June 21, 2012 - June 24, 2012
The 9th biennial meeting of the International Society for the History of Philosophy and Science will take place on June 21-24, at the University of King's College, Halifax.
The International Society for the History of Philosophy and Science is devoted to promoting serious, scholarly rersearch on the history of of the philosophy of science, across related disciplines and in all historical periods.
The keynote lectures are open to the public:
21 June, 5.30-7.00 PM, Alumni Hall
Heinrich von Staden, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton: "Experimentation in ancient science? Concepts, theory and practice."
Heinrich von Staden has written on a variety of topics in ancient science, medicine, philosophy, and literary theory, from the fifth century BC to the fifth century AD. Drawing on a wide range of scientific , philosophical, and religious sources, he has contributed to the transformation of the history of ancient science and medicine, particularly of the Hellenistic period. His book, Herophilus: The Art of Medicine in Early Alexandria (1989), is a major contribution to the hisotry of Greek intellectual discourse. Current projects include a book on Erasistratus (one of the two early pioneers of human dissection), a study of the role of animals in ancient scientific theories and practices, and further work on the 'semantics of matter' in ancient science.
22 June, 5.30-7.00 PM, Alumni Hall
Ian Hacking, University of Toronto: "On rhetoric, and especially paradigms."
Ian Hacking's books include Logic of Statistical Inference, The Emergence of Probability, Why Does Language Matter to Philosophy? Representing and Intervening, The Taming of Chance (1990), Le plus pur nominalisme(1993), and The Social Construction of What (1999).
23 June, 5.30-7.00 PM, Alumni Hall
Kathleen Okruhlik, University of Western Ontario: "'Bridled irrationality': Historical antecedents of Bas van Fraassen's epistemic voluntarism
Kathleen Okruhlik investigates the ways in which even 'good science' is shaped by choices and values that have traditionally been considered external to the scientific enterprise. Her books include The Natural Philosophy of Leibniz (edited with J Brown, 1985) and Women and Reason (edited with E Harvey, 1992).
June 23, 2:15-5:15pm , Alumni Hall
The Special Plenary Symposium is also open to the public.
Reflections on Michael Friedman’s Kant and the Exact Sciences
Chair: Mary Domski
Emily Carson Kant, quantity, and figurative synthesis
Marius Stan Physics in Kant and the Exact Sciences: Twenty years later
Robert DiSalle Transcendental philosophy from a Newtonian perspective
Michael Friedman Reconsidering Kant and the Exact Sciences
This session will investigate the impact of the work of American philosopher and Frederick P. Rehmus Family Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, Michael Friedman
His work includes Kant and the Exact Sciences (1992), Reconsidering Logical Positivism (1999), A Parting of the Ways: Carnap, Cassirer, and Heidegger (2000), Dynamics of Reason: The 1999 Kant Lectures at Stanford University (2001), Immanuel Kant: Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (2004), The Kantian Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Science (2006). He is also the author of “Foundations of Space-Time Theories, which won the Machette Prize of the American Philosophical Association and was named among the best books of the year by the New York Times”.
For more details, go to the conference website.