Lee C. McIntyre

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Lee C. McIntyre
BornLee Cameron McIntyre
Portland, Oregon, USA
OccupationPhilosopher, author, educator
GenreNon-fiction, crime fiction, thriller

Lee C. McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School.[1][2] He holds a B.A. in philosophy of social science from Wesleyan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His dissertation was on the status of law-like explanations in the social sciences.[3]

He has taught philosophy at Colgate University, Boston University, Tufts Experimental College, Simmons College, and Harvard Extension School. At Colgate he won the Fraternity and Sorority Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Philosophy and at Harvard he received the Dean's Letter of Commendation for Distinguished Teaching. He was Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University and has served as a policy advisor to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard and as an Associate Editor in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

McIntyre is the author of Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences (Westview Press, 1996; revised edition 1998), Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior (MIT Press, 2006), and Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age (Routledge, 2015). He is the co-editor of three anthologies: Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science (MIT Press, 1994), Philosophy of Chemistry (Springer, 2006), and Philosophy of Chemistry, 2nd edition (Springer, 2014). He is also the author of numerous philosophical essays that have appeared in Synthese, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Teaching Philosophy, Perspectives on Science, Biology and Philosophy, Critica, and Theory and Decision, as well as articles that have appeared in The New York Times,[4]The Times Higher Education Supplement, The Humanist, The Chronicle of Higher Education,[5][6][7] and Regional Review. He has been a leading spokesman for the Duncanian position that there is no fundamental demarcation between the natural sciences and the social sciences either in their nature or their appropriate methodologies.

McIntyre is also a novelist, who writes idea-driven suspense fiction in the thriller genre.


Publication order Title Year Publisher
1 Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science . (Co-editor with Michael Martin, Boston University) 1994 Cambridge: MIT Press
2 Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences: Defending a Science of Human Behavior 1996 Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press
3 Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline. (Co-editor with Davis Baird, University of South Carolina, and Eric Scerri, UCLA) 2006 Dordrecht: Springer Publishers
4 Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior 2006 Cambridge: MIT Press
5 Explaining Explanation: Essays in the Philosophy of the Special Sciences 2012 Lanham, Md.: UPA/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
6 Philosophy of Chemistry: Growth of a New Discipline, 2nd edition. (Co-editor with Eric Scerri, UCLA). 2014 Dordrecht: Springer Publishers
7 Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age 2015 New York: Routledge Publishers
8 The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science 2017 New York: Routledge Publishers
9 Post-Truth 2018 Cambridge: MIT Press


  1. ^ http://www.bu.edu/cphs/profile/lee-mcintyre/
  2. ^ https://www.extension.harvard.edu/faculty-directory/lee-mcintyre
  3. ^ https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/105411
  4. ^ http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/07/the-rules-of-denialism/
  5. ^ http://chronicle.com/article/Making-Philosophy-Matter.or/130029
  6. ^ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Attack-on-Truth/230631
  7. ^ Lee McIntyre (January 10, 2016). "Willful Ignorance on Campus". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved January 8, 2019.

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