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Dougherty, John

Dr. John Dougherty

Postdoctoral Fellow


Mailing Address:
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
und Religionswissenschaft
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP)
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München

Ludwigstr. 31
Room 126
D-80539 München



Further Information

I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at University of California, San Diego in 2018. The title of my dissertation was “Identity in gauge theories”. Before my Ph.D., I earned an A.B. as a double major in physics and the history, philosophy, and social studies of science and medicine at the University of Chicago. In between these degrees, I spent a year as a technologist at the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

Research Interests

I am interested in the conceptual and mathematical foundations of physical theories, especially quantum field theory and black hole thermodynamics. I am especially excited about questions that have to do with identity of mathematical objects or physical states of affairs.

Recent Publications

  • Black hole thermodynamics: More than an analogy? With Craig Callender. Forthcoming in Guide to the Philosophy of Cosmology ed. A. Ijjas and B. Loewer. Oxford University Press.
  • What inductive explanations could not be. Forthcoming in Synthese.
  • Sameness and separability in gauge theories. Philosophy of Science 84(5):1189–1201