• Alexander Rosenberg

  • Department Chair and R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • 203 West Duke Building
  • Campus Box 90743
  • Phone: +1 919-660-3047, +1 919-660-3050
  • Fax: (919) 660-3060
  • Homepage
  • Specialties

    • Philosophy of Biology
    • Philosophy of Social Science
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Metaphysics
  • Research Description

    Alex Rosenberg (Ph.D. 1971, Johns Hopkins) joined the Duke faculty in 2000. He is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy (with secondary appointments in the biology and political science departments). Rosenberg has been a visiting professor and fellow of the at the Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota, as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Oxford University and a visiting fellow of the Philosophy Department at the Research School of Social Science, of the Australian National University. He has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In 1993 Rosenberg received the Lakatos Award in the philosophy of science. In 2006-2007 he held a fellowship at the National Humanities Center. He was also the Phi Beta Kappa-Romanell Lecturer for 2006-2007.

    Rosenberg is the author of several books:

    Microeconomic Laws: A Philosophical Analysis
    (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1976),
    Sociobiology and the Preemption of Social Science/ (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980; Basil Blackwell, 1981),
    Hume and the Problem of Causation (Oxford University Press, 1981) (with T.L. Beauchamp),
    The Structure of Biological Science (Cambridge University Press, 1985),
    Philosophy of Social Science (Clarendon Press, Oxford and Westview Press, 1988, Second Edition, Revised, Enlarged, 1995, Third Edition, further enlarged, 2007),
    Economics: Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns? (University of Chicago Press, 1992),
    Instrumental Biology, or the Disunity of Science (University of Chicago Press, 1994),
    Darwinism in Philosophy, Social Science and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2000),
    Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Approach (Routledge, 2000, second edition 2005),
    Darwinian Reductionism or How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology (University of Chicago Press),
    The Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction (with Daniel McShea, Routledge, 2007)

    He has also written approximately 180 papers in the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of cognitive, behavioral and social science (especially economics), and causation. Some of his recednt papers are available on his web site.

    Rosenberg is also co-director of Duke's Center for the Philosophy of Biology .
  • Areas of Interest

    Philosophy of Biology,
    Philosophy of Cognitive, Behavioral, & Social Science,
    Causation
    Hume
  • Teaching

    • PHIL 447.01
      • PHILOSOPHY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
      • Old Chem 201
      • TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    • PHIL 702S.01
      • PROSEMINAR IN M&E
      • TBA
      • W 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • The Johns Hopkins University,
      • 1971
      • BA,
      • City College of New York,
      • 1967
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Visiting Fellow,
      • Philosophy Dept, Research School of Social Science, ANU, Canberra, Australia,
      • Nov 1- Dec 31, 2008
      • Phi Beta Kappa Romanell Lectureship in Philosophy,
      • United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa,
      • 2006-2007
      • Duke Graduate School Mentorship Award,
      • April 2005
      • Senior Visiting Fellow, Social Philosophy and Policy Center,
      • 0 2000
      • Sigma Psi,
      • 0 1995
      • University of California Faculty Research Lecturer,
      • 0 1994
      • Lakatos Award for Philosophy of Science,
      • May 1993
      • National Science Foundation Senior Scholar Award,
      • 0 1987
      • National Science Foundation Research Grant,
      • 1983, 1991
      • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow,
      • 1982 - 1983
      • American Council of Learned Societies Study-Fellowship,
      • 1981-1982
      • Isaac Walton Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowship,
      • 1970 - 1972
      • NSF Graduate Fellowship,
      • 0 1968
      • Phi Beta Kappa,
      • 0 1967
      • ASC Fellow, National Humanities Center,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • September 01, 2006 - August 31, 2007
  • Recent Publications

      • A. Rosenberg and William Lane Craig.
      • ""The debate: Is faith in God reasonable?"."
      • Is Faith in God Reasonable? Debates in Philosophy, Science and Rhetoric.
      • Ed. Corey Miller and Paul Gould.
      • Routledge Studies inthe Philosophy of Religion,
      • Routledge,
      • 2014.
      • A. Rosenberg.
      • "Reflexivity, Uncertainty and the Unity of Science."
      • Review of Economic Methodology
      • (Accepted, Winter, 2013)
      • :
      • 14.
      • A. Rosenberg.
      • Philosphy of Science: A Contemporary Approach, Second Edition, portuguese translation.
      • Sao Paulo, Brazil:
      • Edicioes Loyola,
      • Summer, 2013.
      • A. Rosenberg.
      • ""Theism and Allism"."
      • The Philosophy of Peter Van Inwagen.
      • Ed. John Christopher Adorno Keller.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2013.
      • A. Rosenberg.
      • ""Why I am a naturalist"."
      • The Armchair or the Laboratory.
      • Ed. Matthew Haug.
      • Routledge,
      • 2013.
      • 32-35.
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  • Postdoctoral Students

    • Natalie Gold
      • 07/01/05-06/30/06
    • Marshall Abrams
      • 07/01/04-06/30/05
  • PhD Students

    • Nathan D. Morton
    • Leonore Fleming
      • 2006-2011
    • Stefan Linquist
      • 09/01/2000-05/015/05
      • Status: Graduated
    • Marion Hourdequin
      • 09/01/2001-05/15/2005
      • Status: Graduated
    • Frederic Bouchard
      • 2005
      • Status: Graduated
    • Grant Ramsey
      • Sept 2000-May 2007
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Tamler Sommers
      • 09/01/2000-05/015/05
      • Status: Graduated
Alexander Rosenberg