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Thu Dec 1, 2016

Reilly Center Holiday Party


Location: Eck Visitors Center

Please join the Reilly Center celebrate the Holiday Season.  We will be hosting an open house at Eck Visitors Center on Thursday, December 1 from 3:00pm-6:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to join us in the auditiorium at 5:30 for an HPS Colloquium talk presented by Alisa Bokulich.  …

HPS Colloquium - Alisa Bokulich


Location: Eck Center Auditorium

The ontic conception of explanation, according to which explanations are "full-bodied things in the world," is fundamentally misguided.  I argue instead for what I call the eikonic conception of scientific explanation...

Alisa Bokulich is the director of B.U.’s Center for Philosophy & History of Science.

Fri Dec 2, 2016

HPS Brownbag- Scott Trigg


Location: 118 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Reading the Cosmos:

Commentaries and the Education of an Islamic Astronomer

Scott Trigg

 History and Philosophy of Science Postdoctoral Fellow


Late medieval Islamic commentaries are a potentially rich but little-used source for historians to explore how ideas about science and religion were transmitted, criticized, and revised both in and outside of formal educational institutions. In this paper, I discuss examples taken from the previously unstudied commentaries of Fatḥallāh al-Shirwānī, a 15th c. astronomer and theologian who trained at the famous Samarqand observatory and was associated with the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II in Istanbul. In particular, Shirwānī’s commentary on Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s al-Tadhkira fī ʿilm al-hayʾa