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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 in Oxford, and an Associate of the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) at Durham University.
Process, powers, change, causation, configuration, arrangement, laws.
Research in conjunction with Nancy Cartwright in philosophy of science centred around nomological machines, i.e. arrangements of features and powers which give rise to characteristic change - much of the focus is on causation and laws.
Metaphysical investigation of the interrelation between change and arrangement informed by Aristotle’s account of form, process of change, and agent-patient powers – this work benefits from participation in the Powers Structuralism Project.
Development of a process ontology based on Aristotelian powers.
Forthcoming presentations and associated papers include:
Power-process causation to be presented at the Uniformity of nature conference in Edinburgh on 30th May (in which I argue that in a world of Aristotelian powers, such as ours, causation is processual not relational).
Papers in draft which I have presented at recent conferences include:
Possibilities from powers presented at the Real possibilities, determinism and free will conference in Konstanz 18-21 March 2015.
See brief summary of current research here.
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?
Here is a podcast of a recent presentation to the Powers Structuralism project:
Other recent papers:
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.