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Grant Fisher

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Grant Fisher
Grant Fisher
  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. in General Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds, 2004
  • Philosophy of Science, Science and Values, Ethics and Governance of Emerging Technologies
  • fisher@kaist.ac.kr

Biography

Grant Fisher is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Humanities and Social Science. He holds a bachelor's degree in History and Philosophy of Science from University College London, a master's Degree in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Leeds. He has taught at the universities of Durham, Leeds, and Bogazici University in Istanbul, and was a post-doctoral research fellow in philosophy of science at University College London.

Fisher specializes in the philosophical study of scientific models and scientific practice, history and philosophy of chemistry, and philosophy of science policy. Fisher's interests in scientific models and scientific practice concern the assessment of models, how models are used to provide explanations of their target systems, the nature of scientific understanding, and an action-oriented approach to the study of scientific practice. Fisher has published articles and chapters on models and explanation, explanation in chemistry, and on scientific evidence. He is currently investigating the role qualitative models play in determining the legitimacy of quantitative applications of fundamental physical theory to the study of molecules and their transformations. He is also developing an account of scientific understanding based on his research on models and experimental interventions. Fisher's interests in history and philosophy of chemistry focus on the development of models and explanations in twentieth century physical organic chemistry, especially related to reactions mechanisms. He is currently working on a major new co-edited volume on philosophy of chemistry. Philosophy of science policy represents a novel interface between applied philosophy of science, ethics, and policy studies. Fisher's interests in this area concern the ethics and policy-making, values in science and technology policy, and philosophical problems of environmental policy.

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Selected Publications

  • “Content, Design, and Representation in Chemistry”, Foundations of Chemistry 19 (1) (2017): 17-28.

  • “Diagnostics in Computational Organic Chemistry”. Foundations of Chemistry, 18 (3) (2016): 241-262.

  • With Eric Scerri, (eds.) Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

  • “Divergence, Diagnostics, and a Dichotomy of Methods”, in Scerri, E. and Fisher, G. (eds.). Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 306-331.

  • “Orbital Symmetry, Idealization, and the Kairetic Account of Scientific Explanation”, in Scerri, E. and McIntyre, L (eds.). Philosophy of Chemistry – Growth of a New Discipline. Boston Studies on the Philosophy and History of Science, Vol. 306 (Dordrecht: Springer 2015), pp. 201-218.

  • With Hasok Chang, “What the Ravens Really Teach Us: The Intrinsic Contextuality of Evidence”, in William Twining, Philip Dawid and Dimitra Vasilaki (eds.). Evidence, Inference and Enquiry – Proceedings of the British Academy, Vol. 171 (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2011), pp. 345-370.

  • “The Autonomy of Models and Explanation: Anomalous Molecular Rearrangements in Early Twentieth-century Physical Organic Chemistry.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science A, 37 (2006): 562-584.

Courses

Graduate Courses
  • Philosophy of Science Policy
  • Applied Ethics, Science, and Technology
Undergraduate Courses (Department of Humanities and Social Science)
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Topics in Philosophy: History of Modern Western Philosophy