associate Editor, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, September 2011-current
Member of Editorial Board, Philosophy of Science, 2009-current
Member of APA Eastern Division Advisory Committee (on Philosophy of Science) to the Program Committee, January 2012-January 2015
Chair (2006) and member (2005) of Program Committee for APA Eastern Division and James Prize Committee.
Program Committee member for the 1998 meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Nominating Editor, Philosophers’ Annual (2009-current).
Editorial Board member, Journal of Mathematics (2012-present)
Academic Board member, Praxis philosophy journal (University of Manchester, UK) (2013-present)
Referee:
of journal articles for Philosophical Review, Philosophy of Science, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Mind, Philosophers’ Imprint, Nous, Synthese, Erkenntnis, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, European Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Foundations of Physics, Oikos [The Journal of the Nordic Ecological Society], Dialectica, Artificial Life, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Quarterly, Theoria; Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Biological Reviews, American Journal of Physics;
of book manuscripts for University of Chicago Press, Oxford University Press, Blackwell Publishers, Palgrave Macmillan UK, Princeton University Press, Routledge, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Mayfield Publishing Company, University of Pittsburgh Press, University of Edinburgh Press, Rutgers University Press;
of grant proposals for the National Science Foundation (Science, Technology, and Society Program) for many years, Swiss National Science Foundation;
of symposium papers for Alife VI [artificial life] (1998) and Alife VII (2000); of Special One-Time SSHRC (Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council) Institutional Grant proposals for The University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) in September, 1999; of papers for Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, volume 9, MIT Press, ed. Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, and Matthew Slater, forthcoming; Routledge Companion to The Philosophy of Language, ed. G. Russell and D. Graff (forthcoming); volume edited by Léna Soler deriving from Les Treilles Workshop on “Science As It Could Have Been”, France, July 2009.
Nominating Committee, Wesley C. Salmon Memorial Lecture Committee, University of Pittsburgh, 2010-current.
Organized quarterly meetings of the Southern California Philosophy of Science Group, 1993-1997, and ran the Group's electronic mailing list and bulletin board
Directed the Carnap-Reichenbach Centennial Symposium, UCLA, 18-19 October 1991
University Service
Member, Polanyi Lectureship Committee, 2010-

Presentations
Refereed
“Really Statistical Explanations and Genetic Drift”

POBAM [Philosophy of Biology @ Madison] Workshop, Madison, WI – June 2012


“Conservation Laws in Scientific Explanations: Constraints or Coincidences?”

British Society for the Philosophy of Science, Dublin – July 2010


“How to Account for the Relation Between Chancy Facts and Deterministic Laws”

Philosophy of Science session, Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago – April 2005


“Do Chances Receive Equal Treatment Under the Laws”

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Durham – March 2005


"The Apparent Superiority of Prediction to Accommodation as a Side-Effect"

Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting, Vancouver -- November 2000


"Is Jeffrey-Conditionalization Really Non-Commutative?"

Philosophical Logic session, Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Berkeley -- April 1999


"Earman on the Projectibility of Grue"

Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting, New Orleans, October 1994


"Can Accidental Generalizations Be Confirmed Inductively?"

Philosophy of Science colloquium, Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Los Angeles -- March 1994


"Scientific Realism and Components"

Society for Realist/Anti-Realist Discussion, Los Angeles -- March 1994


"When Would Natural Laws Have Been Broken?"

Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association,

San Francisco -- March 1993
Invited
“The Explanatory Power of (Some) Reducible Physical Properties”

Department of Philosophy, University of Miami (FL) – April 2013


“Aspects of Mathematical Explanation”

Department of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA – March 2013

Division of Humanities, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA – March 2013

Department of Philosophy, University of Miami (FL) – April 2013


“What Would Natural Laws in the Life Sciences Be?”

Invited symposium on “Laws in the Life Sciences” at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Atlanta -- December 2012


“What Makes a Scientific Explanation Distinctively Mathematical?”

Triangle Philosophy of Science Ellipse, Durham – November 2012


“Why are the Laws of Nature So Important to Science?”

Department of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University – September 2012


“How to Explain the Lorentz Transformations”

Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina – November 2012


“Really Statistical Explanations and Genetic Drift”

British Society for the Philosophy of Science Special Seminar on Choice and Explanation, Brasenose College, Oxford (UK) -- June 2012


“The Logic of Scientific Reasoning”

St. Thomas More High School, Raleigh, NC – January 2012


“Explanation in Mathematics”

Department of Philosophy, New York University – November 2010

Department of Philosophy, University of Washington/Seattle – February 2011

Carolina Friends School, Upper School Science Symposium – February 2011

Hopkins Center for History and Philosophy of Science, Johns Hopkins University – March 2012

Department of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University – September 2012

Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina – November 2012
“RS Explanations and Genetic Drift”

Seminar on scientific explanation, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington/Seattle – February 2011


“There sweep great general principles which all the laws seem to follow”

University of Michigan Spring Philosophy Colloquium (“Laws and Counterfactuals”) – March 2011.

“The Rule of Law”

Invited symposium on “Laws of Nature” at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Boston – December 2010

Department of Philosophy and Program in Science and Society, and WesFest (events for prospective undergraduates), Wesleyan University – April 2011
“Symmetry, Unity, and Salience in Mathematical Explanation”

Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr Colleges/Mellon Foundation 3d Annual Colloquium in Mathematics and Philosophy, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania – April 2010


“A Tale of Two Vectors”

Keynote, Metaphysics of Science conference, AHRC Metaphysics of Science Project (Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, and Nottingham), Nottingham, UK – September 2009

Department of Philosophy, MIT – April 2010
Author Meets Critics session on Alexander Bird, Nature’s Metaphysics

Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago – February 2009


“The Rule of Law – and of Meta-Law”

Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University – November 2008.

Boston Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science – September 2008
“What is a Physical Law?”

75th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society (APS), Raleigh, North Carolina – October 2008.


“It Takes More Than All Kinds to Make a World”

Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference (INPC), plenary session, University of Idaho/Washington State University – March 2008


“What Would A Mathematical Coincidence Be?”

Department of Philosophy, North Carolina State University – January 2008.


“Dimensional Explanations in Physics”

Department of Philosophy, Conference on Causation and Mechanisms, University of Maryland at College Park – May 2007.


“Laws of Nature”

North Carolina Philosophical Society – February 2007


“Laws and Meta-Laws of Nature”

Department of Philosophy, Princeton University – February 2007

Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – March 2007.

Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan – November 2007


“Laws of Nature and Natural Necessity”

Duke University Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine (HiPSTeM) and National Humanities Center Initiative in Science and the Humanities – November 2006


“Einstein, Philosophy of Physics, and Excess Baggage”

Duke Society of Fellows, Duke University – April 2006


“Laws of Nature: Their Stability, Their Necessity, and the Autonomy of Inexact Sciences”

Department of Philosophy, Kansas State University – February 2006

Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Indiana, Bloomington – October 2005

Plenary Session of Annual Meeting, British Society for the Philosophy of Science, Canterbury, UK – July 2004

Joint Committee for Philosophy and the Sciences (CPaS)/Department of Philosophy Colloquium, University of Maryland at College Park – April 2004

Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – February 2003


“How to Account for the Relation Between Chancy Facts and Deterministic Laws”

Department of Philosophy Conference/Workshop “Descrying the World in Physics,” Columbia University and Rutgers University – April 2005


Copenhagen and Quantum Metaphysics”

“Mentoring the Bomb: A Weekend Seminar Featuring a Performance of Copenhagen by the PlayMakers Repertory Company,” Program in the Humanities and Human Values, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – February 2005

James M. Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – January 2005
“Do Chances Receive Equal Treatment Under the Laws”

Triangle Philosophy of Science Ellipse, Chapel Hill – December 2004


“Einstein and Excess Baggage”

Department of Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – April 2004


“How Can Instantaneous Velocity Fulfill Its Causal Role”

Triangle Philosophy of Science Ellipse, Chapel Hill – March 2004


“The Philosophy of Physics”

Simpson Center for the Humanities – New Works in Print Series, University of Washington, February 2002


“Laws and Their Stability”

Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California at Irvine – October 2002

Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin – October 2002

Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, University of Washington – January 2003

Conference on Laws of Nature and Dispositions, University of Alabama at Birmingham – February 2003
“Laws of Nature and Counterfactual Conditionals”

The University of Washington Academy, Seattle – October 2003


"Physical Law and Scientific Reasoning"

Bellevue Community College -- March 2001


"The Most Famous Equation"

19th Annual Meeting of the Columbia History of Science Group, Friday Harbor Laboratories -- March 2001


"How Could Explanations in the Special Sciences Be Autonomous and Irreducible?"

Department of Philosophy and Colloquium in the Studies of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota -- November 2000


"Is 'Artificial Life' Literally Alive?"

At Consolidated Works, in connection with their art show "Artificial Life",

Seattle -- October 1999.
Comment on Jim Woodward, "Explanation and Invariance"

Philosophy of Science Session, Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Philadelphia -- December 1997.


"What Is So Important About the Laws of Nature?"

Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver -- September 1997


Response to Joseph, LaPorte, "Essential Membership", Philosophy of Biology Session

Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Atlanta -- December 1996


"Law and the Lonely Proton"

Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California -- October 1996

Philosophy Department, University of Washington -- January 1997

"The Epistemological Role of Bayesian Conditionalization"

Southern California Philosophy of Science Group, Los Angeles -- October 1995
"Function Ascriptions and Functional Explanations in Biology"

UCLA Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life [CSEOL], Los Angeles, December 1994


"Inductive Confirmation, Counterfactual Conditionals, and Laws of Nature"

UCLA Cognitive Science Group, Los Angeles, November 1994


Response to Philip Kitcher, "Reviving the Enlightenment: Prospects for Scientific Objectivity in a Complicated World," UC Riverside 4th Annual Philosophy Conference ("Science and Objectivity") -- April 1994
Invited "Commentator-at-large", Princeton-Rutgers Conference on the Relations Between Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science -- April 1994
"Lawlikeness"

Southern California Philosophy of Science Group, Irvine -- March 1992


Response to Wesley Salmon, "Ornithology in a Cubical World: Reichenbach on Realism"

Carnap-Reichenbach Centennial Symposium, Los Angeles -- October 1991


"Scientific Realism: From A To Z"

Department of Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles -- March 1991


"Laws, Confirmation, and Reasons for Belief"

Department of Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University -- February 1990

Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis -- February 1990

Department of Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles -- February 1990





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