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John Pemberton is an Associate at the Centre for Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences at the LSE. He is also a Research Associate on the Powers Structuralism project at Corpus Christi, Oxford.

Current research:    

Main topics:

Change, powers, causation, arrangement, structure, laws.

   

See summary of LSE individual research initiative here.

 

Recent writings

 

Joint papers with Nancy Cartwright:

Ceteris paribus laws need machines to generate them (2014). Pemberton & Cartwright. Erkenntnis special issue: Semantics and pragmatics of ceteris paribus conditions.

Aristotelian powers: without them, what would modern science do? (2013). Cartwright & Pemberton. In Powers and capacities in philosophy: the new Aristotelianism. Edited by J. Greco and R. Groff. Routledge.

Slides from a recent presentation jointly authored with Nancy Cartwright: Science powers: how Aristotelian are they?

Abstract of forthcoming presentation: Things: a homeodynamic process view.

Here is a podcast of a recent presentation to the Powers Structuralism project:

Manifestation of powers - timing and continuity - and here are the accompanying slides

Other recent papers:

Integrating mechanist and nomological machine ontologies to make sense of what-how-that evidence

Causal explanation is mechanist

Previous papers linking to work in finance and economics:

Why ideals in economics have limited use in Idealization XII: Correcting the model, idealization and abstraction in the sciences. Edited by Martin Jones and Nancy Cartwright. Poznan Studies in the philosophy of the sciences and the humanities.

The methodology of actuarial science. British Actuarial Journal, volume 5, part I, no. 21. April 1999.

 

Email: j.pemberton@lse.ac.uk