Emily Sullivan

My research in the philosophy of science focuses on the types of explanations and models that make the world intelligible and how they do so. For instance, I work on how and why idealized simulations limit our scientific understanding of the world. Moreover, how is it that formalized abstractions, in particular, distort the causal workings of the world, or perhaps, how they might not even provide a causal representation at all.

Philosophy of Science


 My research in epistemology focuses on the structure and value of understanding and how it can be transmitted to others. I argue that understanding has a propositional structure and thus can be transferred to others through testimony. The value of understanding is found in the social function of epistemic authorities giving explanations.