Computational Modeling

Daniel J. Singer

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Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. University of Michigan
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461 Cohen Hall
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By Appointment
Research Interests: 
  • Epistemology
  • Formal Epistemology
  • Theory of Normativity
  • Computer Modeling in the Humanities

Steven O. Kimbrough

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Professor of Operations and Information Management and of Philosophy
PhD University of Wisconsin
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Research Interests: 
  • philosophy of science
  • decision support systems
  • electronic commerce
  • artificial intelligence and computational rationality
  • logic modeling
  • evolutionary computation
  • Selected Publications: 

    (with M. Weber) "An Empirical Comparison of Utility Assessment Programs." European Journal of Operational Research75 (1994).

    (with J. Oliver and C. Pritchett) "On Post-Evaluation Analysis: Candle Lighting and Surrogate Models." Interfaces 23.3 (May-June 1993).

    (with H.K. Bhargave) "Model Management: An Embedded Languages Approach." Decision Support Systems 10 (1993).

    Michael Weisberg

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    Associate Professor of Philosophy and Graduate Chair
    Ph.D. Stanford University
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    (215) 898-0417
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    Office Location: 
    421 Cohen Hall
    Office Hours: 
    Monday, 2-3:30 and by appointment
    Research Interests: 
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy of Chemistry
  • Public Understanding of Science
  • Cognitive Science
  • My primary research concerns the philosophical issues surrounding the scientific method. Specifically, I am interested in the construction, development, and analysis of theories and models in computationally complex sciences such as population biology and chemistry. I pursue these interests in a variety of projects spanning traditional as well as novel areas in philosophy of science, including philosophy of biology, philosophy of chemistry, and the social structure of science.

    Selected Publications: 

    Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World, 2013, Oxford Univeristy Press.

    "Three Kinds of Idealization," The Journal of Philosophy, 104 (12) 639-59.

    “Robustness Analysis,”Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Science, 73, 730–742.

    “Forty Years of `The Strategy': Levins on Model Building and Idealization,” Biology and Philosophy, 21(5), 623--645.

    “Who is a Modeler?”, British Journal for Philosophy of Science, 58, 207–233.

    “Qualitative Theory and Chemical Explanation,” Philosophy of Science, 71 (2004), 1071–1081.

    “Water is Not H2O,” Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline. Eds. D. Baird, et al. New York: Springer. 337-345.

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