Professor of Philosophy
Former Director, John J. Reilly Center
Fellow of the American Physical Society

Don Howard

B.Sc., Lyman Briggs College, 1971
A.M., Boston University, 1973
Ph.D., Boston University, 1979

Areas of Expertise: Philosophy of Science; Foundations of Physics; History of Philosophy of Science; Ethics of Science and Technology


  • (co-editor) The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, vol. 2, The Swiss Years: Writings, 1900-1909 (1989)
  • (co-editor) Einstein and the History of General Relativity (1989)
  • (co-editor) The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, vol. 3, The Swiss Years: Writings, 1909-1912 (1993)
  • (co-editor) Einstein: The Formative Years, 1879-1909 (2001)
  • Revisiting the Foundations of Relativistic Physics: Festschrift in Honor of John Stachel (With Abhay Ashtekar, Robert S. Cohen, Jürgen Renn, Sahotra Sarkar, and Abner Shimony) (2004)
  • The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice: Science and Values Revisited (With Martin Carrier and Janet Kourany) (2008)
  • Anche Einstein gioca a dadi. La lunga lotta con la meccanica quantistica. Vincenzo Fano and Isabella
    Tassani, eds. and trans. Rome: Carocci Editore, 2015.

Recent Articles:

  • “Einstein and the Development of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science.” In The Cambridge
    Companion to Einstein. Michel Janssen and Christoph Lehner, eds. New York: Cambridge
    University Press, 2014, pp. 354-376.
  • “Virtue and Cyberconflict.” In The Ethics of Information Warfare. Luciano Floridi and Mariarosaria Taddeo, eds. London: Springer, 2014, pp. 155-168.
  • “Quantum Mechanics in Context: Pascual Jordan’s 1936 Anschauliche Quantentheorie.” In Research and
    Pedagogy: A History of Quantum Physics through Its Textbooks. Massimilano Badino and
    Jaume Navarro, eds. Berlin: Editions Open Access, 2013, pp. 265-283.

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