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Dr David Corfield

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Head of Department

Office: CWG36A


David Corfield works in the philosophy of science and mathematics. His interests range from probability theory and physics to psychology and medicine, and he looks both to formal methods and historical narrative to understand disciplinary rationality. He is co-director of the Centre for Reasoning at Kent. He is also one of the three owners of the blog The n-category Café, where the implications for philosophy, mathematical and physical of the exciting new language of higher-dimensional category theory are discussed. In 2007 David published Why Do People Get Ill? (co-authored with Darian Leader), which aims to revive interest in the psychosomatic approach to medicine. He intends to carry out further work in the philosophy of medicine.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Leader, D. and Corfield, D. (2007). Why Do People Get Ill?. [Online]. London: Hamish Hamilton Ltd.
Corfield, D. (2003). Towards a Philosophy of Real Mathematics. [Online]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Edited book
Corfield, D. and Williamson, J. eds. (2001). Foundations of Bayesianism. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Krömer, R. and Corfield, D. (2014). The Form and Function of Duality in Modern Mathematics. Philosophia Scientae [Online]:95-109.
Corfield, D. (2011). Understanding the Infinite II: Coalgebra. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science A [Online] 42:571-579.
Corfield, D. (2010). Varieties of Justification in Machine Learning. Minds and Machines [Online] 20:291-301.
Corfield, D. (2010). Understanding the Infinite I: Niceness, Robustness, and Realism. Philosophia Mathematica [Online] 18:253-275.
Corfield, D. (2010). Lautman et la réalité des mathématiques. Philosophiques [Online] 37:95-109.
Corfield, D., Schölkopf, B. and Vapnik, V. (2009). Falsificationism and Statistical Learning Theory: Comparing the Popper and Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimensions. Journal for General Philosophy of Science [Online] 40:51-58.
Corfield, D. (2004). Mathematical Kinds, or Being Kind to Mathematics. Philosophica 74:37-62.
Corfield, D. (2001). The Importance of Mathematical Conceptualisation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A [Online] 32:507-533.
Book section
Corfield, D. (2012). Narrative and the Rationality of Mathematics. in: Doxiadis, A. and Mazur, B. eds. Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 244-280.
Corfield, D. (2009). Projection and Projectability. in: Quinonero-Candela, J. et al. eds. Dataset Shift in Machine Learning. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 29-38.
Corfield, D. (2006). Some Implications of the Adoption of Category Theory for Philosophy. in: Sica, G. ed. What is Category Theory? Monza, Italy: Polimetrica International Scientific Publisher.
Corfield, D. (2005). Categorification as a Heuristic Device. in: Cellucci, C. and Gillies, D. eds. Mathematical Reasoning and Heuristics. London: King's College Publications.
Corfield, D. (2002). Argumentation and the Mathematical Process. in: Kampis, G., Kvasz, L. and Stöltzner, M. eds. Appraising Lakatos: Mathematics, Methodology, and the Man. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 115-138.
Corfield, D. (2002). From Mathematics to Psychology: Lacan’s missed encounters. in: Glynos, J. and Stavirakakis, Y. eds. Lacan and Science. London: Karnac Books, pp. 176-206.
Corfield, D. and Williamson, J. (2001). Introduction: Bayesianism into the 21st Century. in: Corfield, D. and Williamson, J. eds. Foundations of Bayesianism. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, pp. 1-16.
Corfield, D. (2001). Bayesianism in Mathematics. in: Corfield, D. and Williamson, J. eds. Foundations of Bayesianism. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, pp. 175-201.
Corfield, D. (2005). Review of Martin H. Krieger, 'Doing Mathematics: Convention, Subject, Calculation, Analogy'. Philosophia Mathematica [Online] 13:106-111.
Corfield, D. (2002). Review of F. William Lawvere and Stephen Schanuel, 'Conceptual Mathematics: A First Introduction to Categories'. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33:359-366.
Total publications in KAR: 21 [See all in KAR]
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Dr Corfield teaches modules on logic and reasoning, on the philosophy of science, and on the philosophy of medicine.

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Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email Philosophy

Last Updated: 25/08/2015