Lydia Patton

Lydia Patton, Professor

Lydia Patton, Professor
Lydia Patton, Professor

Department of Philosophy
231 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

My work to date has centered on problems of method and of the approach to problem solving, explanation, and understanding in philosophy and in the sciences, with an emphasis on the role of experiment, of scientific models, and of applied mathematics in theory building and theory assessment. 

  • Philosophy of Science
  • History of Science
  • History of Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Kant and Neo-Kantianism
  • Ph. D. McGill University (2004)
  • B. A. University of Kentucky (1996)
  • HPS
  • PSA
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the History of Analytical Philosophy
  • Editor in Chief, HOPOS


Philosophy, Science, and History: A Guide and Reader (Routledge, 2014).

Laws of Nature (Oxford University Press, with Walter Ott. 2018).​

Journal Articles

“Methodological Realism and Modal Resourcefulness,” Synthese 2015, 192 (11): 3443-3462.

“Experiment and Theory Building,” Synthese 2012, 184 (3): 235-246.

“Reconsidering Experiments,” HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2011, 1 (2): 209-226.

“The Paradox of Infinite Given Magnitude,” Kant-Studien 2011, 102 (3): 273-289.

  • Niles Research Fellowship, Virginia Tech: “Instruments in Scientific Experiment,” 2012-13.
  • Diversity Grant, CLAHS Virginia Tech, with Ashley Shew and Bernice Hausman. Talk series “The Americans with Disabilities Act at 25 Years: Lived Experience and Further Directions,” 2015-16.
  • Symposium Grant, CLAHS Virginia Tech, with Ashley Shew: “Scientific and Everyday Images,” 2013-14.
  • Diversity Grant, CLAHS Virginia Tech, with Ashley Shew. “Dialogues on Accessibility,” 2012-3. 

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