Richard Creath

President's Professor; Director, History and Philosophy of Science Program
Phone: (480) 965-6270
Office: LSC 274
Education: PhD, 1975, Philosophy University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
Curriculum Vitae: creath_r_cv.pdf
Faculty Group: Human Dimensions

Richard Creath is a philosopher of science primarily interested in what makes one scientific claim more worth believing than another. In particular he studies the role of logic, mathematics, scientific methods, and even philosophy within science. Scientific claims are to be tested by experience. However, the claims of logic, method, and the like seem to be presupposed in any such test, sothe test cannot offer support to them.

Creath’s approach in sorting this out involves the careful historical study of the clash between two of the most important and influential philosophers of science of the twentieth century, Rudolf Carnap and W.V. Quine. Understanding and evaluating their developing arguments and perspectives provides important insights that are still relevant to the current understanding of scientific knowledge.

Select Publications

  • Richard Creath, “Quine’s Challenge to Carnap”, in The Cambridge Companion to Carnap, Michael Friedman and Richard Creath, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) 316-35
  • Richard Creath, “The Gentle Strength of Tolerance: The Logical Syntax of Language and Carnap’s Philosophical Programme”, in Carnap’s The Logical Syntax of Language, Pierre Wagner, ed. (Houndsmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillian, 2009) 203-214.
  • Richard Creath, “The Role of History in Science”, Journal of the History of Biology, 43: 207-214
  • Richard Creath, “The Construction of Reason: Kant, Carnap, Kuhn and Beyond” in Discourse on a New Method, Michael Dickson and Mary Domski, eds. (Chicago and La Salle, IL: Open Court Publications, 2010) 493-509
  • Richard Creath, “Analyticity in the Theoretical Language: Is a Different Account Really Necessary?” in Rudolf Carnap and the Legacy of Logical Empiricism, Richard Creath, ed. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2012) 57-66