University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Representation and Modalities in Physics
John T. Roberts is an alumnus of the Pitt Philosophy
Department and is now Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To date, most of his work
has been on laws of nature. While at the Center, he worked
on a series of connected papers concerning general issues in the
philosophy of physics: how the theoretical concepts of fundamental
physical theories get endowed with content; what one must do in
order to produce an intelligible interpretation of such a theory;
what role is played by physical laws within such theories; and what
constraints should be imposed on philosophical accounts of physical
laws. His cat Tina is constantly trying to get him to spend
more time working on the history of early modern philosophy.
Though he resists her nagging most of the time, he did complete
a paper on Leibniz’s views of space and time during his stay
at the Center. When the philosophizing day is done, he enjoys
contra dancing (which has nothing to do with Nicaraguan rebels)
and Cajun dancing (which has something to do with Cajuns).
I finally have a book coming out -- /The Law-Governed Universe, /due out in November from Oxford University Press. It incorporates a lot of the research I did way back when I was a Visiting Fellow at the Center.
John T. Roberts published The Law-Governed Universe this year with Oxford University Press.