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History and Philosophy of Science

The History and Philosophy of Science Working Group is organized with the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium.  The group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.  Meetings are usually held at the Center from 6:15 to 7:45 on second Wednesdays.

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Upcoming Meetings

October 8, 2014

The group will read Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.  Please obtain your own copy and read the Prologue and Chapter 1 for the 10/8 meeting.  Gary Hatfield will introduce these as well as a review of Objectivity by Ian Kidd from Philosophy in Review, 2009.


November 12, 2014

TBA

December 10, 2014

TBA

January 14, 2015

TBA

February 11, 2015

TBA

March 11, 2015

TBA

April 8, 2015

TBA

May 13, 2015

TBA


Past Meetings


May 14, 2014

Philip Honenberger introduced a final set of selections from Erkenntnis (2011) v75, “What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?”

April 9, 2014

Louise Daoust of UPenn introduced selections from Erkenntnis (2011) v75, “What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?”

March 26, 2014

Steve Kimbrough of UPenn will introduce selections from Erkenntnis (2011) v75, “What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?”

February 12, 2014

Nabeel Hamid of UPenn will introduce two selections from Erkenntnis (2011) v75:  “Remembering (Short-Term) Memory: Oscillations of an Epistemic Thing” by Uljana Feest and “The Significance of Re-Doing Experiments:A Contribution to Historically Informed Methodology” by Jutta Schickore.

December 11, 2013

Nabeel Hamid of UPenn introduced William Wimsatt’s (1981) paper “Robustness, Reliability, and Overdetermination” and Thomas Nickles’ “Dynamic Robustness and Design in Nature and Artifact”, both from Characterizing the Robustness of Science: After the Practice Turn in Philosophy of Science, eds. Lena Soler, et. al., Springer 2012.

November 13, 2013

Gary Hatfield of UPenn introduced “The Solidity of Scientific Achievements,” by Lena Soler, and “Achieving Robustness to Confirm Controversial Hypotheses: A Case Study in Cell Biology” by Trizio Emiliano, both from Characterizing the Robustness of Science: After the Practice Turn in Philosophy of Science, eds. Lena Soler, et. al., Springer 2012.

October 10, 2013

Miriam Solomon of Temple University introduced Jacob Stegenga, “Rerum Concordia Discors: Robustness and Discordant Multimodal Evidence” and Mieke Boon, “Understanding Scientific Practices: The Role of Robustness Notions,” both from Characterizing the Robustness of Science: After the Practice Turn in Philosophy of Science, eds. Lena Soler, et. al., Springer 2012.
April 10, 2013

Gary Hatfield of UPenn introduced his Was the Scientific Revolution Really a Revolution in Science as well as Is it time to forget science?  Reflections on Singular Science and its history by Jan Golinski and Science is Dead: Long Live Science by Peter Dear

March 13, 2013

Emily Parke introduced Detecting Themes and Variations: The Use of Cases in Developmental Biology by Rachel Ankeny and Case Studies: One Observation or Many?  Justification or Discovery? by Mary Morgan

February 13, 2013

Matthew Lund introduced Ron Giere’s History and Philosophy of Science: Thirty Five Years Later (2012) and Alan Richardson’s From Troubled Marriage to Uneasy Co-Location (2012 )

January 16, 2013

Flavia Padovani introduced Scientific Philosophy as a Topic for History of Science (2008) by Alan Richardson and On Scientific Observation (2008) by Lorraine Daston

November 28, 2012 (note special day)

Gary Hatfield introduced Don Howard’s Philosophy of Science and the History of Science from the 2011 anthology edited by Steven French and Juha Saatsi, The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science.

October 10, 2012

Miriam Solomon introduced two chapters from Histories of Scientific Observation eds. Lorraine Daston and Elizabeth Lunbeck (Chicago, 2011): Seeing is Believing: Professor Vagner’s Wonderful World by Michael D. Gordin (chp. 5) and Frogs on the Mantlepiece: The Practice of Observation in Daily Life by Mary Terrall (chp. 7).

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