Giere Memorial Lecture in Philosophy of Science

Giere Memorial lecture logo, black text on tan stone background with arrows and box representing the mapping work of Ron Giere

MCPS is pleased to announce the Ronald Giere memorial lecture in philosophy of science, made possible by an estate gift from former MCPS director Ronald Giere, who passed away in 2020.

Giere taught in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University (Bloomington) before moving to the University of Minnesota in 1987 as Professor of Philosophy and MCPS Director. He was widely known for his work on models and scientific representation, articulated in books such as Scientific Perspectivism (2006), which emphasized how models are like maps that represent the world based on the conventions and purposes of the scientists who create them. As a result, they always offer particular and limited points of view. Ron edited several volumes in the Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science, such as Cognitive Models of Science (1992) and Origins of Logical Empiricism (1996). He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a long-time member of the editorial board of the journal Philosophy of Science, and past president of the Philosophy of Science Association. Ron’s book Understanding Scientific Reasoning, now in its fifth edition, was designed to impart intellectual skills for understanding and evaluating science; it is still used as a textbook for the undergraduate course PHIL 1005 Scientific Reasoning.