The network brings together eight institutions, four in the UK (University of Edinburgh, University of Cambridge, University of York, and the Royal Institution of Great Britain), and four international (Stanford, University of California San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Heidelberg). We are comprised of a large international team of established and early career researchers, from both the Kantian community and from the field of history and philosophy of science. Our network partners are:
Dr. Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh (Principal Investigator). Dr Massimi works on Kant’s philosophy of the physical sciences as well as on Kantian legacies in contemporary philosophy of science. The Department of Philosophy at Edinburgh has an active research cluster in Early Modern Philosophy, a newly formed cluster in Philosophy of Science, and an established tradition in the field of Kantian studies, extending back to Norman Kemp Smith.
Dr. James Collin, University of Edinburgh (Network Facilitator). Dr Collin is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and Network Facilitator of the Kant and the Laws of Nature project. He works on areas in which philosophy of science intersects with epistemology, philosophy of language and ontology.
Dr. Angela Breitenbach, University of Cambridge. Dr Breitenbach specialises in Kant’s philosophy of biology, aesthetics, and philosophy of science. The Philosophy Faculty at the University of Cambridge has a long-standing tradition of research expertise in Kantian studies as well as a thriving community of scholars in the intersection with philosophy of science.
Prof. Michael Friedman, Stanford University. Prof. Friedman has pioneered a revival of Kant’s philosophy of nature in contemporary history and philosophy of science. Stanford is a top-ranking university with an outstanding tradition of Kantian studies and history and philosophy of science.
Prof. Frank James, The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Prof. James is an expert on the history of modern physical sciences (especially, the history of electromagnetism and Faraday). The Ri is a beacon for public engagement with science and is part of the network; hosting an annual series of public lectures (delivered by high-profile scientists, philosophers and historians) on the theme Nature and Nature’s Laws: How did they come about?
Prof. Anja Jauernig, University of Pittsburgh. Prof. Jauernig’s expertise is on Kant and Leibniz as well as on philosophy of science. The Department of Philosophy at Pittsburgh has a world-leading reputation on Kantianism and Kantian legacies (extending back to Wilfred Sellars), as well as a thriving community in philosophy of science and philosophy of physics.
Prof. Peter McLaughlin, University of Heidelberg. Prof. McLaughlin is internationally known for his work on Kant and the history and philosophy of both physics and the life sciences. Heidelberg is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Germany, with a unique philosophical heritage in post-Kantian studies.
Prof. Eric Watkins, University of California, San Diego. Prof. Watkins is a world-leading expert on Kant’s philosophy of nature, its historical context and contemporary legacies. UCSD has an international reputation in the field of philosophy, with several scholars working in philosophy of science and physics.
Prof. Catherine Wilson, University of York. Prof. Wilson’s research expertise is in the history and philosophy of both the physical and the life sciences, moral philosophy as well as Early Modern Philosophy. The University of York has a strong focus in the history of philosophy (particularly the Early Modern period).