Margaret  Schabas

 The University of British Columbia

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Univeristy of British Columbia
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Margaret Schabas was appointed to UBC as Professor of Philosophy in 2001.  From 2004-2009, she served as the Head of the Philosophy Department. She has held professoriate positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (four years) and at York University (ten years), and has also taught as a visiting professor at Michigan State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Harvard, CalTech, the Sorbonne, and the Ecole Normale de Cachan. As the recipient of several fellowships, she has enjoyed visiting terms at Stanford, Duke, MIT, Cambridge, the LSE, and the MPI-Berlin.

In addition to her doctorate in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (Toronto 1983), she holds a Bachelor of Science in Music (oboe) and the Philosophy of Science (Indiana 1976), a Master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science (Indiana 1977), and a Master’s degree in Economics (Michigan 1985). 

She has published four books and over forty articles or book chapters in science studies, the majority of which address topics in the history and philosophy of economics. A number of these articles examine economics as it drew upon or impinged upon other disciplines, notably mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. Some of the journals in which her articles can be found are Isis, Monist, History of Political Economy, Public Affairs Quarterly, and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science. Her first book, A World Ruled by Number (Princeton 1990) examines the emergence of mathematical economics in the second half of the nineteenth century. Her second book, The Natural Origins of Economics (Chicago 2005; pb 2007), traces the transformation of economics from a natural to a social science. She also has two co-edited collections, Oeconomies in the Age of Newton (Duke 2003), and David Hume’s Political Economy (Routledge 2008).

She is currently writing a monograph on Hume’s economics, and will then turn to problems in bioeconomics.  She has given four plenary addresses at the Columbia History of Science Meetings (2006), the Hume Society Meetings (2007), HOPOS (2008), and the Canadian Philosophical Association (2009).

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