Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director, History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program

Katherine Brading

Education:
B.Sc., King’s College London, 1992
B.Phil, University of Oxford, 1996
D.Phil, University of Oxford, 2002

Areas of Expertise: Philosophy of physics and philosophy of science, including symmetries, structuralism, space-time theory, and seventeenth-century cosmology

Books:
(co-editor) Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections (2003)

Recent Articles:

  • 2015. "Physically locating the present: a case of reading physics as a contribution to philosophy," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 50, 13-19. (view paper)

  • 2013b. "Three principles of unity in Newton," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 44, pp. 408-415. (view paper)

  • 2013a. "Presentism as an empirical hypothesis," Philosophy of Science 80, pp. 1101–1111.

  • 2012c. "Underdetermination as a path to ontic structural realism," with Alex Skiles, in E. Landry and D. Rickles (ed.), Structure, Object, and Causality: Proceedings of the Banff Workshop on Structural Realism. University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, Springer, pp. 99-116. (view paper)

  • 2012b. "Newton’s law-constitutive approach to bodies: a response to Descartes," in Interpreting Newton: critical essays, ed. A. Janiak & E. Schliesser, Cambridge University Press.

  • 2012a. "'Hilbert’s Axiomatic Method and his 'Foundations of Physics': Reconciling Causality with the Axiom of General Invariance," with T. A. Ryckman, in Einstein and the Changing Worldviews of Physics, Einstein Studies Vol 12, Ch. 8, pp. 175-199.

  • 2011b. "Structuralist approaches to physics: objects, models and modality," Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science, ed. Alisa and Peter Bokulich, pp.43-65.

  • 2011a. "On composite systems: Descartes, Newton, and the law-constitutive approach," in Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Nature: Descartes and Beyond, ed. Dana Jalobeanu and Peter Anstey, Studies in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, Routledge, pp. 130-152.

  • 2010. "Autonomous patterns and scientific realism," Philosophy of Science 77, pp. 827-839. (view paper)

Office: 316 Malloy
Departmental webpage: http://www.nd.edu/~kbrading/index.html or personal at www.kbrading.org/
Email: kbrading@nd.edu