Chair

heather demarest

Heather Demarest

Philosophy
Heather Demarest (PhD, Rutgers, 2013) was born and raised in Boulder and graduated from CU with degrees in both philosophy (summa) and physics (summa). She earned a BPhil in philosophy from Oxford and a PhD in philosophy from Rutgers. Her graduate work was on the laws of nature. After four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, she is very happy to be back home in Boulder!...

Core Faculty

carol cleland

Carol Cleland

Philosophy
Carol Cleland (PhD, Brown, 1981) arrived at CU Boulder in 1986, after having spent a year on a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Language and Information. She is affiliated with the NASA Institute for Astrobiology (NAI) and a member of CU’s Center for Astrobiology . Areas of Interest : Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Logic, and Metaphysics. Areas of special interest include: scientific methodology (historical...
allan franklin

Allan Franklin

Physics
Professor Franklin's research is on the history and philosophy of science, with particular emphasis on the role of experiment in physics. He has done historical studies on parity conconservation, CP-violation, and Millikan's oil drop experiment. On the philosophical side, he has worked on the Duhem-Quine problem, the question of how one can localize support or refutation, and on confirmation theory, using a Bayesian approach. He has also discussed an epistemology...
rob rupert

Robert Rupert

Philosophy
Robert Rupert (Ph.D., U. of Illinois at Chicago, 1996) works in the philosophy of mind, the philosophical foundations of cognitive science, and in related areas of philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language. His research focuses particularly on mental representation, concept acquisition, mental causation, cognitive architecture, situated cognition, group cognition, natural laws, and properties. Rob has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers...
raul saucedo

Raul Saucedo

Philosophy
Raul Saucedo works primarily in metaphysics and related topics in logic and philosophy of science. His current research focuses on a few interconnected issues concerning parts and wholes, space and time, plurals, and fundamentality. He is also interested in the treatment of such themes across the history of philosophy (especially in the ancient Greek and early modern periods) as well as in non-Western intellectual traditions (especially ancient Indian thought). At...

Affiliated Faculty

michael huemer

Michael Huemer

Philosophy
Michael Huemer (PhD, Rutgers, 1998) came to CU-Boulder in 1998 and works mainly in epistemology, ethics, and metaethics. Professor Huemer has written on such topics as philosophical skepticism, the problem of induction, ethical intuitionism, free will, and deontological ethics, among others. For more information, see Professor Huemer's personal website and CV .
dan kaufman

Dan Kaufman

Philosophy
Dan Kaufman (Ph.D. UMass, 2000) is Associate Professor of Philosophy. His research focuses on 17th-century philosophy, especially the metaphysics of Descartes, Locke, and Leibniz. He is also interested in contemporary metaphysics, medieval philosophy, and philosophical theology. For more information, see Professor Kaufman's personal website and CV .
helmut muller-sievers

Helmut Muller-Sievers

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature
Helmut Muller-Sievers (MA in German and Latin Literature, FU Berlin 1985, Ph.D. in German and the Humanities, Stanford 1990) is Professor of German and Courtesy Professor of English. His work is concerned with the interrelations of literature, science, philosophy, and with the history of philology and interpretation. He is the author of Epigenesis. Naturphilosophie im Sprachdenken Wilhelm von Humboldts (Paderborn: Schoeningh 1994), Self-Generation: Biology, Literature, Philosophy around 1800 (Stanford: Stanford...
graham oddie

Graham Oddie

Philosophy
Graham Oddie (PhD, London, 1979) began studying philosophy at the University of Otago (New Zealand). While Oddie was an undergraduate at Otago, Sir Karl Popper came for a year as a Visiting Professor. The Otago faculty were all instructed by the Chair to discuss Popper's ideas in the weekly colloquium. When it came to his turn, Pavel Tichý proved that Popper's theory of truthlikeness had the following devastating consequence: that...
robert pasnau

Robert Pasnau

Philosophy
Robert Pasnau (PhD, Cornell, 1994) works mainly in the areas of mind and knowledge. His research has run from the Presocratics all the way to contemporary thought, but at present is focused mainly on the late scholastic and early modern era. Professor Pasnau is editor of the Hackett Aquinas, and of the forthcoming Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy . An earlier book, Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature , won the...
paul s. sutter

Paul S. Sutter

Professor Sutter teaches Modern U.S. History and Environmental History. He is the author of Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (2002) and Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies: Providence Canyon and the Soils of the South (2015) . He has also co-authored of The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard Neel Approach (with Leon Neel and Albert Way, 2010), and...
michael tooley

Michael Tooley

Philosophy
Michael Tooley (PhD, Princeton, 1968) has been at CU Boulder since 1992, where he has received a Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Research Award in 1998 for his book, Time, Tense, and Causation (Oxford), and was named a College Professor of Distinction in 2006. Before coming to the University of Colorado, Michael spent many years in Australia, where he held two research appointments at the Australian National University (1974-80, and...
brian zaharatos

Brian Zaharatos

Applied Mathematics
My primary interests are in applied statistics and the philosophy of statistics. Most of my work has been in statistical methods for photovoltaic (solar cell) performance modeling. I have also worked on applications for residential building energy analysis and on a consulting team that provides statistical litigation support. In addition to math and statistics, I am also interested in a number of areas in philosophy, including ethics, philosophy of science,...