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Kyle Stanford
University of California, Irvine, USA
Academic Year, 2012-13
Good For Real:  The Evolution of Human Moral Psychology and, Getting What We Pay For:  Changing Incentives, Transformative Research, and the Closing of the Scientific Mind

Kyle Stanford is a Professor in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine.  He is the author of Exceeding Our Grasp:  Science, History, and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives (2006, OUP) and articles on a range of subjects in the philosophy of science (esp. scientific realism and instrumentalism), history and philosophy of biology, philosophy of language, and the history of early modern philosophy.  He has served as a member of the PSA Governing Board and is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Philosophy of Science.  While in Pittsburgh, Kyle will be at work on two projects:  one concerning the evolution of human moral psychology and the other concerning the ways in which the changing incentives offered for conducting particular kinds of scientific work have influenced the creativity and character of the scientific enterprise over the course of its history.  He also plans to play poker, basketball, and guitar (all quite badly) with as many members of the Pittsburgh philosophy of science community as possible. 

2014 Update

 "'Atoms Exist' is Probably True, and Other Facts that Should Not Comfort Scientific Realists" (under review at the Journal of Philosophy)
"The Difference Between Ice Cream and Nazis:  Evolution, Cooperation, and the Function of Moral Externalization" (under review at Behavioral and Brain Sciences)
"Naturalism Without Scientism" (forthcoming in Wiley Blackwell's The Blackwell Companion to Naturalism)
"Catastrophism, Uniformitarianism, and a Realism Dispute Worth Having" (forthcoming in Philosophy of Science)
"Reading Nature:  Realist, Instrumentalist, and Quietist Interpretations of Scientific Theories" (forthcoming in Oxford UP's Physical Theory:  Method and Interpretation)
"So Long and Thanks For All The Fish" (forthcoming in Oxford UP volume devoted to Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science)
"Instrumentalism" (forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Science), "Getting What We Pay For" (in preparation, joint work with Kevin Zollman)
 "Catastrophism vs. Uniformitarianism:  Realism That Makes A Difference" (in preparation for submission to a special issue of Synthese).


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