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. During Fall 2017, we will be reading Jutta Schickore's About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically" (Chicago, 2017).
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.
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 (all times Eastern)
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:15pm
Chapters 5-8 of About Method. The discussion will be opened by Tawrin Baker (UPenn)
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 6:15pm
Chapters 9 and 10 and Conclusion of About Method
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 will be 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 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.