Marshall Spector

Marshall Spector

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1963
M.S., Physics, The University of Chicago
B.S., Physics, The Illinois Institute of Technology

Harriman Hall 219
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7570


Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, environmental issues


In recent years, Marshall Spector's research and teaching interests have focused on the intersection of philosophy of technology and environmental issues. He is fascinated by the ways in which various cultures interact with their physical environments through their technologies and how other aspects of these cultures affect that interaction. He finds this nest of relations in our own scientific-industrial culture of the past few centuries to be particularly interesting. Spector has been with the Stony Brook Department of Philosophy since 1968. He has written Methodological Foundations of Relativistic Mechanics (Notre Dame Press) and Concepts of Reduction in Physical Science (Temple University Press) and has contributed to such publications as Philosophy of Science and the Occult and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.


Selected Publications

  • Methodological Foundations of Relativistic Mechanics (Notre Dame Press)
  • Concepts of Reduction in Physical Science (Temple University Press)


Upcoming Events

"Art and the Quantum Moment" 


Prof. Rober P. Crease
Prof. Alfred Goldhaber
January 29th


"Improvised Music"

Prof. Don Byron
February 24th

"On Reading The Second Sex the Third Time"


Prof. Kyoo Lee
February 26th

Career Opportunities for Philosophy Majors

March 4th

Husserl's Missing Technologies: Don Ihde Book Presentation
Featuring "Missing Ihde," with Prof. Robert Crease

March 10th

"The Assault on Ethnic Studies"

Prof. Ron Scapp
March 12th

Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award

Susan Bordo
March 24th


"Writing Across and Beyond the Disciplines"

Prof. Susan Bordo
March 25th


Book Presentation: Peter Manchester's Temporality and the Trinity

March 26th


MA Conference

Keynotes by Elizabeth Grosz and Emma Sulkowicz
March 27th-28th


"Heidegger and Traumatology"

Prof. Reginald Lilly
April 8th


"Interspecies Ethics: Meditations on Cosmopolitan Peace"

Cynthia Willet
April 23rd

Department of Philosophy      Harriman Hall 213, Stony Brook, NY 11794     Phone: (631) 632-7570
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