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Vadim Batitsky

Associate Professor
Philosophy
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
M.A., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1993
B.A., summa cum laude, Philosophy, California State University at Los Angeles, 1989

AREAS OF INTEREST

Philosophy of science
Philosophy of mathematics
Philosophy of mind
Philosophy of computation

Vadim Batitsky has been a member of the Philosophy Department since 1996.  His research interests focus on the metaphysical and epistemological problems at the intersection of philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of mind. He is especially interested in trying to understand and sort out the ways in which highly abstract and idealized mathematical models can be useful in predicting and explaining the behavior of empirical systems. In pursuing this goal, Dr. Batitsky always tries to make the relevant philosophical questions more precise by modeling them in suitable mathematical frameworks, such as measurement theory, dynamical systems theory, automata theory, and computational complexity theory.