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Fine earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1963.


Before moving to UW, Fine taught for many years at Northwestern University and, before that, at Cornell University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a past president of the American Philosophical Association and the Philosophy of Science Association and has for many years been on the editorial board of the journal Philosophy of Science, one of the leading publications in the field.

Philosophical workEdit

Fine famously proposed the natural ontological attitude (NOA) as a resolution to the debates over scientific realism. This philosophy takes on a neutral stance of realist and antirealist attitudes of acceptance in the industry's best theories, and calls out mistakes across existing theories.[1]

Fine also developed one of the possible interpretations of quantum mechanics yet to be decided between and has contributed to the probabilistic understanding of Bell's theorem.

In 2001, Fine gave the following re-counting of the birth of NOA and its important relationship to Bas van Fraassen's antirealism:

The Scientific Image arrived in 1980 like a breath of fresh air. Although in the introduction van Fraassen counts me among the realist foot soldiers, at just that time Micky Forbes and I were engaged in rethinking the whole realism/antirealism issue. The result was NOA. Van Fraassen’s powerful and enlightening monograph encouraged us in that project. If Micky and I are parents of NOA, then Bas is perhaps a godfather. Paul Teller too, since he was among the people then who helped us refine our ideas as they developed.[2]

Awards and recognitionEdit

In 2014, Fine was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.[3] Additionally, he was recognized for his knowledge of Albert Einstein's theories as a guest lecturer Ohio University's 2014 Frontiers in Science Lecture Series.[4]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Fine, Arthur (2001) "The Scientific Image 20 Years Later" Philosophical Studies. p.207.
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  4. ^ "Dr. Arthur Fine Tells The Real Story Behind Albert Einstein". WOUB Digital. WOUB.

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