Barry M. Ward

Barry M. Ward

Associate Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-7550

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Barry Ward's primary interests are in metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of physics. His main metaphysical work develops and defends a projectivist analysis of laws of nature and objective chances. Currently, he is interested in expanding the semantical options available to projectivists in giving non-truth conditional construals of parts of our language, and in the notion of confirmation appropriate to non-truth conditional sentences. In philosophy of science, he has interests in explanation and confirmation, and the relation between the two. His current project involves exploiting some ideas about explanation to construct an objective Bayesian solution to Hempel's and Goodman's paradoxes of confirmation. He has a master's degree in theoretical physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and has interests in the Measurement Problem in Quantum Mechanics and the philosophy of time. 

Philosophy of science, metaphysics, and philosophy of physics.

Ph.D., Rutgers

“Explanation and the New Riddle of Induction”, The Philosophical Quarterly 62, 2 (April 2012), 365-385.

Review of Marc Lange’s Laws and Lawmakers: Science, Metaphysics, and the Laws of Natureand John T. Roberts’s The Law-Governed Universe, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 43, 2 (May 2012), 155-158.

"The Natural Kind Analysis of Ceteris Paribus Law Statements", Philosophical Topics 35 (2007), 359-380.

"Laws, Explanation, Governing, and Generation", The Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85 (2007), 537-552.

"Projecting Chances: A Humean Vindication and Justification of the Principal Principle",Philosophy of Science 72 (2005), 241-261.

"Sometimes the World is not Enough: The Pursuit of Explanatory Laws in a Humean World",Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 84 (2003), 175-197.

"Humeanism without Humean Supervenience: A Projectivist Account of Laws and Possibilities",Philosophical Studies, 107 (2002), 191-218.

"Inequivalent Vacuum States and Rindler Particles", with Robert Weingard in Le Vide, Univers du Tout et du Rien, edited by E. Gunzig and S. Diner, (Editions Complexe, Bruxelles, 1998), and in an English version of the volume forthcoming from Plenum.