Professor, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Paper: "Evolution and the Mechanisms of Complexity"
Sandra D. Mitchell is Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received a B.A. from Pitzer College (Philosophy), an M.Sc. (Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method) from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. (History and Philosophy of Science)from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research spans epistemological and metaphysical issues including the nature of scientific laws, scientific explanations of complex behavior, and how we might best represent multi-level, multi-component complex systems. She is co-editor of Human by Nature: Between Biology and the Social Sciences edited by Peter Weingart, Sandra D. Mitchell, Peter Richerson and Sabine Maasen, (Erlbaum Press, 1997), and Ceteris Paribus Laws edited by John Earman, Clark Glymour and Sandra Mitchell, (Erkenntnis, 2002) and author of Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism, (Cambridge University Press 2003). Her most recent work explores emergence, the methodological consequences of biological robustness and problems in representing deep uncertainty for policy decisions. A revised version of her book Komplexitäten: Warum wir erst anfangen die Welt zu verstehen (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2008) will be published as Unsimple Truths: Complexity, Science and Policy by University of Chicago Press in fall 2009.