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Eran Tal has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto (2012) and an MA in History and Philosophy of Science from Tel Aviv University (2006). He joined the Philosophy Department at McGill in 2016, after holding fellowships at the University of Cambridge and Bielefeld University.
Tal’s current work focuses on the philosophy of measurement, an area within philosophy of science that deals with the concepts and problems involved in designing, operating and interpreting measurement procedures in the natural and social sciences. His studies are informed by the history and current practice of the relevant scientific disciplines, and particularly by the methods of metrology, the science of measurement and standardization. In recent years he has been developing a model-based epistemology of measurement that highlights the roles of idealization, abstraction and prediction in establishing measurement outcomes. Tal is currently co-editing a special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science dedicated to the history and philosophy of measurement.
Tal is also interested in general epistemology, Kantian and early modern philosophy, sociology of science, philosophy of physics and philosophy of mathematics.
- “Making Time: A Study in the Epistemology of Measurement”, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 67 (2016), pp. 297-335.
- “Measurement in Science”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2015). (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/measurement-science/)
- “Old and New Problems in Philosophy of Measurement” Philosophy Compass 8:12 (2013), pp. 1159–1173.
- “How Accurate Is the Standard Second?” Philosophy of Science 78:5 (2011), pp. 1082-1096.
- “From Data to Phenomena and Back Again: Computer-Simulated Signatures”, Synthese 182:1 (2011), pp. 117-129.