Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

Robert DiSalle



History & Philosophy of Science, Space-Time Theories

BA Georgetown; MA, PhD Chicago

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85763
Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 4142
Website: Personal

I work on the foundations of modern physics, the history of the philosophy of physics, and the connections between both of these and general topics in the philosophy of science. I’ve been particularly concerned with the theories of space and time from Newton to the present, and especially their connections with developments in the foundations of geometry, as well as with broader issues in the history of modern philosophy. My work therefore touches on various problems in the metaphysics and epistemology of science, including realism, conceptual change, scientific explanation, scientific representation, and the structure and interpretation of scientific theories.

I have supervised Ph.D. work in these areas, as well as on historical figures including Newton, Leibniz, Kant, Einstein, Poincaré, Heisenberg, and Carnap.

Some recent publications

“Poincaré on the relativity of space and the construction of space-time.” In María DePaza and Robert DiSalle (eds.),  Henri Poincaré, Philosopher of Science: Problems and Perspectives. Western Ontario Series in the Philosophy of Science, v. 81. New York: Springer, 2014.

“Conventionalism.” In The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science, 2nd edition, S. Psillos and M. Curd, eds. London: Routledge, 2014.

“The transcendental method from Newton to Kant.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A 44 (2013):448-456.