James M Mattingly

Title

Associate Professor

Department

Department of Philosophy
Research

Research

I study mostly Philosophy of Science: general issues involving conceptual change in the sciences, the epistemology of science, the nature of scientific theories, and scientific explanation; issues more specific to philosophy of physics including quantum gravity, general relativity, black holes and singularities, gauge theories, thermodynamics, electrodynamics. I also have research interests in early modern philosophy, the foundations of logic and mathematics, and the history of logical empiricism and other movements that attempted to come to grips with the profound conceptual reorientation made necessary by the revolutionary changes in science at the turn of the 20th century.