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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.


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

Climate Trilogy with Joyce Havstad

A few years ago I wrote about work in progress on science, values, and climate change with my good friend, fellow UCSD alum, and brilliant philosopher of biology Joyce C. Havstad. I’ve excited to say that the fruits of our labors are finally seeing publication, with one article just out at the beginning of the year in Perspectives on Science and two more forthcoming later this year in a book on inductive risk and a special issue of PAQ, both edited by Kevin Elliott and Ted Richards. Full references and preprint links below.

  1. Marston Article Published Leave a reply
  2. Newest article free to download until November 1 Reply
  3. Just Published online: “John Dewey’s Pragmatist Alternative to the Belief-Acceptance Dichotomy” Leave a reply
  4. “Critical Appreciation” of Giere on DCog posted Leave a reply
  5. First Publication for 2015 Leave a reply
  6. Exciting new work on Climate Change with Joyce Havstad Leave a reply
  7. New Articles Just Out Leave a reply