Matthew Stanley: The Uniformity of Natural Laws: A Historical Perspective from Victorian Britain

Our next speaker will be Matthew Stanley on Feb 28th at NYU. Hope to see you there. 


Place: NYU Philosophy Department Auditorium (Room 101), 5 Washington Place, NYC.

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM Tuesday February 28.

Speaker: Matthew Stanley. (Author of Huxley’s Church and Maxwell’s Demon: from Theistic Science to Naturalistic ScienceUniversity of Chicago Press)

Title: “The Uniformity of Natural Laws: A Historical Perspective from Victorian Britain”

Abstract: The concept of the uniformity of nature – the claim that the laws of nature are unbroken over time and space – is an important part of the modern scientific worldview.  This is usually seen as supporting a scientific naturalism in which there is no room for divine forces or a spiritual realm.  The association of uniformity with strict naturalism comes from the Victorian era, but a close historical examination of scientists from that period shows that the uniformity of nature was an important part of both theistic and naturalistic worldviews.  The importance of uniformity in different religious contexts can help us understand the origin, transformation, and modern interpretation of the concept of natural laws.

There will be a dinner after the talk. If you are interested, please send an email with “Dinner” in the heading to (please note that all are welcome, but only the speaker’s dinner will be covered). If you have any other questions, please email


More Upcoming MAPS Talks: 

Jesse Prinz (CUNY).

4:30-6:30 PM Tuesday April 18 at CUNY Grad Center Room 5307. 


Alyssa Ney (UC Davis).

“Wave Function Realism in a Relativistic Setting”

4:30-6:30 PM Tuesday May 2 at Columbia. 


Another upcoming talk in philosophy of science:

Elise Crull (CUNY)

Title: Existence Monism from Quantum Theory

CUNY Grad Center Philosophy Colloquium

4:15pm Wednesday March 15, Grad Center Rooms 9204/9205. 

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