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Josh R. Hunt

Josh R. Hunt

Josh R. Hunt

Pronouns: He/his or they/them
Assistant Professor


529 Hall of Languages


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Michigan (2022)

M.S. in Mathematics, University of Michigan (2019)

M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (2015)

B.Phil. in Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh (2014)

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh (2014)

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Courses Taught

Philosophy of Science (PHI 373), Logic (PHI 251)

Biographic Overview

Josh Hunt focuses on two related areas in philosophy of science, with connections to metaphysics and epistemology. The first concerns the nature of effective problem-solving in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Why do experts spend so much time reformulating existing proofs, theories, and problem-solving procedures? The second concerns various metaphysically-loaded aspects of scientific practice, including laws of nature, causation, explanation, and fundamentality. Can we respect the power of these concepts while remaining metaphysically neutral?

Research Interests

History and Philosophy of the physical sciences and mathematics; General philosophy of science; Meta-philosophy


American Philosophical Association, Philosophy of Science Association, British Society for Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics Society, American Mathematical Society

Honors and Awards
  • John Dewey Teaching Prize, University of Michigan Philosophy Department (2020)
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2015—19)
  • Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize in History and Philosophy of Physics (2015)