Research

My doctoral dissertation was titled Scientific Understanding and Pragmatic Rationality. I investigated some features by virtue of which theories and models give us understanding of the world and showed that empirical adequacy need (and in some cases should) not be one of them. I then looked at Hasok Chang's views on the understanding we gain via rationally carrying out our chosen epistemic/ cognitive activities such as observing, experimenting, modeling, and theorizing. Rational engagement in these activities entails - according to Chang - making certain ontological assumptions. In particular I offered a reinterpretation of the philosophy of Pierre Duhem, an early 20th century physicist, philosopher, and historian through this lens of pragmatic rationality.

Currently, my work cleaves into two broad areas: first, I've been working at the intersection of philosophy of science and science education. I'm investigating the features of scientific artifacts like theories and models in relation to pedagogy and scientific understanding in young children. I'm also looking at the role of values in science education. Second, continuing ideas from my doctoral dissertation I'm looking into various pragmatic versions of scientific realism and how these relate with Pragmatist philosophy more broadly.

Publication

Peer-reviewed articles

• Duhemian Good Sense and Agent Reliabilism - forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A.

• What's so special about empirical adequacy? - with Nancy Cartwright, forthcoming in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13194-017-0171-7

• The Rationale Behind Pierre Duhem’s Natural Classification – Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A Vol. 51 (June 2015), pp. 11-21.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0039368115000254

Book Reviews

Discovery and classification in Astronomy by Steven J. Dick – Philosophy of Science Vol. 82 No. 3 (July 2015), pp. 520-525.

Articles in progress

• Science Education and the Value-Free Ideal

• The Case for Teaching Science Policy in K-12 Education

• The Value of False Theories in Science Education

• Values and Theory Choice: Some Parallels Between Philosophy and Metaphilosophy of Science


Selected Talks

• What's so special about empirical adequacy? (Invited) – with Nancy Cartwright and Bas van Fraassen – UC San Diego Science Studies, April 2017

• Duhemian Good Sense and Agent Reliabilism – Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2016

• The Many Shades of Pragmatic Realism (Invited) – Department of Philosophy at Oakland University, Detroit, MI, November 2016

• The Value of False Theories in Science Education – International Academic Conference on Education and Social Sciences – Prague, Czech Republic, June 2016

• Values and Theory Choice: Some Parallels Between Philosophy and Metaphilosophy of Science – (Invited keynote address) VII CSUN Philosophy Student Conference, April 2016

• Why not to aim for Truth in Theory – with Nancy Cartwright (Invited) – Workshop on Non-Alethic Aims of Inquiry, University of St Andrews, Scotland, October 2014

• Plausibility, Intelligibility, and Theory Appraisal – Society for the Social Studies of Science, San Diego, October 2013

• Plausibility as a Cognitive Value – Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice, Toronto, Canada, June 2013

• Ontological Plausibility as a Desideratum in Theory Evaluation – British Society for Philosophy of Science, Exeter, UK, July 2013

• In Search of Norms for Privatized Science – UT Dallas Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, April 2012

• Duhem and Conditional Plausibility Realism – Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Philosophy Graduate Conference, April 2012