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Fifth Joint Workshop on Integrated History and Philosophy of Science ‘What is HPS for?’

Workshop   28.06.2010





Organised by

Supported by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, the British Society for the History of Science, the Mind Association and the five participating institutions: University of Exeter, Durham University, University College London, Cambridge University and University of Leeds.


Byrne House, University of Exeter

Event details


Monday 28 June

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:00 Welcome and introduction

14:00 – 15:30 Session 1: Complementary science Chair: Sabina Leonelli

14:00–14:20 Hasok Chang (UCL) on ‘complementary science’ 14:20–15:00 Comments by Gregory Radick (Leeds), Robin Hendry (Durham) and John Dupré (Exeter) 15:00–15:30 General discussion

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00 Session 2: What is HPS for? Chair: Staffan Mueller-Wille

16:00-16:20 Graeme Gooday and Gregory Radick (Leeds) 'HPS and the critical analysis of "intellectual property": A good-natured debate'

16:20-16:40 Pierre Olivier Méthot (Exeter) "HPS as Conceptual History: the Case of Virulence and its Relation to Disease" 16:40-17:00 Rachel Dunn (Durham) "Best of Both Worlds: Why HPS Matters" 17:00-17:20 Sorin Bangu (Cambridge) "Reducing Thermodynamics to Statistical Mechanics - an HPS perspective" 17:20-17:40 Josipa Petrunic and Michela Massimi (UCL) "Can HPS focus usefully on failed physics/mathematics?" 17:40-18:00 General Discussion

Drinks and dinner downtown

Tuesday 29 June

09:00 - 10:30 Session 3: Pluralism: Pros and Cons Chair: John Dupré

09:00 - 9:20 Maria Kon (Leeds) "What's Wrong with Pluralism, in Metaethics and (maybe) Philosophy of Science Too" 09:00 - 9:40 Ian Kidd (Durham) "Is it Intellectually Virtuous to be an Epistemic Pluralist?" 09:40-10:00 Catherine Kendig and Chiara Ambrosio (UCL) "Pluralism in investigative inquiry: lessons from Buffon and Peirce" 10:00-10:30 Stephen John (Cambridge) "Is pluralism too promiscuous for policy? The case of discrimination"

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Session 4: Making HPS Relevant Through Teaching Chair: Hasok Chang

11:00-11:20 Peter Vickers (Leeds) "Science Cross-Examined: HPS as Courtroom Drama" 11:20-11:40 Brendan Clarke (UCL) "Teaching and making mechanisms" 11:40-12:00 Dan Nicholson (Exeter) “Teaching the Philosophy of Biology” 12:00-12:30 General Discussion

12:30 Lunch

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