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Jonathan Waskan
is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-director of the Psychology of Philosophy
Laboratory. His current research concerns mental representation and the psychological basis for
explanation. His publications on these topics include a research monograph, Models and
Cognition (MIT), and numerous articles that have appeared in journals such a Cognitive Science,
Synthese, and Philosophical Studies.
Ian Harmon
is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Rice University. His
research concerns mental representation and its implications for epistemology, with a focus on
developing an epistemological framework that can accommodate non-propositional knowledge.
Andrew Higgins
recently earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research concerns material object metaphysics, social
network analysis of philosophy, and the psychology of metaphysics.
Joseph Spino
is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign. His research is primarily focused on ethics, with a concentration on
evaluating the use of empirical research as a critique of moral theories.
Lee McIntyre
is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at
Boston University. Dr. McIntyre is the author of Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences
(Westview Press, 1996; revised edition 1998) and Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human
Behavior (MIT Press, 2006). He is the co-editor of two anthologies: Readings in the Philosophy
of Social Science (MIT Press, 1994) and Philosophy of Chemistry (Springer, 2006). He has been
a leading spokesman for the Duncanian position that there is no fundamental demarcation
between the natural sciences and the social sciences either in their nature or their appropriate
methodologies.
Beckett Sterner
is a Postdoctoral Scholar in philosophy of science at the University of Michigan
Society of Fellows. In 2014 he completed an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Field Museum
on a collaborative project with biologist Scott Lidgard about the introduction of mathematical
methods into biological classification and phylogenetics. His research focuses on the general
question, "When and why is mathematics useful for biology?". Dr. Sterner completed his PhD in
2012 at the University of Chicago in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science. His research
interests include the epistemology of scientific practice and computational modeling, as well as
the process of mathematization in scientific change.
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