Isaac Record

Philosophy of Science and Technology
Lyman Briggs College
Michigan State University


Isaac Record is a philosopher of science and technology and academic specialist at Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College (as of Fall 2015). Isaac’s research explores accounts of communal knowledge practices, which have been developed in exciting ways by philosophers of scientific methodology and social epistemology, and concerns about trust in technology, under investigation by philosophers, anthropologists, and sociologists of technology. Isaac studies the practices of scientists who use instruments, the debates that accompany the introduction of new techniques to established disciplines, and the epistemological consequences of pursuing inquiries within a technological infrastructure. He believes that empirical investigations into knowledge practices are a necessary complement to traditional philosophical work based on conceptual analysis and thought experiments. The resulting situated understanding of our epistemic and ethical condition is sensitive to a network of factors, including values, capabilities, and material resources, allowing us to better integrate our understandings of knowledge and action.
From 2012-2015, Isaac was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Semaphore Research Cluster, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. There, he explored the epistemic, ethical, and practical dimensions of emerging technologies such as 3D printers, programmable controllers, and sensor toolkits. Isaac is also developing a book-length treatment of knowledge practices on the Internet.

Representative Publications

Isaac Record, Daniel Southwick, ginger coons, and Matt Ratto (2015) Regulating the Liberator: Prospects for the Regulation of 3D Printing. Journal of Peer Production 6: 1-12.
Isaac Record, Matt Ratto, ginger coons, and Max Julien (2014) Blind Tennis: Extreme Users and Participatory Design. PDC ’14 Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Industry Cases, Workshop Descriptions, Doctoral Consortium papers, and Keynote abstracts – Volume 2: 41-44.
Boaz Miller and Isaac Record (2013) Justified Belief in a Digital Age: On the Epistemic Implications of Secret Internet Technologies. Episteme 10(2): 117-134.

Isaac Record (2013) Technology and Epistemic Possibility. Journal for the General Philosophy of Science 44: 319-336.

Isaac Record, Matt Ratto, Amy Ratelle, Adriana Ieraci, and Nina Czegledy (2013) DIY Prosthetics Workshops: ‘Critical making’ for public understanding of human augmentation. Technology and Society (ISTAS), IEEE International Symposium (2013): 117-125.