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Patrick Forber


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Tufts University
Department of Philosophy
Miner Hall, Room 220
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.4551
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Expertise
Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Probability

Biography
Patrick Forber spends most his research time thinking and writing about biology and philosophy. He has an interest in understanding confirmation, explanation, and idealization in science, especially in evolutionary biology and ecology. His dissertation, "The Traces of Change: Evidence in Evolutionary Biology", attempts to sketch a "big picture" of how testing and evidential reasoning work in these disciplines. Fascinated by the biological world, he spends his free time wandering the mountains, deserts, and oceans from here to Australia.

He holds a M.S. in Biological Sciences and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University, though a significant amount of dissertation work occurred during the time spent visiting the Philosophy Program in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He also holds a B.S. in General Biology and a B.A. in Philosophy from John Muir College at the University of California, San Diego.

Education
Ph.D. Philosophy, Stanford University
M.S. Biological Sciences, Stanford University
B.S. General Biology, University of California, San Diego
B.A. Philosophy, University of California, San Diego