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I am a scholar of philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and cognitive science. I am currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy and History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am also the Director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, which organizes research projects, puts on public lectures and conferences, and advocates for understanding and improving the relation between human values and culture with science and technology. I am affiliated with the faculties of Behavioral and Brain SciencesEmerging Media and Communication, and Arts and Technology at UT Dallas.

The main areas of my research and teaching, at present, deal with the intersection of science, broadly construed, with values, broadly construed. I pursue these questions primarily as a philosopher of science.

One of my major projects is a grant funded by the National Science Foundation to study “Engineering Ethics as an Expert Guided and Socially Situated Activity.”

I received my B.S. from the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I studied with Jon J. JohnstonDavid Finkelstein, Bryan Norton, and Nancy Nersessian.  I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Califorina, San Diego, where my dissertation was supervised by Nancy Cartwright and Paul Churchland (and I benefited from many other wonderful faculty).

Recent Posts

“Critical Appreciation” of Giere on DCog posted

I wrote a short paper for the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (SERRC), the digital wing of the journal Social Epistemology. “Critical Appreciations” are a new format they’ve adopted recently, where scholars are invited to contribute short critical essays on classic Social Epistemology articles.

SERRC is not a peer-reviewed journal, but it is something more than a mere blog as well. My paper is “A Critical Appreciation of Ronald N. Giere’s ‘Distributed Cognition without Distributed Knowing’.” You can even cite it thusly:

Brown, Matthew J. “A Critical Appreciation of Ronald N. Giere’s ‘Distributed Cognition without Distributed Knowing’.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 4, no. 6 (2015): 45-51.

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