Contact Information


Voice: 657-278-7049

Dept: 657-278-2794

Humanities 223E

James R Hofmann, Ph. D.

Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies


1969, BS Physics, Saint John's University

1974, MS Physics, University of Minnesota

1982, Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Curriculum VitaePDF File

Research Areas

History and Philosophy of Science, especially evolution and creation and early 19th century electrodynamics


André-Marie Ampère: Enlightenment and Electrodynamics , 1996, Cambridge University Press.

Rate variation during molecular evolution: creationism and the cytochrome c molecular clock”, Evolution: Education and Outreach, February 2017, 10: 1. doi:10.1186/s12052-017-0064-4.

A Tale of Two Crocoducks: Creationist Misuses of Molecular Evolution,  Science & Education, 23(1), 2095-2117, Oct. 2014.

The Fact of Evolution: Implications for Science EducationPDF File , Science & Education, 2003, 12, 729-760. (co-authored with Bruce H. Weber)

 "Darcy’s Law and Structural Explanation in Hydrology", in D. Hull, M. Forbes and K. Okruhlik, (eds.), PSA 1992: Proceedings of the 1992 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, volume 1. (1992, East Lansing: Philosophy of Science Association) , pp. 23-35. (coauthored with Paul A. Hofmann)

 "How the Models of Chemistry Vie", in A. Fine, M. Forbes and L. Wessels (eds.), PSA 1990: Proceedings of the 1990 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. (1990, East Lansing: Philosophy of Science Association), vol. 1, pp. 405-419.

  "Engineers under Fire: Socially Responsible Engineering at the University of El Salvador", in M. Rogers and N. Warren (eds.), A Delicate Balance: Technics, Culture and Consequences, (1990: Los Angeles: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), pp. 123-129. (coauthored with Andrea Stoutland)

 "Ampère’s Electrodynamics and the Acceptability of Guiding AssumptionsPDF File ", in A. Donavan, L. Laudan and R. Laudan (eds.), Scrutinizing Science: Empirical Studies of Scientific Change (1988: Dordrecht, D. Reidel Publishing Company), pp. 201-217.

 “Ampère’s Invention of Equilibrium Apparatus: A Response to Experimental Anomaly”, The British Journal for the History of Science, (1987) vol. 20, pp. 309-341.

 “Ampère, Electrodynamics and Experimental Evidence”, OSIRIS, (1987), vol. 3, pp. 45-76.  

Office Hours

T/W/TH  9:00-10:00 & 1:30-3:00 
         & by appointment
M/F: by appointment

Current Course Schedule

LBST  302B: T/W/TH
10:30-1:20 in H 226