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Elliott Sober

Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Elliott R. Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin–Madison.

He has served as the president of both the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association and the Philosophy of Science Association. He was president of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (Division of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science) from 2012 until 2015. He taught for one year at Stanford University and has been a regular visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

One of Sober’s main fields of research has been the subject of simplicity or parsimony in connection with theory evaluation in science. He has also been interested in altruism, both as the concept used in evolutionary biology and also as it is used in connection with human psychology. His book with David Sloan Wilson, Unto Others: the Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, addresses both topics.


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