Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Nick Huggett is a Professor (PhD Rutgers University, 1995) and his specialties are the philosophy of science and the philosophy of physics. His Everywhere and Everywhen (OUP, 2010) is a popular-level introduction to the latter. Much of his work concerns theories of space and time from antiquity to the present (e.g., Space from Zeno to Einstein, MIT Press, 1999; "The Regularity Account of Relational Spacetime" in Mind, 2006; and with Craig Callender an anthology on the philosophy of quantum theories of gravity, Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale, Cambridge University Press, 2001). At present he is completing a book on the foundations of quantum gravity with Christian Wüthrich (see also, with Wüthrich and Tiziana Vistarini, "Time in Quantum Gravity" in A Companion to the Philosophy of Time, Blackwell-Wiley, forthcoming). In addition he has published widely on issues in quantum theory: especially on 'identical particles' (e.g., "Indistinguishability", with Tom Imbo of the UIC Physics Department, in the Compendium of Quantum Physics, Springer, 2009; and "Weak Discernibility, Done Right", with Joshua Norton, in British Journal for Philosophy of Science, forthcoming), and on quantum field theory (e.g., "Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory" in Philosophy of Science Today, Oxford University Press, 2003).