Rank #1: Episode 45 - Anna Alexandrova
On Episode 45, Nick chats with Anna Alexandrova, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, about coming of age in Russia during the collapse of the USSR, succeeding in philosophy when she had “no other options,” and her book, “A Philosophy for the Science of Well-being.”
0:15 Hello and welcome / 1:50 Anna fills us in on her summer aka the Cambridge “research term” / 4:22 Anna’s early life and the challenges she faced growing up in Russia during the collapse of the USSR / 13:15 Anna’s first encounter with philosophy as a 16-year-old exchange student in France / 17:51 Anna’s introduction to the philosophy of social science / 20:46 The intellectual life of London, and sexual objectification in Russia / 25:00 How Anna succeeded in philosophy when she had “no other options” / 35:05 The rise of the sciences of well-being / 38:26 What is the science of well-being? / 44:07 The top three philosophy of science issues in the science of well-being / 52:34 Is there a single concept or theory of well-being? / 58:35 What future contributions can (and should) philosophers of the science of well-being make? / 01:04:58 Constructive criticism of Anna’s book “A Philosophy for the Science of Well-being” / 01:07:30 Is well-being a number? / 01:11:30 Anna’s upcoming projects / 01:15:24 The greatest challenge facing philosophy of science today
Rank #2: Episode 60 - James "Jack" Justus
On Episode 60, Nick chats with Dr. James “Jack” Justus, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Floria State University, about how his early interest in the outdoors led to his work in the philosophy of conservation ecology, his heroic attempt to integrate decision theory and environmental ethics, and his upcoming book on the philosophy of ecology.
Rank #3: Episode 28 - Bas Van Fraassen
On Episode 28, Nick chats with Bas van Fraassen, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University and the McCosh Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton University, about growing up working in a library in a small town in the Netherlands, early influences in philosophy of science, how he developed his major works, including 'The Scientific Image' and 'Laws and Symmetry,' personal stories from Indiana University, his 10-year passion for trapeze, and the major challenge facing philosophers of science today.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 02:31 Bas
Rank #4: Episode 15 - Anya Plutynski
On Episode 15, Nick chats with Anya Plutynski, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, about her undergraduate days at U Chicago and their Great Books Program, reconciling freedom and necessity in Spinoza's ethics, how her personal experience with cancer led to scientifically-engaged philosophical work on causation and explanation in cancer research, and the three biggest challenges facing philosophy of science today.
Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 07:51 - Anya
Rank #5: Episode 17 - Alex Rosenberg
On Episode 17, Nick talks with Alex Rosenberg, the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, about his pioneering work in the philosophy of economics, reconciling molecular biology with evolutionary theory, and examining philosophical questions by means of historical fiction in his best-selling novel, "The Girl From Krakow", a thriller that explores how a young woman and her lover navigate the dangerous thirties, the firestorm of war in Europe, and how they make sense of their survival.
Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 02:16 - Alex
Rank #6: Episode 6 - Rick Grush
On Episode 6, Nick chats with Rick Grush, Professor of Philosophy at UC San Diego, about his experience as a first-generation student, his early days studying philosophy of cognitive science under Paul Churchland, diversity in philosophy, and why he very recently nearly resigned from academia all together.
Rank #7: Episode 3 - David Danks
On Episode 3, Nick sits down with David Danks, Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon, to talk about graduating with a philosophy degree from Princeton without ever reading a word of Kant, his work at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, and his unique approach to interdisciplinary puzzle solving.
Rank #8: Episode 32 - Tim Maudlin
On Episode 32, Nick chats with Tim Maudlin, Professor of Philosophy at New York University, about being advised by his Yale undergraduate professor, "not even if you were Immanuel Kant would I suggest you go to graduate school in philosophy," how he "accidentally" wrote several books including Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity, Truth and Paradox, The Metaphysic Within Physics, and Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time, the importance of working outside of the literature, how metaphysics is informed by physics, his latest project on new foundations for physical geometry, and the challenge of bringing foundational issues in physics to the forefront of practicing physicists.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 02:00 Tim
Rank #9: Episode 27 - Serife Tekin
On Episode 27, Nick chats with Serife Tekin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Daemen College in Buffalo, New York, about her childhood and adolescent years spent on the Aegean coast in Denizli, Turkey, her transition at Middle East Technical University from studying economics and mathematics to philosophy, her work in the philosophy of psychiatry that incorporates first-person accounts of mental illness, extraordinary science and origins of the current crisis in psychiatric research, and her new manuscript, 'Reclaiming the Self in Psychopathology: Science, Narratives, and Persons' that develops an account of the self that will enrich psychiatric science.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 1:25 Serife
Rank #10: Episode 7 - Sandra Mitchell
On Episode 7, Nick talks with Sandra Mitchell, Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, about her early days studying with Imre Lakatos at the London School of Economics, how her social and political concerns have informed her research, psychiatric genetics, how science can inform policy, and her new role as President of the Philosophy of Science Association.
Rank #11: Episode 5 - Kyle Stanford
On Episode 5, Nick chats with Kyle Stanford, an internationally born-and-raised Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine. They discuss Kyle's initial realization that our best scientific theories weren't just telling us what things were like, the problem of unconceived alternatives in science and why it may be getting worse, and his most recent research in moral psychology.
Rank #12: Episode 58 - Deborah Mayo
On Episode 58, Nick chats with Deborah Mayo, Professor Emerita in the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech, about how she learned to apply statistics to key problems in the philosophy of science, how to think about replication and other pressing statistical issues in the social and biological sciences, and her new book, Statistical Inference as Severe Testing: How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars.
Rank #13: Episode 21 - Roman Frigg
On Episode 21, Nick chats with Roman Frigg, Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and Political Science, about growing up in Basel, Switzerland playing in the youth symphony orchestra, studying quantum and statistical mechanics to understand "what makes physics tick," working with his PhD advisor Nancy Cartwright on models in science, current challenges for climate scientists and policy makers, and protecting science against its celebrity scientists and other scientism advocates.
Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 03:08 - Roman
Rank #14: Episode 12 - Michael Ruse
On Episode 12, Nick chats with Michael Ruse, the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor and Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State University, about growing up in England as a Quaker, his transition from analytic philosophy to philosophy of science, those in the philosophy of science he admires, and how to succeed as an academic.
Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 02:28 - Michael
Rank #15: Episode 38 - Alison Wylie
On Episode 38, Nick chats with Alison Wylie, Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and future President of the Philosophy of Science Association, about her formative experiences working as an advocationalist archaeologist throughout Saskatchewan, Canada, her turn toward exploring the philosophical issues being hotly debated in archaeology, when and how contextual factors contribute to epistemic goals in science and why this does not entail corrosive relativism, her current work on the project, "Indigenous/Science: Partnerships in the Exploration of History and Environments," and the future of the Philosophy of Science Association.
Timestamps: :15 Introduction 1:44: Alison
Rank #16: Episode 54 - Cailin O'Connor
On Episode 54, Nick chats with Cailin O’Connor, Associate Professor in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, about transitioning from studying Film and Environmental Studies at Harvard and a career in the arts to studying philosophy of science, the relevance of game theory to biology, the sciences, and to resolving old philosophical problems, and her new book, “The Misinformation Age” and how social factors, not individual psychology, are what’s essential to understanding the persistence of false belief.
Rank #17: Episode 16 - Lindley Darden
On Episode 16, Nick chats with Lindley Darden, Professor of Philosophy at University of Maryland College Park, about her early days in the Conceptual Foundations of Science program at U Chicago, pressing Thomas Kuhn at dinner on progress in science, the importance of getting the history right, and doing philosophy that can be useful to scientists.
Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 03:03 - Lindley
Rank #18: Episode 37 - Quayshawn Spencer
On Episode 37, Nick chats with Quayshawn Spencer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, about growing up with the unspoken norms of social segregation in Nashville, Tennessee, the philosophical question that compelled a change in his career ambitions from biochemist to philosopher of biology, how he set out to write a book on the non-biological reality of race but then came across data that shifted his research trajectory, why he's not a biological racial antirealist nor a biological racial realist, and why philosophy of science faces an even greater challenge to diversify than STEM fields.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 1:37 Quayshawn
Rank #19: Episode 30 - Elisabeth Lloyd
On Episode 30, Nick chats with Elisabeth Lloyd, the Arnold and Maxine Tanis Chair of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, about developing resilience from growing up in adverse circumstances, returning to college after spending a year in a hippie commune to write her own major on Science and Political Theory, getting through a difficult and discouraging environment as a female graduate student who experienced recurring sexual harassment at Princeton, worrying about how knowledge gets made in the sciences as opposed to worrying about securing the possibility of knowledge, evaluating the science as a whole utilizing a "Logic of Research Questions," her recent work with key players in climate science, and the importance for young philosophers and scientists to not pay too much attention to those who put you down.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 02:40 Lisa
Rank #20: Episode 35 - Steven French
On Episode 35, Nick chats with Steven French, Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds, about his early interests in "geeky" hobbies, new music, and a motorcycle sport called "Speedway," his intense graduate school days under Heinz Post that ended at 4am in a pitch-black room debating Popper, taking his first permanent academic job at the University of Campinas in Brazil, teaching English to Vietnamese refugees, working with a number of incredible PhD students, identity and individuality in physics, structural realism, the similarities and differences between scientific theories and artworks, his upcoming book on Husserl and the phenomenological approach to quantum mechanics, and why we should see philosophy of science as a part of mainstream philosophy.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 1:53 Steven