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Dr.  William  Kallfelz

Dr. William Kallfelz

Instructor of Philosophy and Religion
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Room:225 Etheredge Hall (Philosophy Office)
Phone: (662)325-2382 (Philosophy office)
Email: wkallfelz@philrel.msstate.edu (primary)
Vita (PDF)

P.O. Box JS, Mailstop 9577
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Research/ teaching home pages:

Education

  • Ph.D., Committee of Philosophy and the Sciences (CPaS),Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland at College Park, 2008
  • Ph.D. student, Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology (1995-2001)
  • Master of Science, Applied Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996
  • Master of Theological Studies (cum laude), Emory University, 1996
  • Master of Science, Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993
  • Master of Science, Department of Geophysical Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1991
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics (with honor), Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989

Areas of Specialization/Competence

  • Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of science
  • Areas of Competence: Philosophy of language, process philosophy, ethics
  • Other areas of competence/specialization: Mathematical physics (research & teaching since 1995), mathematics (teaching since 1995)

Research Interests

I am a Ph.D. (graduation date: May 23, 2008) in the CPaS (Committee for Philosophy and the Sciences ) program, in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, in which I enrolled for graduate studies in September, 2003. My areas of specialization are in the philosophy of science, as well as in the philosophy of physics. My other areas of specialization include mathematical physics, and mathematics. My area of competence is in the philosophy of language. In the philosophy of science, my research interests include inter-theoretic reduction, scientific explanation, and ontology. In the philosophy of physics, my research focuses on the application of Clifford Algebra, with respect to the characterization of theories in certain branches of physics, both fundamental and applied. To the physicist and engineer, the appeal of Clifford algebras primarily stems from the means by which one may unify the geometric content of a theory's mathematical formalism. To the philosopher of physics, such instances of Clifford-algebraic geometric unification prove a compelling area of study, for cases in which a theory's ontological content becomes relatively more unified and simplified. For more information, please refer to a more comprehensive list of papers (published and publicly archived) and talks, posted in my research homepage ( http://sites.google.com/site/williamkallfelz/ )