Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Exeter
Adam Toon is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Exeter (Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology). He is also a member of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences. Before moving to Exeter, Adam was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. He studied at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Adam’s current research explores the implications of extended cognition for a range of issues in philosophy of science, including the nature of scientific understanding, debates over scientific realism and the role of social factors in science. The project is funded by a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2013 – 2015). His previous research has focused on scientific modelling. His book Models as Make-Believe: Imagination, Fiction and Scientific Representation (Palgrave Macmillan) develops a new account of scientific models by drawing on philosophy of art.