Readings in the history and philosophy of science, hosted by Allan K and Michael S. For electronic copies of the reading assignments or questions about the group, please email Allan K @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading assignment: The description for the October 19 meeting is coming.
Next in the itinerary after Galileo is Newton. Discussion of action at a distance will take us into the fringes of the modern era with discussion of electro-magnetism. Jumping from Galileo to Newton will also be a natural break, closing one chapter and beginning another. If anyone has been sitting on the sidelines, it’d be a natural place to jump back in. Group description: Join us every-other Saturday at 5:30pm for discussion of philosophy of science. From its inception this group was organized to provide a science friendly philosophy group. Readings (selected from parts of books or articles) often juxtapose countering perspectives. This is intentional, as friendly, passionate discussion is encouraged. With active discussion of differences comes understanding. We hope to leave every meeting with a better understanding of some of those perennial issues regarding knowledge and science which continue to engage active discussion – the problem of induction, usefulness of philosophy and metaphysics, reconciling the old and new, relationship of language to doing. The readings are partitioned into quasi- self-contained units for the convenience of some who might wish to occasionally drop in. We explore science from its origins to its modern developments, as voiced not only in the writings of those who have philosophized about science, experience, and knowledge, but also in the voice of the scientists themselves. We explore history of scientific ideas, connections between these ideas, and streams of scientific thinking. The readings and discussions steer deep into empiricism, rationalism, and realism, as well as into the nature of objectivity, role of language and logic, and, not least, how we collectively come to agreement on what is true.