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Department of History and Philosophy of Science

 

The Pragmatism Reading Group is held on Mondays at 11am–12noon in the Board Room. Organised by Oscar Westerblad and Céline Henne.

Michaelmas Term 2021
Pragmatism and Science: Historical and Contemporary Views

Historical views

4 October: online meeting

Peirce, C. S. (1902). 'On Science and Natural Classes', ch. 9 in The Essential Peirce: Selected Philosophical Writings Volume 2 (1893–1913), Indiana University Press, 1998: 115–132. (Available through iDiscover.)

18 October

Dewey, J. (1929). 'Ideas at Work', ch. 5 in The Quest for Certainty, The Later Works 4, 1925–1953, Southern Illinois University Press: 87–111. (Alternative link)

25 October

Dewey, J. (1929). 'The Play of Ideas', ch. 6 in The Quest for Certainty, The Later Works 4, 1925–1953, Southern Illinois University Press: 112–135. (Alternative link)

1 November

Sellars, W. (1965). 'Scientific Realism or Irenic Instrumentalism: A Critique of Nagel and Feyerabend on Theoretical Explanation', in Philosophical Perspectives: Metaphysics and Epistemology, Ridgeview Publishing Company 2011: 147–173. (Scan will be provided.)

8 November

deVries, W. (2005). 'Science and reality: induction, laws, theories and the real', ch. 6 in Wilfrid Sellars, Routledge: 142–170. (Available through iDiscover.) (Subject to revision.)

Contemporary views

15 November

Haack, S. (2001). 'Clues to the Puzzle of Scientific Evidence', Principia, 5 (1–2): 253–81.

22 November

Blackburn, S. (2002). 'Realism: Deconstructing the Debate', Ratio, 15: 111–133.

29 November

Pihlström, S. (2012). 'Toward Pragmatically Naturalized Transcendental Philosophy of Scientific Inquiry and Pragmatic Scientific Realism', Studia Philosophica Estonica, 5 (2): 79–94.

6 December

Chang, H. (2019). 'Pragmatism, Perspectivism, and the Historicity of Science', in Massimi, M., McCoy, C. (eds.) Understanding Perspectivism: Scientific Challenges and Methodological Prospects, Routledge: 10–27. (Subject to revision.)

13 December

TBC