Lawrence Sklar

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Lawrence Sklar

Carl G. Hempel & William K. Frankena Distinguished University Professor

Office Location(s): 2199 AH
Phone: 734.764.6285
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  • Fields of Study
    • Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology
  • About

    Professor Sklar is the author of Space, Time and Spacetime (awarded the Matchette Prize in philosophy for 1973-74), Philosophy and Spacetime Physics (1985), Philosophy of Physics (1992), Physics and Chance (awarded the Lakatos Prize in philosophy of science for 1995), Theory and Truth (2000), and Philosophy and the Foundations of Dynamics (2013), and is the editor of Philosophy of Science: Collected Papers (2000) and of Physical Theory: Method and Interpretation (2014). Professor Sklar has also published numerous articles on such topics as the nature of theories, structures for rational belief, inter-theoretic reduction, the philosophy of space and time and philosophical issues in statistical mechanics. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He delivered the John Locke Lectures in Philosophy at Oxford University in 1997-98, and has been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College in Oxford. He is a past president of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division and is a past President of the Philosophy of Science Association.

  • Education
    • 1964, Ph.D., 1960, M.A., Princeton University
      1958, B.A., Oberlin College