Center Discussion Group

Meeting time: Friday afternoons (about every other week - see calendar below), 1:30–3:00 p.m. 
Meeting place: online via Zoom

The Center discussion group (CtrDG) reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the philosophy of science, broadly construed. We have a tradition of reading works of important authors and then having them visit to discuss their work with the group. CtrDG visitors have included Nancy Cartwright, John Dupré, Margaret Morrison, Bas van Fraassen, William C. Wimsatt, and James Woodward, each of whose work we read during a semester preceding their separate visits.

Colleagues from area schools and fields outside philosophy regularly participate in our discussions. We continue to seek new participants. All faculty from the University of Minnesota and area colleges and universities are welcome to attend whenever they would like (and without invitation). Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students are also welcome to attend. For further information, contact Alan Love.

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Fall 2020

Please join our mailing list for the zoom invitation or email mcps@umn.edu

For Fall 2020, the Center Discussion Group will continue its collaboration with the Many Faces of Reproducibility project and read Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes (Princeton University Press, 2019). Please secure a copy of the book through purchase or library loan if you plan to participate. (Note: there is an electronic copy available online from Wilson Library that allows for multiple users simultaneously.)

September 18: Oreskes, N. 2019. Why Trust Science? (Princeton: Princeton University Press) Chapter 1 "Why Trust Science? Perspectives from the History and Philosophy of Science", pp. 15-43.

October 2: Oreskes, N. 2019. Why Trust Science? (Princeton: Princeton University Press) Chapter 1 "Why Trust Science? Perspectives from the History and Philosophy of Science", pp. 43-68, and Chapter 2 "Science Awry", pp. 69-127.

October 16: Oreskes, N. 2019. Why Trust Science? (Princeton: Princeton University Press) Chapter 2 "Science Awry", pp. 127-159.

October 30: Oreskes, N. 2019. Why Trust Science? (Princeton: Princeton University Press) Chapter 3 "The Epistemology of Frozen Peas" (Lindee), pp. 163-180, and Chapter 4 "What Would Reasons For Trusting Science Be?" (Lange), pp. 181-190.

November 13: Oreskes, N. 2019. Why Trust Science? (Princeton: Princeton University Press) Chapter 5 "Pascal's Wager Reframed" (Edenhofer/Kowarsch), pp. 191-201, and Chapter 6 "Comments on the Present and Future of Science, Inspired by Naomi Oreskes" (Krosnick), pp. 202-211.

December 4: Oreskes, N. 2019. Why Trust Science? (Princeton: Princeton University Press) Chapter 7 "Reply", pp. 215-244, and Afterword, pp. 245-255.

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