Holly Andersen

Professor of Philosophy


  • 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)

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Current Research Interests

Metaphysics and methodology of causation; causal and mathematical explanation; temporal experience and action/agency

Selected Journal articles

  • (2022) “Hodgson on the relations between Philosophy, Science, and Time,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2022.2046544
  • (2018) "A Pragmatist Challenge to Constraint Laws," Metascience, 27(1) 19-25.(2017) "Patterns, Information, and Causation," The Journal of Philosophy.
  • (2016) "Complements, not competitors: causal and mathematical explanations," The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
  • (2014) “A field guide to mechanisms: Parts I and II,” Philosophy Compass 9(4): 274-293.
  • (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.
  • (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.

Selected Book chapters

  • (2023) “Trueing,” in The Pragmatist Challenge, edited by H.K. Andersen and S.D. Mitchell, Oxford University Press.
  • (2022) “Causal Modeling and the Efficacy of Action,” in Mental Action and the Conscious Mind, edited by M. Brent, and L. Miracchi Titus, Routledge Press.
  • (2019) “The Hodgsonian account of temporal experience” for Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Temporal Experience, edited by A. Bardon.
  • (2017) "What would Hume say? Regularities, laws, and mechanisms," Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy, edited by Stuart Glennan and Phyllis Ilari.
  • (2016) "Reduction in the Biomedical Sciences," Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Medicine, edited by Harold Kincaid, Miriam Solomon, and Jeremy Simon.
  • (2013) “The Representation of Time in Agency,” in Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Time, edited by Adrian Bardon and Heather Dyke, Wiley-Blackwell.


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