I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy, which I teach at The University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Arts & Humanities. I am also the director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, which organizes research projects, puts on public lectures and conferences, and advocates for understanding and improving the relation between human values and culture with science and tech. I also do a bit of work in cognitive science, history and philosophy of psychology, and comics and pop culture studies.
Introductory note: One of the most exciting parts of my work over the last couple of years has been my collaboration with Joyce C. Havstad on the science and politics of climate science. We have a paper forthcoming in Perspectives … Continue reading
Spring 2013 saw another round of misguided right-wing attacks on basic scientific research in the U.S. Congress, a political tactic that purports to demonstrate the wastefulness of the federal government by showing off the price tag (often small in terms … Continue reading
A couple of weeks back, Justin Weinberg at the Daily Nous posed a really interesting question. The context was Daniel Dennett’s review of Alfred Mele’s book Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will. Dennett gives a relatively standard story about … Continue reading
I’ve just begun reading Jill Lepore’s new book about Wonder Woman and William Moulton Marston. So far, I’m finding it to be really thorough and excellent! I was a little disturbed, though, to discover that on the first page of the … Continue reading
“The Hanged Man” was an online alias or “handle” I adopted somewhere around 1994, when I didn’t even have access to the internet and instead was using local dialup bulletin board systems (BBS’s). I continued to use the name on into the next … Continue reading
What I’m reading this week: Morality for Humans by Mark Johnson, another broadly Deweyan account of moral deliberation centering moral imagination.
What I’m writing: An overview/plan of my book project and a talk based on it.
Other stuff I’m working on: Learning the ropes of Treasurer for HOPOS (why did I agree to this??); Anjan Chakravartty on scientific realism for our weekly reading group.
What I’m doing for fun: Fun???
I’m keeping very busy here in Pittsburgh, partly because I am not spending enough time here. I just got back from an unplanned trip to Dallas (nothing to worry about), and I’m going back across the Atlantic next week to give a talk.
Joyce Havstad and I have been having an interesting exchange over how to interpret the Argument from Inductive Risk (AIR), based on what Heather Douglas said in her Descartes Lectures. It’s been very helpful for me. Joyce is a delight to collaborate with, even when we’re butting heads on something. I hope to clean that exchange up and post it here on the blog tonight or tomorrow.
Pittsburgh is very hilly, though I’m getting to where I can get around more places without getting winded. I think I’ve pretty much got the ropes of the public transit system. I’m enjoying being around the Center for Philosophy of Science, though I think I’ll gel with the group more when I don’t have so much traveling to do.
- Notes on Fesmire’s John Dewey and Moral Imagination
- Descartes Lectures – Day 3 (in Tweets)
- Descartes Lectures – Day 2 (in Tweets)
- Descartes Lectures – Day 1 (in Tweets)
- Dispatches from Pittsburgh
- A question of authorship
- Excerpts from Socrates’ Journal
- Indirect and Direct Roles for Values in Science and in Ethics
- New Online Situations