Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-6112
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I am interested in theoretical physics as a contribution to philosophy (see this draft, for example, entitled "Physically locating the present: a case of reading physics as a contribution to philosophy".)
My research divides roughly into the following areas:
'Structuralist Approaches to Physics' (NSF SES-0724383 Brading 201201): view project details, including papers, drafts, and bibliographies
Structuralism Workshop: November 17-20, 2010
Descartes and Newton
'Newton's law-constitutive approach to bodies: a response to Descartes', in Interpreting Newton: critical essays, ed. A. Janiak & E. Schliesser, Cambridge University Press.
‘On composite systems: Descartes, Newton, and the law-constitutive approach’, in Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Nature: Descartes and Beyond, ed. Dana Jalobeanu and Peter Anstey, Studies in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, Routledge.
‘Three principles of unity in Newton', forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. (A draft is posted here.)
‘Which Symmetry? Noether, Weyl and Conservation of Electric Charge’, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33, 3-22, 2002. (view paper)
‘General Covariance from the Perspective of Noether’s Theorems’, with Dr. H. R. Brown, Diálogos 79, 59-86, 2002. (view paper)
‘Are gauge symmetry transformations observable?’, with Dr. H. R. Brown, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 55, 645-665, 2004. (view paper)
'A note on general relativity, energy conservation, and Noether's theorems', in Einstein Studies vol 11, ed. A. J. Kox and J. Eisenstaedt, 125-135, 2005.
'Hilbert's "Foundations of Physics": Gravitation and Electromagnetism Within the Axiomatic Method', Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39, 2008, pp. 102-153. (view paper)
Book review of L. Corry, David Hilbert and the Axiomatization of Physics (1898-1918), in Philosophia Mathematica (III) 15, 2007, 1-16.
Book review of G. Hon and B. R. Goldstein, From Summetria to Symmetry: the making of a revolutionary scientific concept: New Studies in the History of Science and Technology, Achimedes 20, Springer, 2008, pp. 335. Shorter version to appear in Metascience.
For a full list of publications, please see my CV.
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