Paul W. Humphreys

University of Virginia — Charlottesville, VA

Paul Humphreys is a philosopher of science with interests ranging from the foundations of probability theory through the nature of science to the prospects for a post-human world. He did his undergraduate degree in logic and physics before earning his graduate degrees in statistics and philosophy at Stanford University.


Paul is currently a professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia where he has taught logic for over thirty years and has held visiting positions at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, UCLA, and Stanford, amongst others.  He has served as a consultant for the EPA, the CDC, and an international business corporation as well as lecturing world-wide. He is the author of Extending Ourselves: Computational Science, Empiricism, and Scientific Method, Chances of Explanation: Causal Explanation in the Social Medical and Physical Sciences, the co-editor of the anthology Emergence, and over one hundred scholarly and popular articles.  

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Topic(s): Philosophy, Science (General)

Sub-topic(s): Naturalism, Philosophy of science