Working Groups

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.

For Spring, 2017, we will begin by considering recent proposals that favor creating a “consilience” between the sciences and the humanities, or “integrating” them. We will consider what the proposal means and assess its plausibility. Readings partly drawn from Edward Slingerland and Mark Collard (eds.), Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities (Oxford 2012).

  • Gary Hatfield

    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.

     

  • Miriam Solomon

    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.

     

Upcoming Meetings

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 -
    6:00pm to 7:30pm

Past Meetings

  • April 19, 2017

    Reading: Creating Consilience, chs. 19, Sugiyama and Sugyama, "Monster Stories," and 22, "Language, Cognition, and Literature." The "Afterword" is also recommended. Devin Curry will open the discussion.

  • March 22, 2017

    Reading: Creating Consilience, chs. 8, Darren Irwin, "Culture in Songbirds," and 9, Olivier Morin, "When Does Psychology Drive Culture?"; Philip G. Chase, "Human Culture Is More Than Memes," ch. 14, Evolution of Mind, Brain, and Culture. Andrew Payne led the discussion.

  • February 8, 2017

    Reading: Creating Consilience, chs. 5 and 7 (for and against methodological unity between humanistic and natural scientific approaches in cultural anthropology). 

  • January 11, 2017

    ​Gary Hatfield started the discussion of Creating Consilience, "Introduction", and Rudolf Makkreel, "Wilhelm Dilthey and the Neo-Kantians," Journal of the History of Philosophy 7 (1969), pp. 423-440. 

  • December 14, 2016

    Helen Longino, Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013). 

  • 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.

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