Dr. Patton's research centers on the history and philosophy of science. Recent published work focuses on experiment and theory building, on the methodology of the sciences, on the history of 19th century science and philosophy, and on Kant's philosophy as a response to empiricism and rationalism. Ongoing projects include work on the development of philosophical and physical theories of acoustics, electrodynamics, and optics.
- Philosophy, Science, and History: A Guide and Reader, New York: Routledge, 2014.
- “Methodology of the Sciences,” in The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century, edited Michael Forster and Kristin Gjesdal, forthcoming.
- “Hilbert's Objectivity,” Historia Mathematica 41.2 (2014): 188-203.
- “Experiment and Theory Building,” Synthese 184.3 (2012): 235-246.
- “Reconsidering Experiments,” HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, 1.2 (2011): 209-226.
- “The Paradox of Infinite Given Magnitude,” Kant-Studien 102.3 (2011): 273-289.
- “Anti-Psychologism about Necessity,” History and Philosophy of Logic 32.2 (2011): 139-152.
- “Signs, Toy Models, and the A Priori,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 40.3 (2009): 281-289.
- “Hermann von Helmholtz,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2008.