Alice Murphy

Profile

I'm a final year PhD student interested in the connections between the philosophy of science and the philosophy of art. My research focuses on the role of the imagination in science, particularly in thought experiments and modelling. I am supervised by Prof. Steven French and Prof. Aaron Meskin.

Academic History

  • Graduate Research Trainee, McGill University, Mar-Apr 2018, supervised by Prof. David Davies
  • MA Philosophy (Distinction), University of Warwick, 2015
  • BA Philosophy (First), University of Bristol, 2014

Funding/Awards

  • I am very thankful for a WRoCAH scholarship and a Jacobsen studentship for funding my PhD research
  • The Prize for Outstanding Performance in the MA in Philosophy, University of Warwick, 2015

Publications

  • “Towards a Pluralist Account of the Imagination in Science”, Philosophy of Science, (forthcoming)
  • "The Aesthetic and Literary Qualities of Scientific Thought Experiments", in French, S. and M. Ivanova (eds), Aesthetics of Science: Beauty, Imagination and Understanding, Routledge (forthcoming)
  • “Beauty and the Scientific Imagination” blog post for The Junkyard (2019)

Selected Talks

  • “Beauty and the Scientific Imagination”, Workshop on Imagination in Religion and Science, University of Georgia, Sep 2019
  • “Thought Experiments and the Aesthetics of Science”, BSPS Annual Conference, Durham, Jul 2019 and Auburn Aesthetics Forum, Auburn University, Sep 2019
  • "The Literary Form of Scientific Thought Experiments", White Rose Aesthetics Forum, Leeds, Jan 2019
  • "Thought Experiments and Mental Models", PSA Biannual Meeting, Seattle, Nov 2018
  • "Imagination in Science", with Steven French and Melanie Keene, The Forum for European Philosophy, LSE, Oct 2018
  • "Creativity in Scientific Thought Experiments", Creativity in Art, Science, and Mind, University of Cambridge, Jul 2018
  • "Thought Experiments, Computer Simulations and Novel Data", Univie Summer School/ Scientific World Conceptions, University of Vienna, Jul 2018
  • "What's the Nature of the Imagination in Scientific Reasoning?", McGill Philosophy Workshop Series, McGill University, Apr 2018
  • "The Scientific Imagination", WRoCAH Annual Conference, University of York, Oct 2017
  • "Thought Experiments, the Imagination, and Surprise", Bridging the Gap: Scientific Imagination Meets Aesthetic Imagination, London School of Economics, Oct 2017 
  • "Irene Manton's Art and Science or, Other Ways of Looking at Nature", Lecture 16: HPS in 20 Objects public lecture series at the University of Leeds, (with Steven French and Nicola Williams), June 2017

Teaching

  • I teach in the areas of Philosophy of Science, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, Introduction to Philosophy, and Ethics. 

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