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Zvi Biener
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Assistant Professor | Department of Philosophy
Metaphysics and Epistemology in Early-Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, History of Science

Department of Philosophy
3017 Moore Hall

website | interview | zvi [dot] biener [at] wmich [dot] edu

Research Interests
My research concerns the unity and structure of knowledge in early-modern philosophy. It consists of three overlapping sub-areas: early-modern views regarding the reduction and dependence of branches of knowledge to/on one another, forms of demonstration and deduction in the new sciences of early-modernity, and the metaphysical underpinnings of those sciences.

When not an academic, I code, compile, tweak, and generally make a mess with programming languages. My computer concerns mirror my academic concerns: I like thinking about how knowledge is organized in the computer age, and spend way too much time exploring database and information management technologies.

Teaching Interests
I am primarily involved in teaching the history of philosophy. I also teach philosophy of science and a variety of introductory of courses in philosophy. At the graduate level, my courses focus on particular figures in the early-modern period (e.g., Descartes) or the themes of the period (e.g., Empiricism and Newtonianism).

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