Reilly Center Director to teach summer course on Einstein’s philosophy of science

Author: Jessica Baron

Reilly Center director and professor of philosophy Don Howard will teach a week-long interdisciplinary summer course on Albert Einstein’s philosophy of science in Tübingen, Germany. The course, which will run from July 30-August 3, 2012, will include a diverse array of graduate students and junior scientists from around the world, including many from top history and/or philosophy of science graduate programs in North and South America and Europe.

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In “Einstein’s Philosophy of Science,” Prof. Howard and his students will go beyond Einstein’s monumental works in physics and explore his philosophy, including some classical themes of Einstein’s epistemology: the principle theories/constructive theories distinction, the epistemological holism, the belief in simplicity as a guide to truth, the dialectic between realism, locality and separability in quantum mechanics. By reading Einstein as a philosopher-physicist, Howard and his students will discuss the ways in which Einstein’s writings reveal a coherent and original synthesis and will discuss his enormous influence on the emergence of philosophy of science as a separate discipline within philosophy in the twentieth century.

In addition to his roles at the University of Notre Dame, Prof. Howard is also the co-editor of the Einstein Studies series and has served as as an assistant editor of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. He has also released a lecture series through The Teaching Company’s Great Courses program called “Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian.”

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