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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.

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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.


Upcoming Meetings

December 14, 2016

​This Fall​ we will be reading Helen Longino's Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013). The author will join us to discuss her book on December 14.



Past Meetings


November 9, 2016

Devin Curry introduced Chapters 5-8 of Helen Longino’s Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

October 12, 2016

Nabeel Hamid introduced Chapters 1-4 of Helen Longino’s Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

March 30, 2016

Nancy Nersessian joined the group by Skype for discussion of her Creating Scientific Concepts (MIT Press, 2010), chapters 1 through 6.

March 9, 2016

The group read Nancy Nersessian’s Creating Scientific Concepts (MIT Press, 2010), chapters 3 & 4, and Gary Hatfield gave comments to open the discussion.

February 10, 2016

The group read Nancy Nersessian’s Creating Scientific Concepts (MIT Press, 2010), chapters 1 & 2.

January 13, 2016

Kevin Connelly of UPenn lead a discussion of Theodore Arabatzis, Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities (Chicago, 2005), chapter 9.

December 9, 2015

Babak Ashrafi, Consortium for HSTM, lead a discussion of Theodore Arabatzis, Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities (Chicago, 2005), chapters 6, 7, and 8.

November 11, 2015

Gary Hatfield introduced chapters 4-5 of Theodore Arabatzis, Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities (Chicago, 2005).

October 14, 2015

Nabeel Hamid introduced chapters 1-3 of Theodore Arabatzis, 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).

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