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Lawrence Sklar

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Region  Western Philosophy
Role  Philosopher
Name  Lawrence Sklar

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Born  25 June 1938 (age 77) (1938-06-25) Baltimore, Maryland
Era  Contemporary philosophy
Education  Princeton University (1964), Oberlin College (1954–1958)
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
Influenced by  Isaac Newton, Hans Reichenbach, Ludwig Boltzmann
Books  Space - Time - and Spacetime, Physics and Chance, Philosophy and the Foundati, Theory and Truth, Explanation - Law - and Cause
Similar People  Isaac Newton, Hans Reichenbach, Ludwig Boltzmann, Carl Gustav Hempel, Bas van Fraassen

Schools of thought  Analytic philosophy
Main interests  Philosophy of physics

Lawrence Sklar (born June 25, 1938) is an American philosopher. He is the Carl G. Hempel and William K. Frankena Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan.



Sklar was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1938 and educated at Oberlin College (B.A., 1954–1958) and Princeton University (M.A., Ph.D., 1959–1964).


He worked at Swarthmore College from 1962 to 1966, first as an instructor and then as an assistant professor. He then worked at Princeton University until 1968. Since 1968, he has been at The University of Michigan, where he is now a Distinguished University Professor.

He has held visiting professorships at The University of Illinois (1963), The University of Pennsylvania (1968), Harvard University (1970), UCLA (1973) and Wayne State University (1977).

He specializes in the Philosophy of physics, approaching a wide range of issues from a position best described as highly skeptical of many of the metaphysical conclusions commonly drawn in the physical sciences. He advocates the 'MIMO' (metaphysics in, metaphysics out) principle, claiming that much of the metaphysical content of interpreted theories in the special sciences arises from metaphysical assumptions made during their formulation.

Major books

  • Space, Time and Spacetime (University of California Press, 1974) (awarded the Matchette Prize from the American Philosophical Association as the outstanding philosophical book for 1973–74)
  • Philosophy and Spacetime Physics (University of California Press, 1985)
  • Philosophy of Physics (Oxford University Press, 1992)
  • Physics and Chance: Philosophical Issues in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics (Cambridge University Press, 1993) (awarded the Lakatos Award in philosophy of science for 1995)
  • Theory and Truth: Philosophical Critique Within Foundational Science (Oxford University Press, 2000) (based on the John Locke Lectures at Oxford)
  • Philosophy and the Foundations of Dynamics (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Awards and honors

  • Sigma Xi
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1957
  • Physics and Chance selected by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries as Outstanding Academic Book in philosophy of science for 1995
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • John Locke Lectureship in Philosophy, 1998, Oxford University
  • President, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, 2000–01
  • President, Philosophy of Science Association, 2007–08
  • References

    Lawrence Sklar Wikipedia