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Indiana University Bloomington

Jordi Cat

Jordi CatJordi Cat received a M.A. from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in 1995. He has held postdoctoral positions at Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin, The London School of Economics and the University of Chicago.

His research interests are in all three areas, philosophy of science, history of science and history of philosophy of science, and in their intersections (philosophy of history next): In particular, issues of unity and pluralism, the application of mathematics, precision and approximation, scientific planning, modeling, causality, visual and material culture and 19th & 20th-century history of physics and philosophy of science (Victorian physics and philosophy of science, especially Maxwell, and Logical Empiricism, especially Neurath).

He has published numerous articles in the history and philosophy of science and history of philosophy of science, and is the author of Maxwell, Sutton and the Birth of Color Photography (Palgrave-Macmilan 2013) and co-author of Otto Neurath: Philosophy between Science and Philosophy (Cambridge Univ. Press 1995) with Nancy Cartwright, Lola Fleck and Thomas Uebel.

He co-founded the IU 19th-Century Forum and is a Fellow of the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies. He is currently completing, inter alia, three books, on pluralism and mechanistic and functional explanation, on Polanyi and Neurath on animation, and on the reception of relativity theory and the relation between mathematics, physics and philosophy of science at Indiana University in the early 20th century, and these other three:

  • Master and Designer of Fields: James Clerk Maxwell and Constructive, Connective and Concrete Natural Philosophy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). On concreteness and construction, sources and resources in Maxwell's natural philosophy.
  • Physics beyond Laws and Theories: The Limits of Unity, Universality and Precision (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming). On philosophy of mathematical representation in physics.
  • From the Human Sciences to Philosophy of Science (on the dynamical interaction between science, human science, philosophy and philosophy of science)