Tobin, Emma

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My current particular research interests are in metaphysics of science, particularly natural laws and natural kinds. I am currently working on a project in the philosophy of biochemistry, which considers the philosophical problems that face scientists when doing classification in the context of scientific practice.  More particularly, I am interested in protein classification as a case study for some of these difficulties. I am looking at these difficulties in the context of a number of subdisciplines in biology including, biochemistry, structural biology, astrobiology and molecular biology.

My more general interests in philosophy of science include causation, explanation, scientific realism, modelling, idealisation and approximation etc.

I am also interested in integrated history and philosophy of chemistry and I am an active member of Ad Hoc London, acting as co-organiser with Chiara Ambrosio of our monthly London Meetings. Please email me if you would like to be added to the mailing list. 

Metaphysics of Science Project

Previously, I was a core postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC sponsored project the Metaphysics of Science based in Bristol working with Alexander Bird from 2006-2010. This was a project based at the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, and Nottingham. Other project members included Stephen Mumford, Markus Schrenk and Matt Tugby (Nottingham), Helen Beebee, Francis Longworth and Nigel Leary (Birmingham).

More about the Metaphysics of Science Project. As part of the project,I compiled a bibliography on Natural Kinds.

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