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

Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award

September 15th, 4 pm

Terry Pinkard
"Hegel's History of Metaphysics"



September 29th, 4 pm

Georgia Warnke, University of California, Riverside
"Historical Understanding and the 'Blemish of Extraordinary Moral Legacies'"



October 12th, 4 pm

Klaus Vieweg, Jena University
"The Concept of Action in Hegel's Practical Philosophy and Aesthetics"


Dissertation Defense

October 13th, 11 am

Miles Hentrup
"Once Again from the Beginning: On the Relationship of Skepticism and Philosophy in Hegel's System"



October 25th, 5 pm

Adam Cureton, University of Tennessee
"Offensive Beneficence"



November 10th, 10:30 am

Karmen MacKendrick, LeMoyne Collge 
"Ancient Mysticisms, New Materialism, and Strange Entanglements"



November 10th, 4:30 pm

Cynthia Willett, Emory University
"Affect Attunement: Interspecies Ethics"


Dissertation Defense

November 17th, 4:45 pm
Stony Brook Manhattan

Oli Stephano
"Immanent Ecologies: Ethics, Power, and Persistence"





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