My research centers on the philosophy of science and on the history of philosophy of science, including work on mathematics, experiment, theory building and assessment, and the epistemology of science.




Philosophy and methods of science

Laws of Nature, co-edited with Walter Ott. Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018.

“Intuitions and Assumptions in the Debate over Laws of Nature,” with Walter Ott, in Laws of Nature ed. Ott and Patton. Forthcoming 2018.

“New Water in Old Buckets: Hypothetical and Counterfactual Reasoning in Mach’s Economy of Science,” Ernst Mach – Life, Work, and Influence / Ernst Mach – Leben, Werk und Wirkung, edited by Friedrich Stadler. Springer, forthcoming.

“Methodological Realism and Modal Resourcefulness: Out of the Web and Into the Mine,” Synthese 192 (11): 3443-3462. 2015. Preprint at PhilSciArchive; Official version.

“Ontology and Methodology,” Synthese 192 (11): 3413-3423. 2015. Co-authored by Benjamin C. Jantzen, Deborah G. Mayo & Lydia Patton. Official version.

“Experiment and Theory Building,” Synthese 184 (3): 235-246. 2012. Official version; Author’s self archived version.

“Reconsidering Experiments,” HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (2): 209-226. 2011. Official version; Author’s self archived version; version on


Mathematics and mathematical methods

“Russell’s Method of Analysis and the Axioms of Mathematics,” pp. 105-126 in Sandra Lapointe and Christopher Pincock (ed.), Innovations in the History of Analytical Philosophy. Palgrave-Macmillan.  Official link.   Author’s version in PDF.

“Hilbert’s Objectivity,” Historia Mathematica 41 (2): 188-203. 2014. Preprint at PhilSciArchive; Official version.  Listed as a “Notable Writing” in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015 (Princeton).

“Anti-Psychologism About Necessity: Friedrich Albert Lange on Objective Inference,” History and Philosophy of Logic 32 (2): 139 – 152. 2011. Official version; Author’s self-archived version.  Review by Matthias Wille in the Bulletin of Symbolic Logic.


History of philosophy of science

Philosophy, Science, and History: A Guide and Reader. Routledge. 2014.

“Kuhn, Pedagogy, and Practice: A Local Reading of Structure,” in Moti Mizrahi (ed.), The Kuhnian Image of Science: Time for a Decisive Transformation? Rowman & Littlefield. 2017. Author’s version

“Cassirer and Steinthal on Expression and the Science of Language,” Cassirer Studies, special issue edited by Fabien Capellières. Forthcoming.

“Methodology of the Sciences,” pp. 594-606 in Michael Forster and Kristin Gjesdal (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century. Oxford University Press. 2015. Official Scanned Chapter ** Preprint at PhilSciArchive.

“Incommensurability and the Bonfire of the Meta-Theories: Response to Mizrahi,” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 4 (7): 51-58. 2015. Open access online version (Free PDF download available here).

“Signs, Toy Models, and the A Priori,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 40 (3): 281-289. 2009. Official version; Author’s self archived version.

“The Critical Philosophy Renewed: The Bridge Between Hermann Cohen’s Early Work on Kant and Later Philosophy of Science,” Angelaki 10 (1): 109 – 118. 2005. Official version; Author’s self-archived version.


History of science and philosophy

“Kantian Essentialism in the Metaphysical Foundations,” The Monist, issue on “Laws of Nature”, edited by Michela Massimi and Angela Breitenbach. 100 (3). 2017.  Free access link to official version.

“Helmholtz’s Physiological Psychology,” forthcoming in Sandra Lapointe (ed.), Philosophy of Mind in the Nineteenth Century: The History of the Philosophy of Mind, Volume 5. Routledge.

“Friedrich Albert Lange,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2012; updated 2016. Co-authored by Nadeem J. Z. Hussain & Lydia Patton. URL:

“The Paradox of Infinite Given Magnitude: Why Kantian Epistemology Needs Metaphysical Space,” Kant-Studien 102 (3): 273-289. 2011. Official version; Author’s self archived version.

“Hermann Von Helmholtz,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2008, 2010, 2014. URL:  Listed in Michael Beaney’s Chronology of Analytic Philosophy and its Historiography, from the Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy.



Review of Frederick C. Beiser, The Genesis of Neo-Kantianism, 1796-1880. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2015. URL:

Review of Watkins (Ed.), Immanuel Kant, Natural Science. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. 2013. URL:

Review of Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. 2011. URL:

Review: Makkreel and Luft (Eds.), Neo-Kantianism in Contemporary Philosophy. Philosophy in Review 30 (4):280-282. 2010. URL:

Review: Hyder, The Determinate World: Kant and Helmholtz on the Physical Meaning of Geometry. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (7). URL:

Review of Henk de Regt, Sabina Leonelli, and Kai Eigner, Eds. Scientific Understanding. Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 101 (4): 932-933. 2010. Official version.

Review: Munk (Ed.), Hermann Cohen’s Critical Idealism and Poma, Yearning for Form and Other Essays on Hermann Cohen’s Thought. European Journal of Philosophy 16 (1): 142–148. 2008. Official version.



“On the Divisibility and Subtlety of Matter,” pp. 332-42 in L. Patton (ed.), Philosophy, Science, and History. Routledge. 2014. By Émilie du Châtelet, trans. Lydia Patton.

Introduction to The Principle of the Infinitesimal Method and Its History (1883). In Sebastian Luft (ed.), The Neo-Kantian Reader. Routledge 2015. By Hermann Cohen, trans. David Hyder and Lydia Patton.

“The Relationship of Logic to Physics,” from the Introduction to the Ninth Edition of Lange’s History of Materialism (1914). In Sebastian Luft (ed.), The Neo-Kantian Reader. Routledge 2015. By Hermann Cohen, trans. Lydia Patton.

“Hermann Cohen and the Renewal of Kantian Philosophy,” Angelaki 10 (1): 95-108. 2005. By Ernst Cassirer, translated Lydia Patton. Official version; Author’s self archived version.


Hermann Cohen’s History and Philosophy of Science. Dissertation, McGill University 2004.