Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science
31st Annual Program

Main Events directory, single talk events not included in anchor list. Full details below.


What is Elementary Logic? An Inaugural Lecture

September 18, 1990
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Jaakko Hintikka, Boston University

    Commentator: Charles Parsons Harvard University

  • Chairman: Abner Shimony

    [In Association with the Department of Philosophy]

Struik on Struik: Some Fundamental Problems of the History and Sociology of Mathematics

October 9, 1990
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Dirk Struik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Commentators: Joan Richards Brown University

  • Barbara G. Rosencrantz, Harvard Univerisity

  • Silvan S. Schweber, Brandeis University

    Chairman: Robert S. Cohen

There are No Anti-Realists in the Laboratory

October 16, 1990
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Allan Franklin, University of Colorado

  • Chairman: Jeffrey Coulter

    [In Association with the Department of Sociology]

Lacan et Heidegger

October 17, 1990
East Balcony
George Sherman Union

  • Elisabeth Roudinesco, University of Paris

  • Chairman: Jeffrey Mehlman, Boston University

    [In Association with the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures]

Numeration and the Number in Pronto-Cuneiform Symbolic Systems: The Mesopotamian Evidence in Favor of a Constructivist Perspective on the Origin of Number

October 30, 1990
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Peter Damerow, Max-Plank-Institut fur Bildungsforschung, Berlin

    Commentator: Judson Webb, Boston University and Robert Davis, Rutgers University

  • Chairman: Robert S. Cohen

Is the Sociology of Knowledge Fundamentally Mistaken?

November 6, 1990
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Robert Nola, University of Auckland and Boston University

    Commentator: Kurt Wolff Brandeis University

  • Chairman: Richard Sens

Locality, Imaginary Numbers, Bell’s Inequality, and Relativistic Quantum Field Theory

November 27, 1990
East Balcony
George Sherman Union

  • Simon Saunders, Harvard University

    Commentator: Abner Shimony Boston University

  • Chairman: Kenneth Brecher

Problem Doman, Taxonomy, and Comparativity in Histories of Science

December 4, 1990
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Dawie Fu, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan

    Commentator: Peter Buck Harvard University

  • Chairman: Thomas Glick

The Meaning of General Covariance: The Hole Story

January 22, 1991
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • John Stachel, Boston University

    Commentator: Stanley Deser Brandeis University

  • Chairman: Charles Willis

Scientific Explanation in the Phaedo

January 29, 1991
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Christopher Rowe, University of Bristol

    Commentator: Martha Nussbaum Brown University

  • Chairman: Aryeh L. Motzkin

Evolutionary Implications of Epigenetic Inheritance

February 12, 1991
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Eva Jablonka, Tel Aviv University

    Commentator: Ernst Mayr Harvard University

  • Chairman: Alfred Tauber

Rethinking the Scientific Revolution

February 26, 1991
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Peter Barker, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Commentator: Jurgen Renn Boston University

  • Chairman: Owen Gingerich

On Writing Scientific Biographies

March 12, 1991
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Silvan S. Schweber, Brandeis University

    Commentator: Roger Shattuck Boston University

  • Chairman: Victor Kestenbaum

Haldane, Fisher, Wright, and Evolutionary Biology

March 19, 1991
Terrace Lounge
George Sherman Union

  • Sahotra Sarkar, Boston University

    Commentator: Richard Lewontin Harvard University

  • Chairman: Robert Tamarin

In Memory of Hans Reichenbach: A Centenary Symposium

April 2, 1991
745 Commonwealth Ave, Boston University
Emerson Hall, Harvard University

  • Michael Friedman, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle

  • Adolf Grunbaum, University of Pittsburgh

  • Wesley Salmon, University of Pittsburgh

  • Abner Shimony, Boston University

  • Hilary Putnam, Harvard University

  • Ruth Anna Putnam, Wellesley College

  • Guests of Honor: C.G. Hempel and Maria Reichenbach
  • Chairman: Robert S. Cohen
    [In association with the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University]

How Crucial is the Quest for Consensus?

April 9, 1991
Room 525
School of Theology

  • Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh

    Commentator: James Schmidt Boston University

  • Chairman: Klaus Brinkmann

The Philosophy and History of Molecular Biology: New Perspectives

April 15-16, 1992

  • The Development and Spread of Molecular Genetics in the United Kingdom

    Robert Olby 

  • The Transition from Biochemistry to Molecular Biology

    Richard Burian 

  • Molecular Biology in the 1950’s: Recollections and Reflections

    Matthew Meselon 

  • TBA

    Joshua Lederberg 

  • Schools of Thought and Research Traditions in Molecular Biology

    Pnina Abir-Am 

  • The Molecularization of Developmental Biology: A History

    Scott Gilbert 

  • Representing, Interviewing, and Molecularizing

    Lily Kay 

  • Reduction and Anti-Reduction in the History of Molecular Biology

    Sahotra Sarkar 

  • Molecular Biology in France: Historical Case Studies

    Doris Zallen 

  • TBA

    Kenneth Schaffner 

  • Recombinant DNA and Social Concerns During the Seventies

    Jonathan Beckwith 

  • The Scientific Origins of the Human Genome Initiative

    Walter Gilbert