University of California, San Diego
Department of Philosophy, 0119
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0119
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Eric Watkins works primarily in the history of philosophy of science, specializing in Kant's philosophy of science in its historical context (i.e., Leibnizian and Newtonian natural philosophy). Specifically, he is interested in matter theory, the laws of nature, and the metaphysical and epistemological principles that are required by different concepts of matter and the laws that govern it.
He has taught several graduate seminars in the history of philosophy of science and has received grants from the NSF and the NEH to pursue research in this area. His publications on Kant, Newton, and Leibniz have appeared in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (twice), Perspectives on Science (twice), Journal of the History of Philosophy (twice), in Stanford's Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and in a volume in the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science (Kluwer Press). He has edited Kant and the Sciences (Oxford University Press, 2001) and is currently editing Kant's Scientific Writings for the Cambridge Edition of Immanuel Kant.