Patrick Suppes Professor of the Philosophy of Science
Areas of Interest
Kant, Philosophy of Science, History of Twentieth Century Philosophy, including the interaction between philosophy and the exact sciences from Kant through the logical empiricists, prospects for post-Kuhnian philosophy of science in light of these developments, and the relationship between analytic and continental traditions in the early twentieth century.
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1973
Philosophy 15N: Freedom, Community, and Morality - Does the freedom of the individual conflict with the demands of human community and morality? Or, as some philosophers have maintained, does the freedom of the individual find its highest expression in a moral community of other human beings? Course readings include Camus, Mill, Rousseau, and Kant.
Philosophy and HPST 61: Philosophy and the Scientific Revolution - The relationship between the scientific revolution of the 17th century that resulted in the birth of modern science and the contemporaneous intellectual developments constituting the birth of modern philosophy. Course readings focus on Galileo and Descartes.
Philosophy 224: Kant's Philosophy of Physical Science - Kant's Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science(1786), published between the first (1781) and second (1787) editions of the Critique of Pure Reason, in the scientific and philosophical context provided by Newtonian natural philosophy and the Leibnizean tradition. The place of this work in the development of Kant's thought. Prior acquaintance with either Kant's theoretical philosophy or the contemporaneous scientific context, principally Newton, Leibniz, and Euler required.
Philosophy 260: Core Seminar in Philosophy of Science
Foundations of Space-Time Theories: Relativistic Physics and the Philosophy of Science (1983)
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