Meeting #2 Readings

SOIT Meeting #2 of the 2018-2019 academic year will take place at 12:00pm on Friday, October 26th, 2018 in the Fishbein Center (SSR 208). The readings will be taken from the History of Science and from the Anthropology of Science:

Special Discussant: Robert J. Richards (Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Science and Medicine)

The Role of Biography in Intellectual History

Richards, Robert J. “The Role of Biography in Intellectual History.” KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge 1.2 (2017): 295-318.

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Gravity’s Reverb: Listening to Space-Time, or Articulating the Sounds of Gravitational-Wave Detection.

Helmreich, Stefan. “Gravity’s Reverb: Listening to Space-Time, or Articulating the Sounds of Gravitational-Wave Detection.” Cultural Anthropology 27.1 (2012): 464-492.

Meeting #1 Readings

SOIT Meeting #1 of the 2018-2019 academic year will take place at 12:00pm on Friday, October 12th, 2018. The readings will be taken from the History of Science and from the Philosophy of Science:

Names and Numbers

Müller-Wille, Staffan. “Names and Numbers:“Data” in Classical Natural History, 1758–1859.” Osiris 32.1 (2017)

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Evolution and Moral Realism

Kim Sterelny, Ben Fraser. “Evolution and Moral Realism.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Volume 68, Issue 4, 1 December 2017 (Editors of the Philosopher’s Annual 10 best of 2017)

At the end of the meeting, we will solicit the Meeting #2 papers from the History of Science and from one of the Social Studies of Science. With questions, email Eamon Duede (eduede [at] uchicago [dot] edu).

2018 – 2019 Academic Year

The Seminar on Important Things will meet bi-weekly from 12:00 – 1:30 during the 2018 – 2019 academic year starting in Week 2 (Friday, Oct. 12th, 2018).

The focus of Autumn 2018 SOIT will be on recent journal articles published in the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science.

Each week, participants will read two journal articles drawn from two of the three broad Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science disciplines (on a rotating basis). For instance, in meeting #1, we will read a recent article in the Philosophy of Science and a recent article in the History of Science. In meeting #2, we will read a recent article in the History of Science and a recent article in the Sociology or Anthropology (or related social scientific discipline) of Science -and so on.

SOIT participants from each discipline will be asked to supply the articles that we will read at each meeting. Those articles will be made available on this site.

Discussion will be led by area experts and will center on the argumentative substance of each paper rather than on extended synopses.

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