Thomas Nickles

Foundation Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1969.
Curriculum vitae

Office: Edmund J. Cain Hall (EJCH) 108F.
Phone: 775/784-6717
Fax: 775/327-5024

Office Hours:

History and philosophy of science; science, technology, society; epistemology; philosophy of mind (cognitive scientific aspects).

Professor Nickles' recent presentations include lecture and conference appearances in London, Cambridge, Ghent, Berlin, Nancy, A Coruña, Catania, Berkeley, etc., at the British Society for Philosophy of Science, the History of Science Society, the Society for Social Studies of Science, the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, etc.

NIckles is the editor of Scientific Discovery, Logic and Rationality and of Scientific Discovery: Case Studies (both Reidel, 1980), Thomas Kuhn (Cambridge University Press, 2003), coeditor, with Joke Meheus, of Models of Discovery and Creativity (Springer, 2009) and has recent and forthcoming publications in several journals, books, and encyclopedias. He is one of two dozen science studies people featured in How to Take the Naturalistic Turn (University of Chicago, 1993).

Nickles is an external member of the graduate faculty of the University of Catania, Italy, where he was recently involved in a project funded by the European Union concerning the role of university scientific research in improving economic innovation. He is also a member of a research group at the Archive Poincaré at Nancy 2 University in France. He also recently served as chair of Section L (History & Philosophy of Science) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (the world's largest scientific organization) and is a member of a regularly meeting National Science Foundation panel to evaluate grant proposals.


Phil 101--Introduction to Philosophy
Phil 224--Introduction to Philosophy of Science
Phil 315--Survey of 20th Century Anglo-American Philosophy
Phil 316--American Pragmatism
Phil 325--Philosophy of History
Phil 434/634--Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Phil 435/635--Philosophy of Mind
Phil 438/638--Problems in the History and Philosophy of Science
Phil 480--Capstone: Science, Technology and Society
Phil 494--Selected Topics: Normativity
Phil 494--Selected Topics: Levels of Reality
CH 202 (Core Humanities)--The Modern World

Professor Nickles was Nevada Professor of the Year in 2009 (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)