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Bradley Monton

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

 bradleymonton@gmail.com

 bradleymonton.com

 

 

 

EDUCATION      

 

Princeton University (New Jersey, USA), Ph.D. in Philosophy, August 1994 to November 1999.

Specializing in Philosophy of Physics, with advisor Bas van Fraassen.

                    

Rice University (Texas, USA), B.A. in Physics and Philosophy (double-major), August 1990 to June 1994.

Specializing in Philosophy of Physics, and Space Physics, with advisor Richard Grandy.

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

Wuhan University (China), Professor, February 2017 to present.

Department of Philosophy

 

PopSockets LLC (USA), Vice President of Results, May 2015 to January 2017.

 

University of Colorado Boulder (USA), Associate Professor, August 2006 to June 2015.

Department of Philosophy

 

Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), Visiting Professor, September 2012 to July 2013.

Department of Philosophy   

 

University of Kentucky (USA), Associate Professor, August 2005 to May 2006.

Department of Philosophy, and Honors Program

 

University of Kentucky (USA), Assistant Professor, August 2000 to May 2005.

Department of Philosophy, and Honors Program

 

American University of Beirut (Lebanon), Assistant Professor, September 1999 to June 2000.

Department of Philosophy

 

Princeton University (USA), Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, Fall and Spring 1996, Fall 1997, and Spring 1998.

Department of Philosophy

 

 

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Metaphysics (especially Philosophy of Time), Philosophy of Science (especially Philosophy of Physics), Formal Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion.

 

                    

 

REPRESENTATIVE COURSES TAUGHT

 

Graduate level:

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Time, Philosophy of Physics, Metalogic, Deviant Logic.

 

Undergraduate level:

Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy and Classical Physics, Introductory Logic, Intermediate Logic, Metaphysics and Physics of Time, Critical Thinking and Writing for Philosophers, Physics and God, Irrationality, The End of the World, Honors seminars (intellectual history from 1600 to 1850; intellectual history from 1850 to the present).

 

 

ARTICLES 

 

“Atheistic Induction by Boltzmann Brains,” in Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for God: The Plantinga Project, eds Jerry L. Walls and Trent Dougherty, forthcoming in 2017.

 

“Morality Grounds Personal Identity,” Philosophical Analysis 31: 1-26, 2014. (1 citation)

 

“God Acts in the Quantum World,” Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume V, pp. 167-184, 2014. (2 citations)

 

“An Atheistic Defence of Christian Science,” (for book symposium on Al Plantinga’s Where the Conflict Really Lies), European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, pp. 43-54, Autumn 2013. (A&HCI indexed; 1 citation)

 

“Against 3N-Dimensional Space,” in The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics, eds. Alyssa Ney and David Albert (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 154-167, 2013. (8 citations)

 

“Mixed Strategies, Uncountable Times, and Pascal’s Wager: a Reply to Robertson,” (with Kenny Easwaran), Analysis 72: 681-685, 2012. (A&HCI indexed; 0 citations)

 

“Mixed Strategies Can’t Evade Pascal’s Wager,” Analysis 71: 642-645, 2011. (A&HCI indexed; 2 citations)

 

“Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics,” Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume III, pp. 142-165, 2011. (14 citations) [This paper won a 2011 Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize.]

 

“Against Multiverse Theodicies,” Philo 13: 113-135, Fall/Winter 2010. (A&HCI indexed; 9 citations)

 

“McTaggart and Modern Physics,” Philosophia 38: 257-264, 2010. (A&HCI indexed; 2 citations)

 

“Design Inferences in an Infinite Universe,” Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume II, Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 208-230. (8 citations)

 

“Time Travel Without Causal Loops,” Philosophical Quarterly 59: 54-67, January 2009. (A&HCI indexed; 10 citations)

 

“Avoiding Certain Frustration, Reflection, and the Cable Guy Paradox” (with Brian Kierland and Sam Ruhmkorff), Philosophical Studies 138: 317-333, April 2008. (A&HCI indexed; 2 citations)

 

“Common-Sense Realism and the Unimaginable Otherness of Science,” Principia 11(2): 117-126, December 2007. (1 citation)

 

“Presentism and the Objection from Being-Supervenience” (with Brian Kierland), Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85: 485-497, December 2007. (A&HCI indexed; 27 citations)

 

“Quantum Mechanics and 3N-Dimensional Space,” Philosophy of Science 73: 778-789, December 2006. (A&HCI indexed; 47 citations)

 

“The Problem of the Many Minds” (with Sandy Goldberg), Minds and Machines 16: 463-470, December 2006. (A&HCI indexed; 0 citations)

 

“Presentism and Quantum Gravity,” in Dennis Dieks (ed.), The Ontology of Spacetime, Kluwer, pp. 263-280, 2006. (27 citations)

 

“God, Fine-Tuning, and the Problem of Old Evidence,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 57: 405-424, June 2006. (A&HCI indexed; 25 citations)

 

“How to Predict Future Duration from Present Age” (with Brian Kierland), Philosophical Quarterly 56: 16-38, January 2006. (A&HCI indexed; 4 citations)

 

“Minimizing Inaccuracy for Self-Locating Beliefs” (with Brian Kierland), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70: 384-395, March 2005. (A&HCI indexed; 26 citations)

 

“Anthropic Reasoning Does Not Conflict with Observation” (with Dien Ho), Analysis 65: 42-45, January 2005. (A&HCI indexed; 4 citations)

 

“The Problem of Ontology for Spontaneous Collapse Theories,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 35: 407-421, September 2004. (A&HCI indexed; 31 citations)

 

“Constructive Empiricism and Modal Nominalism” (with Bas van Fraassen), British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 54: 405-422, September 2003. (A&HCI indexed; 48 citations)

 

“Presentists Can Believe in Closed Timelike Curves,” Analysis 63: 199-202, July 2003. (A&HCI indexed; 12 citations)

 

“The Doomsday Argument Without Knowledge of Birth Rank,” Philosophical Quarterly 53: 79-82, January 2003. (A&HCI indexed; 9 citations)

 

“Wave Function Ontology,” Synthese 130: 265-277, February 2002. (A&HCI indexed; 40 citations)

 

“Sleeping Beauty and the Forgetful Bayesian,” Analysis 62: 47-53, January 2002. (A&HCI indexed; 52 citations)

 

“Supererogatory Superluminality” (with Brian Kierland), Synthese 127: 347-357, June 2001. (A&HCI indexed; 2 citations)

 

“Counting Marbles whose Mass Density is ‘Accessible’: A Reply to Bassi and Ghirardi” (with Rob Clifton), British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51: 155-164, March 2000. (A&HCI indexed; 23 citations)

 

“Losing Your Marbles in Wavefunction Collapse Theories” (with Rob Clifton), British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50: 697-717, December 1999. (A&HCI indexed; 38 citations)

 

“Van Fraassen and Ruetsche on Preparation and Measurement,”  Philosophy of Science (Proceedings) 66: S82-S91, 1999. (A&HCI indexed; 3 citations)

 

“Bayesian Agnosticism and Constructive Empiricism,” Analysis 58: 207-212, July 1998. (A&HCI indexed; 17 citations)

 

“The Bare Theory Has No Clothes” (with Jeff Bub and Rob Clifton), in Quantum Measurement: Beyond Paradox, Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17: 32-51, 1998. (8 citations)

 

“Quantum-Mechanical Self-Measurement,” in The Modal Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics, Western Ontario Series in the Philosophy of Science 60: 307-318, 1998. (2 citations)

 

 

BOOKS

 

Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design, Broadview Press, July 2009. (36 citations)

 

Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply from Bas van Fraassen (edited collection), Oxford University Press, November 2007. (21 citations)

 

 

ENYCOLOPEDIA ENTRIES

 

Constructive Empiricism entry for Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2008 (co-authored with Chad Mohler). (25 citations)

 

Pseudoscience entry for the Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science, Second Edition (edited by Martin Curd and Stathis Psillos), 2013, pp. 468-479.

 

Bas van Fraassen entry for Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, Thoemmes Continuum, 2005.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

Review of Alvin Plantinga’s Where the Conflict Really Lies (co-authored with Logan Gage), in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 72: 53-57, 2012.

 

Review of J. Alberto Corlett’s The Errors of Atheism (co-authored with Rebecca Chan), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2011.

 

“An Empiricist Regarding Science, An Empiricist Regarding Representation,” critical study of Bas van Fraassen’s Scientific Representation, Philosophical Quarterly, April 2010, pp. 413-417. Reprinted in Humana.mente, April 2010.

 

Review of Gregory Dawes’ Theism and Explanation, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, November 2009.

 

“Understanding Modal Interpretations,” Metascience 10: 309-314, July 2001.

 

 

 

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS

 

The Metametaphysics of Time, book manuscript in progress.

 

In Defense of The Flow of Time, book manuscript in progress.

 

“Presentist Perdurantism”, journal article in progress.

 

"A Persistence-Based Solution to McTaggart’s Paradox,” journal article in progress.

 

“Probabilistic Inferences in an Infinite Universe,” journal article in progress.

 

 

 

MAJOR AWARDS

 

Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize

For my “Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics” paper, named one of the three best papers published in philosophy of religion in 2011. Prize awarded by the St. Thomas Philosophy of Religion Project, via a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

 

National Science Foundation Science and Technology Studies Scholars Award

Providing support for my research on the fine-tuning argument for the academic year 2004-05 and summer 2005.

Name of Project: The fine-tuning argument

Award: $69,000, from the National Science Foundation (a branch of the US government)

 

 

 

OTHER AWARDS

 

Dean’s Senior Honors Fellowship, University of Colorado at Boulder, to teach honors courses for academic year 2008-09.

 

Center for Humanities and the Arts Fellowship, University of Colorado at Boulder, offering a two-course teaching reduction for academic year 2007-08.

 

Special Summer Faculty Research Fellowship from the University of Kentucky Executive Vice President for Research, summer 2004.

 

Princeton University Fellowship recipient, 1997-98 and 1998-99.

 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, 1994-95, 1995-96, and 1996-97.

 

Atlas Prize co-winner, for the best moral philosophy paper at Rice University, 1993-94.

 

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

“The Metametaphysics of Presentism,” contributed talk at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Brisbane (Australia), July 2013.

 

“Morality Grounds Personal Identity,” contributed talk at the Wellington (New Zealand) Australasian Association of Philosophy conference, December 2012.

 

“Three Conundrums for the Presentist: Consciousness, Physics, Time Travel,” invited talk at Monash University (Australia) “Time Travel Workshop”, November 2012.

 

“Time Travel and the Flow of Time,” invited talk at North Carolina State University (USA) conference “A Time Travel Event”, April 2011.

 

“Against Multiverse Theodicies,” invited talk at Baylor University (Texas, USA) “Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference”, January 2011.

 

“Against Multiverse Theodicies,” contributed talk at the “Western Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers”, (Durango, Colorado, USA), October 2009.

 

“Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics,” invited talk at “Princeton University Conference in Honor of Bas van Fraassen”, Princeton University (USA), May 2008.

 

“McTaggart and Modern Physics,” invited talk at “Time on Trial Conference”,  at West Virginia University (USA), April 2008.

 

“Physics-Based Design Arguments are Based on False Physics,” invited talk at Baylor University (Texas, USA) “Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference” February 2008.

 

 “Common-Sense Realism and the Unimaginable Otherness of Science,” contributed talk at the “Fifth Principia Symposium” in Florianopolis (Brazil), August 2007.

 

“Is Intelligent Design Science? Dissecting the Dover Decision,” invited talk at “University of Toledo Science and Religion Conference” (Ohio, USA) April 2006.

 

“The Infinite Universe and Dembski’s Design Inference,” contributed talk at “Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society for Christian Philosophers”, Cumberland College (Kentucky, USA), December 2004.

 

“Quantum Mechanics and 3N-Dimensional Space,” contributed talk at the “Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting” in Austin (Texas, USA), November 2004.

 

“God, Fine-Tuning, and the Problem of Old Evidence,” contributed talk at “Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society for Christian Philosophers”, Asbury College (Kentucky, USA) December 2003.

 

“How to Defend Constructive Empiricism: A Reply to Hanna,” contributed talk at the “Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association” in Cleveland (Ohio, USA), April 2003.

 

“Comments on Perloff’s ‘Future Contingents and the Battle Tomorrow’,” invited talk at the “Philosophy of Time Society Meeting” in Cleveland (Ohio, USA), April 2003.

 

“Presentism and Time Travel,” contributed talk at “Central States Philosophical Association Conference” in Columbia (Missouri, USA), October 2002.

 

“Presentism and Quantum Gravity,” invited talk at the “Princeton University/Oxford University Philosophy of Physics Workshop” at Princeton (New Jersey, USA), May 2002.

 

“On Dualistic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics,” contributed talk, “Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting” in Vancouver (Canada), November 2000.

 

“Van Fraassen and Ruetsche on Preparation and Measurement,” contributed talk, “Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting”, Kansas City (Missouri, USA), October 1998.

 


“Quantum-Mechanical Self-Measurement,” contributed talk at the “Utrecht University Modal Interpretations Conference”, in Utrecht (the Netherlands), June 1996.

 

 

 

NON-CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

“In Defense of the Flow of Time,” presented at Trinity University (Texas, USA), January 2014.

 

“The Metametaphysics of Presentism,” Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), May 2013.

 

“An Atheistic Defence of Christian Science,” presented at University of Otago (New Zealand), May 2013, and Baylor University (Texas, USA), March 2013.

 

“The Flow of Time, and Time Travel,” presented at University of Auckland (New Zealand), October 2012.

 

“Morality Grounds Personal Identity,” presented at University of Sydney (Australia), September 2012.

 

“Time Travel,” presented at Simon’s Rock College (Massachusetts, USA), October 2011.

 

“In Defense of the Flow of Time,” presented at UC-Irvine (California, USA), October 2010.

 

“Time Travel,” presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (Colorado, USA), August 2010.

 

“Against Multiverse Theodicies,” presented at Calvin College (Michigan, USA), February 2010.

 

Moderator for debate between William Lane Craig and Francisco Ayala, Indiana University (USA), November 2009.

 

“Intelligent Design” (public lecture) and “God and the Multiverse” (department lecture) given at Boise State University (Idaho, USA), April 2009.

 

The Great Debate: Intelligent Design and the Existence of God participant (along with Denis Alexander, David Berlinski, and Lawrence Krauss), Fort Worth (Texas, USA), November 2008.

 

“An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design,” University of Colorado at Boulder (USA) Think! public lecture series, October 2008.

 

“Design Inferences in an Infinite Universe,” presented at University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), October 2007.

 

“The Origin of Life, Intelligent Design, and the Spatially Infinite Universe,” presented at University of Colorado at Boulder (USA), March 2006.

 

“The Cable Guy Paradox,” presented at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA), December 2005.

 

“The Fine-Tuning Argument,” presented at University of Maryland, College Park (USA), December 2004, and to the physics department at Florida Institute of Technology (USA), January 2005.

 

Guest Lecturer for Hans Halvorson’s and Jeremy Butterfield’s graduate seminar on ontology in physics at Princeton University (New Jersey, USA), December 2004.

 

Guest Lecturer for Bas van Fraassen’s Princeton University graduate seminar on structural realism (New Jersey, USA), September 2004.

 

“God, Fine-Tuning, and the Problem of Old Evidence,” presented at University of Missouri at Columbia (USA), February 2004.

 

“Life Without Abstract Objects, the Easy Way,” presented at the University of Kentucky (USA) Abstracta Symposium, October 2003.

 

Guest Lecturer for Adam Elga’s and Bas van Fraassen’s Princeton University (New Jersey, USA) graduate seminar on decision theory, October 2002.

 

“Evaluating Doomsday Arguments,” presented at the University of Cincinnati, (Ohio, USA), January 2002.

 

“Gott’s Doomsday Argument: A Critical Evaluation,” presented at the University of Kentucky (USA) Physics department, December 2001.

 

“The End of the World is Nigh: A Critical Evaluation of Doomsday Arguments,” presented at Transylvania University (Kentucky, USA), October 2001.

 

“Presentism and Spacetime Physics,” presented at American University of Beirut (Lebanon) Physics department, November 1999; California Polytechnic State University (USA), January 2000; and University of Kentucky (USA), February 2000.

 

Discussant at the Quantum Computation, Quantum Cryptography conference in Quinson (France), July 1999.

 

Discussant at the Princeton University/Rutgers University Gravity and the Quantum conference (New Jersey, USA), May 1998.

 

 

 

EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

 

Major appointments

Editorial Board member for Philosophy of Science, 2009 to present.

Editorial Board member for Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, 2007 to present.

 

Journal refereeing

Acta Analytica, 2013 (twice).

American Philosophical Quarterly, 2004, 2008.

Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 (twice), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016.

Bioethics, 2011.

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 (four times), 2004, 2005 (twice), 2007 (twice), 2008, 2009 (three times), 2010, 2011 (twice), 2012, 2103, 2014 (twice).

Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2004, 2007.

Dialectica, 2007 (twice).

Disputatio, 2006.

Erkenntnis, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (three times), 2014 (twice).

European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 2012, 2013 (twice).  

Faith and Philosophy, 2016.

Foundations of Physics, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013.

International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 2002 (twice), 2009.

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2012.

Journal of Philosophical Research, 2010, 2011.

Kairos, 2014.

Mind, 2007 (twice), 2009 (twice), 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015.

Mind and Matter, 2013.

Minds and Machines, 2001.

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2005, 2009, 2012.

Philosophers’ Imprint, 2010.

Philosophical Papers, 2013.

Philosophical Quarterly, 2004 (twice), 2005 (three times), 2006, 2008 (twice), 2013, 2014.

Philosophical Studies, 2005 (twice), 2007, 2009, 2011 (twice), 2013, 2014, 2015.

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2011, 2014, 2016.

Philosophy of Science, 2002 (twice), 2006, 2009 (four times), 2010 (four times), 2011 (three times), 2012 (three times), 2013 (four times), 2014 (twice), 2015, 2016.

Principia, 2011. 

Religious Studies, 2008.

Science, Religion, and Culture, 2014.

Sophia, 2016.

Spontaneous Generations, 2007.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2011 (twice), 2012 (twice).

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2005, 2013.

Synthese, 2002, 2005 (four times), 2013 (twice), 2014.

Topoi, 2013.

 

Other refereeing

Central States Philosophical Association Conference, 3 papers, 2013; 2 papers, 2014.

Book proposal for Oxford University Press, 2012, 2013.

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Younger Scholars’ Prize Competition:

            45 papers, 2010; 30 papers, 2011; 20 papers, 2012; 50 papers, 2013;  35 papers, 2014; 57 papers, 2016.

Book proposal for Springer, 2011.

Detailed encyclopedia entry for Oxford Bibliographies Online, 2011.

NSF grant proposals, 2010, 2011, 2013.

Reviewed philosophy of science book manuscript for Oxford University Press, 2011.

Reviewed substantial bibliographical entry on “God” for Oxford University Press, 2010.

Philosophy of religion book manuscript for Oxford University Press, 2009.

Textbook proposal on critical thinking for Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant application, 2007.

Broadview Press book proposals, 2007.

Central States Philosophical Association conference, 2004 (three papers).

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology conference, 2004 (three papers).

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2002.

 

Other external service

External Examiner for PhD philosophy dissertation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009.

Program Committee member for the Philosophy of Science Association biennial meeting, 2008.

External Examiner for PhD philosophy dissertation at University of Toronto, 2008.

External Examiner for PhD physics dissertation at University of Southern Queensland, 2007.

External Examiner for Swarthmore Honors students in philosophy of science, May 2006.

Provided editing assistance with philosophy of physics textbook manuscript for Blackwell Publishers, 2003.

External Examiner for undergraduate philosophy theses, Truman State University, November 2001.

                                                                                                 

 

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