The University of Edinburgh has recently established a new research cluster in philosophy of science, which is uniquely placed to pursue interdisciplinary research in the field, in synergy with other research areas such as mind & cognition, epistemology, and early modern philosophy.
Key areas and topics covered by faculty members in philosophy of science include: metaphysical issues in science (philosophy of time and time-travel; realism and antirealism; natural kinds; causation; laws of nature); history and philosophy of science (especially the history and philosophy of natural sciences); philosophy of psychology; philosophy of neuroscience, and philosophy of cognitive sciences.
Alistair Isaac works on modeling, decision theory, and the history and foundations of psychology.
Jane Suilin Lavelle works on the nature of explanation and the interface between philosophy of mind and cognitive science.
Michela Massimi works on realism and antirealism in science, laws of nature, natural kinds, causation, and the history of the physical sciences.
Alasdair Richmond works on time travel, the topology of time, the anthropic principle.
Robert Rupert works on the philosophy of psychology, the philosophical foundations of cognitive science, special-science laws and properties, and their relation to physical science.
Mark Sprevak works in general philosophy of science and philosophy of cognitive science.
The University of Edinburgh has one of the world’s largest and most vibrant postgraduate communities in philosophy, with around 100 postgraduate students. We have a thriving and growing community of PhD students working on a variety of topics in philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences. We also offer a dedicated MSc specialisation in philosophy of science as part of our MSc in philosophy.