Formal Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Metaethics
5191 Helen C. White
Patrick got his B.A. in history and philosophy from the University of Iowa, and received his M.A. in philosophy from Western Michigan University. His main interests stand at the intersection of epistemology, skepticism, confirmation theory, explanatory reasoning, metaphysics, and metaethics. He is also interested in empiricism and general philosophical method. His most recent work has been on the realist/anti-realist debate about causal or ‘nomic’ realism. He has argued that Humeanism about laws of nature and causality is a hypothesis which is strongly and continually disconfirmed by observation, and that such an argument can be mounted while preserving the central commitments of empiricism.