Tanner Leighton

My primary research interests concern the history and philosophy of physics, especially quantum theory.  Recently, I have been thinking about the history and viability of pragmatist approaches to interpreting quantum theory.  I’ve been developing and defending a pragmatist interpretation which modifies and extends Richard Healey’s pragmatist view, while withstanding recent criticisms that have been levelled against his position (notably by David Wallace).
My secondary research interests are in general philosophy of science (especially the area of ‘values in science’), pragmatism in general philosophy and (meta)metaphysics.  I also have teaching interests in bioethics and logic. 
Before joining Pitt HPS, I received a B.S. in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where I studied under Jos Uffink and Samuel C. Fletcher.