Recent Publications


Henri Poincaré, Philosopher of Science: Problems and Perspectives. Western Ontario Series in the Philosophy of Science, volume 81. Edited by Maria DePaz, and Robert DiSalle. New York: Springer, 2014.

“Poincaré on the relativity of space and the construction of space-time.” In DePaz, M., and DiSalle, R. (eds.) Henri Poincaré, Philosopher of Science: Problems and Perspectives.

“Conventionalism.” In The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science, 2nd edition, S. Psillos and M. Curd, eds. London: Routledge, 2014.

“The transcendental method from Newton to Kant.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A 44 (2013): 448-456.

Analysis and Interpretation in the Exact Sciences. Western Ontario Series in the Philosophy of Science, volume 78. Edited by Mélanie Frappier, Derek Brown, and Robert DiSalle. New York: Springer, 2012.

“Analysis and interpretation in the philosophy of modern physics.” In M. Frappier, D. Brown, and R. DiSalle, eds. Analysis and Interpretation in the Exact Sciences.

“Synthesis, the Synthetic A Priori, and the Origins of Modern Space-time Theory.” In Discourse on A New Method: Re-Invigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science. M. Dickson and M. Domski. Chicago: Open Court Press, 2011.

“Pitholes in space-time: On the structure and ontology of space-time theories.” In Vintage Enthusiasms: Papers in Honour of John L. Bell.
Western Ontario Series in the Philosophy of Science, v. 75.  P. Clark, D. DeVidi, and M. Hallett, eds. . New York: Springer, 2011.

Capere lo spazio-tempo: Lo sviluppo filosofica della fisica da Newton a Einstein. A. Migliori, tr. Torino: Bollati Borighieri, 2009.


Understanding Spacetime: The Philosophical Development of Physics from Newton to Einstein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

“Conventionalism and Modern Physics.” In Intuition and the Axiomatic Method, ed. E. Carson and B. Falkenburg. (Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, v. 70.) Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2006.

 “Kant, Helmholtz, and the Meaning of Empiricism.” In The Kantian Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Science, ed. M. Friedman and A. Nordmann. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.

“Mathematical structure, 'world structure,' and the philosophical turning-point in modern physics.” In Interactions: Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy, 1860-1930
Hendricks, Jorgensen, et al., eds. (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, v. 248).  Springer, 2006.

"Newton's Philosophical Analysis of Space and Time," in The Cambridge Companion to Newton. I.B. Cohen and G. Smith, eds. Cambridge University Press, 2002.


Forthcoming:

 "Space and Time: Inertial Frames."   Newly revised edition. In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online).

 “Newton and Kant on the relation between mathematics and empirical science.”

“The Newtonian theory of relativity: Newton’s misunderstood pursuit of a relativistic physics.”

“The empirical foundations of general relativity: experience, measurement, and space-time geometry.”


Old "classics" (Be the first to read them!)

"Spacetime Theory as Physical Geometry," Erkenntnis, vol. 42, 1995 , pp. 317-337.

"On Dynamics, Indiscernibility, and Spacetime Ontology." British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, vol. 45, 1994, pp. 265-287.

"Conventionalism and the origins of the inertial frame concept." In PSA 1990: Proceedings of the 1990 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. A. Fine, M. Forbes, and L. Wessels, eds. East Lansing: The Philosophy of Science Association.