Marshall Abrams


I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. My current research is interdisciplinary, but lies primarily within philosophy of science (especially philosophy of biology and philosophy of probability, and more recently, philosophy of social sciences). I focus on teasing out what's implied about natural processes by scientific practices, especially by ways that biologists and social scientists use models; on developing and applying new ideas about probability to biological and social sciences; 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.

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