Paul McKarris

Paul McKarris, 150w

Position:

Graduate Student

Campus:

St. George,

Biography:

  • BSc, University of Waterloo (Honours Mathematical Physics – Pure Mathematics Minor)
  • MASt, University of Cambridge (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos)

Paul started his education in physics and mathematics. He was always (and still is) obsessively worried about what grounds the claims he was taught in the sciences. His physics professors rarely took his concerns seriously, but he came to realize that philosophers were the ones who addressed them. Hume (§4 of the Enquiry) made Paul realize how imprudent he was with his thinking. Since that encounter, “How should metaphysics be practiced?” and “How can we put natural science on a firm foundation?” became the type of questions that preoccupies him most of the time. Currently, he is a master’s student seeking to broaden his knowledge and to continue his academic path in philosophy.

Paul has carried out research in the philosophy of spacetime and determinism in the context of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Research Interests:

Metaphysics