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About Stuart Glennan

Stuart Glennan is the Harry T. Ice Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University.

Professor Glennan’s area of specialization is in the philosophy of science, with particular attention to biology and psychology and the metaphysics of science.  He has written about causation, explanation and model building. He is chiefly known for his work on the nature of mechanisms and the role of mechanistic models and explanations across the sciences.  He is author of The New Mechanical Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2017) and editor, with Phyllis Illari, of the Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy (2018).  He has also written on the topic of religion and science, and science education, and has dabbled in the philosophy of history. 

Professor Glennan received his BA in mathematics and philosophy from Yale University,and his MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago before coming to Butler in 1992.  He was the founding director of Butler’s Science, Technology and Society Program, and still serves on the program steering committee.    He also has served as chair of Butler’s Department of Philosophy, Religion and Classics.  He helped develop and teaches in Butler's Neuroscience Minor


Present Professor of Philosophy, Butler University Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Member in the Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Butler University, 2002
  • Phi Beta Kappa - Alpha of Connecticut
  • Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, 1987-1992


  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Principles of Reasoning
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Epistemology
  • Analytic Philosophy
  • Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein

Contact Information

Department of Philosophy and Religion
Butler University
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Books (4)

Articles (16)

Contributions to Books (5)