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Department of Philosophy

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Marco J. Nathan

  • Marco J. Nathan

    Marco J. Nathan

Assistant Professor
Sturm Hall 264
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Phone: 303-871-2767

Areas of expertise/research interests

  • Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Psychology and Neuroscience (primary interests)

  • Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Language, Logic, Philosophy of Economics (secondary interests)

Current research and projects

My main area of research is the philosophy of science, with particular emphasis on the fields of biology, psychology, neuroscience, and economics. I am especially interested in how advances in the so-called "special sciences" reshape central concepts in general philosophy of science, such as causation and explanation. I am currently working on a number of projects that lie at the interface of philosophy  the natural sciences, and the  social sciences, involving various topics such as counterfactual statements, dispositional properties, biological species, reverse inference in neuroscience, and decision-making in economics. I am also co-editing a collection of articles, in collaboration with Giovanni Boniolo, entitled Philosophy of Molecular Medicine: Foundational Issues in Research and Practice, which will be published by Routledge in 2016.

Professional biography

I joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Denver in fall 2012 after completing a PhD in philosophy at Columbia University. In addition, I've held visiting appointment in the Foundations and Ethics of the Life Sciences program at the European School of Molecular Medicine, at the University of Urbino (Italy), and at the University of Macao (PRC). During my graduate studies, I held visiting appointments at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and at the Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology and Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Milan. In 2011, I was awarded the Harriet Zuckerman Dissertation Fellowship in the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and in 2013, I received the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Dissertation Award.


PhD, Columbia University
MA/BA, University of Milan


A copy of my CV (pdf) can be downloaded here.

For more information, please visit my webpage.

Edited Volumes

  • Philosophy of Molecular Medicine: Foundational Issues in Theory and Practice, Routledge, 2016 (forthcoming.) Co-edited with Giovanni Boniolo