Charles H. Pence

I am a philosopher of science, specializing in the philosophy of biology and the application and ethics of contemporary technology. I work at LSU.

NEWS: The content formerly known as my blog has been moved – TeX tutorials over to GitHub, and I’m now blogging over at the Philosophical Percolations group blog.

With my former graduate advisor Grant Ramsey, I’ve been awarded a US National Science Foundation HPS Scholars’ Award grant for work on the evoText project! The grant will fund my full-time work on the project for fall of 2015, and Grant’s full-time work for the full 2015–16 academic year.

Who am I?

I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When I’m not working (which is fairly rare), I’m an avid marathon runner, technology addict and computer programmer, clarinet player, gaming aficionado, and audiophile.

My Work

My work spans two distinct areas. First is the philosophy and history of evolutionary biology – in particular, the conceptual structure of evolution by natural selection and the reception of Darwin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Second, I’m interested in the application and ethics of contemporary technology, both in the digital humanities and as applied to contemporary warfare. Take a look at my CV.

Find Me

Academic Genealogy: My graduate advisor was Grant Ramsey. He was co-advised by Alex Rosenberg and Robert Brandon. That makes me philosophically related to W.V.O. Quine (great2-grandfather), Hans Reichenbach (great2-grandfather), Alfred North Whitehead (great3-grandfather), Nicolaus Copernicus (great19-grandfather), and Marsilio Ficino (great26-grandfather), among others.

Erdös Number: My Erdös number is at most 6. I’ve published with Holly Goodson, who published with Mark S. Alber, who published with Marcin Sikora, who published with Daniel J. Costello, Jr., who published with Peter C. Fishburn, who published with Paul Erdös.

Geek Code:

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PGP Key: My PGP key is available on the MIT keyserver, with ID 101A75D1. I don’t often use PGP-encrypted mails; contact me beforehand if you have need of encrypted communications.