Don Howard

Don Howard


Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-7547 and (574) 631-1147

Office: 308 Malloy 
Office Hours: TR 11:00-12:15


Ph.D. Boston University

Areas of Interest

Philosophy of Science, Foundations of Physics, History of Philosophy of Science, ethical, social, and policy impacts of science and technology


Recent Articles:

  • "Astride the Divided Line: Platonism, Empiricism, and Einstein's Epistemological Opportunism” (1998)
  • “Point Coincidences and Pointer Coincidences: Einstein on Invariant Structure in Spacetime Theories” (1999)
  • “Two Left Turns Make a Right: On the Curious Political Career of North American Philosophy of Science at Mid-century” (2003)
  • “Who Invented the Copenhagen Interpretation: A Study in Mythology” (2004)
  • “Reduction and Emergence in the Physical Sciences: Some Lessons from the Particle Physics' Condensed Matter Physics Debate” (2005)
  • “Einstein as a Philosopher of Science” (2005)
  • “Reduction and Emergence in the Physical Sciences: Some Lessons from the Particle Physics and Condensed Matter Debate" (2007)
  • “Revisiting the Einstein-Bohr Dialogue" (2007)
  • “Physics as Theodicy" (2007)
  • “Better Red than Dead – Putting an End to the Social Irrelevance of Postwar Philosophy of Science" (2009)
  • ‘Let me briefly indicate why I do not find this standpoint natural.’ Einstein, General Relativity, and the Contingent A Priori” (2010)
  • “Are Elementary Particles Individuals? A Critical Appreciation of Steven French and Décio Krause’s Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis” (2011)
  • “Philosophy of Science and the History of Science" (2011)


  •  (co-editor) The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, vol. 2, The Swiss Years: Writings, 1900-1909 (1989)
  •  (co-editor) Einstein and the History of General Relativity (1989)
  • (co-editor) The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, vol. 3, The Swiss Years: Writings, 1909-1912 (1993)
  • (co-editor) Einstein: The Formative Years, 1879-1909 (2001)
  • Revisiting the Foundations of Relativistic Physics: Festschrift in Honor of John Stachel (With Abhay Ashtekar, Robert S. Cohen, Jürgen Renn, Sahotra Sarkar, and Abner Shimony) (2004)
  • The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice: Science and Values Revisited (With Martin Carrier and Janet Kourany) (2008)