Michael Weisberg

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Professor and Chair of Philosophy
Ph.D. Stanford University
Contact Information
(215) 898-0417
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Office Location: 
421 Cohen Hall
Office Hours: 
Monday, 3-4:30 and by appointment

Professor and Chair of Philosophy

Co-Director of the Penn Laboratory for Understanding Science

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: 

    Find me on PhilPapers: http://philpapers.org/profile/81

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