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Seminars are held on Thursdays at 4.30pm in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, with tea beforehand from 4pm in Seminar Room 1. Organised by Richard Staley.

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2 upcoming talks and 155 talks in the archive.

New perspectives on the Great Exhibition

UserGeoffrey Cantor (University College London).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 30 October 2014, 16:30-18:00

Meso-science and modernism: work at the Royal Society Mond Laboratory, 1933–1972

UserBoris Jardine (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 23 October 2014, 16:30-18:00

Pregnancy testing before DIY: rethinking the patient-doctor-laboratory relationship

UserJesse Olszynko-Gryn (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 16 October 2014, 16:30-18:00

Rausing Lecture

Waste, value and radioactive excess in Africa

Nineteenth Annual Hans Rausing Lecture

UserGabrielle Hecht (University of Michigan).

HouseMcCrum Lecture Theatre, Bene't Street.

ClockMonday 19 May 2014, 16:30-18:00

There are mechanisms – and then there are mechanisms

UserNancy Cartwright (Durham University and UCSD).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 15 May 2014, 16:30-18:00

'For the sake of ornament': iconography in Tycho Brahe's Astronomiae instauratae mechanica

UserEmma Perkins (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 01 May 2014, 16:30-18:00

Generic speech acts and social kinds

UserRae Langton (Faculty of Philosophy).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 06 March 2014, 16:30-18:00

Science and empire: the view from Beijing, c. 1700

UserCatherine Jami (CNRS-SPHERE, Paris).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 20 February 2014, 16:30-18:00

Two views of linguistic science and its data

UserShane Glackin (University of Exeter).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 13 February 2014, 16:30-18:00

Causal assessment and the question of stability

UserFeredica Russo (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 14 November 2013, 16:30-18:00

Talking to our selves: reflection, scepticism and agency

UserJohn Doris (Washington University in St Louis).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 07 November 2013, 16:30-18:00

Rausing Lecture

Coal, steam and ships: economic historians versus historians of technology?

Eighteenth Annual Hans Rausing Lecture

UserCrosbie Smith (University of Kent).

HouseWinstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College.

ClockThursday 23 May 2013, 16:30-18:00

The problem of inductive risk and the ethics of communication

UserStephen John (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 16 May 2013, 16:30-18:00

'Nature concocts and expels': recovery from illness in early modern England, 1580–1720

UserHannah Newton (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 09 May 2013, 16:30-18:00

Kepler's Temple of Urania in the light of Hebenstreit's Idyll

UserNick Jardine (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 21 February 2013, 16:30-18:00

Selection and maximization

UserJonathan Birch (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 07 February 2013, 16:30-18:00

What pluralism could be and might do

UserTim Button (Faculty of Philosophy).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 31 January 2013, 16:30-18:00

Poet of progress: serendipity and the search for Erasmus Darwin

UserPatricia Fara (Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Clare College, Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 24 January 2013, 16:30-18:00

Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine

Generatio: medieval debates about procreation, heredity and 'bioethics'

UserMaaike van der Lugt (Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7 / Institut Universitaire de France).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 17 January 2013, 16:30-18:00

The knowledge practices of Fortune magazine: leadership, numeracy and poetry, 1930–1945

UserTiago Mata (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 22 November 2012, 16:30-18:00

Infertility – the making of a modern experience, Germany 1870–1930

UserChristina Benninghaus (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 15 November 2012, 16:30-18:00

Ingenuity in the gallery

UserAlex Marr (Department of History of Art).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 08 November 2012, 16:30-18:00

Philosophy Events

Inaugural Lecture: Where would we be without counterfactuals?

UserHuw Price (Faculty of Philosophy).

HouseLB3, Lecture Block, Sidgwick Site.

ClockThursday 01 November 2012, 17:30-18:30

Reasoning about well-being: between psychometrics and philosophy

UserAnna Alexandrova (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 25 October 2012, 16:30-18:00

Geographies of knowledge in Assyria and Babylonia, c.800–200 BC

UserEleanor Robson (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 18 October 2012, 16:30-18:00

Scientific pluralism and the mission of history and philosophy of science

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Hasok Chang

UserHasok Chang (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseMill Lane Lecture Room 3.

ClockThursday 11 October 2012, 16:45-18:00

The sciences of subjectivity

Special seminar: please note this will be held on a Wednesday

UserSteven Shapin (Harvard University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 30 May 2012, 16:30-18:00

Rausing Lecture

The modern rise of surgery: gloves as a technology of control

Seventeenth Annual Hans Rausing Lecture

UserThomas Schlich (McGill University).

HouseRoom 1, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms.

ClockThursday 24 May 2012, 16:30-18:00

Urban modernity: reconsidering Paris from 1852 to 1914

UserMiriam R. Levin (Case Western Reserve University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 17 May 2012, 16:30-18:00

Colonial classification

UserKhadija Carroll La (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 10 May 2012, 16:30-18:00

Metaphors, similarities and inferences

UserMauricio Suárez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and LSE).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 01 March 2012, 16:30-18:00

How to count organisms

UserEllen Clarke (All Souls College, Oxford).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 23 February 2012, 16:30-18:00

Impossible objects? Towards a history of modern sleep and dream research

UserAndreas Mayer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 16 February 2012, 16:30-18:00

Scientific perspectivism and its foes

UserMichela Massimi (University College London).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 02 February 2012, 16:30-18:00

Time's arrow and Eddington's challenge

UserHuw Price (Faculty of Philosophy).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 26 January 2012, 16:30-18:00

Singularist semirealism

UserBence Nanay (University of Antwerp and Peterhouse, Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 03 November 2011, 16:30-18:00

The rise of modern physics in Spain: knowledge, power and memory

UserXavier Roqué (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 27 October 2011, 16:30-18:00

No really, it is: 'water' and 'H2O'

UserRobin Findlay Hendry (Durham University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 20 October 2011, 16:30-18:00

Lacan's conceptualization of the relation between psychoanalysis, science and philosophy

UserAlireza Taheri (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 19 May 2011, 16:30-18:00

The 'Great Ice Age' of anatomy: learning from frozen sections c. 1900

UserSalim Al-Gailani (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 05 May 2011, 16:30-18:00

Decision making under indeterminacy

UserRobbie Williams (University of Leeds).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 28 April 2011, 16:30-18:00

Kuhn's education: Wittgenstein, pedagogy, and the road to structure

UserJoel Isaac (Queen Mary, University of London/CRASSH, Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 10 March 2011, 16:30-18:00

Leprosy and identity in medieval Rouen

UserElma Brenner (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 03 March 2011, 16:30-18:00

How much pluralism?

UserJames Ladyman (University of Bristol).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 17 February 2011, 16:30-18:00

A history of a tenth of a second

UserJimena Canales (Harvard University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 10 February 2011, 16:30-18:00

Alchemy as 'practical exegesis' in early-modern England

UserJennifer Rampling (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 25 November 2010, 16:30-18:00

Health and disease: beyond naturalism and normativism

UserEllie Kingma (King's College London).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 11 November 2010, 16:30-18:00

'Wir sind alle Afrikaner': a brief history and philosophy of the biological 'race' concept

UserRasmus Grønfeldt Winther (University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of Copenhagen).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 04 November 2010, 16:30-18:00

From rustics to savants: the uses of indigenous materia medica in colonial New Spain

UserMiruna Achim (Universidad Autómona Metropolitana, Mexico City).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 28 October 2010, 16:30-18:00

How to see movement: visual experience in early nineteenth-century physics

UserChitra Ramalingam (Science Museum and CRASSH, Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 21 October 2010, 16:30-18:00

The CCR5 gene patent: biomedicine, intellectual property and commerce in the United States

UserMyles W. Jackson (Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the Gallatin School of NYU).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockFriday 28 May 2010, 16:30-18:00

Rausing Lecture

From scientific instruments to musical instruments: the tuning fork, metronome and siren

Fifteenth Annual Hans Rausing Lecture

UserMyles W. Jackson (Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the Gallatin School of NYU).

HouseMcCrum Lecture Theatre, Bene't Street.

ClockThursday 27 May 2010, 16:30-18:00

Respiratory physiology, experiment and Everest, from ghastly kitchens to gasping lungs

UserVanessa Heggie (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 06 May 2010, 16:30-18:00

Justice and automated match officiating

UserHarry Collins (Cardiff University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 29 April 2010, 16:30-18:00

Epistemic risk and public health science

UserMark Parascandola (National Institutes of Health, USA).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 22 April 2010, 16:30-18:00

The solution to the problem of mental causation

UserTim Crane (Faculty of Philosophy).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 11 March 2010, 16:30-18:00

Dissolving a Darwinian dilemma for moral realism

UserKevin Brosnan (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 04 March 2010, 16:30-18:00

The credit crisis as a problem in the sociology of knowledge

UserDonald Mackenzie (University of Edinburgh).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 18 February 2010, 16:30-18:00

Scavengers of nature: recycling in the history of science and medicine

UserSimon Werrett (University of Washington, Seattle).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 28 January 2010, 16:30-18:00

Description, design and aesthesis in the work of John Ray and contemporaries

UserAlexander Wragge-Morley (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 14 January 2010, 16:30-18:00

Picturability and the mathematical ideals of knowledge: Leibniz versus Newton

UserStephen Gaukroger (University of Sydney and University of Aberdeen).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 26 November 2009, 16:30-18:00

Dynamic (bio)ontologies for good epistemology

UserSabina Leonelli (University of Exeter).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 19 November 2009, 16:30-18:00

Social knowing

UserAlexander Bird (University of Bristol).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 05 November 2009, 16:30-18:00

Dr Lauder Lindsay's lemmings: mad beasts and misanthropy in a Victorian asylum

UserRichard Barnett (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 22 October 2009, 16:30-18:00

Rulers, clocks and common sense: metrology as a key to Wittgenstein's On Certainty

Valedictory Lecture

UserMartin Kusch (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 04 June 2009, 16:30-18:00

Rausing Lecture

Local crafts and universal science: lived experience and the written word in the early modern world

Fourteenth Annual Hans Rausing Lecture

UserPamela H. Smith (Columbia University).

HouseMcCrum Lecture Theatre, Bene't Street.

ClockThursday 28 May 2009, 16:30-18:00

Causation, models of disease and epidemiology

UserAlex Broadbent (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 30 April 2009, 16:30-18:00

On recent work on faultless disagreement

UserMax Kolbel (University of Barcelona).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 05 March 2009, 16:30-18:00

Consensus and disagreement in science

UserStephan Hartmann (Tilburg University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 26 February 2009, 16:30-18:00

Scientia sexualis versus ars erotica: Foucault, van Gulik, Needham, Orientalism

UserLeon Antonio Rocha (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 19 February 2009, 16:30-18:00

'A falling star' – the sovereign self in Otto Weininger

Jointly hosted with CRASSH, and held in their seminar room at 17 Mill Lane

UserLouis Sass (Rutgers University, New Jersey).

HouseCRASSH Seminar Room, 17 Mill Lane.

ClockThursday 12 February 2009, 17:00-19:00

Narratives in Greek mathematics?

UserMarkus Asper (New York University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 05 February 2009, 16:30-18:00

Thinking 'through numbers'

UserHélène Mialet (Harvard University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 15 January 2009, 16:30-18:00

Imagined experiments: molecular modelling and make-believe

UserAdam Toon (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 27 November 2008, 16:30-18:00

Phlogiston revisited: an argument for scientific pluralism

UserHasok Chang (University College London).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 20 November 2008, 16:30-18:00

The shape of the conceptual

UserCharles Travis (King's College London).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 23 October 2008, 16:30-18:00

A Roman engineer’s tales

UserSerafina Cuomo (Birkbeck, University of London).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 12 June 2008, 16:30-18:00

The new riddle of causation

UserAlex Broadbent (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 05 June 2008, 16:30-18:00

Slavery in the cabinet of curiosities: Hans Sloane's Atlantic world

UserJames Delbourgo (McGill University and Visiting Fellow, CRASSH).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 29 May 2008, 16:30-18:00

Rausing Lecture

Shaping postwar Europe: science, technology and American soft power

Thirteenth Annual Hans Rausing Lecture

UserJohn Krige (Georgia Institute of Technology).

HouseRoom 1, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms.

ClockThursday 22 May 2008, 16:30-18:00

The 'mechanical hypothesis' in Ancient Greek natural philosophy

UserSylvia Berryman (University of British Columbia).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 15 May 2008, 16:30-18:00

What is an organism?

UserJohn Dupré (University of Exeter).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 08 May 2008, 16:30-18:00

Walking as a problem of the nineteenth century

UserAndreas Mayer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 21 February 2008, 16:30-18:00

Rival theories of the aerofoil: 1909-1926

UserDavid Bloor (University of Edinburgh).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 07 February 2008, 16:30-18:00

Thatcher, scientist

UserJon Agar (University College London).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 31 January 2008, 16:30-18:00

Natural purposes, Kantian analogies and environmental ethics

UserAngela Breitenbach (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 24 January 2008, 16:30-18:00

Biographical medicine: London consultants explain disease

UserHarry M. Marks (Johns Hopkins University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 17 January 2008, 16:30-18:00

Spinoza on law and sovereignty

UserSusan James (Birkbeck, University of London).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 22 November 2007, 16:30-18:00

Are there Lewis conventions?

UserFrancesco Guala (University of Exeter).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 08 November 2007, 16:30-18:00

Practical reasoning and inference

UserJonathan Dancy (University of Reading and University of Texas at Austin).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 25 October 2007, 16:30-18:00

Rausing Lecture

Music and technology studies: from the Moog synthesizer to ACIDplanet.com

The Twelfth Annual Hans Rausing Lecture

UserTrevor Pinch (Cornell University).

HouseWinstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College.

ClockThursday 24 May 2007, 16:30-18:00

Williamson on knowledge

UserQuassim Cassam (Faculty of Philosophy).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 10 May 2007, 16:30-18:00

Kepler as chronologer

UserAnthony Grafton (Princeton University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 03 May 2007, 16:30-18:00

Anatomical politics and urban transformation in Vienna, 1848–1945

UserTatjana Buklijas (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 08 March 2007, 16:30-18:00

Reference failure: why worry?

UserChristina McLeish (St Catharine's College and Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 22 February 2007, 16:30-18:00

From manifest image to Musgrave's problem: some comments on van Fraassen's epistemology

UserPaul Dicken (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 08 February 2007, 16:30-18:00

Francis Bacon and the art-nature distinction

UserSophie Weeks (Homerton College and Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 25 January 2007, 16:30-18:00

Agreement and the new relativism (work in progress)

UserJohn Hawthorne (University of Oxford).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 16 November 2006, 16:30-18:00

Making truth or masking lies: the triumph of the Conards

UserMichael Wintroub (University of California, Berkeley).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 09 November 2006, 16:30-18:00

Perceptual knowledge and discrimination (work in progress)

UserDuncan Pritchard (University of Stirling).

HouseSeminar Room 2, History and Philosophy of Science, Department of.

ClockThursday 02 November 2006, 16:30-18:00

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