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 6:30 to 8:00 on second Wednesdays.
 

 

Upcoming Meetings

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  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

    Epstein, The Ant Trap
    Ch. 10-12 (Ch. 13 optional)


  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections


  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections


  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EDT

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections



Past Meetings

  • November 11, 2020

    Epstein, The Ant Trap
    Ch. 5-6, 8-9 (Ch. 7 optional)

  • October 14, 2020

    Epstein, The Ant Trap
    Ch. 1-4

  • May 13, 2020

    (Cancelled)

  • April 15, 2020

    (Cancelled)
    Epstein, The Ant Trap
    TBA, selections from Ch. 10-16

  • March 11, 2020

    Epstein, The Ant Trap
    Ch. 5-9

  • February 12, 2020

    Epstein, The Ant Trap
    Ch. 1-4

  • December 11, 2019

    de Regt, Understanding Scientific Understanding
    Ch. 5-7
    Choose the case study that is most interesting to you. Gary, Babak, and Noel will lead a discussion of each chapter.

  • November 13, 2019

    de Regt, Understanding Scientific Understanding
    Chapter 4

  • October 16, 2019

    NOTE SPECIAL DATE
    de Regt, Understanding Scientific Understanding
    Chapter 2 (Chapter 3 optional)

  • April 10, 2019

    We will read Alexander Reutlinger and Juha Saatsi (eds.) Explanation Beyond Causation (Oxford, 2018), Chapers 5 and 6 (by Michael Strevens and Jim Woodward, respectively).
    We will meet from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Consortium (431 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia).   Pizza and soda will be served.

Group Conveners

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    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.

     

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    Noel Swanson

    Noel Swanson is an assistant 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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