Mathias Frisch




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I have been a member of the philosophy department,and the Foundations of Physics Group at the University of Maryland, College Park, since Fall 2003. From 1998 to 2003 I was assistant professor in the philosophy department at Northwestern University. My main areas of research are:
  • Philosophy of Physics,
  • Philosophy of Science,
  • Philosophy and Climate Change,
  • Metaphysics.
In much of my work I have been interested in issues arising in the philosophy of physics that have broader philosophical implications. In my book Inconsistency, Asymmetry, and Non-Locality: A Philosophical Investigation of Classical Electrodynamics (Oxford University Press 2005) I examine conceptual problems arising in the interpretation of classical particle-field theories. I have also done work on the role of causation in physics, on theories of scientific explanation and on the role of models in scientific theorizing.
Another main interest of mine concerns philosophical issues concerning climate change and climate science, including climate ethics and the question as to how the uncertainty in climate modeling affects public policy debates.

Department of Philosophy
University of Maryland
1108B Skinner Building
College Park, MD 20742