Katherine Brading
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-6112
E-Mail: kbrading@nd.edu

Office: 316 Malloy

Office Hours :
By appointment


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Education: DPhil (Philosophy), Oxford, 2002. BPhil (Philosophy), Oxford, 1996. BSc (Physics and Philosophy), King's College London, 1992.

Areas of Interest:

* Philosophy of contemporary physics (including symmetries and conservation laws)

* Seventeenth-century natural philosophy and cosmology (especially Kepler, Descartes, and Newton)

* Empiricist metaphysics (unity, change, matter, space, time, body) and methodology.

AY2013-14: I am on research leave supported by an ACLS fellowship for a project entitled "Theoretical physics as a contribution to philosophy".




I am currently Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, here at the University of Notre Dame. I encourage you to visit our website http://reilly.nd.edu/history-and-philosophy-of-science/.

I am Section Editor for the Philosophy of Science section of Philosophy Compass. We publish invitations to delve into topics in philosophy of science, with our compact 5000-word articles aimed at faculty and graduate students new to that topic. Check it out!

I also lead a project in Notre Dame's Digital Visualization Theatre, exploring the transition from Earth-centered cosmology through Sun-centered cosmology to the Newtonian cosmos. How did we discover that we are not, after all, at rest at the center of the cosmos, and why was this so hard to find out? The project develops sophisticated visual content designed to convey complex historical, philosophical, and scientific materials. For example, we have built Kepler's Platonic solids model of the cosmos so that we can construct it, fly around it, and set the planets into motion within it, as we explore his arguments for why the Sun must be at the center of a six-planet system.

If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me.



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