Eric Winsberg

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Eric Winsberg
Born (1968-02-04) February 4, 1968 (age 51)
EducationUniversity of Chicago
Indiana University
Notable work
Science in the Age of Computer Simulation
Philosophy and Climate Science
InstitutionsUniversity of South Florida
ThesisSimulation and the Philosophy of Science: Computationally Intensive Studies of Complex Physical Systems (1999)
Doctoral advisorMichael Friedman
Main interests
Philosophy of science, Philosophy of physics, Climate Science

Eric Winsberg (born February 4, 1968) is an American philosopher who is a professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida.[1] He is known for his research in philosophy of science, in particular the philosophy of climate science, and the philosophy of physics. He is especially interested in the role of computer simulations in the physical sciences.His work in the philosophy of climate science specifically relates to its application in science policy and ethics.[2] He also writes on truth and on scientific authorship.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Winsberg was born in New York City on February 4, 1968. His father was a physician and his mother was a data scientist.[4] At an early age, his family moved to Montreal, where he spend most of his childhood.[4] He attended college at The University of Chicago, and then earned his Ph.D, in History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University in 1999.[1]

Philosophical work[edit]

Winsberg wrote his doctoral dissertation on the use of computer simulation to study complex physical systems.[5] Over the next several years, he published a number of articles on computer simulation, including their implications for understanding the nature of scientific theories and their application, scientific realism, the role of fiction in science, and the nature of inter-theoretic reduction. His work on computer simulation has been called "pioneering," "groundbreaking,"[6] and "trailblazing."[7] He also contributed to the literature on the role of the Thermodynamics for understanding the Arrow of time. More recently he has devoted much of his attention to topics in climate science, especially the role of values therein, the importance of the chaotic nature of the atmosphere, the nature of probabilities and the role of robust results in climate modeling and climate science generally.[8]



Journal articles[edit]

  • "Simulated Experiments: Methodology for a virtual World." Philosophy of Science 70: 105-125. 2003. According to Google Scholar, this article has been cited 342 times.[9]
  • "Sanctioning models: the epistemology of simulation." Science in Context 12: 275-202. 1999. According to Google Scholar, this article has been cited 277 times.[9]
  • "Simulations, models, and theories: Complex physical systems and their representations". Philosophy of Science 70, 105-125. 2001. According to Google Scholar, this article has been cited 156 times.[9]


  1. ^ a b "USF :: Philosophy Department". Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  2. ^ "F.A.Z.-Archiv: Suche" (in German). Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  3. ^ "USF :: Philosophy Department". Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  4. ^ a b "Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews Eric Winsberg". Discrimination and Disadvantage. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  5. ^ "Department of History and Philosophy of Science | Indiana University Bloomington". Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  6. ^ ENR // AgencyND // University of Notre Dame (2011-03-31). "Science in the Age of Computer Simulation // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame". Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  7. ^ Parker, Wendy S. (2011-06-28). "Computer simulation and philosophy of science | SpringerLink". Metascience. 21: 111–114. doi:10.1007/s11016-011-9567-8.
  8. ^ "Eric Winsberg, "Philosophy and Climate Science" (Cambridge UP, 2018)". 2018-07-16. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  9. ^ a b c d [1] GoogleScholar author summary

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