Event Title: The Tenacity of the Nature/Nurture Divide

Event Location: Germany, Berlin

Sponsor(s)/Host Institution(s): Max Planck Institute for the History

of Science

Event Web Site: http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/news/index.html

Event Start Date: 03/20/2009

Event End Date: 03/21/2009

Event Contact E-mail Address: [email protected]

Registration Deadline: 02/20/2009

Additional Information:

The tenacity of the nature/nurture divide

Two-day workshop to be held on March 20-21, 2009

At the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

(Department III)

Brief Description: The formula nature/nurture (Na-Nu) has captured a

very basic split in the causal structure we assign to the constitution

of the human. The divide determines explanatory strategies in

scientific and non-scientific arenas. We aim to further our

understanding of the tenacity of this binary distinction by

contextualizing it within a large time scale, and through different

cultures. This workshop will bring together scientists, historians and

philosophers, who will tackle the Na-Nu complex from different and

complementary angles and will contribute to the collective answering

of questions linked to it. Is there for instance something inevitable

about such dramatic dichotomous structure? Why does it seem to recur,

under ever new shapes, with every new shift in the life and social

sciences? Or has it progressively weakened under the strain of

criticism and alternative frames? Are we then witnessing its last

incarnations? What would a future con¬ceptual field of hu

manities and the life sciences look like without such a conceptual and

ontological divide?

Speakers: Evelyn Fox Keller, Lisa Gannett, Peter Hammerstein, Tim

Ingold, Ursula Klein, Geoffrey Lloyd, Federico Navarrete, Eric

Turkheimer, Elizabeth Williams.

Organizers: Carlos López-Beltrán, Maria Kronfeldner

The workshop is part of the Project “A Cultural History of Heredity”

(Department III).

If you would like to attend, please contact: Maria Kronfeldner [email protected]

(Please note: participation is free, but space is limited).