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Areas of SpecializationPhilosophy of Science, American Pragmatism, Philosophy of Technology, Cognitive Science
Director, Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
Matthew J. Brown's research focused on contemporary debates in philosophy of science and on the study of the history of American philosophy, especially the work of John Dewey. In philosophy of science, Professor Brown focuses on the interplay of science and values, including the relationships between science and public policy. In the history of philosophy, Professor Brown is most interested in John Dewey's work in logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, and political philosophy.
Professor Brown also works in cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and the history of psychology. His interests are in theories of mind and cognition as embodied, socially and technologically situated and distributed, and culturally and historically constituted, as well as methodologies for the study of cognition in the context of everyday practice. Professor Brown has explored the application of these theories and methods to the study of science.
Professor Brown teaches a variety of courses in philosophy, history of ideas, emerging media and communication, and cognitive science. He also interested in Comics Studies and Popular Culture Studies and organizes the annual Comics and Popular Arts Conference.
- "The Source and Status of Values for Socially Responsible Science" Philosophical Studies, Volume 163, Issue 1, March 2013, pp 67-76.
- "John Dewey's Logic of Science" HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2(2), Fall 2012, pp. 258-306.
- "Genuine Problems and the Significance of Science" (2010), Contemporary Pragmatism 7(2).
- "Science as Socially Distributed Cognition: Bridging Philosophy and Sociology of Science" (2011) Foundations of the Formal Sciences VII: Bringing together Philosophy and Sociology of Science, v. 32 of Studies in Logic, pp. 17-30.
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EducationPhD, Philosophy, University of California-San Diego, 2009
MA, Philosophy, University of California-San Diego, 2006
BS, Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003