Margaret C. Morrison
Dept. of Philosophy
University of Toronto
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1987: Ph.D. (Philosophy) University of Western Ontario
1982: M.A. (Philosophy) University of Western Ontario
1981: B.A. (1ST Class Hons.) (Philosophy) Dalhousie University
Philosophy Department 1989-present
Full Professor (1998)
Tenure - 1992
1987-89: Assistant Prof. (tenure track) University of Minnesota
1987-88: Visiting Assistant Professor (Philosophy) Stanford University
1991-present: Research Affiliate - Centre for Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics
1976-81: Research Assistant - Dept. of Biophysics, Dalhousie University.
4. Professional Affiliations:
Editorial Board: Philosophy of Science
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Physics in Perspective
Board of Governors - Philosophy of Science Association
B. ACADEMIC HISTORY
5. A. Research Interests:
Philosophy of Science: Construction and Use of Models in Physics
Transfer methods across disciplines
History of 19th and 20th century physics
History of Philosophy: Kant
B. Research Awards:
2001-04: SSHRC – Three year Research Grant $46,000
1997-2000: SSHRC - Three year Research Grant $36,000
1993-97: SSHRC - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (three year Research Grant) $33,000.
1995-96: Research Fellowship - Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin [Wissenschaftskolleg Zu Berlin] Salary Replacement plus expenses.
1996: Otto and Martha Fischbeck Stiftung, Berlin conference grant. 5000DM
1995: British Academy Visiting Professor Fellowship - London School of Economics
1994;1998: Dean's Excellence Award - U. of T.
1991: University of Toronto Research Grant $3,500
1990-91: SSHRC Research Time Stipend (Salary Replacement)
1989: University of Toronto Connaught Faculty Fellowship$10,000
University of Minnesota Graduate Faculty Fellowship $6000
2000: Unifying Scientific Theories: Physical Concepts and Mathematical Structures Cambridge U. Press (Jan. 2000)
1999: Models as Mediators: Perspectives on Natural and Social Science (edited with Mary Morgan) Cambridge U. Press.
2002:”Models and Statistics: Pearson and Fisher on Mendelian Populations”, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (forthcoming).
2001: "The One and the Many: Conceptions of Unity in Science and Philosophy" Review Article Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. (in press)
"Mach, Duhem and Stallo" History of Science Encyclopedia, Storia della scienza, Istitvto Della Enciclopedia Italiana, Fondata Da Giovanni Treccani,Rome. (in press)
"Models and Idealisations: Implications for Physical Theory" Idealisations in Physics, Nancy Cartwright and Martin Jones (eds.) Amsterdam: Rodopi (in press).
"Symmetries and Metaphysics" Proceedings of the International Colloquium for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science P. Gardenfors (ed.) (in press).
"History and Metaphysics: On the Reality of Spin" One Hundred Years of the Electron J. Buchwald and A. Warwick (eds.) University of Chicago Press. (in press)
2000: "Unity and the Limits of Science" in The Limits of Science Pittsburgh Series in the Philosophy of Science, G.Massey and Martin Carrier (eds.), University of Pittsburgh Press.
1999: "Models as Autonomous Agents" in M. Morgan and M. Morrison (eds.) Models as Mediators,pp.38-65, Cambridge University Press.
"Models as Mediating Instruments" (with Mary Morgan) Programatic Essay for Models as Mediators,Morgan and Morrison (eds.),pp.10-37, CUP.
1998: "Community and Coexistence: Kant's Third Analogy of Experience" Kant-Studien, 89, pp.257-77.
"Modelling Nature: Between Physics and the Physical World" Philosophia Naturalis, 35, pp.65-85.
"Experiment" The Encyclopedia of Philosophy Edward Craig (ed.) London: Routledge.
1997: "Models, Pragmatics and Heuristics" Dialectic 1997/1, pp. 13-26.
"Whewell and the Ultimate Problem of Philosophy" Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Vol.28, pp.417- 437.
"Physical Models and Biological Systems" Philosophy of Science Supplemental Issue, Vol.64, 4, pp.315-325.
1995: "Capacities and the Problem of Singular Causes" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Vol. 55, No.1 pp.163-68
"Space, Time and Reciprocity" Proceedings of the International Kant Congress, Memphis: University of Tennesee Press.
"Scientific Conclusions and Philosophical Arguments: Inessential Tension?" Scientific Practice: Theories and Stories of Doing Physics. J. Buchwald (ed.) University of Chicago Press, pp. 224-56.
"Symmetries as Meta-Laws: Structural Metaphysics" Laws of Nature: Essays on the Philosophical, Scientific and Historical Dimensions. Friedel Weinert (ed.) New York: de Gruyter pp.157-88.
"Unified Theories and Disparate Things" Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings Vol.2, Hull, Forbes and Burian (eds.), pp.365-73.
1994: "Causes and Contexts: The Foundations of Laser Theory" British Journal for the Philosophy of Science Vol. 45, No.1 pp.127-154.
1992: "A Study in Theory Unification: The Case of Maxwell's Electromagnetic Theory" Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Vol.23, pp.103-145.
"Some Complexities of Experimental Evidence" Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings, Vol. 1, David Hull and M. Forbes (eds.), pp.49-62.
1990: "Theory, Experiment and Intervention" Synthese 82, pp.1-22.
"Unification Realism and Inference" British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41, pp.305-332.
1989: "Methodological Rules in Kant's Philosophy of Science" Kant-Studien 80, pp.155-172.
"Hypothesis and Certainty in Cartesian Science" An Intimate Relation: Issues in History and Philosophy of Science J. Brown and J. Mittelstrass (eds.) Dordrecht: Reidel, pp.43-64.
"Dirac" The Nobel Prize Winners: Physics Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, pp.405-13.
1988: "Reduction and Realism" Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings Vol.I P.Asquith and A. Fine (eds.), pp.286-93.
1986: "More on the Relationship between Technically Good and Conceptually Important Experiments: A Case Study" The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science Vol. 37, pp.101-122.
"Quantum Logic and the Invariance Argument - A Reply to Bell and Hallett" Philosophy of Science Vol.53, No.3, pp.403-411.
1991: Review of John Hendry James Clerk Maxwell and the Theory of the Electromagnetic Field in Philosophy of Science 58, pp.505-7.
1989: Review of Desmond Clarke Descartes Philosophy of Science in Philosophy of Science, 54, pp.
7. Papers Presented at Conferences/Meetings:
2001:”Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: Some Philosophical Problems” Conference on Symmetries in Physics, Oxford, Jan.
2000: "Nature and Experiment" International Conference on Philosophy of Experiment, University of Amsterdam, June 15-17.
“Models in Biological Systems” Conference on Models in Biology and Economics, University of Pennslyvania, Philadelphia, Sept.30.
1999: "Philosophical Problems for the Unity of Science" Conference on the Relevance of Philosophy for Science,Lorentz Institute for Physics, University of Leiden, June 1999.
"Groups, Gauges and Metaphysics" Workshop on Symmetry in Physics, Lorentz Institute for Physics, June 1999.
"Symmetry and Structure: The Ontology of Physics" (invited Lecture) International Congress for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Kracow Poland, August 1999.
1997: "From the Inconceivable to the Real: The Role of Models in Determining Physical Reality" Conference on the Electromagnetic Spectrum, MIT, Feb. 6-8th.
"On the Mysterious Fourth Quantum Number" Conference on the 100th Anniversary of the Electron, Dibner Institute, MIT, May 8-10th.
"Unity and Disunity: A False Dichotomy" Conference on Philosophical Problems in the Unity of Physics. Seven Pines Symposium/ University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, May 14-18th.
"Models, Machines and Representations" History of Science Society Conference, San Diego, Nov.6-9.
1996: "Models as Autonomous Agents" Conference on Models in Economics and Physics, University of Amsterdam, Feb. 1996
"Modelling Physical Systems" Conference on Modelling Techniques in the Physical and Economic Sciences, Wissenschaftskolleg Zu Berlin, May 1996.
"Unity and Disunity in Physical Models" Conference Conference on Unity and Models in Physics, Technical University, Berlin, June 1996.
"What's Ideal About the Ideal Gas Law" Joint British- North American History of Science Meeting, Edinburgh, July 1996.
"Physical Models and Biological Systems" Symposium on Models as Mediators, Philosophy of Science Association Meetings, Cleveland, Oct. 1996.
1995: "Space, Time and Reciprocity" International Kant Congress, Memphis, TN, Feb. 1995.
"Particulars: Models and Particles" Conference on Particularism, London School of Economics. May 1995
1994: "Community and Coexistence" Pacific Division,American Philosophical Association Meeting, Los Angeles, March 1994.
"Models as Mediators" Workshop on Methodological Aspects of Modelling, London School of Economics, Nov. 1994
"Unified Theories and Disparate Things" Symposium on Unity and Disunity in Physics and Biology, Philosophy of Science Association Meeting, New Orleans, Oct. 1994
1993:"Hume and Kant on Theoretical Reason" International Hume Conference, Ottawa, July 6-10.
1992: "The Nature of Physical Models" Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science annual meeting, May 26th, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
"Some Complexities of Experimental Evidence" Philosophy of Science Association Meetings, Chicago, Oct. 1992.
1991: "Approximating the Real" Pacific Division American Philosophical Association (APA) meeting, March 1991, San Francisco.
"Scientific Conclusions and Philosophical Arguments" Conference on Contextualism and Disunity in Science, Stanford University April 1991.
1990: "Causes and Capacities" Invited Paper-Symposium on Foundations of Contemporary Physics (Pacific APA,LA)
"Two Kinds of Experimental Evidence" Symposium on Maxwell, History of Science Society Meeting, (HSS) Seattle.
"Rediscovering Logical Empiricism" Symposium on the History of Logical Empiricism (HSS Meeting, Seattle)
"Deductions from Phenomena in Electromagnetism" Conference on Reasoning from Phenomena, University of Western Ontario.
"Interpreting Data: Hertz' Experiments on Electromagnetism" Conference on Table Top Experiments (IHPST, U. of Toronto)
"Theory, Experiment and Arguing from Data" Symposium on Theory and Experiment (Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science/Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, Victoria B.C.)
1988: "Reduction and Realism" Philosophy of Science Association Meetings, Chicago IL
1986: "Explanation and Inference". Presented to the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science.
1985: "Quantum Logic and the Invariance Argument". Presented to the Canadian Philosophical Association.
"Methodological Rules in Kant's Philosophy of Science".
Presented to the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science.
1984: "The Role of Certainty in Cartesian Science". Presented to the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science.
8. Invited Lectures:
2001:”The Pearson–Fisher Controversy” Dept. of HPS, Cambridge, Jan. 25th.
“The Empirical Status of Symmetries” Philosophy Dept. Popper Seminar, London School of Economics, Jan 30th.
2000: "Symmetries: Physics or Metaphysics" Northwestern University, Evanston, Feb. 2000.
1999: "True Knowledge, False Models" University of California, San Diego, March 1999.
"Concrete Knowledge and Abstract Structures" Concordia University, Montreal, Jan. 1999.
1998: "Some Categories for Understanding Models" University of Western Ontario, March 1998.
"Learning from Models" Annual Science Studies Lecture,University of South Carolina, Nov. 1998.
"Models, Representation and Truth" Princeton University, Nov. 1998.
"How Models Represent the World" York University, Toronto, Dec. 1998.
1997: "Physical Models for Population Genetics: The Work of R.A. Fisher" Institute for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Toronto, March 1997.
"Scientific Reasoning: Models and Methods" Annual Trinity College Spring Colloquium, U. of Toronto, March 1997.
"What are Models?" University of Leeds, UK Dec.1997.
1996: "Models and Instruments" Colloquium, Wissenschaftskolleg Zu Berlin, May 1996.
Workshop on using models in different fields, Centre for Philosophy of Science, LSE and Oxford Orthopedic and Engineering Faculty, Oxford, UK, Oct. 1996.
1995: "How Models Relate to the World" McGill University, Feb. 1995
"Philosophical Problems and Physical Models" University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany Nov. 1995
1994: "Symmetries as Meta-Laws", Rutgers University, March 1994 and the University of Western Ontario, Jan. 1994.
"Theory Unification: Physical and Mathematical Structures", British Society for the Philosophy of Science, May 1994.
"On the Nature of Phenomenological and Theoretical Models" Philosophy of Physics and Economics Research Group, London School of Economics, May 1994
"The Metaphysics of Gauge Symmetries" Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics, June 1994
"Structural Unification in the Biological Synthesis" All London History and Philosophy of Science Seminar, June 1994.
1993:"Closing the Gap: Physical Models and Real Systems", University of Waterloo, Jan. 8th.
"Whewell on the Nature of Ideas", University of Toronto March 1993.
1992:"The Role of Models in Contemporary Science", Queen's University, Jan.13.
"Assessing Approximations", University of Ottawa, Jan.2 and Institute for History and Philosophy of Science, U. of Toronto., March 24.
"Explanatory Structures and the Nature of Evidence" London School of Economics, Nov. 24th.
1991: "Causal Laws and Theoretical Contexts" Presented to the Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science - University of Cambridge Department of Philosophy - LSE, Oct. 1991.
1990: "Hacking's Experimental Realism" McGill University
1989:"Theory, Intervention and Realism" York University; University of California - San Diego; Centre for Philosophy of Science - University of Minnesota.
"Theory Unification" Institute for History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
1987: "Unification and Realism" Columbia University; Carnegie Mellon University.