Andrew Wayne | College of Arts

Andrew Wayne

Andrew Wayne
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
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Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x56787
MacKinnon 331. Fall 2018 office hours: Mondays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm


B.Sc., University of Toronto
M.A., University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego


My research focuses on topics in philosophy of science and history and philosophy of modern physics, including: reduction and emergence in physics; scientific explanation; modeling and idealization in science.

Selected Publications

  • "Point-particle explanations: the case of gravitational waves" (Synthese, 2017)
  • "Explanatory Integration" (European Journal of Philosophy of Science,, 2017)
  • "Causal Relations and Explanatory Strategies in Physics" (International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 29:75-89, 2015)
  • "Expanding the Scope of Explanatory Idealization" (Philosophy of Science 78(5): 830-841, 2011)
  • "Emergence and Singular Limits" (Synthese 184(3): 341-356, 2010)
  • "Emergence in Physics ," co-authored with Michal Arciszewski, Philosophy Compass 4:846-858 (2009)
  • "A Trope-Bundle Ontology for Field Theory," in The Ontology of Spacetime II, ed. D. Dieks (Elsevier, 2008)
  • Ontological Aspects of Quantum Field Theory, co-edited anthology with Meinard Kuhlman and Holger Lyre (World Scientific, 2002); "A Naive View of the Quantum Field" therein.
  • "Critical Notice of Margaret Morrison, Unifying Scientific Theories," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 32:117-138 (2002)
  • "Quantum Java: The Upwards Percolation of Quantum Indeterminacy," (co-authored with Bruce Glymour and Marcelo Sabates), Philosophical Studies 103:271-283 (2001)
  • "Conceptual Foundations of Field Theories in Physics," Philosophy of Science 67:S516-S522 (2000)
  • "Degrees of Freedom and the Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory," Erkenntnis 46:165- 173 (1997)
  • "Critical Study of Quantum Non-locality and Relativity by Tim Maudlin," Nous 31:556-567 (1997)
  • "Theoretical Unity: The Case of the Standard Model," Perspectives on Science 4:391-407 (1996)
  • "Bayesianism and Diverse Evidence," Philosophy of Science 62:111-121 (1995)




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