CamPoS: Cambridge Philosophy of Science

Epistemology and Metaphysics of Science

While Cambridge has been strong in the philosophy of the special sciences, there is a long and eminent tradition, as well as ongoing work, in general philosophy of science, encompassed the classic works of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Norwood Russell Hanson, Mary Hesse, Peter Lipton, and Simon Blackburn, among others.

Current work on the epistemology and metaphysics of science continues robustly in Cambridge, often informed by close attention to practices in particular sciences. Topics under active research include modelling, measurement, causation, reduction, natural kinds, mechanisms, determinism and necessity, and the nature of time and space. There is also a synergy of research activities and interests addressing broader issues of scientific realism, pluralism, and pragmatism.

Hasok Chang
February 2013