Philosophy of Science in Canada

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This wiki provides an unranked list of Canadian graduate programs with strengths in philosophy of science along with listings of all relevant faculty. The primary intended audience is prospective and current graduate students with interests in philosophy of science who want to get the lay of the land by seeing who works where, and on what.

The list can also be downloaded as a PDF, and the TeX file that created it is available on GitHubGist.

If there are programs or faculty missing from this list by the lights of the page standards, then please add them or email updates@philwiki.net to let us know what to add (or subtract). Thanks! The Editor

Short page url: http://goo.gl/BScKbK

Note to Prospective Graduate Students[edit]

The purpose of this wiki is to aid your search for philosophy of science graduate programs in Canada that suit your tastes.

However, while this site may be where your research into programs starts, it decidedly should not be where it ends. You need to dig around and do your due diligence—e.g., contact people within the programs[1]—in order to put yourself in the best possible position to make an informed decision about where to apply. Good luck!

Standards, Practices, and Guidelines[edit]

  1. The criterion for program inclusion is just that a philosophy (or HPS) program have at least one full-time faculty member who self-identifies as a philosopher of science.
  2. The standard of evidence required to make the list is an official (or personal) university-affiliated website—or a publicly-accessible CV—that lists philosophy of science as a primary research interest.
  3. Philosophers who list a philosophy of science sub-specialty, e.g., philosophy of biology, philosophy of physics, etc., but who do not list philosophy of science explicitly are included.
  4. Philosophers who identify as philosophers of mathematics or logic and who do not list philosophy of science as an interest are typically not included.
  5. Philosophers who identify cognitive science as a research specialty are taken on a case-by-case basis.
  6. Affiliated, part-time, and emeritus faculty who work closely with graduate students should be labeled as such inside parentheses next to their names. Prospective graduate students should absolutely find out how engaged such faculty are with graduate students by contacting people from the program in question.

Ph.D. Programs[edit]

All programs reside in philosophy departments, unless otherwise specified.

McGill University[edit]

Department Website | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Ian Gold, Ph.D. Princeton University
    • Specialties: Philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of psychiatry, philosophy of mind; theory of delusion in psychiatric and neurological illness and on reductionism in psychiatry and neuroscience (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • Michael Hallett, Ph.D. 1979 London School of Economics
    • Specialties: Philosophy and History of Mathematics, Philosophy of Science, History of Logic (in particular Frege, Russell, Hilbert), Logic and Set Theory, Development of Set Theory, Development of Analytic Philosophy (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • Storrs McCall, Ph.D. 1964 University of Oxford
    • Specialties: Philosophy of space and time, connexive logic, the problems of measurement and non-locality in quantum mechanics, and questions concerning deliberation, decision, freewill, probability and choice (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Physics wiki
  • Greg Mikkelson, Ph.D. 1997 University of Chicago (Conceptual Foundations of Science)
    • Specialties: Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Science (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers, CV
  • Dirk Schlimm, Ph.D. 2005 Carnegie Mellon University
    • Specialties: Hstory and philosophy of mathematics and science, epistemology, and cognitive science. In particular, developments in the 19th and early 20th century that led to the emergence of modern mathematics and logic, and in systematic investigations regarding axiomatics, analogical reasoning, concept formation, empiricism in mathematics, the use of notation, and theory development (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers, CV

McMaster University[edit]

Department Website | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Richard Arthur, Ph.D. 1981 University of Western Ontario
    • Specialties: Early Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Time and Space; History and Philosophy of the Infinite; Philosophy of Physics; History of the Exact Sciences; History of Materialism (via CV)
    • Website, Papers, CV
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Physics wiki

University of Alberta[edit]

Department Website | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Ingo Brigandt, Ph.D. 2006 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
  • Glenn Griener, Ph.D. University of Western Ontario
    • Specialties: Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Social Science (via website)
    • Web, PhilPapers
  • Alex Rueger, Ph.D. 1989 University of Konstanz
  • Robert A. Wilson, Ph.D. 1992 Cornell University (with Cognitive Studies minor)
    • Specialties: Eugenics, disability, and reproductive technology, species and natural kinds, levels of selection, group-level cognition and collective intentionality, the nature of biological individuals and organisms, kinship, intersections between biology, mind, and sociality.
    • Website, CV, PhilPapers
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Biology wiki

University of British Columbia[edit]

Department Website | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Paul Bartha, Ph.D. 1994 University of Pittsburgh
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science and decision theory, with particular attention to issues surrounding probability and confirmation (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • Leslie Burkholder, Ph.D. MIT
    • Specialties: Randomization statistics, peer evaluation, iclicker benefits, automating natural deduction proof construction, experimental philosophy (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • Christopher Mole, Ph.D. 2005 Princeton University
    • Specialties: Philosophical issues that arise from the attempt to understand the mind scientifically (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers, CV
  • Alan Richardson, Ph.D. 1990 University of Illinois, Chicago
    • Specialties: History of philosophy of science in the early twentieth century; particularly the place of philosophy of science in analytic philosophy over the course of the twentieth century (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers, CV
  • Steve Savitt, Ph.D. Brandeis University
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science and metaphysics; philosophy of time; investigating traditional metaphysical problems of time (the existence of time and temporal passage, the nature of the present, the status of the past and the future) through the lenses of modern spacetime theories (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Physics wiki
  • Christopher Stephens, Ph.D. 2000 University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Specialties: Conceptual foundations of evolutionary theory, causation, the nature of evidence in evolutionary biology, reciprocal altruism, phylogenetic inference, and on models of the evolution of rationality (via website)
    • Website 1, Website 2, CV, PhilPapers
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Biology wiki

University of Calgary[edit]

Department Website | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Marc Ereshefsky, Ph.D. 1988 University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jack MacIntosh, BPhil University of Oxford
    • Specialties: History of Philosophy, History of Science, Identity Theory, Philosophy of Religion
    • Website, PhilPapers

University of Guelph[edit]

Department Website | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Don Dedrick, Ph.D. 1993 University of Toronoto
    • Specialties: Color perception and categorization, cognitive science and its foundations, culture and cognition (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • Maya J. Goldberg, Ph.D. Michigan State University 1997
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Medicine; Philosophy of Science; Feminist Philosophy; Bioethics (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • Stefan Linquist, Ph.D. 2005 Duke University
    • Specialties: philosopher of science; evolutionary biology, ecology, and psychology (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers, CV
  • Andrew Wayne, Ph.D. UC San Diego
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science and history and philosophy of modern physics, including: the unification of scientific theories; the historical development of particle physics and quantum field theory from about 1930 to the present; reduction and emergence in physics; scientific explanation; modeling and idealization in science (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Physics wiki

University of Ottawa[edit]

Department Website | No Entry in APA Guide Available

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Vincent Bergeron, Ph.D. University of British Columbia
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Biology, Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • David Hyder, Ph.D. 1997 University of Toronto
    • Specialties: History and Philosophy of Science, Austrian Philosophy, Kant and Neokantianism, relation between everyday and scientific ontologies (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers

University of Toronto[edit]

Department Website | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Joseph Berkovitz, Ph.D. 1996 University of Cambridge
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of physics, philosophy of probability and philosophy of economics; using philosophical analyses of causation and probability in order to clarify a variety of issues in science, epistemology and metaphysics; the curious nature of causality and probability in the quantum realm and randomness and chaos in the classical realm (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers, CV
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Physics wiki
  • James Robert Brown, Ph.D. University of Western Ontario
    • Specialties: Philosophy of mathematics, foundations of physics, science and society (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • Franz Huber, Ph.D. 2003 University of Erfurt (Germany)
    • Specialties: Formal Epistemology, General Philosophy of Science, and Philosophical Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Metaphilosophy (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers, CV
  • William Seager, Ph.D. 1981 University of Toronto
    • Specialties: Philosophy of mind, especially consciousness studies; metaphysics, philosophy of science and early modern thought (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers, CV
  • Paul Thompson, Ph.D. 1979 University of Toronto

University of Victoria[edit]

Department Website | No Entry in APA Guide Available

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Carrie Klatt, Ph.D. University of Western Ontario
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science (physics, mathematics) Spacetime and Quantum Theory, philosophy of education
    • Website

University of Waterloo[edit]

| Department Website | | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Heather Douglas, Ph.D. 1998 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Science, Values in Science, Science and Policy, Social Epistemology, History of Philosophy of Science (via website)
    • Website, CV, PhilPapers
  • Chris Eliasmith, Ph.D. 2000 Washington University in St. Louis (Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology)
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Mind, Theoretical Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, models and theories in science, theories of computation, dynamical systems, and statistical modeling (via website
    • Website, PhilPapers, CV
  • Doreen Fraser, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
  • Katie Plaisance, Ph.D. 2006 University of Minnesota
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, Philosophical issues in the human behavioral sciences, public understanding of science, interactional expertise, and Socially Relevant Philosophy of Science
    • Website, PhilPapers
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Biology wiki
  • Paul Thagard, Ph.D. University of Toronto
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science and medicine, cognitive science, philosophy of mind. Specific topics include analogy, coherence, decision making, conceptual change, explanatory reasoning, theoretical neuroscience, discovery and innovation, emotions and consciousness, moral psychology, and theories and explanations in biomedicine (via website)
    • Website 1, Website 2, PhilPapers
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Biology wiki
  • Steve Weinstein, Ph.D. Northwestern University
    • Specialties: Quantum gravity, nature of time; philosophy of mind, epistemology, the realism/anti-realism debate, and the possibility of fundamental limits on our knowledge of the physical world (via website)
    • Website 1, Website 2, PhilPapers
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Physics wiki

University of Western Ontario[edit]

Department Website | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Robert DiSalle, Ph.D. 1988 University of Chicago
  • Eric Desjardins, Ph.D. 2009 University of British Columbia
  • Devin Henry, Ph.D. 2004 King’s College, University of London
  • Wayne Myrvold, Ph.D. Boston University
  • Stathis Psillos, Ph.D. 1994 King's College London
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, History of Philosophy of Science (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • Chris Smeenk, Ph.D. 2003 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
    • Specialties: history and philosophy of physics (esp. cosmology, but also QFT, time), general issues in philosophy of science, and seventeenth century natural philosophy
    • Website, PhilPapers
    • Also listed on: Philosophy of Physics wiki
  • Jackie Sullivan, Ph.D. 1997 University of Pittsburgh
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Neuroscience, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind (via website
    • Website, PhilPapers

York University[edit]

Department Website | Entry in APA Guide

Section Status and To-Do List

The goal for each department entry is to list all of the information tracked in the table below. If information is missing or a link is broken or something is incorrect, please make the change! If you aren't comfortable editing the wiki, email the change to updates@philwiki.net.

In Progress Completed Date
Faculty List X Feb. 19, 2015
Website Links X Feb. 19, 2015
PhilPapers Links X Feb. 19, 2015
CV Links X Feb. 19, 2015
Specialties X Feb. 19, 2015

Notes and Comments:

  • Jagdish Hattiangadi, Ph.D. 1970 Princeton University
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, History of Ideas, Metaphysics, Epistemology (via website)
    • Website, PhilPapers
  • Muhammad Ali Khalidi, Ph.D. 1991 Columbia University
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Mind and Language and the Philosophy of Science; Medieval Arab-Islamic Philosophy (via website)
    • Website,PhilPapers, CV

How to Contribute[edit]

This is a wiki, so anyone can contribute. No account is needed—though you are encouraged to create one—and all changes can be rolled back, so edit with a free hand.

Making Edits[edit]

Click 'Edit' next to the section you want to edit, which will bring up an editing window like the one below.

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Wiki formatting/markup is very straightforward, and all you need to do is mimic the current entries since formatting is standardized. Once the VisualEditor extension improves to allow section editing, that feature will be implemented here.

Adding and Subtracting[edit]

If programs or faculty have been overlooked—which is assuredly the case—you are encouraged to add them, even if you are not a member of that department. If programs or faculty are listed that should not be—by the lights of the Standards, Practices, and Guidelines section—you are encouraged to remove them and to indicate why you have done so in the editing summary box. Information will date rapidly, so by all means help keep things accurate and up to date.

Questions, comments, ideas? Let me know at shamiller@ucdavis.edu.

Notes[edit]

  1. This site is not in the business of giving prospective students advice—on how to select programs or anything else—but it can be very helpful and illuminating to contact graduate students currently enrolled in departments you are considering and asking if they would be willing to share their impressions of and experience in the programs. The worst that can happen is that they say 'no'. Of course, what they share must be taken with a grain of salt since everyone's experiences differ, and disgruntled students will paint a radically different picture than contented ones. For that reason, seeking out multiple sources can be worthwhile.