Christopher Smeenk

chris smeenkProfessor
Director, Rotman Institute of Philosophy

History of Science, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics
BA Yale; MA, MS, PhD Pittsburgh

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85770
Office: Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB), Room 7180
E-mail: csmeenk2@uwo.ca 
Website: publish.uwo.ca/~csmeenk2

My research focuses on scientific method and the nature of our knowledge of physics.  What is the structure and content of physical theories, how are theories evaluated, and how are they extended?  I have pursued these questions through philosophical and historical analysis of specific episodes, ranging from Newton’s introduction of the theory of gravity to contemporary cosmology.   

I can supervise research in foundations of physics (especially spacetime physics and cosmology), general topics in philosophy of science, and seventeenth-century natural philosophy.     

Recent Publications

Book

Oxford Handbook of Isaac Newton (with E. Schliesser eds.). Oxford University Press, 2018.

Articles

"Some reflections on the structure of cosmological knowledge". In Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 71:220-231 (2020).

"Q.e.D., Qed" (with A. Koberinski). In Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 71:1-13 (2020).

"The Cosmos As Involving Local Laws and Inconceivable without Them" (with Y. Benétreau-Dupin). In The Monist 100 (3):357-372 (2017).

Chapter

"Philosophical Geometers and Geometrical Philosophers". In B. Hill, G. Gorham, E. Slowik & C. Kenneth Waters (eds.), The Language of Nature: Reassessing the Mathematization of Natural Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 308-338 (2016).