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Andrew Janiak, Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy    editAndrew Janiak

Office Location: 209 West Duke Building
Office Phone: +1 919-660-3057, +1 919-660-3050
Fax:  +1 919-660-3060
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Specialties:
History of Early Modern Philosophy
History and Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Science

Research Interests:

Janiak is the Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Bass Society of Fellows at Duke. Since 2007, he has been Director of the Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (affectionately known as "HPSTM"). The program currently has graduate students in Chemistry, English, History and Philosophy from Duke, and students from English and Comparative Literature from UNC Chapel Hill.

As of January 2012, Janiak is Associate Editor of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.

Recently, Janiak and his colleague Professor Karen Detlefsen (Penn) were awarded an ACLS Collaborative Research Grant to begin their new multi-year project on Emilie Du Chatelet and 18th century Newtonian thought in France.

Before coming to Duke, Janiak earned an M.A. from Michigan while enrolled in its doctoral program, and a Ph.D. from Indiana in 2001, with a Ph.D. minor in history and philosophy of science. He wrote his dissertation under Michael Friedman, Fred Beiser, Paul Franks and Nico Bertoloni Meli.

In 2001-02, Janiak was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT, having previously been a doctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University. He joined the Duke faculty in the fall of 2002.

In 2005-06, Janiak was the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duke; he has also been a faculty fellow at Duke's Franklin Humanities Institute. He is affiliated with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

In 2008-09, Janiak received the Richard Lublin Distinguished Teaching Award from Duke's School of Arts and Sciences.


For a recent talk Janiak gave at Duke in honor of Barbara Herrnstein Smith's work, see here.


Here is a link to Janiak's recent lecture on Newton and causation at the Rotman Institute, University of Western Ontario.


Work in progress:

  • "Three concepts of causation in Newton." Forthcoming in Studies in history and philosophy of science.

  • Editor, Space: history of a Concept (Oxford University Press), part of the new Oxford Philosophical Concepts series, edited by Christia Mercer. Under contract and in progress. The Mellon Foundation has given Duke funds to sponsor two workshops in 2012-2013 on Space.
  • Isaac Newton (Oxford and Boston: Blackwell), part of the Blackwell Great Minds series edited by Steve Nadler. Under contract and in progress.

  • "Kant on logical and real meaning" -- this paper employs an interpretation of the metaphysical deduction in the first Critique to indicate why the so-called pure categories can be meaningful in the sense that they have logical meaning, derived from the logical forms of judgment. They retain this meaning independent of any relation to intuition; the latter would supply them with what I call real meaning. [A rough draft is available.]
  • "Natural philosophy," Routledge Companion to Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, edited by Daniel Kaufman (London: Routledge ), forthcoming later in 2012. This essay begins with a brief discussion of Galileo, proceeds to discuss Descartes, and then considers a number of reactions to Cartesian natural philosophy and metaphysics, especially those found in Boyle and Newton in England, and in Leibniz on the Continent. Naturally, it considers the debates between the Newtonians and the Leibnizians as well. It also tries to characterize the debates about experimental methods and the use of mathematical techniques that animated developments in natural philosophy in the 17th century.
  • See here for my letter to the TLS regarding Steven Weinberg's review of Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion.


Work on Newton:

  • "Substance and Action in Descartes and Newton," The Monist 93 (October 2010): 655-675.
  • Newton as Philosopher (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, July 2008). Available in paperback from Cambridge.
  • The 2008 book was reviewed in The Philosophical Review 120 (2011) by Lisa Downing, in ISIS by Alan Shapiro and again by Stephen Snobelen, in Metascience by Steffen Ducheyne, in Early Science and Medicine by Mary Domski, and in Societate şi Politică by Grigore Vida, among others.
  • "Isaac Newton," in Peter Anstey, editor, The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Work on Kant:


Reviews:

  • Review of Daniel Garber and Beatrice Longuenesse, editors, Kant and the Early Moderns (Princeton University Press, 2008) for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.\
  • Review of Thomas Holden, The Architecture of Matter (OUP) for Mind 115 (October 2006): 1130-1133.


Recent and upcoming talks:


  • "Isaac Newton's Conception of Absolute Space: a new hypothesis." STS Department, University College, London. October 2011.
  • "Author Meets Critics," session on Newton as Philosopher, APA Pacific Meeting, San Diego, April 2011.
  • "Three concepts of cause in Newton's thought." Department of Philosophy, Ohio State University, Spring 2011.
  • "Logical and real meaning in Kant." North American Kant Society, at Claremont McKenna College, December 2010.
  • "Newton between history and philosophy: the case of space." &HPS3, Indiana University, Bloomington, September 2010
  • "Agents and their powers in Isaac Newton's philosophical thought." Stockholm University, May 2010 [rescheduled].
  • "Substance and Action in Descartes and Newton," Department of Philosophy, Harvard, April 2010.
  • "Newton between physics and metaphysics: action at a distance reconsidered," part of workshop on Philosophy and natural science: from Newton to Kant, University College, London, March 2010.
  • Commentator on papers by Lisa Downing, J.E. McGuire, Ed Slowik, and Eric Schliesser, Newton panel, Central APA, Chicago, February 2010.
  • "Platonism and Newton," Symposium on Platonism and Modern Philosophy, a panel with Prof. Jennifer Whiting (Toronto), APA Eastern Meetings, Philadelphia -- December 2008.
  • "Causation and Emanation in Newton's Thought," Universiteit Leiden, Holland -- September 2008.
  • "Isaac Newton's God: theology and physics in the late seventeenth century," Science, Technology and Society Seminar, Columbia University -- October 2007.
  • "Nonsense and Things in Themselves," with commentary by Jennifer Uleman (Purchase College), North American Kant Society, at Central APA, Chicago -- April 2007.
  • Commentator, Symposium on Causation in Early Modern Philosophy, with papers by Lisa Downing (Ohio State) and Jeff McDonough (Harvard), Eastern APA, Washington, DC -- December 2006.
  • Commentator on Alan Gabbey's paper, "The Empirical Credentials of Absolute Space and the Puzzle about Simultaneity: Newton and Huygens," for "Understanding Space and Time," the 3rd Annual Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, NYU -- November 2006.
Teaching (Fall 2014):
  • PHIL 201.01, Hst modern philosophy Synopsis
    Friedl Bdg 216, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • PHIL 541S.01, Hist/phil perspect on science Synopsis
    Trent 039A, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Recent Publications
  • A. Janiak. "Newton's Philosophy." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy SECOND EDITION (2013)
  • A. Janiak. "Isaac Newton." Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century. Oxford University Press, 2013. 


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