History and Philosophy of Science

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Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • October 10, 2018

    We will be discussing Anya Plutynski's Explaining Cancer: Finding Order in Disorder (Oxford, 2018), Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2. Nabeel Hamid will open the discussion.

  • April 11, 2018

    This Spring, we read Lena Soler, Emiliano Trizio, and Andrew Pickering, eds., Science as it Could Have Been (Pittsburgh, 2015).  For our April 11 meeting, please read Chapters 12 ("The Science of Mind as It Could Have Been, by Bitbol and Petitmengen) and 14 ("On the Plurality of (Theoretical) World," by Levy-LeBlond). Iaan Reynolds (Villanova) will introduce ch. 12, and Noel Swanson (Delaware) ch. 14.

  • March 14, 2018

    This Spring, we read Lena Soler, Emiliano Trizio, and Andrew Pickering, eds., Science as it Could Have Been (Pittsburgh, 2015).  For our March 14 meeting, please read Chapters 3, 4, and 6, by Pickering, Trizio, and Collins respectively. Tawrin Baker (UPenn) introduced the readings.

  • February 14, 2018

    This Spring we will be reading:
    Lena Soler, Emiliano Trizio, and Andrew Pickering, eds., Science as it Could
    Have Been (Pittsburgh, 2015). For the first meeting, please read Chapters 1 and 2.
    Noel Swanson (U of Delaware) lead the discussion.

  • December 13, 2017

    Chapters 9 and 10 and Conclusion of About Method
    Jutta Schickore (Indiana) joined the group for the final discussion of her book.

  • November 8, 2017

    Chapters 5-8 of About Method.  The discussion was opened by Tawrin Baker (UPenn)

  • October 11, 2017

    Introduction and Chapters 1-4 of Jutta Schickore's About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically (Chicago, 2017).  The discussion was opened by Miriam Solomon.

  • 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 opened 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). 

Group Conveners

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    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.


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    Noel Swanson

    Noel Swanson is an associate professor in the philosophy department at the University of Delaware, working on the philosophy of physics, science, and logic. His current research focuses on the conceptual foundations of quantum field theory. 


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