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I am a scholar of philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and cognitive science. I am currently an Assistant 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. 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

First Publication for 2015

A quick update: a couple of weeks back, my first article for 2015 came out in the journal Metaphilosophy. In “The Functional Complexity of Scientific Evidence,” I present a model of evidence based on a pragmatist and contextualist model of inquiry. This paper presents some key ideas at the center of my work in a new way, so I am glad to have it out there.

Interestingly, the same issue of Metaphilosophy contains an article by Geoff Pynn, “Pragmatic Contextualism,” though it is a contribution to analytic epistemology, and a couple of book reviews about pragmatist aesthetics and pragmatist philosophy of nature.

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