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James McAllister

Academic Director/Professor of History and Philosophy of Science

Prof.dr. J.W. McAllister
+31 71 527 2004


Prof. McAllister’s research is in the field of History and Philosophy of Science. Current research themes include the relation between patterns in empirical data and the structure of the world, beauty and effortlessness in scientific practice, the role of emotions in scientists’ decisions, thought experiments, and the relation between history of science and philosophy of science. McAllister is the author of Beauty and Revolution in Science (Cornell University Press, 1996) and editor of International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.

McAllister was PI of the NWO-funded research programme, “Philosophical Foundations of the Historiography of Science”, 2008–2013.

Curriculum Vitae

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Academic Director/Professor of History and Philosophy of Science

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number 2.22



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