I am Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Dept. of Philosophy, at the University of Edinburgh.
I did my Ph.D. at the London School of Economics (2002), under the supervision of Michael Redhead and Carl Hoefer. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge (2002-2005); and Visiting Professor in the HPS Dept., University of Pittsburgh (fall 2009) and the Dept of Philosophy, University of Florence (spring 2016). From Oct. 2005 to June 2012, I taught in Dept. of Science and Technology Studies, University College London.
My primary research interests are on philosophy of science, the history and philosophy of modern physics, and Kant's philosophy of nature. My work is highly interdisciplinary in approaching contemporary philosophical problems by looking both at their historical roots and contemporary scientific practice.
In recent years, I have been focusing on two main research topics: (i) Kant's philosophy of natural science; and, more recently, (ii) a new form of realism, perspectival realism, inspired in part by Kant, which aims to overcome a number of impasses in the current debate between scientific realism and anti-realism.
From 2011 to 2016, I have been the the Editor-in-Chief (together with Steven French) of the British Journal for Philosophy of Science (the second woman, after Mary Hesse, to occupy such a role since the journal was first established in 1950, as far as I know of). Here is my last Editorial (Dec. 2016) for some stats, trivia, tears, and good wishes.
I am a founding member of Integrated HPS, and a member of the Palgrave Macmillan editorial board for the series "New Directions in Philosophy of Science". From 2012-2015, I was Editorial Chair (jointly with Zvi Biener) of the PhilSci-Archive Board, and an Elected Member of the PSA Governing Board (2012-2015).
In 2014 I was the Project Leader for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled Philosophy and the Sciences.
In 2015 I have been elected Vice-President of the European Philosophy of Science Association.
In 2016 I have been elected Corresponding Member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences.
From 2012-2015 I was the PI on a Leverhulme Trust International Network grant on Kant and the Laws of Nature. Lessons from the Physical and the Life Sciences of the Eighteenth Century. The network has brought together eight institutions, nationally and internationally.
I was also the PI (2014-5) for an Interdisciplinary and International Research Group on Philosophy of the Natural and Human Sciences. Contemporary and Historical Perspectives funded by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH, Edinburgh) and hosted by the Eidyn Research Centre.
From January 2016 until December 2020, I am the Principal Investigator on a 5-year European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant on Perspectival Realism. Science, Knowledge, and Truth from a Human Vantage Point.
My husband, Mark Sprevak, is a philosopher of mind at the University of Edinburgh, and we have a son, Edward, born in 2010.