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Mon Feb 13, 2017

Reilly Center Twilight @ Reckers: Meet, Greet, and Smoothies!


Location: Reckers

Reilly Center Twilight @ Reckers

Monday February 13th 5 – 7 PM


  • Grab a free treat from the open Smoothie Bar!
  • Meet other students in the Reilly Arts and Letters / Engineering Dual Degree Program and Science, Technology and Values Minor.
  • Talk with faculty about opportunities to pursue your own research projects or build a to-your-interest directed readings course at the Reilly Center.

Thu Feb 23, 2017

What Does Virtue Have to do With Science? A Conversation About Virtue Ethics and the History of Science


Location: 104-106 McKenna Hall

A Panel Discussion


Dr. Tom Stapleford, Associate Professor, PLS; Dr. Philip Mirowski ,Koch Professor, HPS; Dr. Lynn Joy, Professor, Philosophy; Dr. Chris Hamlin, Professor, History


Thomas Stapleford and Dan Hicks have recently argued (Isis Sept. 2016) that Alasdair MacIntyre’s virtue ethics and portrayal of communal practices provide a novel and effective means for historians of science to frame some big questions in historiography: the significance of studying scientific practice

Fri Feb 24, 2017

HPS Brownbag: Martin Carrier


Location: 106 O'Shaughnessy

Agnotological Challenges: How to Capture the Production of Ignorance in Science

Martin Carrier, Universität Bielefeld

Agnotology concerns the creation and preservation of confusion and ignorance. Certain positions are advocated in order to promote economic, political, or metaphysical interests with the result of creating mock controversies or maintaining unjustified agreement. I propose to identify agnotological ploys by  examining the discrepancy between the conclusions suggested by the design of a study and the conclusions actually drawn or intimated. Agnotological ploys are characterized by the unrecognized difference between those issues for which a study is sensitive and those issues that feature in its interpretation. This mechanism of “false advertising” serves to implement agnotological endeavors and helps to identify them without having to invoke the motivations of the relevant agents. Pinpointing such endeavors is a means for weeding out approaches that look fitting at first glance, but are blatantly inappropriate, in fact. Pinpointing agnotological approaches helps transform a pluralist manifold of contrasting accounts into a manageable range of alternatives.…

Mon Feb 27, 2017

Science, Medicine, Technology and Society: Undergraduate Research Panel


Location: Geddes Hall B36

            Science, Medicine, Technology and Society: Undergraduate Research Panel

                             Monday, 27 February

                             5 – 7 PM

                             Geddes Hall B36

               We’ll provide dinner, too!



Julia Erdlen, Gender Inequality and the Nobel Prize

Fri Mar 3, 2017

Wed Mar 22, 2017

Alan Schwarz Public Lecture - Head Games: The Inside Story of Football’s Concussion Crisis


Location: Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium

HEAD GAMES The Inside Story of Football’s Concussion Crisis


• How one New York Times sportswriter exposed a massive N.F.L. cover-up, forced Congressional hearings and revolutionized sports safety.
• Exclusive league documents, notes and audio from real-time interviews with commissioner Roger Goodell and more.

Thu Mar 23, 2017

HPS Graduate Student Workshop


Location: 101 DeBartolo

HPS Graduate Student Workshop, March 2017
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
101 DeBartolo, 12.30pm - 4.00pm


Nevin Climenhaga A Bayesian Network Analysis of Teleological Explanation 12.30pm - 1.00pm

Corey Dethier William Whewell's Semantic Account of Induction 1.05pm - 1.35pm

Char Brecevic What Is the Sex in Sex Difference? 1.40pm - 2.10pm…

Cushing Memorial Lecture


Location: 320 DeBartolo

The 2016 James T. Cushing Memorial Prize in History and Philosophy of Physics was awarded to Dr. Adam Caulton, currently assistant professor at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, for his paper, “The Role of Symmetry in the Interpretation of Physical Theories,” published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Fri Mar 24, 2017

Philosophy of Physics Workshop


Location: 160 Mendoza

Physics Old and New: Historical and Critical Perspectives on Physics and the Philosophy of Nature

Workshop in Honor of Katherine Brading

March 24, 2017

160 Mendoza

Lecture 8:00am-3:00pm   

with Mary Domsky (University of New Mexico), George Smith (Tufts), Alison Petermen (Rochester), Nick Huggett (University of Chicago), David John Baker (University of Michigan), and Tom Pashby (University of Chicago)…

Mon Mar 27, 2017

Thu Mar 30, 2017

HPS Colloquium- Richard Bellon


Location: 105 Pasquerilla Center

HPS Colloquium Presented by: Richard Bellon, Assistant Professor of History, Michigan State University


A Hodge-Podge of Philosophers and the Oxford Malignants: Science and High-Church Theology in the Age of Darwin

In June of 1832 Charles Darwin was in Rio de Janeiro when the second meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science took place in Oxford. This meeting unleashed cultural and religious politics that influenced deeply the context in which Darwin would develop and communicate his theory of evolution by natural selection. The Oxford high churchmen John Keble and John Henry Newman watched aghast as men of science of all variety of religious affiliation congregated in their Anglican university. They were particularly disgusted that Oxford granted honorary degrees to what Keble dismissed as a “hodge-podge of philosophers” (Michael Faraday, David Brewster, Robert Brown and John Dalton), none

Sun Apr 2, 2017

Mon Apr 3, 2017