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College of Arts and Sciences

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Michael Dickson

Title: Professor and Chair
Department: Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4166
Office: Byrnes, Room 401
Resources: Department of Philosophy


PhD, University of Notre Dame, 1995
BA/BS, University of South Carolina, 1990


Research Interests 

philosophy of physics, general philosophy of science, game theory

My name is Michael Dickson. I am a professional philosopher licensed by the University of Notre Dame to practice philosophy in every state except Montana, and employed by the University of South Carolina to do research and to teach the great citizens of South Carolina (and to attend silly meetings and fill out lots of unnecessary paperwork, but who’s counting?).

I work primarily in philosophy of science, specializing in physics. My work there centers on quantum theory, especially its algebraic formulation, although recently I have also been doing work in the areas of probability theory and information theory. I have also begun working in evolutionary game theory and, when all that theory is just too e-theory-al, I work on practical applications of multi-criterion decision analysis, especially in the context of environmental decision-making.