Holly Andersen

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Graduate Chair


  • BSc Physics, second major Philosophy, Montana State University
  • MSc Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics
  • PhD Philosophy of Science, History and Philosophy of Science Department, University of Pittsburgh (2009)


Current Research Interests

Explanation and mechanisms; metaphysics of causation; temporal experience; and psychology and philosophy of action/agency

Journal articles

(2017) "Patterns, Information, and Causation," The Journal of Philosophy.
(2017) "A Pragmatist Challenge to Constraint Laws," Metascience.
(2017) Review of Because Without Cause, Marc Lange (2017), Mind.
(2016) "Complements, not competitors: causal and mathematical explanations," The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
(2016) with Alexander Reutlinger (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), "Causal Versus Abstract Explanations?" International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
(2016) with Maya Gislason (SFU Health Sciences), "The interacting axes of environmental, health, and social justice cumulative impacts: A case study of the Blueberry River First Nations," Healthcare.
(2014) “A field guide to mechanisms: Part I,” Philosophy Compass 9(4): 274-283.
(2014) “A field guide to mechanisms: Part II,” Philosophy Compass 9(4): 284-293.
(2013) “When to expect violations of causal faithfulness and why it matters,” Philosophy of Science S(5): 672-683.
(2012) “Mechanisms: what are they evidence for in evidence-based medicine,” Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 18(5): 992-999.
(2012) “The Case for Regularity in Mechanistic Causal Explanation,” Synthese 189(3): 415-432.
(2011) “Mechanisms, Laws, and Regularities,” Philosophy of Science 78(2): 325-331.
(2009) with Rick Grush, “A Brief History of Time Consciousness: Historical Precursors to James and Husserl,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 47(2): 277-307.

Book chapters

(2017) "What would Hume say? Regularities, laws, and mechanisms," Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy, edited by Stuart Glennan and Phyllis Ilari.
(2017) "The Hodgsonian account of temporal experience" Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Temporal Experience, edited by Ian Phillips.
(2016) "Reduction in the Biomedical Sciences," Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Medicine, edited by Harold Kincaid, Miriam Solomon, and Jeremy Simon.
(2015) “Mental Causation,” for Handbook of Neuroethics, edited by Jens Clausen and Neil Levy, in “Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience” section, edited by Gualtiero Piccinini, Springer Press
(2014) “The Development of the ‘Specious Present’ and James’ Views on Temporal Experience,” in Subjective Time: the Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Temporality, edited by Dan Lloyd and Valtteri Arstila, MIT Press.
(2013) “The Representation of Time in Agency,” in Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Time, edited by Adrian Bardon and Heather Dyke, Wiley-Blackwell.


Radio discussion on the ethics of radio-controlled insects with Scott Anderson (UBC) and Dennis Arellano from BCIT's Evolution Radio 107.9 Listen in from 6'30" in this clip.


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