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Isaac Record, Ph.D.

Isaac  Record
  • Academic Specialist
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
  • Holmes Hall, W-25D
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • (517) 884-8525


  • LB 133: Introduction to the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science
  • LB 322: Advances in Science and Technology
  • LB 492: Humane Computing
  • LB 492: Techniques of the Self


Isaac Record is a teaching professor at Lyman Briggs College where he is Director of Experiential Learning and Founding Director of the Collaborative Experiential Learning Laboratory. He teaches courses in philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and critical making. His research seeks to situate our epistemic and ethical circumstances within a landscape of values, capabilities, and material and social technologies. Isaac holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) at the University of Toronto and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maine.


  • Ph.D., and M.A., Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maine
  • B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Maine


How does the way we think affect what we end up knowing?

We increasingly rely on technology to find information, make choices, and take action. My research explores (1) accounts of communal knowledge practices, which have been developed in exciting ways by philosophers of science, social epistemologists, historians, sociologists, and learning designers, and (2) concerns about trust in technology, under investigation by philosophers, anthropologists, and sociologists of technology. I study the practices of scientists and others who use instruments, the debates that accompany the introduction of new techniques to established disciplines and other knowledge contexts, and the epistemological consequences of pursuing inquiries or education 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.


Peer reviewed journal articles

  • Hannah Turner, Gabby Resch, Daniel Southwick, Rhonda McEwen, Adam K. Dubé and Isaac Record. 2017. Using 3D Printing to Enhance Understanding and Engagement with Young Audiences: Lessons from Workshops in a Museum. 60(3): 311–333. 
  • Miller, Boaz and Isaac Record. 2017. Responsible Epistemic Technologies. New Media and Society. 19(12): 1945–1963. (equal co-authors) Preprint from Philpapers.
  • Record, Isaac, Daniel Southwick, ginger coons, and Matt Ratto. 2015. Regulating the Liberator: Prospects for the Regulation of 3D Printing. Journal of Peer Production 6. Open access
  • Ratto, Matt, Isaac Record, ginger coons, and Max Julien. 2014. Blind Tennis: Extreme Users and Participatory Design. PDC '14 Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Industry Cases, Workshop Descriptions, Doctoral Consortium Papers, and Keynote Abstracts - Volume 2, 41-44. DOI link.
  • Record, Isaac. 2013. Technology and Epistemic Possibility. Journal for the General Philosophy of Science 44(2): 319-336. DOI: 10.1007/s10838-013-9230-8. Link via journal
  • Record, Isaac, Matt Ratto, Amy Ratelle, Adriana Ieraci, and Nina Czegledy. 2013. DIY Prosthetics Workshops: 'Critical making' for public understanding of human augmentation. Technology and Society (ISTAS), IEEE International Symposium (2013): 117-125. Preprint
  • Miller, Boaz and Isaac Record. 2013. Justified Belief in a Digital Age: On the Epistemic Implications of Secret Internet Technologies. Episteme 10(2): 117-134. (Equal co-authors) Preprint on Philpapers.


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