Paul Humphreys Home Page

On this site you will find information about my research interests, publications, contact information
and more. My research interests currently lie primarily in philosophical questions
concerning deep learning, computational science,emergence, data science, general philosophy of science, and digital
humanities. Past research has been in causation and explanation, and the philosophy of probability. I’m always
willing to discuss epistemology, scientific metaphysics, logic, and some other topics. I co-direct two research
groups at UVA. details of which can be found via the links above.

I can be contacted at pwh2a AT virginia DOT edu


New podcast on Emergence, AI and Mindwandering with Zac Irving

and Paul Middlebrooks at Brain Inspired

Upcoming lectures:

`Laws and Transformational Emergence’ Lisbon Emergence Workshop, University of Lisbon. October 17-19 2019

Transdisciplinary Templates, Machine Learning, and the Prospects for Theory-free Models

ZiF and Bielefeld University November 15 2019

Mercier Prize Lecture Louvain-la-neuve, December 10 2019

Machine Learning and Epistemic Opacity, Physics and Astronomy Departments, Tufts University April 10 2020

Workshop on Model Transfer, University of Vienna, March 9-13 2021

Three New Books

1. PHILOSOPHICAL PAPERS. Oxford University Press 2018. A collection of my papers with

an introduction and extended postscripts.

2. EMERGENCE: A PHILOSOPHICAL ACCOUNT. Oxford University Press  2016. A monograph covering ontological,
inferential, and conceptual emergence.  (Winner of the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosophy 2019)

Further information


3. OXFORD HANDBOOK OF PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE. Forty two chapters covering traditional and new topics in philosophy of science.Oxford University Press, 2016. Further information

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