The Language of Nature: Reconsidering the Mathematization of Science

The Language of Nature

Workshop will reconsider the mathematization of science

This workshop will inaugurate a partnership between the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, and will result in a volume in the Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science series.

Click here for information on funding available for Graduate Students and recent PhDs to attend the workshop

The aim of the workshop project is to re-evaluate a prominent historiographical orientation of twentieth century research on the Scientific Revolution – the mathematization of nature (Koyré, Dijksterhius, Burtt) – in light of the proliferation of novel methodological orientations and studies in the last generation of scholars. By examining the relation between mathematical and scientific knowledge from a variety of perspectives, including philosophical, social, and rhetorical, the workshop and volume will shed new light on the complex gestation and nurture of modern science.

The workshop will take place from Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada.

Confirmed Participants


Roger Ariew, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida

Richard Arthur, Professor, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University

Emily Carson, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, McGill University

Lesley Cormack, Professor and Dean, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta

Dennis Des Chene, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Washington University

Daniel Garber, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University

Ursula Goldenbaum, Associate Professor, Emory University

Geoffrey Gorham, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Macalester College

Benjamin Hill, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Western University

Douglas Jesseph, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida

Dana Jalobeanu, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Eileen Reeves, Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Edward Slowik, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Winona State University

Chris Smeenk, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Western University

Justin Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Concordia University

Kurt Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Bloomsburg University

C. Kenneth Waters, Professor, Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science and Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota

 

Organizers

(in alphabetical order)

Geoffrey Gordon (Philosophy, Macalester College)

Benjamin Hill (Philosophy, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)

Elliot Rossiter (Graduate Student, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)

Edward Slowik (Philosophy, Winona State University)

C. Kenneth Waters (Philosophy, University of Minnesota)

 

 

Further information, including registration details will be announced soon. In the meantime, questions can be sent to rotman@uwo.ca.

 

 

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The Language of Nature workshop will take place October 11-14, 2012