History and Philosophy of Science
The History and Philosophy of Science Working Group is co-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 offices of the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Philadelphia from 6:15 to 7:45 on second Wednesdays.
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Gary Hatfield is Adam Seybert Professor in Moral and Intellectual Philosophy and Director of the Visual Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He works in the history of modern philosophy, the philosophy of psychology, theories of vision, and the philosophy of science. Read more about his research here.
Miriam Solomon is Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Temple University. Her research interests are in philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, history of science, epistemology, gender and science and biomedical ethics. Read more about her research here.
December 9, 2015
- This semester, the group will read Theodore Arabatzis's book Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities (Chicago, 2005). Please obtain your own copy and read chapters 6, 7, and 8 for this meeting.
- January 13, 2016
- February 10, 2016
- March 9, 2016
- April 13, 2016
- November 11, 2015
- The group will read chapters 4-5 of Theodore Arabatzis’s book Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities (Chicago, 2005).
- October 14, 2015
- The group read and discussed the introduction and chapters 1-3 of Theodore Arabatzis’s book Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities (Chicago, 2005).
- May 13, 2015
- Miriam Solomon of Temple University introduced Jutta Schickore, “More Thoughts on HPS: Another 20 Years Later,” Perspectives on Science 19 (4): 453-481.
- April 8, 2015
- Kevin Connolly of UPenn introduced Chapter 6 and Flavia Padovani of Drexel University introduced Chapter 7 of Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.
- February 25, 2015
- Louise Daoust of UPenn introduced Chapter 5 of Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.
- January 14, 2015
- Phillip Honenberger of CHSTM introduced chapter 4 of Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.
- December 10, 2014
- Nabeel Hamid of UPenn introduced Chapter 3 of Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.
- November 12, 2014
- Adam Knowles of Drexel introduced Chapter 2 of Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.
- October 8, 2014
- Gary Hatfield of UPenn introduced the Prologue and Chapter 1 of Daston and Galison’s Objectivity as well as a review of Objectivity by Ian Kidd from Philosophy in Review, 2009.
- May 14, 2014
- Phillip 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).