Lecturer in Philosophy
Alistair Isaac received his BA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, then worked as a legal secretary, projectionist, electronic musician, and amateur filmmaker before entering philosophy. After an MA at the University of Houston, he earned his PhD in philosophy, with a special focus on symbolic systems, from Stanford University in 2010 and followed it with postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh since 2013. Alistair's research uses techniques from the history and philosophy of science to investigate questions about the mind and perception. He also works on formal epistemology and general philosophy of science, especially questions about scientific modeling. The theme which unifies all his research is representation, and in particular an interest in structuralist accounts of representational content.