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Michael Friedman, the Frederick P. Rehmus Family Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, is one of the foremost interpreters of Immanuel Kant’s philosophy of science. The first of his eleven books, Foundations of Space-Time Theories, received the Matchette Prize and the Lakatos Award. He has also held National Science Foundation, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and he received the Humbolt award. Friedman has dozens of papers and has delivered a wide variety of distinguished, named lectures at the foremost academic institutions around the world.His book, A Parting of the Ways: Carnap, Cassirer, and Heidegger (Open Court Publishing Company, 2000)—translated into German, Italian, and Chinese—explores an intellectual fissure that is at the root of the break between analytic and continental philosophy and argues that it is based on a split within continental philosophy. Freidman’s work is itself the subject of an anthology, Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science (ed. M. Domski and M. Dickson, Open Court, 2010). His next book, now in press with Cambridge University Press, argues against T. S. Kuhn, that the objectivity and rationality of scientific progress can be articulated and defended using a dynamical and historicized version of the Kantian a priori. In short, Friedman is a truly distinguished philosopher whose work has been important and of broad interest to philosophers, historians, and scientists.Lecture: Part of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts 2012-2013 Department Invited Lecture Series.