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Isaac Record
Isaac Record
Academic Specialist

Department: HPS
Address: E-7 Holmes
Phone: (517) 884-8525
Email: irecord@msu.edu

I am currently teaching about technology and culture; how to think about science; and how wearables and big data can change healthcare.

We increasingly rely on technology to find information, make choices, and take action. My research explores accounts of communal knowledge practices, which have even developed in exciting ways by philosophers of scientific methodology and social epistemology, and concerns about trust in technology, under investigation by philosophers, anthropologists, and sociologists of technology. I study the practices of scientists who use instruments, the debates that accompany the introduction of new techniques to established disciplines, and the epistemological consequences of pursuing inquiries within a technological infrastructure. I believe that empirical investigations into knowledge practices are a necessary complement to traditional philosophical work based on conceptual analysis and thought experiments. The resulting situated understanding of our epistemic and ethical condition is sensitive to a network of factors, including values, capabilities, and material resources, allowing us to better integrate our understandings of knowledge and action.

My recent work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Semaphore Lab, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto explores the epistemic, ethical, and practical dimensions of emerging technologies such as 3D printers, programmable controllers, and sensor toolkits. I am also developing a book-length treatment of knowledge practices on the Internet.

When not worrying about how technology is changing the way we live our lives, I enjoy reading to my daughter, eating good food, and running.