Tanner Leighton


I am deeply interested in general philosophy of science and philosophy of physics, especially their interactions with epistemology and metaphysics. Recently, I have been thinking about debates concerning scientific realism (especially vis-à-vis perspectivism, pragmatism, and the aims of science); meta-ontology (as a neo-Carnapian); accounts of induction and confirmation; objectivity; and the notion of progress in science (and philosophy). I have secondary interests in the history of physics and the history of philosophy of science. Before coming to Pitt, I received a B.S. in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and wrote my senior thesis under the supervision of Samuel C. Fletcher.