Pablo Ruiz de Olano

Postdoctoral Fellow (Feb 2018-Jan 2020)

Pablo Ruiz de Olano graduated in 2016 from the PhD Program in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame, with a dissertation on the role that epistemic values and other kinds of non-empirical considerations played in the development of the Standard Model of Particle Physics during the 1950s and 1960s. His current research project, “The Particle Physics Tradition in the Final Theory Program,” continues this line of investigation and examines the manner in which the research strategies devised during the creation of the Standard Model may have paved the ground for the so-called post-empirical turn that took place years later in the context of physicists’ search for a theory of quantum gravity. In this project, Pablo hopes to shed light on the historical origins and epistemological status of post-empirical approaches to physics. Before joining the MPIWG, Pablo held postdoctoral appointments at the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame, and at the Department of Philosophy (KWG) of the University of Salzburg. During the academic year 2016–17, he also served as Managing Editor of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A. Pablo is also interested in the intersection between science, society, and ethics, and he has taught courses on “Science, Technology, and Society,” and on “The Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technologies.”


The Particle Physics Tradition in the Final Theory Program


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