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 6:30 to 8:00 on second Wednesdays.

To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.

 

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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. 

     

Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    de Regt, Understanding Scientific Understanding
    Chapter 4

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    de Regt, Understanding Scientific Understanding
    TBD (selected from Chapters 5-7)

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    TBA

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    TBA

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    TBA

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    NOTE SPECIAL DATE
    TBA

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    TBA

Past Meetings

  • 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.

  • March 13, 2019

    We will read Alexander Reutlinger and Juha Saatsi (eds.) Explanation Beyond Causation (Oxford, 2018), Chapers 7 and 8 (by Alisa Bokulich and Mazviita Chirimuuta, respectively).
    We will meet from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Consortium (431 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia).   Pizza and soda will be served.
     

  • February 13, 2019

    This Spring we will read Alexander Reutlinger and Juha Saatsi (eds.) Explanation Beyond Causation (Oxford, 2018). (This came in second in our voting last summer). For February 13, please read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3 (about 70 pages total). (I will not be circulating PDFs, but have no objection if someone else wants to.) Noel Swanson will lead the discussion.
    We will meet from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Consortium (431 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia).   Pizza and soda will be served.
     

  • December 12, 2018

    We will be reading Anya Plutynski's Explaining Cancer: Finding Order in Disorder (Oxford, 2018) Chapters 5, 6, and Conclusion. Anya Plutynski will Skype in for the discussion.

  • November 14, 2018

    We will be reading Anya Plutynski's Explaining Cancer: Finding Order in Disorder (Oxford, 2018) Chapters 3 and 4. Ashley Inglehart will open the discussion.

  • 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.