Jonathan Bain
Dept. of Technology, Culture and Society
Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York University


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I am an associate professor of philosophy of science in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society in NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering.  I also have affiliations with NYU-FAS's Department of Philosophy and NYU-Gallatin's program in History of Science and Science Studies.  I received my doctorate from the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh.  My research interests include philosophy of spacetime, scientific realism, and philosophy of quantum field theory.

More specifically, I'm interested in the ontological and metaphysical commitments of theories in contemporary physics; in other words, in how such theories can be interpreted.  I'm also interested in the epistemological status of the claims such theories make about the physical world.  These interests span the established subject areas of philosophy of spacetime and philosophy of quantum theory, as well as the emerging discussion on philosophy of quantum gravity, and link up with issues in the debate over scientific realism.

Here's a recent interview with 3:AM Magazine that describes more of my work in philosophy of physics.

Contact

Department of Technology, Culture and Society
Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York University
6 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY  11201
(718) 260-3688
jon.bain "at" nyu.deletethis.edu