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Cleland, Carol Professor

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  • Dr. Cleland is Director of the Center for the Study of Origins. Her current research is in the area of philosophy of science: (1) the methodology and justification of the historical natural sciences and how these practices differ from those of classical experimental science (2) differences in methodology between historical and non-historical field sciences (3) the structure of scientific theories and role of numerical and computer models in scientific research (4) Issues in Philosophy of Biology (nature of life, conceptual problems with theories of the origins and nature of life, the possibility of a shadow biosphere (a term she coined), and microbiology. In addition to her work in philosophy of science she has contributed to the philosophical literature on causation, the structure of space, concepts of supervenience, and the concept of an event. In philosophy of logic, she has written several, now classic, papers on the Church-Turing thesis, effective procedures, and hypercomputation.

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  • philosophy of science (scientific methodology, scientific theory, biology, astrobiology, and geology), philosophy of logic (computability and effective procedures), metaphysics (causation, events, supervenience, space and time)

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Teaching

courses taught

  • PHIL 1400 Philosophy and the Sciences (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 4840 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 4950 Honors Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 5550 Metaphysics and Epistemology Proseminar (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 5810 Special Topics in Philosophy (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 6940 Master's Candidate for Degree (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 1400 Philosophy and the Sciences (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 2840 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 3840 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 3930 Internship in Social Policy (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 4840 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 4950 Honors Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 5810 Special Topics in Philosophy (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 6940 Master's Candidate for Degree (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 1400 Philosophy and the Sciences (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 2840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 3840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 3930 Internship in Social Policy (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 4840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 4950 Honors Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 5550 Metaphysics and Epistemology Proseminar (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 5810 Special Topics in Philosophy (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 6940 Master's Candidate for Degree (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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