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G. McOuat, Cosmopolitan objects – reconstituting some things in the history and philosophy of science
September 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Histories and Philosophies of Science have, thankfully, gone global. “Circulation” and “confluence” accounts of the growth and dissemination of knowledge are replacing one-directional origin and dissemination models. We now can speak of “multiple modernities”. This paper will examine the notion of “cosmopolitanism” as a recent development in the history and philosophy of science, and will offer a deeper engagement with what we might call “cosmopolitan things” – the kinds of objects that gather around them certain cosmopolitan possibilities.