Dr. Corey Dethier


DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2073
Institut für Philosophie
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Königsworther Platz 1
30167 Hannover

Room 1507.124

Phone: +49 (0) 511 762 4192
E-Mail: corey.dethier@philos.uni-hannover.de
Web: Personal Website

Research project

Uncertainty in Climate Modeling and its Epistemic, Methodological, and Ethical Implications


since 02/2021
Postdoctoral researcher at the DFG Research Training Group 2073 Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research at Leibniz University Hanover

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Notre Dame (degree awarded: May 17, 2020)

M.A. History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame

M.A. Philosophy, Tufts University

B.A. with High Honors, College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University


Dethier, C. (in press): “The cooperative origins of epistemic rationality?”, Erkenntnis (online first).

Dethier, C. (in press): “Climate models and the irrelevance of chaos”. Philosophy of Science.

Dethier, C. (in press): “How to do things with theory: The instrumental role of auxiliary hypotheses in testing”, Erkenntnis.

Dethier, C. (2021): “Forces in a true and physical sense: From mathematical models to metaphysical conclusions”, Synthese 198(2), 1109–22.

Dethier, C. (2018): “William Whewell’s semantic account of induction”, HOPOS 8(1), 14156.


“Interpreting Probability Claims in Climate Science”, EPSA2021

2021 [delayed]
“Climate Models and the Irrelevance of Chaos”, 27th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Baltimore, MD.

04/2020 [canceled]
“Structural Model Error and Attribution Studies in Climate Science”, Pacific Division APA Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 8 April 2020.

“Statistically-Indistinguishable Ensembles and the Evaluation of Climate Models”, Central Division APA Meeting, Chicago, IL, 28 February 2020.

“Variation in Evidence and Simpson’s Paradox”, Eastern Division APA Meeting,
Philadelphia, PA, 11 January 2020.

“The Unity of Robustness”, Pacific Division APA Meeting, Vancouver, Canada,
19 April 2019.

“On the Role of Auxiliary Assumptions in the Production of Evidence”, 26th
Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
. Seattle, WA, 3 November 2018.

“The Unity of Robustness”, Multiple Models. Helsinki, Finland, 3 October 2018.

“Models, Fictions, and Representing Scientic Practice”, Models and Simulations 8, Columbia, SC, 18 March 2018.

“Questions of Reality Gone Wrong: The Philosophical Importance of Force
Composition”, Get Real!: Realism as a goal for the sciences and for HPS. Leeds, UK, 19 September 2017.

“Single-Body Idealizations in Newtonian Mechanics”, The 13th Biennial Notre
Dame History of Astronomy Workshop
, Notre Dame, IN, 9 July 2017.

“Indirect Instrumentalism About Epistemic Rationality”, Indiana Philosophical Association Fall 2016 Meeting, Greencastle, IN, 12 November 2016.

“Components of Reality: Changes of momentum and causal interactions in
Newtonian astronomy”, Indiana University Bloomington History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Student Conference, Bloomington, IN, 12 March 2016.

“Kant, Newton, and Deduction from Phenomena: Finding a place for metaphysics in (Newtonian) science”, Boston University Graduate Conference in Philosophy, Boston, MA, 24 October 2015.

“Naturalized Epistemology and Epistemic Norms”, University of Waterloo PGSA Graduate Conference. Waterloo, ON, 13 March 2015.

Teaching (Instructor of Record)

  • F 2020: PHIL 13185: Philosophy University Seminar: Philosophy in the 21st Century
  • F 2018: PHIL 20639: Philosophy of the Life Sciences

Teaching (Teaching Assistant)

  • F 2017: TA for Je Speaks’ PHIL 10100: Introduction to Philosophy (Notre Dame University)
  • S 2017: TA for Je Speaks’ PHIL 10100: Introduction to Philosophy (Notre Dame University)
  • F 2016: TA for Je Speaks’ PHIL 10100: Introduction to Philosophy (Notre Dame University)
  • F 2014: TA for David Denby’s PHIL 43: Liberty, Justice, Equality (Tufts University)
  • S 2014: TA for David Denby’s PHIL 43: Liberty, Justice, Equality (Tufts University)