The History and Philosophy of Science

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This seminar is devoted to exploring substantive as well as methodological issues in the history and philosophy of science. Science is construed broadly and the issues considered range from epistemic and historiographic questions to issues of relevance and accountability. Topics include the presuppositions and practice of a range of life sciences, earth sciences, and social sciences as well as the physical sciences and mathematics. In the physical sciences its interests range from antiquity to contemporary quantum theory. In the life sciences and social sciences the fields considered include various forms of historical, evolutionary inquiry (in biology, geology, and the historical social sciences), biotechnology and ecology, economics, psychology and cognitive science, and interpretive social inquiry. The membership of this seminar includes scientists, philosophers, and historians. Most sessions take place in conjunction with the New York City History of Science Working Group.

Professor Matthew Jones

Sean O’Neil

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/26/2018 Columbia University
6:00 PM
Game Histories Otherwise: Notes from the “Little Silicone Valley”
Laine Nooney, New York University

10/17/2018 Columbia University
6:00 PM
Face/Off or On? Face Transplants and the Resistance to Categorization
Sharrona Pearl, University of Pennsylvania

11/28/2018 New York University
6:00 PM
Building Bodies on Paper: The Curiosity of Meridians & Neurophysiology
Lan Li, Columbia University

12/12/2018 New York University
6:00 PM
The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America 
Erika Milam, Princeton University

01/30/2019 Columbia University
6:00 PM
The striped layman: visual culture and the politics of vernacular medical knowledge in early German print.'
Tilman Tappe, Columbia University

02/27/2019 Columbia University
6:00 PM
Charted territories and unmapped science. How good ideas come without a place and originator. A Mid-Ming historians view.
Dagmar Schafer,

03/13/2019 New York University
6:00 PM
Renaissance geometry and the Platonic solids.
Noam Andrews, New York University

04/24/2018 New York University
6:00 PM
Pathologies of Blackness
Suman Seth, Cornell University