Chris Mitsch

  • Postdoc

My primary research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of physics, philosophy of mathematics, and general philosophy of science.

Recently, I have been working on the role the axiomatic method has played and should (or should not) play in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. I am currently working on three projects: situating von Neumann's contributions to quantum theory in the broader history of quantum theory; arguing for the practical utility of certain kinds of no-go theorems, particularly in quantum field theory; and analyzing the goals and methods of the contemporary scientific realism debate, especially where history is used as evidence for adopting or rejecting various positions.
I also have interests in the history and philosophy of cognitive science and global histories of science and mathematics.