Home / Colloquia

 
Loading Events
Find Events

Event Views Navigation

Upcoming Events › Colloquia

Events List Navigation

December 2017

S. Berryman, Satisfaction to Ingenious Minds’: Powers, Mathematics and Mechanics in ancient Greek Natural Philosophy

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Robert Boyle favoured mechanical explanations on account of their ability to persuade: I shall explore the earliest debates about the adequacy of mechanical analogies to account for the natural world, and why these were regarded as inadequate. Galen’s insistence on the need to appeal to certain kinds of powers within organisms helps understand what the perceived limitations of mechanical analogies were, and why the advocates of teleological natural philosophy doubted the explanatory range of mechanics.

Find out more »
January 2018

A. Jones, Ptolemy’s Epistemological Arsenal

January 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In his *Harmonics*, Ptolemy (2nd century CE) outlines a strategy for obtaining and refining scientific knowledge through alternating appeals to sense perception and to reason, and he puts this strategy into practice in both the *Harmonics* (concerning the pitch systems of Greco-Roman music) and the *Almagest* (concerning the apparent movements and appearances of the heavenly bodies). The fundamental role of empirical evidence in Ptolemy's scientific epistemology, however, is qualified by three limitations: first, that all sense perceptions are inexact; second,… Continue Reading A. Jones, Ptolemy’s Epistemological Arsenal

Find out more »
February 2018

A. Voskuhl, Engineering philosophy: machine culture and social and intellectual elites in the Second Industrial Revolution

February 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This talk is concerned with the machine culture of the Second Industrial Revolution and the contemporary emergence of the subfield of philosophy of technology. Philosophers newly established technology as an object of philosophical inquiry and started to grasp in metaphysical, aesthetic, and phenomenological terms the realities of the new machine age. Their discussions attracted the attention of philosophically and politically ambitious engineers, who were at the same time involved in a complex process of social emancipation: being a nascent profession,… Continue Reading A. Voskuhl, Engineering philosophy: machine culture and social and intellectual elites in the Second Industrial Revolution

Find out more »
March 2018

M. Massimi, Reading the history of the electron through perspectival spectacles

March 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Old Victoria College Building, 2nd floor, Room VC215

What is it like to be an electron? This question has invited very different answers across the history of science. Through the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the electron has been regarded as the minimal unit of electric charge, structural element of the ether, and corpuscle, just to mention a few examples. And yet, these series of conceptual changes have not undermined our realist commitment to it. In this paper, I probe the nature of this realist commitment through… Continue Reading M. Massimi, Reading the history of the electron through perspectival spectacles

Find out more »
April 2018

M. Lange, There sweep great general principles which all the laws seem to follow

April 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Old Victoria College Building, 2nd floor, Room VC215

I will distinguish two ways in which these ""great general principles"" (such as the conservation laws) might hold: as constraints on the first-order laws of nature or as coincidences of them. I will characterize what difference it would make that the conservation laws are constraints rather than coincidences, drawing on some examples from the history of science. This account will give us a way to understand what a hierarchy of natural necessities would be.

Find out more »
+ Export Events
 
 
 

The HPS Colloquium series is a formal event open to all faculty and students interested in the history and philosophy of science and technology. All Colloquia take place in the Old Victoria College Building, 2nd floor, Room VC215, University of Toronto, Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified. 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.