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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 Science, Philosophy of Biology, 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 areas 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 independent projects that lie at the interface of philosophy of science, metaphysics and philosophy of mind. My principal aim is to investigate the nature and foundations of dispositional properties, counterfactuals, natural kinds and psychological states.

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 currently hold a visiting appointment in the Foundations and Ethics of the Life Sciences program at the European School of Molecular Medicine and the European Institute of Oncology.

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.


PhD, Columbia University
MA/BA, University of Milan