Alistair Isaac received his PhD from Stanford University in 2010, where he also worked as an instructor in history and philosophy of science at the Stanford EPGY Online High School. He joined the University of Edinburgh in 2013 after postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, the latter on the NSF project "Measurement and Isomorphism in the Psychology of Perception: A Historical Approach to the Problem of Representation" on which he was co-PI with Gary Hatfield.
- "The Semantics Latent in Shannon Information" (forthcoming) British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
- "Structural Realism for Secondary Qualities" (2014) Erkenntnis 79(3): 481–510.
- "Objective Similarity and Mental Representation" (2013) Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91(4): 683–704.
- "Modeling without Representation" (2013) Synthese 190: 3611–3623.
Responsibilities & affiliations
- Philosophy Prehonours Coordinator
- PPLS Deputy PG Director
- Philosophy Library Representative
- PPLS Library Representative
I teach Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophical Issues in Evolution, the pre-honours course Philosophy of Science 1, and a variety of modules in Philosophy of Science and Cognition. In future, I plan to design a course on the Philosophy of Information.
Student consultation hours
My official office hours are Mondays, 11am–noon, however I am also available by appointment, so please feel free to email me to set up a time.
I teach courses related to the Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition MSc program, as well as other MSc level courses involving Philosophy of Science or Cognitive Science.