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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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