Alexander Rosenberg

Alexander Rosenberg

R. Taylor Cole Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information
203A W Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Box 90743, Durham, NC 27708-0743
Phone: 
(919) 660-3047

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. In 2016 he was the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol. Rosenberg 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:

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, fifth edition, 2015
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)
and two novels, The Girl from Krakow, and Autumn in Oxford.

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 .

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 1971

  • B.A., City College of New York 1967

Rosenberg, A. The Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Approach, First Edition, Chinese Translation. Shanghai Scientific and Technological Education Publishing House, 2004.

Rosenberg, A. Darwinism in Philosophy, Social Science and Policy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Rosenberg, A. Instrumental Biology or the Disunity of Science. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Rosenberg, A. Economics: Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns? Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Rosenberg, A. Philosophy of Social Science. Boulder, CO: Westview Press; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Rosenberg, A. The Structure of Biological Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Rosenberg, A., and T. L. Beauchamp. Hume and the Problem of Causation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Rosenberg, A. Sociobiology and the Preemption of Social Science. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980.

Rosenberg, A. Microeconomic Laws: A Philosophical Analysis. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1976.

Pages

Rosenberg, A. “Designing an alternative to the patent as a second best solution to the problem of intellectual property.” In New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property, edited by Annabelle Lever. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Rosenberg, A. “How physics fakes design.” In Evolutionary Biology: Coneptual, Ethical Religion Issues, edited by A. Thompson and A. Walsh. Cambridge U.P., 2011.

Rosenberg, A. “Lessons for Cognitive Science from Neurogenomics.” In The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience, 2009. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195304787.003.0007. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. “Lessons from neurogenomics for cognitive science.” In Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience, edited by John Bickle. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Rosenberg, A. “Darwinism in moral philosophy and social theory.” In The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, 2d Edition, edited by G. Raddick and J. Hodge. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Rosenberg, A. “Reductionism in Biology.” In A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, 550–67, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470696590.ch29. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. “If economics is a science, what kind of a science is it?” In Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Economics, edited by Harold Kincaid, 55–68. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Rosenberg, A. “Reductionism in biology.” In Philosophy of Biology, 349–68, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-044451543-8/50018-6. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. “Reductionism (and antireductionism) in biology.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, 120–38, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL9780521851282.007. Full Text

Pages

Rosenberg, A. “Reflexivity, Uncertainty and the Unity of Science.” Review of Economic Methodology, 2013, 14–14.

Rosenberg, A. “Why do spatiotemporally restricted regularities explain in the social sciences?British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 63, no. 1 (March 1, 2012): 1–26. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axr014. Full Text

Braddock, M., and A. Rosenberg. “Reconstruction in moral philosophy?Analyse Und Kritik 2012, no. 1 (January 1, 2012): 63–80. https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2012-0105. Full Text

Neander, K., and A. Rosenberg. “Solving the circularity problem for functions: A response to Nanay.” Journal of Philosophy 109, no. 10 (January 1, 2012): 613–22. https://doi.org/10.5840/jphil20121091030. Full Text

Lange, Marc, and Alexander Rosenberg. “Can There beA PrioriCausal Models of Natural Selection?Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89, no. 4 (December 2011): 591–99. https://doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2011.598175. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. “Can nuerophilosophy save the humanities.” New York Times, November 2011.

Rosenberg, A. “Why I am a Naturalist.” New York Times, September 2011.

Rosenberg, A., and Karen Neander. “Solving the circularity problem for functions.” Journal of Philosophy, July 2011.

Rosenberg, A., and K. Neander. “Are homologies (selected effect or causal role) function free?Philosophy of Science 76, no. 3 (July 1, 2009): 307–34. https://doi.org/10.1086/649807. Full Text

Rosenberg, A., and K. Neander. “Are homologies function free?Philosophy of Science, October 2008.

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