Monday, June 14, 2010

‘What is HPS for?’ 28-29 June 2010

Fifth Joint Workshop on Integrated History and Philosophy of Science
ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society
Byrne House, University of Exeter

The event is free and open to all, however we would be grateful if you could register in advance to give us an idea of the numbers. To register, contact Egenis secretary Laura Dobb ( All information about travel, accommodation, student funding and the programme can be found on the workshop webpage:,23542,en.html

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 (Leeds) "How an HPS perspective can help in the present controversies over intellectual property"
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 (UCL) "Can HPS focus usefully on failed physics/mathematics?"
17:40-18:00 General Discussion
Drinks and dinner downtown

Tuesday 29 June
9:00 - 10:30 Session 3: Pluralism: Pros and Cons. Chair: John Dupré
9:00-9:20 Maria Kon (Leeds) "What's Wrong with Pluralism, in Metaethics and (maybe) Philosophy of Science Too"
9:20-9:40 Ian Kidd (Durham) "Is it Intellectually Virtuous to be an Epistemic Pluralist?"
9:40- 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

1 comment:

  1. Philosophy of Science has always been the resort of failed mathematicians. These people have failed in their maths because they were not taught the subject properly and intensively between the crucial ages of 10 to 15.