What's NewMy massive book, What Makes Time Special?, is in its final stages of preparation! I'm also working on black hole thermodynamics (with John Dougherty), time in cosmology (with Casey McCoy), and the "sense of time" (with Anncy Thresher). My paper One World, One Beable is now out. This academic year I'm on sabbatical in the Fall; teaching PHIL 26 Science, Society & Values in the Winter; and teaching PHIL 148 Environmental Ethics and a graduate seminar with Chip Sebens on quantum mechanics in the Spring. I'm giving talks at UC Davis, Brown, NYU, Oxford and the Pac APA.
I'm a Professor of Philosophy at UC San Diego. 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journals — here is a (probably out-of-date)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