Peter P Tan

Hello! I am an Assistant Professor at Fordham University.

I work at the intersections of the general philosophy of science with contemporary metaphysics and epistemology.

My current work is focused in two directions. First, I'm investigating how to characterize the components of a scientific metaphysics (laws, natural kinds, etc.) in view of the challenges posed by idealization and abstraction in scientific representation. Second, I'm working on the epistemology of computational methods in science, especially unsupervised deep-learning neural networks that often act as black boxes. Is the sort of evidence we gain from these computational methods empirically admissible, and even if so, could human scientists ever be warranted in being scientific realists about what the black boxes tell us about?

I have diverse teaching interests that extend beyond philosophy of science, metaphysics, and epistemology. I'm especially interested in teaching the classical Chinese philosophers, as well as developing creative new ways to teach logic courses.

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