Philosophy. History. Science.

Hi, I’m Evan Arnet

I am a writer, research development professional, and historian and philosopher of science. I finished my Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University in spring of 2023. My research weaves together history and philosophy to investigate the patterns and practices of inquiry that secure scientific knowledge.  My dissertation dealt with scientific methodology in the animal behavior sciences. It explores both how scientists get stuck using particular methods and how scientists constructively critique and revise their methods. More generally, I am fascinated by institutions: how they constrain our behavior, carry our past, and shape our future. 

As a public philosopher and historian, I have made digital exhibits, designed public-facing websites, and communicated scientific findings. Since the beginning of 2022, I have worked as a writer for the Prindle Post, where I analyze current events with an eye to the underlying ethics. My ethics flows from my philosophy of science, and I firmly hold that our ethical decisions should be guided by (even if they cannot be reduced to) our best scientific understanding. Since summer 2023, I have been employed as a research development specialist at Indiana University.