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Michael Friedman (philosopher)

Michael Friedman (born 1947) is an American philosopher of science interested in Immanuel Kant and the post-analytic movement in philosophy. Friedman earned his A.B. from Queen's College in New York and his PhD from Princeton University. He is Frederick P. Rehmus Family Professor of Humanities at Stanford University.[1] Before moving to Stanford, Friedman taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois Chicago, and Indiana University. His students include Alan Richardson and Andrew Janiak.

Friedman is interested in combining Analytic Philosophy and Continental Philosophy, arguing that both views bring valuable perspectives. In his book Dynamics of Reason, Friedman fills in important gaps in the progress and rise of paradigms, not fully developed by Thomas Kuhn.

Selected publications

  • Foundations of Space-Time Theories: Relativistic Physics and the Philosophy of Science (1983)
  • Kant and the Exact Sciences (1992)
  • Reconsidering Logical Positivism (1999)
  • A Parting of the Ways: Carnap, Cassirer, and Heidegger (2000)
  • Dynamics of Reason: The 1999 Kant Lectures at Stanford University (2001)
  • Immanuel Kant: Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (2004)
  • The Kantian Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Science (2006)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Carnap (2007)


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