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Barry Loewer is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy department at Rutgers University, New Jersey. His interests include the metaphysical foundations of science, the philosophy of physics, and the philosophy of mind. He is co-author of Meaning in Mind with Georges Rey and Physicalism and its Discontents with Carl Gillett. He has published many papers on the philosophy of quantum theory, the metaphysics of laws and chance, and the philosophy of mind.