James Robert Brown

Department of Philosophy

University of Toronto

























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_      The Rational and the Social (Routledge 1989)

_      The Laboratory of the Mind: Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences (Routledge 1991, second edition 2010)

_      Smoke and Mirrors: How Science Reflects Reality (Routledge 1994)

_      Philosophy of Mathematics: A Contemporary Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures (Routledge 1999, second edition 2008)

_      Who Rules in Science? An Opinionated Guide to the Wars (Harvard 2001)

_      Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge (Routledge 2012)

_      Philosophy of Science: The Key Thinkers (edited) (Continuum 2012)

_      Thought Experiments in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts (ed. with M. Frappier and L. Meynell ) (Routledge 2012)

_      Foundations of Seismology: Bringing Idealization Down to Earth (with Michael Slawinski) (World Scientific 2017)

_      Thought Experiments Handbook (edited with M. Stuart and Y. Fehege) (Routledge 2017)

_      Several other books edited.



Interests and Projects


_      Philosophy of Science (including thought experiments, scientific realism)

_      Philosophy of Mathematics (including Platonism, naturalism, nature of applied mathematics, diagrams and visual reasoning, relation to ethics)

_      Foundations of Physics (spacetime, QM, cosmology)

_      Social Relations of Science (social constructivism, science and religion, commercialization on research, especially pharmaceutical)




Editing and Organizing


_      Co-Director (1985-) of the Annual Philosophy of Science Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia

_      Editor (1996 - 2001) of the journal, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science

_      Co-Editor (1990 - 2000) of the book series, Toronto Studies in Philosophy

_      Board of Editors of several journals



Selected audio/video/internet


_      Ґrivatizing the University - The New Tragedy of the CommonsӠ(Science)

_      Ҕhought ExperimentsӠ(Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

_      Video: Ґroofs and PicturesӠ(Perimeter Institute)

_      Video: Ҕhought ExperimentsӠ(Perimeter Institute)

_      Audio: җhy Einstein MattersӠPanel discussion on Quirks & Quarks CBC Radio

_      Video: Debates on TVO (1) Science and Religion, (2) Assault on Science

_      Video: Ґatents and Progress: Crisis in Commercialized Medical ResearchӦnbsp; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4biZj2N6pXo

_      Audio: җhat is Space Anyway?Ӧnbsp; 

_      http://starspotpodcast.com/2013/07/12/philosophers-eye-astronomy-james-robert-brown/

_      Video: Ideas Road Show: Platonism http://www.ideasroadshow.com/issues/james-robert-brown-2013-04-12