Matthew Slater

Matthew Slater

John Howard Harris Chair in Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy Department Chair
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About Matthew Slater

Philosophy Department Chair

Chair, Institutional Review Board

Slater's personal website

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Columbia University

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

  • Philosophy of science
  • Social epistemology & science communication
  • Philosophy of biology
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics

Recent & Forthcoming Publications

The Nature of Biological Kinds (Oxford University Press, 2020)

“Understanding and Trusting Science,” with Joanna K. Huxster & Julia E. Bresticker (2019) Journal for General Philosophy of Science

“A Pragmatic Approach to the Possibility of De-Extinction,” with Hayley Clatterbuck (2018) Biology & Philosophy

Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science: New Essays (Oxford University Press, 2017; co-edited with Zanja Yudell)

“Natural Kindness” (2015) British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (winner of the 2015 Karl Popper Prize)

Are Species Real?: An Essay on the Metaphysics of Species (Palgrave–Macmillan, 2013)

Recent Awards

Professor Slater wins Scholar's Award from the National Science Foundation to study scientific literacy and the public understanding of science.

Professors Slater and Leddington to develop a theory of public understanding and devise better means for producing public understanding of science (learn more).

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