Center Discussion Group

Meeting time: Friday afternoons (about every other week - see calendar below), 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science library, 737 Heller Hall

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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Spring 2019

For Spring 2019, the Center Discussion Group will be reading Angela Potochnik's Idealization and the Aims of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Please secure a copy of the book through purchase or library loan if you plan to attend (chapter pdfs will not be posted). (Note: there is an electronic copy available from Wilson Library.) Professor Potochnik will visit toward the end of the semester and join our final session discussing her book (April 26). She also will give a colloquium presentation. Please note that our first session together will be the third Friday of the semester (2/8) and the second meeting will follow a week later (2/15).

February 8, 2019: Angela Potochnik's Idealization and the Aims of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2017) Chapter 1: Introduction: Doing Science in a Complex World pp. 1–22.

February 15, 2019: Angela Potochnik's Idealization and the Aims of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2017) Chapter 2: Complex Causality and Simplified Representation pp. 23–61.

March 1, 2019:

March 22, 2019: No meeting Spring Break

April 5, 2019:

April 19, 2019:

April 26, 2019: Angela PotochnikPhilosophy, University of Cincinnati will be visiting

 

Fall 2018

The Center Discussion Group will be reading Exploring Inductive Risk by Kevin C. Elliott and Ted Richards (2017).

September 7: Chapter 1 Exploring Inductive Rick: an introduction

September 21: Chapter 2 Weighing Inductive Risk 

October 5: Chapter 3 Decisions, Decisions: Inductive Risk and the Higgs Boson; Chapter 4 Dual-Use Research and Inductive Risk

October 12: Chapter 11 The Geography of Epistemic Risk

November 9: Chapter 5 Making Uncertainties Explicit  and Chapter 9 Inductive Risk and Values in Composite Outcome Measures 

November 30: Chapter 8 Safe or Sorry? Cancer Screening and Inductive Risk and Chapter 12 The Inductive Risk of “Demasculinization” Chapter 8 Safe or Sorry? Cancer Screening and Inductive Risk and Chapter 12 The Inductive Risk of “Demasculinization”

Previous Center Discussion Group topics