Eli Lichtenstein

Teaching Fellow

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 8.16

40 George Square, Edinburgh
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Eli joined the University of Edinburgh in 2022. He was previously a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Michigan, where he completed his PhD.

Research summary

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Science, Aesthetics, Environmental Philosophy, History of Late Modern Philosophy

Interests: Values in science, scientific and artistic understanding, environmental art and aesthetics, anthropocentrism and ecocentrism, and the history of ideas centered on these issues


  1. “Inconvenient Truth and Inductive Risk in COVID-19 Science.” Philosophy of Medicine 3.1 (2022): 1–25. doi: 10.5195/pom.2022.132
  2. “Revaluing Laws of Nature in Secularized Science.” In Yemima Ben-Menahem (Ed.), Rethinking the Concept of Law of Nature: Natural Order in the Light of Contemporary Science (Springer, 2022), 347–377. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-96775-8_13
  3. “(Mis)Understanding Scientific Disagreement: Success versus Pursuit-Worthiness in Theory Choice.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 85 (2021): 166–175. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2020.10.005
  4. “Artistic Objectivity: From Ruskin’s ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ to Creative Receptivity.” British Journal of Aesthetics 61.4 (2021): 505–526. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayaa041
  5. “How Anti-Humeans Can Embrace a Thermodynamic Reduction of Time’s Causal Arrow.” Philosophy of Science 88.5 (2021: 1161–1171. doi: 10.1086/715514
  6. “Classical Form or Modern Scientific Rationalization? Nietzsche on the Drive to Ordered Thought as Apollonian Power and Socratic Pathology.” Journal of Nietzsche Studies 52.1 (2021): 105–134. doi: 10.5325/jnietstud.52.1.0105
  7. “Nietzsche contra Sublimation.” Journal of the History of Philosophy 58.4 (2020): 755–778. doi: 10.1353/hph.2020.0075
  8. “Sensory Force, Sublime Impact, and Beautiful Form.” British Journal of Aesthetics 59.4 (2019): 449–464. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayz033

  9. “The Passions and Disinterest: From Kantian Free Play to Creative Determination by Power, via Schiller and Nietzsche.” Ergo 6 (2019): 249–279. doi:10.3998/ergo.12405314.0006.009