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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Fridays, 11am–12noon, Bradfield Room, Darwin College.

Organised by Miguel Ohnesorge (mo459) and Cristian Larroulet Philippi (cl792).

Lent Term 2023

3 February

Eran Tal, 'Two Myths of Representational Measurement', Perspectives on Science 29 (6): 701–741 (2021).

Optional: Joel Michell, An Introduction to the Logic of Psychological Measurement (1990), 28–45.

17 February

Günter Trendler, 'Measurement Theory, Psychology, and the Revolution That Cannot Happen', Theory and Psychology 19,5 (2009): 579–99.

24 February

Kent Staley, 'Securing the Empirical Value of Measurement Results', British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 71, 1 (2020): 87–113.

Optional: Ritson S., Staley K., 'How uncertainty can save measurement from circularity and holism', Stud Hist Philos Sci. 85 (2021): 155–165.

3 March

McClimans L., Browne J., Cano S., 'Clinical outcome measurement: Models, theory, psychometrics and practice', Stud Hist Philos Sci. (2017): 67–73.

10 March

Rebecca Jackson and Merlin Wassermann, 'When standard measurement meets messy genitalia: Lessons from 20th century phallometry and cervimetry', Stud Hist Philos Sci. 95 (2022): 37–49.

17 March