Hi! I’m Adam. (he/him)

I’m a philosophy student and teacher. Right now I’m a PhD candidate in the philosophy department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an adjunct instructor at Lincoln College.

My research is motivated by an interest in projects in philosophy of science and metaphysics that involve causal graphical models. These projects include defending a view of scientific explanation where causal models play a significant role, developing an empiricist-minded modal epistemology, and giving a causal modeling analysis of dynamic systems.

My dissertation is on causal modeling interventions and experimental design.

I also have research interests in the potential of data mining and machine learning to contribute to philosophical inquiry and in experimental philosophy.

Outside of philosophy, I like hiking with my dogs Rose and Siege, designing games, and drinking an inordinate amount of coffee.


  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)

  • M.A. Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)

  • B.A. Philosophy, Wake Forest University (2011)

  • B.A. Physics, Wake Forest University (2011)


  • Livengood, Jonathan and Adam Edwards. “Calibrating Chromatography: How Tswett broke the Experimenters’ Regress.” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. (forthcoming)

  • Natarajan, Sriraam, Baidya Saha, Saket Joshi, Adam Edwards, Tushar Khot, Elizabeth M. Davenport, Kristian Kersting, Christopher T. Whitlow, and Joseph A. Maldjian. “Relational learning helps in three-way classification of Alzheimer patients from structural magnetic resonance images of the brain.”International Journal of Machine Learning and Cybernetics 5.5 (2014): 659-669. doi:10.1007/s13042-013-0161-9

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