Barry Loewer is a philosopher who does research on the metaphysical foundations of science, philosophy of physics, philosophical logic, and philosophy of mind. Distinguished Professor and chair of philosophy at Rutgers University, he also serves as director of the Rutgers Center for Philosophy and the Sciences. Dr. Loewer earned his baccalaureate degree with honors at Amherst College and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University in 1975. He had begun his teaching career at the University of South Carolina three years earlier, and he became a full professor in 1986. He was appointed a professor of philosophy at Rutgers in 1989 and named to his present academic position in 2001. Dr. Loewer has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, a fellow of the National Humanities Center, and a senior fellow at the Collegium Budapest. His current work is supported by grants from the Australian Research Council/Monash University and Melbourne University.
He has given invited lectures at Brown University, Oxford University, and the University of Oslo. He served as philosophy of science editor for the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2006) and currently serves on the editorial boards of Synthese, Nous, and Philosophy Compass. The author of more than forty papers published in scholarly journals, he is also the editor (with Georges Rey), of Meaning in Mind: Fodor and His Critics (1991), (with Carl Gillett) Physicalism and Its Discontents (2001), and Philosophy in 30 Seconds (2009). A collection of his papers, Minding and Saying, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Dr. Loewer is writing a new book on laws of nature, chance, causation, and conditionals related to the work of the twentieth-century American philosopher David Kellogg Lewis.