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Peter Distelzweig

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director of Science, Medicine, and Society minor


  • Education
  • PhD, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
    MA, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
    MS, Physics, Eastern Michigan University
    BA, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
  • Expertise
  • History and Philosophy of Science

  • Research Interests
  • Early Modern philosophy, science and medicine; philosophy of science; faith and science.

Peter Distelzweig is an associate professor in Philosophy and the director of the Science, Medicine, and Society Minor. He specializes in early modern philosophy, and the history and philosophy of science and medicine. He is also interested in ancient philosophy and science- especially that of Aristotle.

“Medicine and the Science of the Living Body” (with Evan Ragland) in Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution, eds. David Miller and Dana Jalobeanu (Forthcoming).

“Introduction to CEPOS [Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science] Discussion Section” (with Karen Zwier). American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 92.1 (2018), 107-121. Introduction to a special two-part, six paper Discussion Section on Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science.

Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy, coeditor with Benjamin Goldberg and Evan Ragland (Springer, 2016).

“‘Mechanics’ and Mechanism in William Harvey’s Anatomy: Varieties and Limits,” in Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy, 117-140.

“The Use of Usus and the Function of Functio: Teleology and its Limits in Descartes’ Physiology,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 53.3 (2015), 377-399.

“Fabricius’ Galeno-Aristotelian Teleomechanics of Muscle,” in The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy, eds. Justin E. H. Smith and Ohad Nachtomy (Oxford University Press, 2014), 65-84.

“Meam de motu & usu cordis, & circuitu sanguinis sententiam: Teleology in William Harvey's De Motu Cordis," Gesnerus - Swiss Journal of the History of Medicine and Science 71.2 (2014), 258 – 270 (contribution to a special volume on teleology and mechanism in early modern medicine).

“The Intersection of Mathematical and Natural Science: The Subordinate Sciences in Aristotle,” Apeiron 46.2 (2013), 85-105.