Katherine A. Brading

Katherine A. Brading

Professor of Philosophy


I work primarily in philosophy of science. I am interested in theoretical physics read as a contribution to philosophy, and am currently working on a book project that re-tells history of philosophy from the late sixteenth century to the present day, with history of physics as an integral part of the story.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Oxford (UK) 2003

  • B.A., University of Oxford (UK) 1996

  • B.S., King's College 1992

Selected Grants

The Problem of Bodies from Newton to Kant awarded by American Council of Learned Societies (Principal Investigator). 2017 - 2019

Brading, K. A., and T. A. Ryckman. “Hilbert's axiomatic method and his "foundations of physics": Reconciling causality with the axiom of general invariance.” In Einstein and the Changing Worldviews of Physics, 175–99, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-8176-4940-1_8. Full Text

Brading, K. “On composite systems descartes: Newton, and the law-constitutive approach.” In Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Motion Descartes and Beyond: Descartes and Beyond, 130–52, 2012. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203833384. Full Text

Brading, K. “A note on rods and clocks in Newton's Principia.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B  Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, January 1, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.07.004. Full Text Open Access Copy

Brading, K. “Physically locating the present: A case of reading physics as a contribution to philosophy.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 50, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 13–19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2014.09.007. Full Text

Brading, K., and X. Lanao. “DON ROSS, JAMES LADYMAN, AND HAROLD KINCAID (eds) Scientific Metaphysics.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 65, no. 4 (December 1, 2014): 899–903. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axt061. Full Text

Brading, K. “Presentism as an empirical hypothesis.” Philosophy of Science 80, no. 5 (December 1, 2013): 1101–11. https://doi.org/10.1086/673897. Full Text

Brading, K. “Three principles of unity in Newton.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 44, no. 3 (September 1, 2013): 408–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2012.10.005. Full Text

Brading, K., and H. R. Brown. “Are gauge symmetry transformations observable?.” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 55, no. 4 (December 1, 2004): 645–65. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/55.4.645. Full Text

Brading, K. “A note on general relativity, energy conservation, and Noether's theorems.” In Universe of General Relativity, edited by A. J. Kox and J. Eisenstaedt, 11:125–35. BIRKHAUSER BOSTON, 2005.