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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. Given that explanations vary pretty widely across different research contexts, there are interesting questions as to what makes for a good (or "successful") explanation, as well as what counts as sound scientific judgment. These are some of the questions that interest me.

I have secondary interests in logic and philosophy of mathematics. In particular, I'm interested in the role of mathematics and logic in scientific explanations. I also have some interest in the theoretical works of Immanuel Kant.

Selected Publications

  • Under review: "The Economy of Nature: The Structure of Evolution in Linnaeus, Darwin, and Toward the Extended Synthesis," co-author Charles H. Pence