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

Spring 2016 Colloquia


Collegium Workshop: Adam Israel

February 12th
3:00-5:00 pm


Faculty/Student Research Colloquium:
Prof. Gabrielle Jackson and Brendan Conuel

February 24th
1:00-3:00 pm


Lecture: Katja Vogt

February 25th
4:00 pm


Silverman Award Lecture: Harrison Fluss

March 10th
4:30 pm


PhD Recruitment Roundtable

March 23rd
2:30 pm


Karen Burke Lecture: Sabrina Hom

March 24th


Graduate Colloquium: 
Jennifer Carter and Catherine Carol

March 30th
1:00 pm

Lecture: Zhang Ji, Visiting Scholar

April 7th
4:00 pm


Faculty/Student Research Colloquium: 
Prof. Jeff Edwards and Soren Whited

April 27th
1:00 pm


Bodies and Race Symposium

May 5th and 6th

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