Alexander Rosenberg

R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

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203A W Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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Duke Box 90743, Durham, NC 27708-0743
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(919) 660-3047

Alex Rosenberg (Ph.D. 1971, Johns Hopkins) joined the Duke faculty in 2000. He is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy (with secondary appointments in the biology and political science departments). Rosenberg has been a visiting professor and fellow of the at the Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota, as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Oxford University and a visiting fellow of the Philosophy Department at the Research School of Social Science, of the Australian National University. In 2016 he was the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol. Rosenberg has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In 1993 Rosenberg received the Lakatos Award in the philosophy of science. In 2006-2007 he held a fellowship at the National Humanities Center. He was also the Phi Beta Kappa-Romanell Lecturer for 2006-2007. Rosenberg is the author of: Microeconomic Laws: A Philosophical Analysis (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1976), Sociobiology and the Preemption of Social Science/ (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980; Basil Blackwell, 1981), Hume and the Problem of Causation (Oxford University Press, 1981) (with T.L. Beauchamp), The Structure of Biological Science (Cambridge University Press, 1985), Philosophy of Social Science (Clarendon Press, Oxford and Westview Press, 1988, Second Edition, Revised, Enlarged, 1995, Third Edition, 2007, Fourth Edition, 2010, fifth edition, 2015 Economics: Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns? (University of Chicago Press, 1992), Instrumental Biology, or the Disunity of Science (University of Chicago Press, 1994), Darwinism in Philosophy, Social Science and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Approach (Routledge, 2000, second edition 2005), Darwinian Reductionism or How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology (University of Chicago Press, 2006), The Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction (with Daniel McShea, Routledge, 2007) The Atheist's Guide to Reality (W.W. Norton, 2011)and two novels, The Girl from Krakow, and Autumn in Oxford.He has also written approximately 200 papers in the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of cognitive, behavioral and social science (especially economics), and causation. Rosenberg is also co-director of Duke's Center for the Philosophy of Biology .

Education

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 1971
  • B.A., City College of New York 1967

Rosenberg, A. The Atheist’s Guide to Reality. W.W. Norton, 2011.

Rosenberg, A, and McShea, DW. Philosophy of biology: A contemporary introduction. December 21, 2007. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. Darwinian Reductionism or How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology. University of Chicago Press, August 2006.

Rosenberg, A. Darwinism in Philosophy, Social Science and Policy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Rosenberg, A. Instrumental Biology or the Disunity of Science. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Rosenberg, A. Economics: Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns?. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Rosenberg, A. Philosophy of Social Science. Boulder, CO: Westview Press; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Rosenberg, A. The Structure of Biological Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Pages

Rosenberg, A. "The biological character of social theory." Handbook on Evolution and Society: Toward an Evolutionary Social Science. January 1, 2015. 31-58. Full Text

Rosenberg, A, and Craig, WL. "The debate: Is faith in God reasonable?." Is Faith in God Reasonable? Debates in Philosophy, Science and Rhetoric. Ed. C Miller and P Gould. Routledge, 2014.

Rosenberg, A. "Theism and Allism." The Philosophy of Peter Van Inwagen. Ed. JCA Keller. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Rosenberg, A. "Why I am a naturalist." The Armchair or the Laboratory. Ed. M Haug. Routledge, 2013. 32-35.

Rosenberg, A. "Reply to critics." Is Faith in God Reasonable? Debates in Philosophy, Science and Rhetoric. Ed. C Miller and P Gould. Routledge, 2013.

Rosenberg, A. "Can naturalism save the humanities?." The Armchair or the Laboratory. Ed. M Haug. Routledge, 2013. 39-42.

Rosenberg, A. "Disenchanted Naturalism." Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and Its Implications. Ed. B Bashour and H Muller. Routledge, 2013. 17-36.

Rosenberg, A. "Designing a successor to the patent as second best solution to the problem of optimum provision of good ideas." New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property. January 1, 2012. 88-109. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. "Designing an alternative to the patent as a second best solution to the problem of intellectual property." New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property. Ed. A Lever. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Rosenberg, A. "How physics fakes design." Evolutionary Biology: Coneptual, Ethical Religion Issues. Ed. Thompson and Walsh. Cambridge U.P., 2011.

Pages

Rosenberg, A. "Why Social Science is Biological Science (Accepted)." Journal for General Philosophy of Science (June 13, 2017): 1-29. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. "ON THE VERY IDEA OF IDEAL THEORY IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY." Social Philosophy and Policy 33.1-2 (2016): 55-75. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. "The Genealogy of Content or the Future of an Illusion." Philosophia 43.3 (September 2015): 537-547. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. "Reflexivity, uncertainty and the unity of science." Journal of Economic Methodology 20.4 (December 2013): 429-438. Full Text

Rosenberg, A. "How Jerry Fodor slid down the slippery slope to Anti-Darwinism, and how we can avoid the same fate." European Journal for Philosophy of Science 3.1 (January 2013): 1-17. Full Text

Rosenberg, A, and Curtain, T. "What is economics good for?." (2013).

Rosenberg, A. "Free markets and the myth of earned inequalities." 3AM Magazine (2013).

Rosenberg, A. "Reflexivity, Uncertainty and the Unity of Science." Review of Economic Methodology (2013): 14-14.

Rosenberg, A. "From rational choice to reflexivity." Economic Thought (on-line) (2013): 32-32.

Neander, K, and Rosenberg, A. "SOLVING THE CIRCULARITY PROBLEM FOR FUNCTIONS: A RESPONSE TO NANAY." JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY 109.10 (October 2012): 613-622.

Pages

Bouchard, F, and Rosenberg, A. "Drift, fitness and the foundations of probability." 2003.

Rosenberg, A. "Good ideas and human welfare." Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Post-doctoral/Graduate Research and Training Program in Philosophy of Biology awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2008