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Matthew Justin Brown
Associate Professor-Arts And Humanities, Director-Values, Center for
Office MailstopMail Box: JO31, Room No.: JO4120 
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Keywords philosophy, history of ideas, emerging media and communication, cognitive science, comics studies, popular culture studies, Comics and Popular Arts Conference   
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.PhilosophyUniversity of California, San Diego2009
 M.A.PhilosophyUniversity of California, San Diego2006
 B.S.PhysicsGeorgia Tech2003
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Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D.
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My main area of research is in philosophy of science, where I have focused on the nature of models and of scientific evidence, as well as on the role of experiment in the scientific process, of values in science, and of scientific evidence in policy. I have been working out a philosophical pragmatist theory of scientific method, and I have begun to  apply that theory to understand issues at the intersection of science with values and policy.  The latter has been significantly aided by my work with the UT-Dallas Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology.

I  have further research interests in the history of philosophy of science relevant to these topics.  I have devoted particular attention to the study of John Dewey's writings on scientific method and the logic of inquiry, as well as Paul Feyerabend's critical and positive work on method and models.  I have a more general interest in investigating the development of philosophy of science as a discipline.  

I also work in the history and philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, both the early history (1880-1940), and in recent debates in cognitive science related to the emergence of theories of cognition called social, distributed, extended, etc.  I regard myself as engaged in the project that Ed Hutchins describes in Cognition in the Wild: "I hope to show that human cognition... is in a very fundamental sense a cultural and social process."

In the near future, my main research plans involve finishing a series of papers on the nature of evidence, where I set out a model of evidence that is functionalist, complex, dynamical, and contextual and the development of a model of the interaction of science and democracy relevant both to debates about the democratization of science and to initiatives for evidence-based public policy.  I'm also finishing a series of papers on John Dewey's philosophy of science and William Moulton Marston's theory of the emotions.

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"The Democratic Control of the Scienti c Control of Democracy." In Recent Progress in Philosophy of Science: Perspectives and Foundational Problems, edited by Dennis Dieks and Vassilios Karakostas. Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming.
"Values in Science beyond Underdetermination and Inductive Risk." Philosophy of Science, forthcoming.
"The Source and Status of Values for Socially Responsible Science" Philosophical Studies, Volume 163, Issue 1, March 2013, pp 67-76.
"John Dewey's Logic of Science" HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2(2), Fall 2012, pp. 258-306.
"Science as Socially Distributed Cognition: Bridging Philosophy and Sociology of Science" (2011) Foundations of the Formal Sciences VII: Bringing together Philosophy and Sociology of Science, v. 32 of Studies in Logic, pp. 17-30.
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
11/20/2009 11/22/2009 A Centennial Retrospective of John Dewey's "The Influence of Darwinism on Philosophy"
150 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Impact on the Humanities and the Social Sciences
11/15/07 11/15/07 The Pattern of Inquiry

UCSD Graduate Philosophy Colloquium

11/06/08 11/06/08 Scientiiic Significance and Genuine Problems: Fundamental Troubles in Kitcher's Social theory of Science
Symposim: Pragmatism at the Interface of Science and Politics - Philosophy of Science Association
10/31/2010 10/31/2010 Love Slaves and Wonder Women: Values and Popular Culture in the Psychology of W.M. Marston
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
10/22/08 10/22/08 Science as Socially Distributed Cognition: Bridging Philosophy and the Sociology of Science
Foundations of the Formal Sciences VII: Bringing together Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2011DirectorCenter for Values in Medicine, Science, and TechnologyArts & HumanitiesUT Dallas
2009Assistant ProfessorArts & Humanities UT Dallas
2009-2010Affiliated FacultyCenter for Values in Medicine, Science, and TechnologyArts & HumanitiesUT Dallas
2008-2008InstructorPhilosophy UC San Diego
2007-2007Research AssistantCommunication UCSD
2004-2006Research AssistantPhilosophy UCSD
2004-2009Teaching Assistant  UC San Diego
2003-2003Research ProjectPhysics Georgia Institute of Technology
2001-2001Research AssistantPhysics Georgia Institute of Technology
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 Additional Information
Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science, American Philosophy (Pragmatism)

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science, American Philosophy (Pragmatism)

  • Referee: Philosophy of Science, British Journal for Philosophy of Science, Social Epistemology, Philosophical Psychology, Spontaneous Generations,Canadian Philosophical Association Congress 2008
  • Member-at-Large, North Texas Philosophical Association
  • Conference Coordinator, Comics and Popular Arts Conference at Dragon*Con, 2008-2010
  • Faculty Sponsor, Graduate Student Association, School of Arts and Humanities, UT Dallas 2010-present
  • Committee on Learning Management Systems, UT Dallas, 2010-Present
  • Graduate Student Referee, Science, Technology, and Human Values 2007-08
  • UCSD Graduate Life Steering Committee, Summer 2008
  • Graduate Student Representative, UCSD Search Committee for Dean of Arts and Humanities, 2008
  • Graduate Student Referee, Science, Technology, and Human Values 2007-08
  • Organizing Committee, UCSD Philosophy Graduate Symposium 2008-2009
  • Department Representative, UCSD Graduate Student Association, 2008-2009
  • Representative—Alternate, UCSD Graduate Student Association, 2007-2008


  • Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at UT-Dallas
  • Philosophy of Science Association
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
  • North Texas Philosophical Association
  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at UCSD

Personal Statement

Matthew J. Brown's research focused on contemporary debates in philosophy of science and on the study of the history of American philosophy, especially the work of John Dewey. In philosophy of science, Professor Brown focuses on the interplay of science and values, including the relationships between science and public policy. In the history of philosophy, Professor Brown is most interested in John Dewey's work in logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, and political philosophy.

Professor Brown also works in cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and the history of psychology. His interests are in theories of mind and cognition as embodied, socially and technologically situated and distributed, and culturally and historically constituted, as well as methodologies for the study of cognition in the context of everyday practice. Professor Brown has explored the application of these theories and methods to the study of science.

Professor Brown teaches a variety of courses in philosophy, history of ideas, emerging media and communication, and cognitive science. He also interested in Comics Studies and Popular Culture Studies and organizes the annual Comics and Popular Arts Conference.

Professional Recognitions and Honors
  • Travel Award, Foundations of the Formal Sciences VII, October 2008
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics, Spring 2007
  • Travel Award, UK-European Foundations of Physics Conference at Leeds, March 2007
  • UCSD Philosophy Department Grad Student Travel Grant, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Spring 2007
  • Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, UCSD, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Winter 2008
  • UCSD Summer Research Assistantship in Philosophy, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  • UCSD Philosophy Department Grad Student Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF), School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Summer 2001

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