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 recent journal articles in history and philosophy of science, broadly construed.


Group Conveners

Miriam Solomon

Noel Swanson

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Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • April 10, 2024

    David Beer, "The Problem of Researching a Recursive Society: Algorithms, Data Coils, and the Looping of the Social" (2022, Big Data & Society)
    Beatrice Fazi, "Beyond Human: Deep Learning, Explainability, and Representation" (2021, Theory, Culture, & Society)

  • March 13, 2024

    Adam Koberinski & Chris Smeenk, "The Cosmological Constant and the Limits of Effective Field Theory" (2023, Philosophy of Science)

  • February 7, 2024

    Wendy Parker, "The Epistemic Projection Approach to Values in Science" (2024, Philosophy of Science)

  • December 13, 2023

    James Lowe and David Ingram, "DNA Barcoding and the Changing Ontological Commitments of Taxonomy" (2023, Biology and Philosophy)

  • November 8, 2023

    James Woodward, "Modelling Interventions in Multi-Level Causal Systems: Supervenience, Exclusion and Underdetermination" (2022, European Journal for Philosophy of Science)

  • October 11, 2023

    Ryan Neftd, "Motivating a Scientific Modelling Continuum: The case of natural models in the Covid-19 pandemic" (2023, Philosophy of Science)

  • May 18, 2022

    Discussion with Prof. Richardson (no new reading)

  • April 13, 2022

    Richardson, The Maternal Imprint, Ch. 7-9

  • March 9, 2022

    Richardson, The Maternal Imprint, Ch. 4-6 (Ch. 3 optional)

  • February 9, 2022

    Richardson, The Maternal Imprint, Ch. 1-2