Jenann Ismael

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Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office Hours: 

T 1:50-2:50

Most of my work falls into two classes. The first class circumscribes central concerns of the philosophy of physics. Interests there include the structure of space and time, the foundations of quantum mechanics, the role of simplicity and symmetry in physics, and questions about the nature of probability, natural laws and causal relations. The second class includes mind, cognition, phenomenology, and the nature of perspective. 

 I have been in the philosophy department at the University of Arizona since 1996. I received my Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1997 and held a Mellon Fellowship at Stanford for two years before taking up my position here.  I have also held an neh fellowship at the National Humanities Center was at the Centre for Time a the University of Sydney from 2005–2010 as an arc Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow for an arc Discovery Project with Huw Price and Guido Bacciagaluppi, studying time, probability and quantum mechanics.

Selected Publications: 



    ·       The Situated Self, Oxford University Press, 2006.

    ·       Essays on Symmetry. Garland, 2000.

  •      Papers

    ·       “Reflexivity, Fixed points, and Semantic Descent;  How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Reflexivity”, forthcoming in Acta Philosophica

    ·       “Decision and the Open Future”, forthcoming in The Future of the Philosophy of Time, Adrian Bardon (ed), Oxford University Press

    ·       “A Modest Proposal About Chance”, Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming.

    ·       Immunity to Error as an Artefact of Transition Between Representational Media”, Possner (ed), New Essays on Immunity to Error, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming

    ·       “Temporal Experience” in Oxford Handbook on Time, ed. Craig Callender, Oxford University Press, 2010.

    ·       “Self-Organization and Self-Government”, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Philosophy of the Social Sciences first published on August 3, 2010 as doi:10.1177/0048393110363435.

    ·       Symposium on The Situated Self, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, no. doi: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2010.00468.x

    ·       “Probability in Deterministic Physics”, Journal of Philosophy, CVI, 2, February 2009.

    ·       “Raid! The Big, Bad Bug Dissolved” , Nous, Volume 42, Number 2, June 2008.

    ·       “An objectivist argument for thirdism”, with the OSCAR seminar, Analysis 2008 68(2):149-155.

    ·       “Death in Death And Anti-Death, Volume 4: Twenty Years After De Beauvoir, Thirty Years After Heidegger, ed. Charles Tandy, Palo Alto:  Ria University Press, 2006.

    ·       “Causation, Perspective and Agency”, Psyche, 13/1, April, 2007.

    ·       “Doublemindedness;  a model for a dual-content cognitive architecture” , Psyche, July 2006, 1-11.

    ·       “Me, again” , Topics in Contemporary Philosophy,Volume 6:  Time and Identity, Keirn-Campbell, O’Rourke and Shier (eds.), Cambridge, MIT Press. 2008.

    ·       “Saving the Baby:  Dennett on Autobiography” , Philosophical Psychology, June 2006.

    ·       “How to Combine Chance and Determinism: Thinking About the Future in an Everett Universe.” Philosophy of Science, October, 2003.

    ·       “Symmetry as a Guide to Superfluous Theoretical Structure.” With Bas van Fraassen. In Symmetries in Physics:  Philosophical Reflections, ed. Elena Castellani and Katherine Brading. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

    ·       “Closed Causal Loops and the Bilking Argument.” Synthese, Sept. 2002.

    ·       “Rememberances, Mementos, and Time Capsules.” In Time, Reality, and Experience, ed. Craig Callender. Cambridge University Press, 2001.

    ·       “A Philosopher’s Introduction to Quantum Mechanics.” Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

    ·       “Science and the Phenomenal.” Philosophy of Science, December 1999.

    ·       “Curie’s Principle.” Synthese, January 1997.

    ·       “What Chances Could Not Be.” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, March 1996