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Laura T. Perini

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Coordinator of Science, Technology and Society
With Pomona Since: 2007
  • Expertise


    Laura Perini’s research is focused on the variety of graphic representations that scientists use to communicate: diagrams, graphs, photographs, drawings, and images made from techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging.) She is interested in understanding how these different kinds of graphic representations are involved in scientific reasoning, in education, and in public communication.

    Research Interests

    The role of graphic representations in scientific reasoning

    Areas of Expertise


    • Philosophy of Biology
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Aesthetics
  • Work


    "Scientific Representation and the Semiotics of Pictures" in New Waves in Philosophy of Science (P.D. Magnus and Jacob Busch, eds; Palgrave Macmillan; January 2010)

    “Visual Representation,” in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Science (Sarkar and Pfeifer, eds., New York: Routeledge (2006) pp. 863-870)

    “Visual Representations and their Role in Confirmation,” Philosophy of Science, Vol. 72 (2005) pp. 913–926.

    “Explanation in Two Dimensions: Diagrams and Biological Models,” Biology & Philosophy, (2005) pp. 257-269.

    “The Truth in Pictures,” Philosophy of Science, Vol. 72 (2005) pp. 262-285.

  • Education


    University of California, San Diego

    Master of Arts
    University of California, San Diego

    Master of Arts
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Bachelor of Science
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Aesthetics
    • Logic
    • Philosophy of Science: Historical Survey
    • Philosophy of Biology
    • Philosophy of Science: Topical Survey
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Philosophy of Science Association prize for best paper published in Philosophy of Science by a recent Ph.D., 2006

    Visiting Fellow, Dartmouth College Humanities Institute 2005-2006, Spring 2006

    Virginia Tech Humanities Symposium Award, 2006

    Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2004

    Virginia Tech Humanities Summer Stipend, Summer 2004

    NEH Summer Institute “Art, Mind, and Cognitive Science” Summer 2002