Changing Conceptions of Scientific Change

June 22nd 12-6 p.m.

Division of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds (together with Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London)

The notion of scientific change sits at the heart of the history and philosophy of science. How should it be characterised? Does it proceeds incrementally or through revolutions? What impact should it have on the realism debate? These are just some of the questions that historians and philosophers of science face in their teaching and research.

The aim of this workshop is to bring historians and philosophers together to consider how our understanding of this notion has changed over the past thirty years in particular, and how that change in understanding has been informed by changes in the history, historiography and philosophy of science.

The workshop is open to all in the HPS community but we would particularly welcome postgraduates and postdoctoral scholars in the field.


12-1pm Welcome and sandwich lunch

1-2pm Session 1: Conceptual change in the history of evolutionary theory with Joe Cain and Fern Elsdon-Baker

Chair: Jon Hodge

2-2.30pm Coffee/tea

2.30-3.30pm Session 2: Scientific Change Through the Ages

Jon Topham on the second scientific revolution Chris Renwick on Patrick Geddes’ phases of technics Graeme Gooday on neo-Marxist and materialist approaches to scientific change

Chair: Hasok Chang

3.30-4pm Coffee/tea

“Beyond paradigms”: Two round-tables on research and teaching

4-4.45pm Post-Kuhnian historiography and philosophy of science

Grant Fisher on scientific discovery Michela Massimi on Friedman on Kuhn’s Kantianism Sam Schindler on the ignorance of evidence as a facilitator of theory- change

Chair: Greg Radick

5-5.45pm Roundtable: Can we stop teaching Kuhn yet?

Chair: David Mossley

5.45-6pm Closing remarks

6-7 p.m. Buffet dinner

Registration: £10 (inc. lunch and buffet supper). A limited number of student bursaries may be available.

Please contact Fern Elsdon-Baker at [email protected] by June 20th.