Margaret Morrison (1954-2021)

Margaret Morrison, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, has died.

Professor Morrison was known for her work in philosophy of science, winning a Guggenheim fellowship in 2017 recognizing her for her research on “the role of models in scientific investigation, mathematical explanation in physics and biology,… the role of computer simulations in knowledge production,… how we extract concrete information from abstract mathematical representations, [and] the epistemology of computer simulation.” She is the author of Reconstructing Reality: Models, Mathematics, and Simulations, among many other works (including a few on some figures in the history of philosophy), which you can browse here.

Professor Morrison joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 1989. Prior to that, she held positions at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota. She has also held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, the Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics, and the Centre for Mathematical Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximillian University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and was an undergraduate at Dalhousie University.

(via Stephan Hartmann)

UPDATE (1/11/21): The Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto has published a brief memorial notice here. The notice states that Professor Morrison died on January 9th from cancer.

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