Archives: 2010–2011

Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science
51st Annual Program

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Empiricism, Then and Now

Friday, September 24, 2010
4:00pm-6:00pm
Barristers Hall, Law School
765 Commonwealth Ave.

Flyer - Empiricism, Past and Present - 09.24.10-page-001

Pierre Wagner Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Research Fellow, Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University

Commentator: Cheryl Chen Philosophy, Harvard University

The Robert S. Cohen Forum: Contemporary Issues in Science Studies

50 Years of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science

Friday, October 22, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Barristers Hall, Law School
765 Commonwealth Ave.

50YearsCPHS

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  • Robert Cohen, "Founding the Center and Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science"

  • Alisa Bokulich, Abner Shimony, and Gregg Jaeger

  • Ernan McMullin and Abner Shimony

  • Peter Bokulich, John & Evelyn Stachel, Ernan McMullin, Robert Cohen, and Heather Douglas

  • Robert Cohen, Heather Douglas, Alan Richardson, Ted Richards, Abner and Ethan Shimony

  • Abner and Manana Shimony, Steven Karbank

  • Robert Cohen, Heather Douglas, Alan Richardson, Ted Richards, and in front: Steven Karbank, Tian Yu Cao, Michael Cohen, Debra Nails, Alisa Bokulich

  • Tian Yu Cao and Michael Cohen

  • Debra Nails, Alisa Bokulich, Yann Benétreau-Dupin, and Peter Bokulich

Morning Session, 9:30am-12:30pm

  • From Vienna Circle to Harvard Square and to Boston University

    Gerald Holton Physics and History of Science, Harvard University

  • Founding the Center and Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science

    Robert Cohen Philosophy and Physics, Boston University

  • You Must Remember This: Highlights from the Last 50 Years

    John Stachel Center for Einstein Studies and Physics, Boston University

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  • Reminiscences

    Abner Shimony Philosophy and Physics, Boston University

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Afternoon Session, 2:00pm-5:00pm

  • American Philosophers of Science At Work in the 1950s: Philipp Frank, Ernest Nagel, and the Prospects for an Empirical History of Philosophy of Science in America

    Alan Richardson Philosophy, University of British Columbia

  • Creating the Disciplinary Space of Philosophy of Science: A History of the PSA before 1970

    Heather Douglas Philosophy, University of Tennessee

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  • Philosophy of Science Breaks Loose: Some Milestones

    Ernan McMullin History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame

    Handout

 

The Alfred I. Tauber Forum:

The Race Debate in Public Health Genomics

Friday, November 12, 2010
Barristers Hall, Law School, 765 Commonwealth Ave.

Flyer - Race Debate - 11.12.

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Morning Session, 9:00am–12:00pm

  • Reexamining the Biological Race Debate

    Quayshawn Spencer Philosophy, University of San Francisco

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  • Race and IQ in a Genomic Age

    Sarah Richardson History of Science & Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University

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  • What is the ‘Environment’ in Gene-Environment Interaction?: Implications for Health Disparities Research

    Sara Shostak Sociology, Brandeis University

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Afternoon Session, 2:00pm–5:00pm

  • Race for Cures: Ethnic Drugs as Public Health?

    Ruha Benjamin Sociology, Boston University

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  • Excavating Difference: Race and Drugs in the Age of Personal Genomics

    Sandra Soo-Jin Lee Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University School of Medicine

  • Race and the Other Possibilities for Personalized Medicine

    David Jones Science, Technology and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Animal Minds: Methodological Issues in Cognitive Ethology

Friday, February 11, 2011
Barristers Hall, Law School
765 Commonwealth Ave.

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  • Opening of the session by Alisa Bokulich, Director of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science

  • Irina Meketa (Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy at Boston University), Moderator

  • Erin Saidel, Department of Philosophy, George Washington University

  • Irene M. Pepperberg, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, and Brandeis University, Harvard University

  • Dale Jamieson, Department of Philosophy, Department of Environmental Studies, and School of Law, New York University

  • Diana Reiss, Department of Psychology,Hunter College, and the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY

  • Marc Bekoff, Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Mark Beckoff with Bessie, a rescued dairy cow at Farm Sanctuary, Orland, California

  • Marc Bekoff with a European gray wolf at a sanctuary near Budapest, Hungary

  • Colin Allen, Department of History & Philosophy of Science and Program in Cognitive Science, Indiana University, Bloomington

  • Alisa Bokulich, Eric Saidel, and Ruth Millikan

  • Dale Jamieson and Marc Bekoff

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Morning Session, 9:00am–12:00pm

  • What the Red Sox Can Teach Us about Studying Animal Minds

    Eric Saidel Dept of Philosophy, George Washington University

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  • Studies on the Cognitive Ethology of Grey Parrots

    Irene M. Pepperberg Dept of Psychology, Harvard University and Brandeis University

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  • Knowledge of Other Minds: What’s Science Got to Do With It?

    Dale Jamieson Dept of Philosophy, Dept of Environmental Studies and Law School, New York University

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Afternoon Session, 2:00pm–5:00pm

  • Reflections of Animal Minds

    Diana Reiss Dept of Psychology, Hunter College and the Biopsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY

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  • Animal Minds and Animal Emotions: What We Know, How We Know It and Why It Really Matters

    Marc Bekoff Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

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  • Models, Mechanisms, and Animal Minds

    Colin Allen Dept of History & Philosophy of Science and Program in Cognitive Science, Indiana University, Bloomington

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Reduction, Explanation, and the Thermodynamic Limit

Friday, March 25, 2011
1:00pm–5:00pm
The Castle
225 Bay State Road

Flyer - Thermo - 03.25.11

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Limits and the Emergence of Special-Science Properties

Peter Bokulich Dept of Philosophy, Boston University

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Two Routes to Metaphysical Emergence in the Thermodynamic Limit

Jessica Wilson Dept of Philosophy, University of Toronto

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The Limits of Representation

Laura Ruetsche Dept of Philosophy, University of Michigan

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Reductionism, Naturalism, and the Thermodynamic Limit

Sorin Bangu Dept of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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The Karbank Symposium in Environmental Philosophy:

The Science, Ethics, and Politics of Climate Change

Friday, April 15th, 2011
2:00pm–6:00pm
Barristers Hall, Law School
765 Commonwealth Ave.

Karbank

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Scientifically Flawed Solutions to Climate Change

Kristin Shrader-Frechette Dept of Philosophy and Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame

What Humanists Need to Know About the Science of Climate Change

Robert K. Kaufmann Department of Geography and Environment & Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University

International Climate Ethics in a Time of Uncertain Climate Policy

Andrew Light Dept of Philosophy, George Mason University and Center for American Progress

On Hertz’s Mechanics and Schrödinger’s Equation

Friday, May 6th, 2011
4:00pm–6:00pm
Department of Philosophy
Room 525
745 Commonweath Avenue

Flyer - Hertz and Schrodinger - 05.06.11

Ricardo Lopes Coelho Visiting Fellow, Center for Einstein Studies, and Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University
Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon
Privatdozent, Technical University of Berlin