I continue to plug away on my big book on time, tentatively
entitled Time: From the Outside In. I've also
been working on causal set theory and time with Chris Wüthrich
and on black hole thermodynamics with John Dougherty.
This year I'm a Center for Humanities Faculty Fellow, so I'm
teaching only one course, a Winter graduate seminar with Nancy
Cartwright (topic tbd).
In 2014-15 I'm speaking in Nashville, Chicago (twice), Salt
Lake City, Portland, Oxford, Cologne, and perhaps a few other
I'm Professor and Chair of Philosophy at UCSD. I've been here since 2001. Previously I was in the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. Before that I obtained my Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1997.
My main areas of research are:
- Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of Physics
I also have serious teaching interests in environmental ethics, among other topics.
I'm particularly interested in the intersection of time and
modern science, the interpretation of quantum mechanics, the
foundations of statistical mechanics, the metaphysics of
science, and various issues about spacetime. My large draft
manuscript tries to show how our manifest image of time might
arise in creatures embedded in a world like ours. Not long ago
I worked on phase transitions, the equivalence principle, the
nature of the quantum state, and various temporal value
asymmetries. I've published in philosophy, physics, and law
journals — here is a (probably out-of-date)
Here are some links relevant to our very active philphysics
California Philosophy of Physics Reading Group, the UCSD
Philosophy of Physics Research Group and the UCSD Philosophy
of Science Reading Group. Email if interested in any of