Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science

59th Annual Program
2018–2019

  • October 19th, 2018 | Emergence, Effectiveness, and Equivalence in Physics
  • October 29th, 2018 | A Processual Revolution in Biology
  • November 30th, 2018 | 100 Years of Emmy Noether’s Theorems
  • February 3rd – 4th, 2019 | The Future of Liberal Naturalism: The Legacies of Hilary and Ruth Anna Putnam
  • March 29th, 2019 | W. E. B. DuBois and History & Philosophy of Science
  • April 12th, 2019 | Perspectivalism in Philosophy of Mind & Philosophy of Science
  • April 25th, 2019 | Evolution and Ethics

Emergence, Effectiveness, and Equivalence in Physics

Friday, October 19th, 2018
Photonics Center, Room 901, 8 St. Mary’s Street
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Towards a Theory of Emergence for the Physical Sciences

          Sebastian De Haro
, Philosophy, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Lecture Slides

Emergence in Effective Field Theory and Quantum Gravity
          Karen Crowther,
Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland 

MP3

Lecture Slides

Equivalence and Emergence within Dualities in Physics
          Jeremy Butterfield, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, U.K.

MP3

Lecture Slides

Formal Analogies and Theoretical Equivalence
          Doreen Fraser, Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Canada

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  • Center Director Dr. Alisa Bokulich introduces the panel and the speakers for Emergence, Effectiveness, and Equivalence in Physics.

  • Dr. Sebastian De Haro on "Towards a Theory of Emergence for the Physical Sciences".

  • Dr. Karen Crowther on "Emergence in Effective Field Theory and Quantum Gravity".

  • Dr. Jeremy Butterfield on "Equivalence and Emergence within Dualities in Physics".

  • Dr. Doreen Fraser on "Formal Analogies and Theoretical Equivalence".

  • The panel of speakers, L-R: Dr. Sebastian De Haro, Dr. Doreen Fraser, Dr. Karen Crowther, Dr. Jeremy Butterfield, and CPHS Director Dr. Alisa Bokulich.

A Processual Revolution in Biology

Monday, October 29th, 2018
Kilachand Center, Room 101, 610 Commonwealth Ave
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Why There Are No Living Things
          John Dupré, Philosophy, University of Exeter, U.K.

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Lecture Slides

Abstractions from Time in Biological Methodologies
          Katherine Valde,
Philosophy, Boston University

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Lecture Slides

Stem Cells, Lineages, Processes
          Melinda Fagan
, Philosophy, University of Utah

MP3

Lecture Slides

It’s the Song, Not the Singer
          W. Ford Doolittle
, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Dalhousie, Canada

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  • Dr. John Dupre on "Why There Are No Living Things".

  • Dr. Melinda Fagan on "Stem Cells, Lineages, Processes".

  • BU Philosophy PhD candidate Katherine Valde on "Abstractions from Time in Biological Methodologies".

  • Dr. W. Ford Doolittle on "It's the Song, Not the Singer".

100 Years of Emmy Noether’s Theorems

Co-Sponsored by Physics Department

Friday, November 30th, 2018
Kilachand Center, Room 101, 610 Commonwealth Ave
1:00pm – 5:00pm

How It All Began: The Puzzle That Led to Noether’s Theorems
          Katherine Brading
, Philosophy, Duke University

MP3

Lecture Slides

The Conservation Theorems as Integral to Noether’s ‘True Mathematical Path’
          Colin McLarty
, Mathematics & Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University

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Lecture Slides

Conserving Color Charge
          Marian Gilton
, Logic & Philosophy of Science, University of California Irvine

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Lecture Slides

Noether’s Theorem and Quantum Gravity
          Daniel Harlow
, Physics, MIT

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The Future of Liberal Naturalism: The Legacies of Hilary & Ruth Anna Putnam

Co-sponsored by BU Center for Humanities and Philosophy Department

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
Kilachand Center Room 101, 610 Commonwealth Ave

1:00pm – 5:30pm 

Brief Remembrances:
         Patricia Herzog
and Anat Biletzki

Putnam’s Liberal Naturalism About Truth, Reference, and Language Use
          Gary Ebbs,
Philosophy, Indiana University Bloomington

Putnam’s Problem of Realism
          David Macarthur
, Philosophy, The University of Sydney, Australia

The Non-conceptual and Non-propositional Nature of Perception
          Ned Block
, Philosophy, Psychology, & Center for Neural Science, New York University

Monday, February 4th, 2019
Kilachand Center Room 101, 610 Commonwealth Ave

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Putnam’s Philosophies
          Mario De Caro
Philosophy, Tufts University & Università Roma Tre, Italy

 Semantic Externalism and the Many Faces of Realism
          Maria Baghramian,
Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland

Intended Interpretations in Mathematics
          Zeynep Soysal,
Philosophy, University of Rochester

Putnam on Conceptual Truths
         Jean-Philippe Narboux
, Philosophy, University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France

Other People and the World: The Legacy of Putnam’s Externalism
          Henri Wagner,
Philosophy, University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France

 

Silas Peirce Lecture

Sponsored by Silas Peirce Fund

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave
6:00 – 7:30pm

Henry David Thoreau’s Legacy of Resistance and Hope
          Laura Dassow Walls
, English, University of Notre Dame

 

W. E. B. DuBois and History & Philosophy of Science

Co-sponsored by African American Studies Program and Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Friday, March 29th, 2019
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 1st floor Mugar Library, 771 Commonwealth Ave

1:00pm – 6:00pm

W. E. B. Du Bois and the Challenge to Scientific Racism
          Evelynn Hammonds,
History of Science, Harvard University

W. E. B. Du Bois and Evolution, 1885–1909
          Trevor Pearce,
Philosophy, UNC Charlotte

Out of His Dogmatic Slumber: Du Bois’s Critique of Euromodern Human Science
          Lewis Gordon
, Philosophy, University of Connecticut

Du Bois’ Plan for Scientific Inquiry
           Liam Kofi Bright
, Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method, LSE, U.K.

 Visualizing Scientific Data on Race:  Du Bois and the 1900 Exhibit
          Whitney Battle-Baptiste,
Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

Perspectivalism in Philosophy of Mind & Philosophy of Science

Friday,  April 12th, 2019
STH B24 (Oxnam Room), 745 Commonwealth Ave.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Perspectival Nature of Scientific Representation
          Michela Massimi
, Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Models in Understanding
         Catherine Elgin,
Philosophy, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Perspectival Computational Models
         Mark Sprevak
, Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Views from Nowhere: Problems of Perspective in Contemporary Predictive Processing Accounts of Mind & Life
          Maria Brincker,
Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Boston

 

Evolution and Ethics

Co-sponsored by BU Center for Humanities and Philosophy Department

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
The Terrace Lounge, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave

9:00am – 12:30pm

Mammalian Morality?
           Kristin Andrews,
Philosophy, York University, Canada

The Evolution of Norms and Institutions
          Victor Kumar,
Philosophy, Boston University

Right and Good: On the Doxastic and Ecological Rationality of Deontic Rules
          Shaun Nichols,
Philosophy, University of Arizona

2:00 – 5:30

The Co-evolution of Moral Norms and Human Knowledge
          Richmond Campbell,
Philosophy, Dalhousie University, Canada

An Evolutionary Argument for Ethical Pluralism
          Allen Buchanan,
Philosophy, Duke University

Language, Food, and Morals
          Alexandra Plakias,
Philosophy, Hamilton College