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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Measurement Therapy aims to offer a thematically flexible and inviting space to discuss any historical or philosophical issues pertaining to measurement. Examples include the variety of material and cognitive practices of measurement, their historical change, their political significance, as well as concepts of measurement (precision, accuracy, uncertainty, quantification, reliability...), and the metaphysics of quantities. The idea is that we can collectively learn from and support each other, by sharing our particular disciplinarily and temporarily specific perspectives on measurement.

Easter Term 2022

We will be reading drafts written by our members. Please contact any of the organisers if you would like to read the drafts beforehand (we will add you to the mailing list).

We will meet on Fridays at 10.30am in the Bradfield Room, Darwin College (opposite to the front door of the Study Centre).

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

6 May

Cristian Larroulet Philippi, 'Is measurement in the human sciences doomed? On the quantity objection'

20 May

Emma Prevignano, 'The international recognition of the metric system in a new diplomatic order (1785–1799)'

3 June

Miguel Ohnesorge, 'The promises and pitfalls of precision: measurement and systematic error in physical geodesy, 1800–1910'