Samuel C Fletcher

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scfletch@umn.edu
612-625-4325

Philosophy .
754 Heller Hall

271 19th Ave S

Much of my work so far has concerned the foundations of physics and of statistics, and how problems in these fields inform and are informed by broader issues in the philosophy of science. I also have interests in the conceptual and physical basis of computation, metaphilosophy, and the history of physics and philosophy of science.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Philosophy, University of California, Irvine, 2014.
  • M.A.: Philosophy, University of California, Irvine, 2012.
  • M.S.: Statistics, University of California, Irvine, 2012.
  • A.B.: Physics (cert. App. & Comp. Math.), Princeton University, 2008.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • Philosophy of physics
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of statistics
Courses Taught
  • PHIL 1001: Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 3601W: Scientific Thought
  • PHIL 4605/5605: Space and Time
  • PHIL 5202: Symbolic Logic II
  • PHIL 5209: Mathematical Methods for Philosophy
  • PHIL 8670: Philosophy of Statistics
  • PHIL 8670: Physical Perspectives on Computation, Computational Perspectives on Physics
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Program Committee: Bayesian Epistemology: Perspectives and Challenges (LMU Munich) , 2020
  • Program Committee: 20th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics , 2020
  • Program Committee: Central APA Meeting (Chicago) , 2020
  • Principal Organizer: Rethinking Formal Methods in Philosophy Workshop (UMN) , 2019
  • Program Committee: ILMPS Conference (Salzburg) , 2019
  • Program Committee: European Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Conference (Geneva) , 2019
  • Program Committee: British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Meeting (Durham) , 2019
  • Program Committee: IMPS Conference (Salzburg) , 2018
  • Program Committee: British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Meeting (Oxford) , 2018
  • Program Committee: Ninth International Workshop on Physics and Computation (Fontainebleu, France) , 2018
  • Organizing Committee: Fourth Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students (LMU Munich) , 2017
  • Program Committee: British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Meeting (Edinburgh) , 2017
  • Organizing Committee: Third Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students (LMU Munich) , 2016
  • Organizing Committee: Infinite Idealizations in Science Workshop (LMU Munich) , 2016
  • Program Committee: MuST 9: Evidence, Inference, and Risk (LMU Munich) , 2016
  • Organizing Committee & Lecturer: 1st Munich Graduate Workshop in Mathematical Philosophy: Philosophy of Physics (LMU Munich) , 2015
  • Organizing Committee: Quantum Computation, Quantum Information, and the Exact Sciences Workshop (LMU Munich) , 2015
  • Organizing Committee: Irvine-Munich Workshop on Foundations of Classical and Quantum Field Theories (LMU Munich) , 2014
  • Program Committee: 2nd Irvine-Pittsburgh-Princeton Conference on the Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations of Physics (UC Irvine) , 2014
  • Organizing Committee: 1st Irvine-Pittsburgh-Princeton Conference on the Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations of Physics (Pittsburgh) , 2013

Outreach

  • Principal Organizer: Public Lecture: "The Misinformation Age" by Cailin O'Connor, 2019
  • Public Dialogue: Anselm House University Rountable: Are the sciences intellectually self-sufficient?, 2019
  • Public Lecture: A Brighter U: CLA in Space (UMN), 2019
  • Guest Lecture: Honors Mentor Connection (Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN), 2018
  • Public Lecture: Let’s Nerd Out! 5 (Minneapolis, MN), 2017
  • Public Lecture: Who’s In Town Lecture Series (Amsterdam University College), 2015
Publications
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2019). Which Worldlines Represent Possible Particle Histories?. Foundations of Physics, forthcoming, Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2019). On the Reduction of General Relativity to Newtonian Gravitation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, forthcoming, Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2019). Counterfactual Reasoning within Physical Theories. Synthese, forthcoming, Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig, Jürgen Landes and Roland Poellinger (2019). Evidence Amalgamation in the Sciences: An Introduction. Synthese, 196, 3163–3188. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig, Patricia Palacios, Laura Ruetsche, and Elay Shech Infinite Idealizations in Science: An Introduction. Synthese, 196, 1657–1669. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2019). Minimal Approximations and Norton’s Dome. Synthese, 196, 1749–1760. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2019). Stopping Rules as Experimental Design. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 9, 29. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig, Michael E. Cuffaro (eds.) (2018). Physical Perspectives on Computation, Computational Perspectives on Physics. Cambridge University Press. LinkImage
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2018). On Representational Capacities, with an Application to General Relativity. Foundations of Physics, forthcoming, Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2018). Global Spacetime Similarity. Journal of Mathematical Physics, 59(11), 112501. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2018). Computers in Abstraction/Representation Theory. Minds & Machines, 28(3), 445–463. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig, J. B. Manchak, Mike D. Schneider, and James Owen Weatherall (2018). Would two dimensions be world enough for spacetime?. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 63, 100–113. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig, In: Hofer-Szabó G., Wroński L. (eds) (2017). Indeterminism, Gravitation, and Spacetime Theory. Making it Formally Explicit, 179–191. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2017). Against the Topologists: Essay Review of New Foundations for Physical Geometry. Philosophy of Science, 84, 595–603. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig, Benjamin H. Feintzeig (2017). On Noncontextual, Non-Kolmogorovian Hidden Variable Theories. Foundations of Physics, 47, 294–315. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2016). Similarity, Topology, and Physical Significance in Relativity Theory. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 67, 365–389. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2013). Light Clocks and the Clock Hypothesis. Foundations of Physics, 43, 1369–1383. Link
  • Fletcher, Samuel Craig (2012). What Counts as a Newtonian System? The View from Norton’s Dome. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 2, 275–297. Link
Awards
  • Foundational Questions Institute & Fetzer Franklin Fund Grant, 2020 - 2021
  • Single Semester Leave, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Spring, 2020
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Award, University of Minnesota, 2019 - 2022
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 2019 - 2020
  • Faculty Imagine Fund Recipient, 2019
  • Small Grant Fund, American Philosophical Association, 2018 - 2019
  • CLA Faculty Development Leave, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Fall, 2017