Jay Odenbaugh is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lewis & Clark College and Chair of the department. In 2016-17 he was held the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Philosophy at the University of Calgary. Professor Odenbaugh earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Biology from Belmont University, M.A. in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Calgary.

His main areas of research interest are in the philosophy and history of science as well as aesthetics and ethics.

Representative Publications

Odenbaugh, Jay. “Nothing in Ethics Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution? Natural Goodness, Normativity, and Naturalism.” Synthese 194.4 (2017): 1031-1055.

Odenbaugh, Jay. “Semblance or similarity? Reflections on Simulation and Similarity.” Biology and Philosophy (2015): 277-291.

Odenbaugh, Jay. “Idealized, Inaccurate but Successful: A Pragmatic Approach to Evaluating Models in Theoretical Ecology.” Biology and Philosophy 20.2 (2005): 231-255.

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