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 6:15 to 7:45 on second Wednesdays.

For Spring, 2017, we will begin by considering recent proposals that favor creating a “consilience” between the sciences and the humanities, or “integrating” them. We will consider what the proposal means and assess its plausibility. Readings partly drawn from Edward Slingerland and Mark Collard (eds.), Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities (Oxford 2012).

  • 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.


  • Miriam Solomon

    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

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • January 16, 2013

    Flavia Padovani introduced Scientific Philosophy as a Topic for History of Science (2008) by Alan Richardson and On Scientific Observation (2008) by Lorraine Daston

  • November 28, 2012

    Gary Hatfield introduced Don Howard's Philosophy of Science and the History of Science from the 2011 anthology edited by Steven French and Juha Saatsi, The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science.

  • October 10, 2012

    Miriam Solomon introduced two chapters from Histories of Scientific Observation eds. Lorraine Daston and Elizabeth Lunbeck (Chicago, 2011): Seeing is Believing: Professor Vagner's Wonderful World by Michael D. Gordin (chp. 5) and Frogs on the Mantlepiece: The Practice of Observation in Daily Life by Mary Terrall (chp. 7).

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