Archives: 2011–2012

Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science
52nd Annual Program

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Secrecy and Transparency in Science

Friday, September 23, 2011
Barristers Hall, Law School
765 Commonwealth Ave.

Secrecy and Transparency - 09.23.11

Secrets and Lies: Science Versus Market as Arbiter of Truth in Early Recombinant DNA Research

Elizabeth Popp Berman Sociology, State University of New York at Albany

Transparency Revisited: The Climatic Research Unit Emails, Democratic Accountability & Scientific Progress

Wendy Parker Philosophy, Ohio University

The Ontology of Secrets: What Counts as Forbidden Knowledge?

Peter Galison Dept. of the History of Science and Dept. of Physics, Harvard University

Present at the Creation: the Promise and Peril of the Large Hadron Collider

Friday, October 14, 2011
Law School, Room 1420
765 Commonwealth Ave.

Present at the Creation Poster - 10.14.11

Amir Aczel Visiting Researcher, Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University

Representation in Science and Art

Friday, November 4, 2011
2:00–5:00 pm
The Castle
225 Bay State Road


Scientific Representation: Visual Representation, Models, and the Relevance of Depiction

Laura Perini Dept. of Philosophy, Pomona University

The Scientific Image: Discovery and Dissemination

Eric J. Heller Dept. of Physics and Dept. of Chemistry, Harvard University

Representation as Inference in Art and Science

Mauricio Suárez Dept. of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Complutense University of Madrid

Human Evolution: Culture, Cognition, and Human Nature

Friday, December 2, 2011
1:00–5:00 pm
Barristers Hall, Law School
765 Commonwealth Ave.

Human Evolution Poster - 12.02.11

What is Cultural Fitness?

Grant Ramsey Dept. of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

Darwinism and Cultural Change

Peter Godfrey-Smith Dept. of Philosophy, City University of New York

Biological Evolution in a Technological Species

Russell Powell Dept. of Philosophy, Boston University

Cultural and Morphological Change in Human Prehistory

Matt Cartmill Dept. of Anthropology, Boston University

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

50 years since Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions

(co-sponsored by BU Center for the Humanities)
Friday, March 23, 2012
10:00am–5:30 pm
Photonics Center Colloquium Room (906)
8 St. Mary’s Street

BCPS Cohen Kuhn

Footnotes to Structure

John Heilbron Dept. of History, University of California, Berkeley

Navigating among the Two Kuhns

David Kaiser Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

On Kuhn’s Development Before and After Structure

Paul Hoyningen-Huene Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz University, Hannover

Kuhn’s Social Epistemology and the Sociology of Science

K. Brad Wray Dept. of Philosophy, State University of New York, Oswego

‘Living in a New World’: Kuhn, Constructivism, and Mind-Dependence

Michela Massimi Dept. of Science and Technology Studies, University College, London

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and the Naturalistic Study of Science

Alexander Bird Dept. of Philosophy, University of Bristol

Are Men and Women Like Different Species? Critical Perspectives on Sex-Difference Research

Friday, April 27, 2012
Barristers Hall, Law School
765 Commonwealth Ave.

BCPS Sex-Difference

The Politics of Sex-Based Biology: Categories, Standards, and the Logics of Inclusion and Difference

Steven Epstein Dept. of Sociology, Northwestern University

How Social Meanings Drive Scientific Investigation (and Vice Versa)

Helen Longino Dept. of Philosophy, Stanford University

Conceptualizing Sex-Differences in the Human Genome

Sarah Richardson Dept. of the History of Science and Studies, of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University

Trading Essence for Potential: Feminist Moves Against the Homonculus in the Hormones

Rebecca Jordan-Young Dept. of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College

Gender Identity in Children: Formulating a Dynamic, Developmental Model

Anne Fausto-Sterling Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University

The Karbank Symposium in Environmental Philosophy

Scientific Assessments and Environmental Policy

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Photonics Center Colloquium Room (906)
8 St. Mary’s Street

Flyer - Sci Assessments and Enviro Policy - 05.03.12

The Timescale of Climate Change: Challenges and Responsibilities

Daniel Schrag Depts. of Geology and Environmental Science & Engineering, Harvard University

The Role of Value Judgments in Policy-Relevant Environmental Science

Kevin Elliott Dept. of Philosophy, University of South Carolina

Science and Environmental Policy: How do Scientists Assess Scientific Knowledge for Action

Naomi Oreskes Dept. of History, University of California, San Diego

How Can the History and Philosophy of Science Contribute to U.S. Science Education?

This event has been postponted until Fall 2012
This colloquium, co-hosted by the School of Education, will bring together historians, scientists, philosophers, and science educators to explore different ways to integrate HPS content into the science classroom curriculum. It will be followed on Saturday and Sunday by an interdisciplinary workshop for invited participants actively working in this area. Details TBA.