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

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • 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

  • 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

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