Chris Dorst's primary interests are in philosophy of science, as well as some overlapping areas in philosophy of physics, metaphysics, and epistemology. His current research focuses on various issues connected with laws of nature, such as the question of why they support counterfactuals, and whether Humean laws can explain particular matters of fact.
Professor Dorst is interested in trying to explain why the laws of nature are so predictively useful. His current work explores the possibility of explaining the laws’ predictive utility as the product of a selection process inherent to scientific practice that is designed to generate predictively useful principles. He is also interested in exploring alternative explanations of the laws’ predictive utility. In the next phase of his research, he aims to compare the pragmatic explanation offered by, what he deems, the Best Predictive System Account of natural laws, with another potential explanation based on anthropic considerations.