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Matthew J. Brown


Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
University of Texas at Dallas



Matthew J. Brown works in the fields of philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and cognitive science. He is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas and the Director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology. In addition, Brown is affiliated with the faculties of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Emerging Media and Communication, and Arts and Technology at UT Dallas.

The main focus of Brown’s current research is on the interactions of science and values, broadly construed. He is currently developing a general account of scientific practice and its interaction with judgments of value, as well as attempting to trace the consequences of such accounts for the role of science in democratic politics and policymaking.

He is developing case studies on these questions in the areas of climate change research and policy, the early history of psychology, the role of society and culture in cognitive science, evidence-based medicine, scientific ethics codes, and the science of diet and nutrition. Most of these case studies are being developed in collaborations with other scholars.

Dr. Brown also works on the history of philosophy of science, especially on figures who focused on the relationship between science, values, and society. He has particular focused on John Dewey and Paul Feyerabend.

Another of Brown’s major projects is a collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation to study “Engineering Ethics as an Expert Guided and Socially Situated Activity.”

Through the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, Dr. Brown organizes conferences and workshops, hosts an annual series of lectures aimed at students and the local community, and hosts video lectures and other resources on the Center website.


I received my B.S. from the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I studied with Jon J. Johnston, David Finkelstein, Bryan Norton, and Nancy Nersessian. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Califorina, San Diego, where my dissertation was supervised by Nancy Cartwright and Paul Churchland (co-chairs), Gerald Doppelt, Donald Rutherford, Roddey Reid, and Michael Cole.

Representative Publications

* “Values in Science beyond Undetermination and Inductive Risk,” (2013) Philosophy of Science 80(5): 829-839.
* “The Democratic Control of the Scientific Control of Politics” (2013) in Dennis Dieks and Vassilios Karakostas, editors, EPSA11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. (Selected proceedings from the European Philosophy of Science Association 2011.), pp. 479-92.
* “The Source and Status of Values for Socially Responsible Science” (2013) Philosophical Studies, 163(1), pp 67-76.
* “Science, Values, and Democracy in the Global Climate Change Debate,” (2013) in Philosophical Pragmatism and International Relations: Essays for a Bold New World, ed. by Shane J. Ralston.
* “John Dewey¹s Logic of Science” HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2(2), Fall 2012, pp.258-306.
* “Genuine Problems and the Significance of Science” (2010), Contemporary Pragmatism 7(2).
* Reassessing Paul Feyerabend, (forthcoming) a special issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Part A edited by Matthew J. Brown and Ian James Kidd.