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59th Annual Lecture Series, 2018-19


Constructing Time from Space: Philosophy of Geologic Time
Alisa Bokulich
Boston University, Ctr. for Philosophy and History of Science
Friday, 5 Oct 2018, 3:30 pm

What Does 'It All' Mean?:  some questions about the physics of totality
Jenann Ismael
Columbia University, Dept. of Philosophy
Friday, 9 Nov, 2018, 3:30 pm

Science, Progress, and The Desire for Credit

Kevin Zollman
Carnegie Mellon University, Dept. of Philosophy
Friday, 25 Jan, 2019, 3:30 pm

ABSTRACT: Since the pioneering work of sociologist Robert Merton, scholars have been interested in how the desire for credit and acclaim influences science. For many decades, study of scientific motivation was mostly confined to sociologists and cultural studies. In recent years, philosophers have become intrigued. In this talk I argue that understanding acclaim and credit is intricately connected to both normative and descriptive philosophy of science. I will point to what is known – and what we still have to learn – about how the motivations of scientist inform the study of scientific method and the progress of science.

Prediction Versus Understanding in Computationally Enhanced Neuroscience

Mazviita Chirimuuta
University of Pittsburgh, Dept. of History & Philosophy of Science
Friday,15 Feb, 2019, 3:30 pm

Smart Search Through Complex Landscapes: Unification as a Methodological Strategy
Andrea Woody
University of Washington-Seattle, Dept. of Philosophy
Friday, 22 March, 2019, 3:30 pm

Explanatory chance
Mauricio Suarez
University Complutense-Madrid, Logic & Philosophy of Science
Friday, 5 April, 2019, 3:30 pm


The Annual Lecture Series is hosted by the Center for Philosophy of Science.

Generous financial support for this lecture series has been provided by
the Harvey & Leslie Wagner Endowment.      

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