Charles H. Pence

I am a philosopher of science, specializing in the philosophy of biology and the application and ethics of contemporary technology. Starting this fall, I work at LSU.

Career News

I’m delighted to report that I’ve accepted a position as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at LSU! Geaux Tigers!

Teaching News

The course on the Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technologies that I’m co-teaching this semester with Maj. General Robert Latiff was recently profiled in the New York Times. Visit the course website here!

Research News

My paper “A New Foundation for the Propensity Interpretation of Fitness,” co-authored with Grant Ramsey, has won the 2013 British Society for the Philosophy of Science Sir Karl Popper Essay Prize, for the best paper in 2013 in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science on a topic to which Popper contributed. Check the paper out here!

Who am I?

These days, I’m located in sunny (?) South Bend, Indiana. I’m currently finishing up a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science program at the University of Notre Dame. When I’m not working (which is fairly rare), I’m an avid marathon runner, technology addict and computer programmer, clarinet player, gaming aficionado, and audiophile.

My Work

My work spans two distinct areas. First is the philosophy and history of evolutionary biology – in particular, the conceptual structure of evolution by natural selection and the reception of Darwin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Second, I’m interested in the application and ethics of contemporary technology, both in the digital humanities and as applied to contemporary warfare. Take a look at my CV.

Find Me

Academic Genealogy: My advisor is Grant Ramsey. He was co-advised by Alex Rosenberg and Robert Brandon. That makes me philosophically related to W.V.O. Quine (great2-grandfather), Hans Reichenbach (great2-grandfather), Alfred North Whitehead (great3-grandfather), Nicolaus Copernicus (great19-grandfather), and Marsilio Ficino (great26-grandfather), among others. See my write-up on the blog for more details.

Erdös Number: My Erdös number is at most 6. I’ve published with Holly Goodson, who published with Mark S. Alber, who published with Marcin Sikora, who published with Daniel J. Costello, Jr., who published with Peter C. Fishburn, who published with Paul Erdös.

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PGP Key: My PGP key is available on the MIT keyserver, with ID 101A75D1. I don’t often use PGP-encrypted mails; contact me beforehand if you have need of encrypted communications.