Dr. Richardson’s research interests are in the relations between the history of science and the history of philosophy in the 20th century. His published research has been on the rise of philosophy of science as a discipline in philosophy. He is editor of Logical Empiricism in North America, a volume in the series of Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003). He also edited The Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 2007).
A past President of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), Richardson is now a co-chair of the HOPOS 2012 program committee as well as a member of the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA). He serves as node manager for the BC Node of the Situating Science SSHRC Knowledge Cluster Grant.
Richardson is on the editorial board of The HOPOS Journal and of The Open Court’s Collected Works of Rudolf Carnap. Among his invited speaking engagements are the 2005 Hans Reichenbach Lecture for the Department of Philosophy at UCLA, the 2009 Alberto Coffa Lecture for the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, and the 2011 O’Neill Lectures in History of Philosophy for the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico.