Alexander Rosenberg
  • Alexander Rosenberg

  • R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • 203A W Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90743
  • Phone: (919) 660-3047
  • Fax: (919) 660-3060
  • Homepage
  • Overview

    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, 2007, Fourth Edition, 2010),
    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, 2006),
    The Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction (with Daniel McShea, Routledge, 2007)
    The Atheist's Guide to Reality (W.W. Norton, 2011)

    He has also written approximately 200 papers in the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of cognitive, behavioral and social science (especially economics), and causation.

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

    • Philosophy of Biology
    • Philosophy of Social Science
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Metaphysics
  • Areas of Interest

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

      • Ph.D.,
      • Johns Hopkins University,
      • 1971
      • B.A.,
      • 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
      • Fellow,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • 0 2006
      • Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship,
      • Phi Beta Kappa Society,
      • 0 2006
      • 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
      • Fellowship,
      • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,
      • 0 1981
      • 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.
      • Philosophy of Social Science, 4th edition revised, enlarged.
      • Westview press,
      • 2014.
      • A Rosenberg.
      • Philosphy of Science: A Contemporary Approach, Second Edition, portuguese translation.
      • Edicioes Loyola,
      • 2014.
      • A Rosenberg and WL Craig.
      • "The debate: Is faith in God reasonable?."
      • manual
      • .
      • Is Faith in God Reasonable? Debates in Philosophy, Science and Rhetoric.
      • Ed. C Miller and P Gould.
      • Routledge Studies inthe Philosophy of Religion,
      • Routledge,
      • (2014)
      • .
      • A. Rosenberg.
      • Philosphy of Science: A Contemporary Approach, Second Edition, portuguese translation.
      • Sao Paulo, Brazil:
      • Edicioes Loyola,
      • Summer, 2013.
      • A Rosenberg.
      • "How Jerry Fodor slid down the slippery slope to Anti-Darwinism, and how we can avoid the same fate."
      • European Journal for Philosophy of Science
      • 3
      • .1
      • (May, 2012)
      • :
      • 1-17.
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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
  • Teaching

    • PHIL 101.01
      • INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
      • West Duke 202
      • MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    • PHIL 101.02
      • INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
      • West Duke 202
      • TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM