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Murphy, Alice

Dr. Alice Murphy

Postdoctoral Fellow


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
und Religionswissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftstheorie
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Ludwigstr. 31
Room 129
80539 München


Further Information

Alice Murphy is a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy of science at the MCMP. Prior to joining the center, she received her PhD (2020) from the University of Leeds, her MA (2015) from the University of Warwick and her BA (2014) from the University of Bristol.


Alice is interested in the imagination in science, and the relations between the philosophy of science and the philosophy of art. Her PhD thesis focused on the nature and role of the imagination in scientific thought experiments, as well as the relations between thought experiments and other practices in science, such as computer simulations and physical experiments. Her current research is on the aesthetics of science, and the ways in which aesthetic value can contribute to scientific understanding.


  • "The Aesthetic and Literary Qualities of Scientific Thought Experiments", in French, S. and M. Ivanova (eds), Aesthetics of Science: Beauty, Imagination and Understanding, Routledge (2020).