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Tue Apr 5, 2016

HPS Colloquium-Richard Oosterhoff

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Location: 207 DeBartolo

The Wits of Idiots: Lay Knowledge of Nature in the Northern Renaissance

Before 'common sense' became a name for the untutored mind in the eighteenth century, renaissance intellectuals tempered their erudition by drawing on the 'idiota' as the source of immediate experience of God and nature. The 'idiota' became a central figure in late medieval devotional writing. Meanwhile, intellectuals picked up the 'idiota' as an example of immediate, self-taught knowledge, both to present a vision of wisdom outside traditional disciplines, and to ground natural knowledge in experience. This lecture will explore the theme of the 'idiota' in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries as a paradigm of immediate natural knowledge.…

Tue Apr 19, 2016

Robert Pennock

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Location: 207 DeBartolo

Upcoming lecture by Robert Pennock, a philosopher of science at Michigan State University, about "The Curious Character of the Scientist" on Tuesday, April 19th at 4:15 PM in 207 DeBartolo. Pennock will be presenting preliminary results from the Scientific Virtues Project, a national survey of leading scientists that examines the values they see as being central to exemplary scientific work.…

Wed Apr 20, 2016

Philosophy of Physics Workshop

Location: 400 Geddes Hall

University of Notre Dame Philosophy of Physics Workshop

April 20th-21st, 2016
400 Geddes Hall

12:00-1:00 Lunchtime brown bag talk: 

1:15-2:00 Jeremy Steeger: Sheaves, generalized probability, and the hierarchy of quantum contextuality Kapustin’s rigidity theorem for quantum 

3:00-3:45 Pablo Ruiz de Olano: Intimate connections: symmetries and conservation laws in quantum versus Black hole complementarity and the information loss paradox…

Thu Apr 21, 2016

Philosophy of Physics Workshop

Location: 400 Geddes Hall

University of Notre Dame Philosophy of Physics Workshop

April 20th-21st, 2016
400 Geddes Hall

12:00-1:00 Lunchtime brown bag talk: Bryan Roberts: Unreal Observables

1:15-2:00 Jeremy Steeger: Sheaves, generalized probability, and the hierarchy of quantum contextuality Kapustin’s rigidity theorem for quantum …

Eleanor Knox- Cushing Prize Lecturer

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Location: 207 DeBartolo

 Spacetime Functionalism

Abstract: Many (perhaps all) concepts in science are functional, but the idea that we should conceive of spacetime as whatever fills some functional role has not been much explored. Nonetheless, a functional conception of spacetime seems to be required by some theories of quantum gravity in which spacetime is non-fundamental. I'll argue that functionalism is also helpful in the context of classical spacetime theories; it has the potential to dissolve some old problems. I'll look at possible consequences of spacetime functionalism for the debate between the substantivalist and the relationist, and for various debates over the 'right' space in which to set a given theory.…

Fri Apr 22, 2016

NDIAS Workshop

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NDIAS workshop: The relationship of body and mind in late antique philosophy and theology…

Mon Apr 25, 2016

HPS Talk co-sponsored with NDIAS-Peter Harrison

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Location: 155 DeBartolo

“Religious Origins of Modern Science?

It is often thought that modern science developed largely independently of, or even in opposition to, religion.  Some historians, however, have suggested that religious factors played an important role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, and in giving science a central place in Western culture.  This lecture explores a number of ways in which religion might have had a positive impact on the emergence of modern science and in the establishment of its social and intellectual legitimacy. …

Tue Apr 26, 2016

Thu Apr 28, 2016