Thomas Barrett

Thomas Barrett
Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Starting in Fall 2018)

Specialization

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Physics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Logic

Education

  • PhD, Princeton University

Research

I am currently interested in a collection of questions at the intersection of philosophy of physics, logic, and general philosophy of science: When do two theories "say the same thing"? When does one theory posit "less structure" than another? How should we go about "interpreting" our physical theories?

Publications

"Equivalent and Inequivalent Formulations of Classical Mechanics". Forthcoming in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. doi: 10.1093/bjps/axy017 
 
"From Geometry to Conceptual Relativity" with Hans Halvorson. Erkenntnis. 82 (5): 1043–1063 (2017). 
 
"Quine’s Conjecture on Many-Sorted Logic" with Hans Halvorson. Synthese. 194 (9): 3563–3582 (2017). 
 
"Morita Equivalence" with Hans Halvorson. The Review of Symbolic Logic. 9 (3): 556-582 (2016).

"Glymour and Quine on Theoretical Equivalence" with Hans Halvorson. The Journal of Philosophical Logic. 45 (5): 467–483 (2016).

"On Einstein Algebras and Relativistic Spacetimes" with Sarita Rosenstock and James Owen Weatherall. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 52: 309–316 (2015).

"Spacetime Structure". Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 51: 37–43 (2015). 

"On the Structure of Classical Mechanics". The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 66 (4): 801–828 (2015).