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, October 14, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Epstein, The Ant Trap
    Ch. 1-4

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

    Epstein, The Ant Trap
    Ch. 5-9

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

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

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

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections

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

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections

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

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections

Past Meetings

  • 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.

  • 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.
     

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