Medieval History and Philosophy of Science Discussion Group

Group Members: Meagan Allen, Elena Baltuta, Yael Barash, Vincenzo Carlotta, Mattia Cipriani, Dominic Dold, Yael Kedar, Joshua Mendelsohn, Gerd Micheluzzi, Nicola Polloni.

Phase One: Medieval Philosophy of Science Brainstorm

11 November 2020
First virtual discussion of multimedia presentation.

2 December 2020
Second virtual discussion of multimedia presentations.

8 December 2020
Third virtual discussion of multimedia presentations.

Phase Two: Dissecting History and Philosophy of Science in the Middle Ages

discussion chair: Dominic Dold

Section α: DOMAIN

Core material
– Paul Hoyningen-Huene, What Is Uncontroversial about Kuhn? [2012]. 2013 (Youtube video).

– Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Reconstructing Scientific Revolutions: Thomas S. Kuhn’s Philosophy of Science. University of Chicago Press, 1993 (Preface, Chapters I.1 and II.2).

Additional (optional) reading
– Dudley Shapere, ‘External and Internal Factors in the Development of Science’. Science & Technology Studies 4/1 (1986): 1-9. DOWNLOAD

– Dudley Shapere, Reason and the Search for Knowledge: Investigations in the Philosophy of Science. D. Reidel Pub. Co. ; Sold and distributed in the U.S.A. and Canada by Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1984 ( Chapters III.13 and III, 14). DOWNLOAD

Meeting
18 January 2021: general discussion.

Section β: PROBLEM

Core material
– Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Reconstructing Scientific Revolutions: Thomas S. Kuhn’s Philosophy of Science. University of Chicago Press, 1993 (Chapters II.3 and II.4).

Additional (optional) reading
– Thomas Nickles, ‘What Is a Problem That We May Solve It’. Synthese 47/1 (1981): 85–118. DOWNLOAD

– Joseph Agassi, ‘The Nature of Scientific Problems and Their Roots in Metaphysics’. In Science in Flux, edited by Joseph Agassi (Springer, 1975), 208–39. DOWNLOAD

Meeting
15 February 2021: general discussion.

Section γ: CONCEPT

Core material
– Ernan McMullin, ‘The Origins of the Field Concept in Physics’. Physics in Perspective 4/1 (2002): 13–39. DOWNLOAD

– Nancy J. Nersessian, ‘Faraday’s Field Concept’. In Faraday Rediscovered: Essays on the Life and Work of Michael Faraday, 1791–1867, edited by David Gooding and Frank A. J. L. James (Macmillan Education UK, 1985), 175–87. DOWNLOAD

– Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen, ‘Making Sense of Conceptual Change’. History and Theory 47/3 (2008): 351–372. DOWNLOAD

Additional (optional) reading
– Leo P. Kadanoff, ‘Theories of Matter: Infinities and Renormalization’. ArXiv:1002.2985 [Cond-Mat, Physics:Physics], Feb. 2010. arXiv.org DOWNLOAD

– Charles Wolfe and Cécilia Bognon-Küss. ‘The Idea of ’Philosophy of Biology Before Biology’ : A Methodological Provocation’. In Philosophy of Biology Before Biology, edited by Charles T. Wolfe and Cécilia Bognon-Küss (Routledge, 2019), 4–23. DOWNLOAD

– Anastasios Brenner,. ‘Epistemology Historicized: The French Tradition’. In New Directions in the Philosophy of Science, edited by Maria Carla Galavotti et al. (Springer, 2014), 727–36. DOWNLOAD

– Cristina Chimisso, ‘Commentary on Anastasios Brenner’s “Epistemology Historicized” ’. In New Directions in the Philosophy of Science, edited by Maria Carla Galavotti et al. (Springer, 2014), 737–46. DOWNLOAD

Meeting
March 2021: general discussion.

Section δ: TBD