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Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

What are cognitive costs?
Thomas F. Icard, Moore Distinguished Scholar, Caltech; Professor of Philosophy and, by courtesy, of Computer Science, Stanford University,
Thursday, May 9th, 2024
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Symmetries as Isomorphisms
Lu Chen, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, USC,
Tuesday, April 16th, 2024
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Thomas Gray as reader and writer of the natural world
Scott Mandelbrote, Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge,
Wednesday, April 10th, 2024
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Making Molecular World: Building a practice-based account of modern chemistry
Dr. Catherine M. Jackson, Associate Professor and Director of the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Oxford,
Thursday, April 4th, 2024
4:00pm 5:00pm
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► CANCELED: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

This seminar has been canceled.
Paula Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of History, Stanford University,
Thursday, January 18th, 2024
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Mendel, Darwin, and Lysenko on Heredity
Ute Deichmann, Professor, Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev,
Thursday, January 11th, 2024
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

When Is It Okay to Ban Research (Funding)?
Craig Callender, Tata Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics, UC San Diego,
Thursday, December 7th, 2023
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Einstein on Singularities: Analysis versus Geometry
John Norton, Distinguished Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh,
Thursday, November 30th, 2023
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inquiry, Risk, and Impartiality: Lessons from The Harvest of American Racism
Kareem Khalifa, Professor of Philosophy, UCLA,
Thursday, November 9th, 2023
4:00pm 5:00pm
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CSSPP/HPS Seminar

What's So Special about Genetic Information, Anyway?
Ozan Gurcan, Postdoctoral Instructor in Science, Society, and Public Policy, Caltech,
Wednesday, November 1st, 2023
4:00pm 5:00pm
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● POSTPONED: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

This seminar has been postponed.
John Norton, Distinguished Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh,
Wednesday, October 11th, 2023
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Disappearing Without a Trace: The Arrows of Time in Kent's Solution to the Lorentzian Quantum Reality Problem
Emily Adlam, Assistant Professor, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University,
Thursday, June 1st, 2023
4:00pm 5:00pm
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The Deformation: Intentional Incomprehensibility in Seventeenth-Century Minim and Jesuit Visual Culture
Susanna Berger, Associate Professor of Art History and Philosophy, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, USC,
Thursday, April 27th, 2023
4:00pm 5:30pm
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Malnutrition and the "Quality of People" in the Early Cold War
Hannah LeBlanc, Howard E. and Susanne C. Jessen Postdoctoral Instructor in STEM and Inequality, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,
Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
4:00pm 5:30pm
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Back to The Problem of Space
Joshua T. Eisenthal, Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Caltech,
Thursday, February 23rd, 2023
4:00pm 5:30pm
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Pinocchio's Ancestry: a Social and Cultural History of Automata in the North Italian Renaissance
Cristiano Zanetti, Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship Trainee in the History of Science, Caltech,
Thursday, February 9th, 2023
4:00pm 5:30pm
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Why did Pierre Bayle believe in Virtuous Atheists?: A Critique of Pure Reason Avant la Lettre
Dmitri Levitin, Fifty-Pound Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford; Visiting Associate in the Humanities, Caltech,
Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
4:30pm 6:00pm
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Calculating the Length of Life in the Sixteenth Century: Arabic Astrology and Humanist Reforms
Margaret E. Gaida, Postdoctoral Instructor in Early Modern Natural Philosophy, Caltech,
Friday, October 15th, 2021
12:00pm 1:00pm
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● POSTPONED: History and Philosophy of Science Seminar

This seminar has been postponed until May 2022 (date TBD).
Myles Jackson, Professor of the History of Science, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study,
Thursday, June 10th, 2021
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Online Event
Resolute and Correlated Bayesians
Boris Babic, Assistant Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, INSEAD; former Weisman Postdoctoral Instructor in Philosophy of Science, Caltech (2017-2019),
Monday, June 1st, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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▶︎ CANCELED: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

This seminar has been canceled.
Alastair Wilson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham,
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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▶︎ CANCELED: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

This seminar has been canceled.
Jill North, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University,
Thursday, April 16th, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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▶︎ CANCELED: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

This seminar has been canceled.
Tim Maudlin, Professor of Philosophy, New York University,
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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▶︎ CANCELED: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

This seminar has been canceled.
Matthias Dörries, Professor of Epistemology and History of Science, University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study,
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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▶︎ CANCELED: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

This seminar has been canceled.
Don Howard, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame,
Friday, March 6th, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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▶︎ CANCELED: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

This seminar has been canceled.
Paula Findlen, Professor of Early Modern Europe and History of Science, Stanford University,
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Spiritual Mobilization: Re-selling market fundamentalism to America's clergy during the New Deal
Erik M. Conway, Visiting Associate in the Humanities, Caltech,
Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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The Fallacy of Calibrationism
Yoaav Isaacs, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University,
Thursday, October 24th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Understanding "why": The role of causality in cognition
Tobias Gerstenberg, Assistant Professor in Psychology, Stanford University,
Thursday, October 10th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Nothing is real, but thank God it's epistemic
Mario Hubert, Howard E. and Susanne C. Jessen Postdoctoral Instructor in Philosophy of Physics, Caltech,
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Aristotelian Mechanics in the Renaissance
Mark Schiefsky, Visiting Associate in Philosophy, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech; C. Lois P. Grove Professor of the Classics, Harvard University,
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Premodern roots of modern subjectivity
Gabriel Motzkin, Eleanor Searle Visiting Professor of History, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Causal Simulation
Thomas Icard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University,
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

The Interferon Tournament: Credit Markets and Economies of Honor in the First Age of Biotech
Nicolas Rasmussen, Professor, Programs in History and Environment & Society, School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales,
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Generalized Learning and Conditional Expectation
Simon Hutteger, Professor of Philosophy, UC Irvine,
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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The Data Science of Human Heredity… Decades before Mendel
Theodore M. Porter, Distinguished Professor of History & Vice Chair for Academic Personnel, UCLA,
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Visiting Newton's Atelier Before the "Principia," 1679-1684
Michael Nauenberg, Professor of Physics, Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz,