Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science
23rd Annual Program

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

Cooperation in Evolution

October 5th, 1982
Room 314
George Sherman Union

  • Lynn Margulis, Biology, Boston University

    Commentator: Michael McElroy, Atmospheric Sciences, Harvard University

  • Chair: Robert S. Cohen, Boston University

Why the Study of Human Behavior Can Never be Scientific

October 19th, 1982
CLA 204

  • Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley

    Commentator: Mark Okrent, Philosophy, Bates College

  • Chair: Marx X. Wartofsky, Boston University

The Quantum View of the World

October 26th, 1982

  • Michael L.G. Rehead, History and Philosophy of Science, Chelsea College and the University of London

    Commentator: Abner Shimony, Philosophy and Physics, Boston University

  • Chair: Kenneth Brecher

Symposium on the Vienna Circle: the Schlick/Neurath Centenary

Chair: Louise Antony

    I. Reflections on the Vienna Circle

    November 5th, 1982

    • Hilary Putnam, Philosophy, Harvard University

    I. Positivism and Politics: The Vienna Circle as a Social Movement

    November 5th, 1982

    • Marx W. Wartofsky, Philosophy, Boston University

    II. Reminiscences of Carnap on Induction

    November 6th, 1982

    • Abner Shimony, Philosophy and Physics, Boston University

    II. Carnap on Artificial Languages and Artificial Lives

    November 6th, 1982

    • Richard Jeffrey, Philosophy, Princeton University

    II. Schlick vs. Neurath

    November 6th, 1982

    • Robert S. Cohen, Physics and Philosophy, Boston University

    Darwinian Theories and Current Controversies

    November 9th, 1982

    • Ernst Mayr, Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

      Commentator: S. S. Schweber, Physics, Brandeis College

    • Chair: Diana Long Hall

    Symposium: Spinoza and Science

    Chair: Marjorie Grene

      I. Science in the Century of Spinoza

      November 12th, 1982

      • Nancy Maull, History and Philosophy of Science, Harvard University

      I. Spinoza, Philosopher of Natural Science and the Social Sciences

      November 12th, 1982

      • Davis Savan, Philosophy, University of Toronto

      I. Spinoza’s Physics

      November 12th, 1982

      • Davis R. Lachterman, Philosophy and History of Science, Vassar College

      II. From Here to eternity

      November 12th, 1982

      • Marx W. Wartofsky, Philosophy, Boston University

      II. spinoza’s version of the eternity of the mind

      November 12th, 1982

      • Genevieve Lloyd, History of Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra

        III. Self-knowledge as self-preservation?

        November 13th, 1982

        • J. Thomas Cook, Philosophy, Rollins College

        III. spinoza and the science of politics: machiavelli, hobbes, spinoza

        November 13th, 1982

        • Joseph Agassi, Philosophy, Boston, York, and Tel-Aviv Universities

        The Metaphysics of Lévi-Strauss’s Structuralism: Two Views

        November 23rd, 1982

        • Robert L. Zimmerman, Philosophy, Sarah Lawrence College

          Commentator: Bernard Kaplan, Psychology, Clark University

        • Chair: Marx W. Wartofsky

        Symposium: Goethe and the Sciences

        Chair: Joseph Agassi

          I. Goethe and Helmholtz: science and sensation

          December 3, 1982

          • Jeffrey Barnouw, German Studies, Boston University

          I. Are Goethe’s Color theory and Morphology Prototype Alternative Sciences?

          December 3, 1982

          • F. J. Zucker, Microwave Physics, System Theory, Philosophy of Nature, KGHW Research and Development Associates, Belmont

          II. Goethe and Psychoanalysis

          December 3, 1982

          • Joseph Margolis, Philosophy, Temple University

          II. Getting Goethe’s Gotter: Farbenlehre From a Modern View

          December 3, 1982

          • Jerome Y. Lettvin, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

          The Riddle of the Nebulae

          December 7th, 1982

          • Michael Hoskin, History of Science, Churchill College, Cambridge

            Commentator: S. S. Schweber, Physics, Brandeis University

          • Chair: Kenneth Brecher

          The Manufacture of Knowledge: Descriptive Epistemology of Scientific Work

          December 14th, 1982

          • Karin Knorr-Cetina, Sociology, Wesleyan University

            Commentator: Joseph Agassi, Philosophy, Boston, York, and Tel-Aviv Universities

          • Chair: Robert S. Cohen

          Symposium: Marx and Science

          I. Chair: Anthony Leeds

          II. Chair James W. Schmidt

          III. Chair: Thomas McCarthy

            I. Karl Marx and the Outcome of Classical Marxism

            February 11, 1983

            • Marx W. Wartofsky, Philosophy, Boston University

            I. Was Marx A Historical Materialist Historian of Political Economy?

            February 11, 1983

            • Patrick Murray, Philosophy, Creighton University

            I. Individual, Society, and Culture: A Dialectical Materialist Formulation

            February 11, 1983

            • Eleanor Leacock, Anthropology, The City College, CUNY

            II. Engels and the Evolution of Upright Posture — Marxist Thought and Human Origins

            February 11, 1983

            • Stephen Jay Gould, Paleontology, Harvard University

            II. Contradiction in Biology

            February 11, 1983

            • Richard Levins, Biology, Harvard University

            II. Science and the Crisis of U.S. Capitalism

            February 11, 1983

            • John N. Pappademos, Physics, Social Aspects of Science, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle

            III. Science and Capitalism

            February 12, 1983

            • John Stachel, Physics, Boston University and the Einstein Project, Princeton

            III. Labor and Technology in the Historical Process

            February 12, 1983

            • Willis H. Truitt, Philosophy, University of South Florida

            III. Marx and the Problem of Technology

            February 12, 1983

            • Gyorgy Markus, Philosophy, University of Sydney

            IV. Friedrich Engels: the social sciences model for the natural sciences

            February 12, 1983

            • Erwin N. Hiebert, History of Science, Harvard University

            IV. Criteria For Choice in the Construction of Scientific Knowledge

            February 12, 1983

            • Marcello Cini, Physics and Political Economy of Science, University of Rome

            IV. Science at the Crossroads: Beyond Hessen

            February 12, 1983

            • Robert S. Cohen, Physics and Philosophy, Boston University

            Cosmology as Science and as Religion

            February 16, 1983

            • Stephen Toulmin, Philosophy, University of Chicago

              Commentator: Sissela Bok, Philosophy, Harvard University

            • Chair: Robert C. Mayfield

            Symposium: The Decay of the Brain Sciences

            Chair: J. M. Harrison

            February 22, 1983

              The Neurological Vampire and the Philosophical Cross

              • Norman Geschwind, Neurology, Harvard University and Beth Israel Hospital

              The Original Sin of Final Cause

              • Jerome Y. Lettvin, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

              Of Sticks and Stones

              March 2nd, 1983

              • W. V. O. Quine, Philosophy, Harvard University

                Commentator: Louisa Antony, Philosophy, Boston University

              • Chair: Thomas McCarthy

              What do you want to be when you grow up: Science Career Aspirants, a profile

              March 15th, 1983

              • Gabriel Haim, Sociology, Boston University

                Commentator: Carol Gilligan, Developmental Psychology, Harvard University

              • Chair: Sol Levine

              Symposium: Feminism and Science

              I & II. Chair: Evelyn Fox Keller

                III. Chair: Seyla Benhabib

                  I. How Masculine is Science?

                  March 18, 1983

                  • Hegla Nowotny, Sociology of Science, European Center for Social Welfare, Vienna

                  II. The Science Question in Feminism

                  March 18, 1983

                  • Sandra Harding, Philosophy, University of Delaware

                  II. Critique as Masculine Ideology: Western Marxism and Socialist Feminism

                  March 18, 1983

                  • Roger Gottlieb, Social Philosophy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

                  III. Feminism, Women’s Nature, and Freedom

                  March 19, 1983

                  • Nancy Holmstrom, Philosophy, Rutgers University

                  III. Feminism and the definition of problems in science

                  March 19, 1983

                  • Caroline Whitbeck, Philosophy of Science, Clinical Reasoning, Feminist Philosophy, MIT Center for Policy Alternatives and Boston University Center

                  III. Salad Dressings, socks, and science

                  March 19, 1983

                  • Hilde Hein, Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross

                  Science as Symbol

                  March 23, 1983

                  • Huston Smith, Religion, Syracuse University

                    Commentator: Robert S. Cohen, Physics and Philosophy, Boston University

                  • Chair: Ernest L. Fortin

                  Symposium: The Reception of the Theory of Relativity

                  Chair: John Stachel

                    March 25, 1983

                    I. Is It Possible to Popularize Relativity Theory? A Case Study: France in the early 1920s

                    • Michel Biezunski, History of Science, University of Paris

                    I. The Italian Mathematicians of Relativity

                    • Judith R. Goodstein, History of Science, California Institute of Technology

                    II. Einstein in a Latin Key: His Journeys and Intellectual Impact in Spain, Argentina, and Brazil, 1923-1925

                    • Thomas F. Glick, History and Geography, Boston University

                    II. The Assimilation of Relativity in America: Putting New Wine in Old Bottles

                    • Stanley  Goldberg, History of Science, Hampshire College

                    Hypotheses and Mr. Newton

                    April 5, 1983

                    • John  Worrall, Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method, London School of Economics and Political Science

                      Commentator: Laurence Breiner, English, Boston University

                    • Chair: Robert S. Cohen

                    Chinese Visions of Nature

                    April 6th, 1983

                    • Tu Wei-Ming, Chinese History and Philosophy, Harvard University

                      Commentator: Ishwer C. Oiha, Political Science, Boston University

                    • Chair: James D. Purvis

                    From the Axioms of Lucretius Toward a Philosophy of Spatial Structure

                    April 12th, 1983

                    • Alan L. McKay, Crytallography, Birkbeck College, University of London

                      Commentator: Cecil Schneer, Geology, University of New Hampshire

                    • Chair: Kenneth Brecher

                    New and Old World Healers–1519

                    April 26th, 1983

                    • Guido Maino, Pathology, and History of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical Center

                      Commentator: Gary Orgel, Philosophy, Boston University

                    • Chair: Mark W. Wartofsky