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Isaac Record, Ph.D.

Isaac  Record
  • Academic Specialist
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
  • Pronouns: he/him
  • Holmes Hall, W-25D
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825


  • LB 133: Introduction to the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science
  • LB 240: Introduction to Bioethics LB 322A,B: Advances in Science and Technology
  • LB 492: Senior Seminar (topics: Spaces for Learning; Science, Society, and Self)
  • LB/MC 459: Science, Technology, Environment, Public Policy Senior Seminar Education away and abroad: Maine and Paris


I am a teaching professor at Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, where I am Founding Director of the Collaborative Experiential Learning Laboratory (CELL). I teach courses in philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and critical making. I also teach an education away course in coastal Maine. I research how technology affects what we know, especially online.


  • 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


  • 2023 Ann Johnson Institute Book Manuscript Workshop
  • 2022 Center for Advanced Internet Studies Visiting Fellow
  • 2018 University of Maine TIAA Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture, "Life, The University, and Everything"


I research how technology affects what we know. Initially, I focused on scientific instruments and computers in nuclear science. I am currently writing a book about knowledge on the Internet, in collaboration with Boaz Miller or Zefat Academic College, Israel. We examine technologies and practices from autocompleted search results and deepfakes to GPS wayfinding to social media sharing. I am also beginning to explore the infrastructure and methodologies of education, combining scholarly research into pedagogy and laboratories with the practice of critical making.


  • Isaac Record and Boaz Miller. 2022. People, Platforms, and Posts: Reducing the spread of online toxicity by contextualizing content and setting norms. Asian Journal of Philosophy. 1, 41. https://doi.org/10.1007/s44204-022-00042-2. (Equal co-authors)
  • Aubrey Wigner, Megan Halpern, and Isaac Record. 2018. Future Design Studio–Building a Growth Mindset and a Path to Persistence Through Improvisation and Design Fiction. First Year Engineering Education Conference, ASEE, Glassboro, NJ. (Provided editorial support and contributed to research products.)
  • Isaac Record & Boaz Miller. 2018. Taking iPhone Seriously: Epistemic Technologies and the Extended Mind. In Duncan Pritchard, Jesper Kallestrup‎, Orestis Palermos & J. Adam Carter‎ (eds.), Extended Epistemology, 105-126. Oxford University Press. (Equal co-authors) 
  • 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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