Tammy Nyden

Grinnell College
Philosophy

Tammy Nyden, an associate professor of Philosophy at Grinnell College, studies philosophy and science in early modern Europe. During her residence at the Obermann Center, she will work on her second book, The New Physics at Leiden, which brings to the light the transformative role The University of Leiden played in the spread of experimental physics. Through case studies of four Leiden professors, she challenges two grand narratives of the seventeenth century: Kuhn's account of scientific revolution and the characterization of early modern philosophy as an epistemological divide between Continental Rationalism and British Empiricism. She is also currently co-editing a volume called Cartesian Empiricisms with Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest), which will be published by Springer in 2013.