Dr John Matthewson

MBChB University of Otago, BA(Hons) Victoria University Wellington, PhD Australian National University
Research Associate

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

John is working as a post doc with Paul Griffiths on the ARC project "A methodological analysis of the application of evolutionary medicine to non-communicable disease". He has a background in clinical medicine and completed his PhD in philosophy at the Australian National University in 2012. His thesis was regarding the use of scientific models, with a focus on the negative interactions that hold between certain desirable properties of these models.

John is also a lecturer in the School of Humanities at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Applied Ethics

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Matthewson, J., Calcott, B. (2011). Mechanistic models of population-level phenomena. Biology and Philosophy, 26(5), 737-756. [More Information]
  • Matthewson, J. (2011). Trade-offs in model-building: A more target-oriented approach. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 42(2), 324-333. [More Information]
  • Matthewson, J., Weisberg, M. (2009). The structure of tradeoffs in model building. Synthese: an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science, 170(1), 169-190. [More Information]
  • Matthewson, J. (2007). Ginzburg, Lev and Mark Colyvan, Ecological Orbits: How Planets Move and Populations Grow. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 85(3), 501-504.
  • Firestone, R., Gander, P., Matthewson, J. (2005). Factors Affecting Access to Services For The Assessment of Sleep Apnoea Symptoms In Taxi Drivers. Sleep, 28(Abstract Supplement), 167-167.

Conferences

  • Matthewson, J. (2012). Group agents in the real world. Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference 2012, New Zealand: Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2011). aplha. International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology Biennale Conference (ISHPSSB) 2011. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.
  • Matthewson, J. (2010). Comments on cohesion. Australasian Association of Philosophy New Zealand Meeting 2010, Hamilton, New Zealand: Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2010). Why the debate over model ontology is largely verbal. Surrogate reasoning in philosophy and science workshop, Canberra, ACT: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Matthewson, J. (2009). Tidying Up Generality. Research School of Social Sciences, Philosophy Society Seminar, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Matthewson, J. (2009). What is explanatory generality. Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference 2009, New Zealand: Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2008). The heterogeneity of biological systems. Australasian Association of Philosophy - New Zealand Division 2008 Conference. Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2008). Tradeoffs in Model Building: a More Target-Oriented Approach. Model-Based Representation in Scientific Practice workshop, Singapore: National University of Singapore.
  • Matthewson, J. (2008). Types of Generality. Australasian Association of Philosophy - New Zealand Division 2008 Conference. Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2007). Model Trade-offs: Motivating the issues. Tempo and Mode Seminar series (2008), Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Matthewson, J. (2007). Modeling tradeoffs and scientific explanation. International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology Meeting (2007), N/A: International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.
  • Matthewson, J., Calcott, B. (2006). Model mechanisms. Australasian Association of Philosophy New Zealand Meeting (2006), New Zealand: Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2006). Trading Generalities. The 2006 meeting of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP), Canberra, ACT: Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2005). A Puzzle About Generality. The 2005 meeting of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP), Dunedin: Australasian Association of Philosophy.

2012

  • Matthewson, J. (2012). Group agents in the real world. Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference 2012, New Zealand: Australasian Association of Philosophy.

2011

  • Matthewson, J. (2011). aplha. International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology Biennale Conference (ISHPSSB) 2011. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.
  • Matthewson, J., Calcott, B. (2011). Mechanistic models of population-level phenomena. Biology and Philosophy, 26(5), 737-756. [More Information]
  • Matthewson, J. (2011). Trade-offs in model-building: A more target-oriented approach. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 42(2), 324-333. [More Information]

2010

  • Matthewson, J. (2010). Comments on cohesion. Australasian Association of Philosophy New Zealand Meeting 2010, Hamilton, New Zealand: Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2010). Why the debate over model ontology is largely verbal. Surrogate reasoning in philosophy and science workshop, Canberra, ACT: Australian National University (ANU).

2009

  • Matthewson, J., Weisberg, M. (2009). The structure of tradeoffs in model building. Synthese: an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science, 170(1), 169-190. [More Information]
  • Matthewson, J. (2009). Tidying Up Generality. Research School of Social Sciences, Philosophy Society Seminar, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Matthewson, J. (2009). What is explanatory generality. Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference 2009, New Zealand: Australasian Association of Philosophy.

2008

  • Matthewson, J. (2008). The heterogeneity of biological systems. Australasian Association of Philosophy - New Zealand Division 2008 Conference. Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2008). Tradeoffs in Model Building: a More Target-Oriented Approach. Model-Based Representation in Scientific Practice workshop, Singapore: National University of Singapore.
  • Matthewson, J. (2008). Types of Generality. Australasian Association of Philosophy - New Zealand Division 2008 Conference. Australasian Association of Philosophy.

2007

  • Matthewson, J. (2007). Ginzburg, Lev and Mark Colyvan, Ecological Orbits: How Planets Move and Populations Grow. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 85(3), 501-504.
  • Matthewson, J. (2007). Model Trade-offs: Motivating the issues. Tempo and Mode Seminar series (2008), Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Matthewson, J. (2007). Modeling tradeoffs and scientific explanation. International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology Meeting (2007), N/A: International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.

2006

  • Matthewson, J., Calcott, B. (2006). Model mechanisms. Australasian Association of Philosophy New Zealand Meeting (2006), New Zealand: Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Matthewson, J. (2006). Trading Generalities. The 2006 meeting of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP), Canberra, ACT: Australasian Association of Philosophy.

2005

  • Matthewson, J. (2005). A Puzzle About Generality. The 2005 meeting of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP), Dunedin: Australasian Association of Philosophy.
  • Firestone, R., Gander, P., Matthewson, J. (2005). Factors Affecting Access to Services For The Assessment of Sleep Apnoea Symptoms In Taxi Drivers. Sleep, 28(Abstract Supplement), 167-167.

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