James Robert Brown
Instructor, Arthur Schawlow Stream & Department of Philosophy 
Office Phone: 519-854-0131
Office Location: 170 St. George St. Room 514
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: By appointment



Professor James Robert Brown is the Instructor of the VIC 173Y course, which focuses on the philosophy of science for physical scientists, in the Schawlow stream of the Vic One Program in Victoria College, at the University of Toronto. Furthermore, Professor Brown currently teaches PHL 356F, PHL 346S, and PHL 355S and a course for graduate students (PHL 2196), all in the Department of Philosophy. As a Professor of Philosophy, and an affiliate member of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, his interests cover a vast range of topics from thought experiments, for which is widely known for his pioneering work in, and scientific realism in the Philosophy of Science, to Platonism and the nature of applied mathematics, diagrams, and visual reasoning in the Philosophy of Mathematics. He is also fascinated in the Foundation of Physics, and the Social Relations of Science. Made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007, Professor Brown has also published numerous books, with several more works in progress; is on the board of editors of several academic journals; and has been the Co-Director of the Annual Philosophy of Science Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia since 1985.


Selected Publications

Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge (Routledge 2012)

Philosophy of Science: The Key Thinkers (edited) (Continuum 2012)

Thought Experiments in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts (ed. with M. Frappier and L. Meynell) (Routledge 2012)