Archives: 2006-2007

Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science
47th Annual Program


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

Civic and Epistemic Values in Science

Monday, September 11, 2006
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

Moderator: Robert S. Cohen Boston University

10:00 a.m.- noon

  • The Problematic Implications of Multicultural Toleration for the Values of Science

    Steven DeLue Miami University

  • Trust in Clinical Science

    Charles Weijer University of Western Ontario

2:00-5:00 p.m.

  • Can Science Tell Us the Truth about Truth?

    Keith Parsons University of Houston

  • Science and Secularism

    Ron Giere University of Minnesota

  • Why It Is Intelligent to Look for Design in Nature

    Noretta Koertge Indianna University

100 Years After Westermarck’s The Origin and Development of Moral Ideas

Friday, September 29, 2006
2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

Moderator: Peter Bokulich Boston University

Westermarck, Moore, and the Road No Longer Taken

Aaron Garrett Boston University

Ethics as a Social Science

Knud Haakonssen University of Sussex

Causation in Biology and Physics

Friday and Saturday, October 20–21, 2006
B.U. School of Law, Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue

Moderator: Gal Kober Boston University

Friday, 9:00 a.m. – noon

  • Is the Post-Synthesis Darwinian Theory a Causal Theory?

    Andre Ariew University of Missouri

  • Statistical Laws and Formal Explanation

    Denis Walsh University of Toronto

  • Force and Causes, Probabilities and Populations: Clarifying the Metaphysics of Selection

    Tim Lewens University of Cambridge

Friday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Causally Democratic Genocentrism

    Alex Rosenberg Duke University

  • Complex Causality in Biology

    Sandra Mitchell University of Pittsburgh

  • Cause and Mechanism in Biology

    James Woodward California Institute of Technology

Moderator: Luciana Sarmento Garbayo Boston University

Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon

  • Pluralistic Theories of Causation

    Francis Longworth Ohio University & University of Birmingham

  • Causal Properties and Physical Dynamics

    Peter Bokulich Boston University

  • Causation and structural equations

    Ned Hall Harvard University

Saturday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

  • Causation as Folk Science

    John Norton University of Pittsburgh

  • The Causal Spectrum

    Yemima Ben-Menahem Hebrew University

  • Where to Hunt for Causes in Physics

    Mathias Frisch University of Maryland

Findlay Visiting Professor Lectureship

De-Transcendentalizing Religion: Hobbes Vs. Wittgenstein

Friday, November 3, 2006
4:00 p.m.
B.U. School of Theology, Room 525
745 Commonwealth Avenue

Moderator: Charles Griswold Boston University

Anat Biletzki Tel Aviv University/Boston University

Whither Philosophy? A Boston University Department of Philosophy Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

Philosophy of Science and Logic

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Moderator: Gal Kober Boston University

Peter Bokulich
Tian Yu Cao
Jaako Hintikka
Judson Webb

Ethical and Political Philosophy

11:00-12:30 a.m.

Moderator: Jamie Kelly Boston University

Hugh Baxter
Charles Griswold
Simon Keller
David Lyons
Alfred Tauber

History of Philosophy I

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Moderator: David Jennings Boston University

Klaus Brinkman
Aaron Garrett
Manfred Kuehn
David Roochnik

History of Philosophy II

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderator: Bret Doyle Boston University

Daniel Dahlstrom
Walter Hopp
Victor Kestenbaum
Stanley Rosen
Allen Speight

Aristotle and Today’s Biology

Monday, January 22, 2007
1:00-5:00 p.m.
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

Moderator: David Roochnik Boston University

Natural Teleology in Aristotle’s Generation of Animals

Devin Henry University of Western Ontario

Is Aristotle’s Account of Sexual Differentiation Iconsistent?

William Wians Merrimack College

An Aristotelian Analysis of Current Problems in the Foundation of Embryology

Alfred Miller and Maria Miller The Catholic University of America

The Concept of Bios of Aristotle’s Biology

James Lennox University of Pittsburgh

Re-Assessing the Science Wars: Where Are Science Studies Now, and Where Are They Going Tomorrow?

Friday, February 2, 2007
Terrace Lounge, George Sherman Union (GSU)
775 Commonwealth Avenue

Moderator: Alisa Bokulich Boston University

9:00 a.m.- noon

  • Dim Echoes of the Science Wars Arising in the Dover, Pennsylvania “Intelligent Design” Trial

    Michael Lynch Cornell University

  • Wars with Imaginary Enemies: Science and the Uses of History

    Peter Dear Cornell University

  • Reclaiming Science for Philosophy

    Alfred I. Tauber Boston University

2:00-6:00 p.m.

  • An Unrecognized Synthesis in Recent Science Studies

    Joseph Rouse Wesleyan University

  • Naturalism and Science Studies: A Rejoinder to Rouse

    John Zammito Rice University

  • The Eclipse of Pragmatism

    Philip Kitcher Columbia University

Sound and Space

Monday, February 26, 2007
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Terrace Lounge, George Sherman Union (GSU)
765 Commonwealth Avenue

Moderator: Simon Keller Boston University

The Significance of Auditory Space

Casey O’Callaghan Bates College

Perceiving Sound in Space: A View from Neuroscience

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham Boston University

Einstein’s Odyssey: From Special to General Relativity, The 100th Anniversary of the Completion of the Theory of General Relativity

Monday, March 5, 2007
3:00-5:00 p.m.
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

Moderator: Peter Bokulich Boston University

John Stachel Boston University

Karbank Symposium in Environmental Philosophy

Nature and the Good Life

Friday, March 9, 2007
Photonics Center, Colloquium Room 9th Floor
8 Saint Mary’s Street

Moderator: Simon Keller Boston University

10:00 a.m.-noon

  • Saving the Elephants

    David Schmidtz University of Arizona

  • Respondent: Ronald Sandler Northeastern University

1:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Clouds of Illusion in the Aesthetics of Nature

    Nick Zangwill University of Oxford

  • Respondent: Amelie Rorty Harvard University

3:45-5:45 p.m.

  • Individual Action and Climate Change

    Niko Kolodny University of California, Berkeley

  • Respondent: Felicia Nimue Ackerman Brown University

E. Teller Vs. J.R. Oppenheimer a Half Century Later

Monday, March 19, 2007
2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

Moderator: John Stachel Boston University

Edward Teller and the Realities of Illusory Worlds

Gennady Gorelick Boston University

Fallout: Oppenheimer and the H-bomb Decision

David Kaiser Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Explanation in Physics

Monday, April 16, 2007
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Terrace Lounge, George Sherman Union 2nd floor
765 Commonwealth Ave.

Moderator: Roger White Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Structural Explanation Revisited

Alisa Bokulich Boston University

The Emergence of the Classical World at the Thermodynamic Limit

Chuang Liu University of Florida

Asymptotic Explanation

Robert Batterman University of Western Ontario