Welcome to the Website of Jenann Ismael

I am a professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Throughout this website you can access my published papers, new and forthcoming papers, books and learn about my stray papers and work in progress. My CV is also available along with information about me. If you are a student, you are likely looking for the teaching page. Inquiries regarding my work are welcome and you may contact me through this website.

Jenann Ismael

Jenann IsmaelI received my M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton in 1997. My areas of specialization are philosophy of physics, metaphysics, philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind. Bas Van Fraassen was my primary advisor. David Albert and Paul Benacerraf were on my committee.

I have been at Arizona since 1996 and have held a Mellon Fellowship at Stanford, an NEH fellowship at the National Humanities Center, and a BQFW fellowship from Templeton. I was at the Centre for Time from 2005-2010 at the University of Sydney as an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow.

I spent the academic year 2014-2015 at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) finishing my book How Physics Makes us Free (OUP, 2016) and am now working on a project (funded by Templeton, under its Varieties of Understanding initiative) on the relationship between the sciences and humanities, while also working on projects related to the nature of time and the question of whether quantum phenomena suggest that space (as we know it) is not a fundamental concept.

You can read more on the about me page.

Areas of Interest

  • Philosophy of Physics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind