Phone: (406) 994-5212            
Email : psb@montana.edu      

Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

Philosophy of Science

Epistemology

Indian Philosophy

Education

PhD, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1995
M.A., Philosophy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1990
M.Phil., Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, 1987

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations

Awards

MSU Astrobiology Center NASA Grant, (2007-2012)

MSU Research Support from the Provost’s Office (2007)

MSU Support from the Dean’s Office (2007-08)

MSU Research & Creativity (2007-08)

MSU Scholarships & Creativity (2006-07)

MSU Research & Creativity (2006-07)

MSU Career Enhancement Award (2003, 2004, 2005 (twice), 2007)

MSU Scholarship & Creativity Grant for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, (2004-2005)

MSU Scholarship & Creativity Grant for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, (2003-2004)

MSU College of Letters & Science Research and Creativity Grant (2003-2004)

Affiliations

American Philosophical Association

Philosophy of Science Association

NASA Astrobiology Research Institute

International Society for Bayesian Analysis

Society for the Exact Philosophy

Select Publications

Referred Publication (Forthcoming/Accepted)

“The Logic of Simpson’s Paradox”. Synthese (With Nelson, Greenwood, Brittan, and Berwald.)

“Two Dogmas of Strong Objective Bayesianism.” In International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 2010, March. (With Gordon Brittan)

Referred Publications

“Why Bayesianism: A Primer on a Probabilistic Philosophy of Science.” In Bayesian Statistics and its Applications. (eds.) D. Dey and S.K. Upadhyay, Amaya Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp.42-62, 2007

"Acceptance, Severity and Evidence." With Gordon Brittan, Synthese, 2006, pp.1-36.

“Types of Coherence and Coherence among Types.” In Computational Models of Scientific Reasoning and Applications (CMSRA-IV), (eds.) L. Moniz Pereira and Gregory Wheeler. Lisbon, 2005, pp.1-15.

“Theory and Evidence: Comments on Maurer” In The Nature of Scientific Evidence. (eds.) M.L. Taper and S. Lele. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004; pp. 32-39

Referred Long Abstracts (Web-Published)

"Astrobiology as an Emerging Science: What does it Tell Philosophers" Ab-SciCon-2010 (http:///www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2010/pdf/5296pdf.

"Why Bayesianism: A Primer on a Probabilistic Philosophy of Science" Atlas: International Workshop/Conference on Bayesian Statistics & its Applications 2004. (http:///atlas-Conference.com/c/a/p/j