Marshall Abrams
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy,
University of Alabama at Birmingham

email: mabrams at uab dot edu, marshall at logical dot net

Course information for UAB students

New book from the University of Chicago Press:
Cover image with house sparrow for <em>Evolution and the Machinery of Chance</em>
Evolution and the Machinery of Chance:
Philosophy, Probability, and Scientific Practice in Biology

Research overview

My research is interdisciplinary, but lies primarily within philosophy of science (especially philosophy of biology and philosophy of probability, and sometimes philosophy of social sciences).  I focus on teasing out what's implied about natural processes by scientific practices, especially by ways that scientists use models in empirical research; on developing and applying new ideas about probability to biological; and on exploring new roles for humanistic conceptions of culture in scientific research—for example, with new computer models inspired by cognitive science and evolutionary theory.  I have also done research on philosophical questions concerning mental representation and biological functions, and have collaborated on purely scientific research looking for evidence of natural selection in the human genome.

Curriculum vitae                                         Publications                      My software projects:  web-based software   github

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