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Daniel G. Swaim


  • MA in Philosophy, Louisiana State University (2016)
  • BA in Philosophy, Saint Edward's University (2013)

Non-Philosophy Interests:

When I'm not doing philosophy of science, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, playing guitar, drinking craft beer, watching college sports, and reading science fiction/fantasy novels.

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology, and philosophy of the natural sciences more broadly. I'm especially interested in the nature of scientific explanation and scientific judgment. I've mainly been drawn to two topics in the philosophy of scientific explanation: the nature of explanation in the "historical" sciences (evolution, paleontology, geology, etc.), and the nature of explanation in the evolutionary study of complex social phenomena.

I also maintain interests in the ethics of warfare and military technology, the history of philosophy (esp. Kant and Hume), social epistemology, and logic (esp. as it relates to the structure of scientific explanations).

Selected Publications

  • 2018. European Journal for Philosophy of Science: "The Economy of Nature: The Structure of Evolution in Linnaeus, Darwin, and The Modern Synthesis," co-author Charles H. Pence
  • Forthcoming in PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association: "The Roles of Possibility and Mechanism in Narrative Explanation."