Nancy Cartwright

Project Investigator

Nancy Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Durham and at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is past President of the Philosophy of Science Association and was President of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) in 2008.

Her research interests include philosophy and history of science (especially physics and economics), causal inference and objectivity and evidence, especially on evidence-based policy. She is currently involved in a number of interrelated research projects at LSE: ‘Evidence for Use’ (funded by the British Academy) and ‘Choices of Evidence: tacit philosophical assumptions in debates on evidence-based practice in children’s welfare services’, with Eleonora Montuschi and Eileen Munro (funded by the AHRC), both at the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, and a project on Modelling Mitigation, at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Her other major research topic is ‘God’s Order, Man’s Order and the Order of Nature’ , sponsored by the Templeton Foundation. This is a joint project between UCSD and LSE, headed by Nancy Cartwright, Eleonora Montuschi and Eric Watkins, and involves a large team of researchers from both the UK and the USA.

Nancy Cartwright is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

She was married to Sir Stuart Hampshire, who died in June 2004. In the latter part of his life Sir Stuart served as Warden of Wadham College, Oxford and as Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. They have two daughters, Emily and Sophie, and a granddaughter, Lucy.

Selected Publications

Cartwright, N (1983). How the Laws of Physics Lie. Oxford University Press.

Cartwright, N (1989). Nature’s Capacities and Their Measurement. Oxford University Press.

Cartwright, N, Cat, J, Fleck, L & Uebel, T.E (2008). Otto Neurath: Philosophy between Science and Politics. Cambridge University Press.

Cartwright, N (1999). The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science. Cambridge University Press.

Cartwright, N (2007). Hunting Causes and Using Them. Cambridge University Press.