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October 2018

Jacob Stegenga: Stereotypes, Generics, and Probabilities

October 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Victoria College, Room 115

Jacob Stegenga, Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge A stereotype is a belief that a group of people tends to have a particular feature. Stereotypes have the form of generic statements, like ‘dogs bark.’ Recent work on generics lends new life to understanding generics with the help of probability theory. Stereotypes are generics, and generics are probabilities, so stereotypes are probabilities. More specifically, generics (and thus stereotypes) can take one of several forms involving conditional probabilities, and these… Continue Reading Jacob Stegenga: Stereotypes, Generics, and Probabilities

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November 2018

Michael Strevens: Causal Difference-Making and Inference to the Best Explanation

November 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Explainers are difference-makers, and scientific explainers are (for the most part) causal difference-makers—so many of us believe. If there is such a thing as scientific inference to the best explanation, then, it is more often than not inference from phenomena to the causal difference-makers that explain them. That sounds sensible, as Peter Lipton remarked 25 years ago. I will refresh this venerable line of thought by investigating ways in which more recent work on the difference-making approach to causal explanation illuminates characteristic features of scientific confirmation, above… Continue Reading Michael Strevens: Causal Difference-Making and Inference to the Best Explanation

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Colloquium: Peter Broughton & Andrew Oakes

November 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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January 2019

Matthew Farish: Making ‘Man in the North’: Academic and Military Entanglements in Arctic Science, 1944-49

January 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Matthew Farish Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto In the brief period between the final months of World War II and the acceleration of the Cold War at the end of the 1940s, several new scientifically-focused agencies, often working in concert, began to steer the study of northern North America and the broader perception of the region in much of Canada and the United States. Focused on two of these agencies, the bi-national Arctic Institute of North America… Continue Reading Matthew Farish: Making ‘Man in the North’: Academic and Military Entanglements in Arctic Science, 1944-49

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February 2019

Colloquium: Stephanie Dick

February 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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March 2019

Colloquium: Gillian Barker

March 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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May 2019

Colloquium: Peter Galison

May 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The HPS Colloquium series is a formal event open to all faculty and students interested in the history and philosophy of science and technology. Colloquia usually take place on Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and are usually held in Old Victoria University Building.  Please consult information about date, time, and room location for each colloquia separately. For information call 416-978-5397 or email: ihpst.info@utoronto.ca.

If you have an accessibility or accommodation need for this event, please e-mail Denise Horsley directly at denise.horsley@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements.