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) 632-7598


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

Thinking the Plural: Richard Bernstein’s Contribution to American Philosophy

September 26th-27th

“Other Histories, Other Temporalities: Latin American Thought in Intersection with Continental Philosophy”

Alejandro Vallega
October 8th

Fré Ilgen: Arts and Bodies

October 14th

Translating Jean-Luc Nancy: Invitations and Intrusions

October 15th

*POSTPONED* Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award

October 21st

Book Presentation

Edward S. Casey and Mary Watkins, Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border
October 30th

Spaces of Control: Confronting Austerity and Repression

Eleventh Biennial Radical Philosophy Association Conference
November 6th-9th

"Envelopes of Flesh"

November 7th

"The Avowal of the Truth: Torture and Confession in the Witch-Hunt"

November 13th

“Affective Labor and Feminist Politics”

Johanna Oksala
November 18th

“Heidegger's Mask: Silence, Politics and 'World Jewry' in the Black Notebooks"

Adam Knowles
November 20th

Transatlantic Collegium Workshop

Wesley Mattingly
December 1st

“The Big Picture: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions”

Kelly Oliver
December 2nd

"Violence and Hyperbole: From the Death Penalty Seminar to the 'Cogito' Essay"

Michael Nass
December 11th

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