Science Across Cultures: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives October 24th, 2003 Princeton University – 211 Dickinson Hall, History Department Organized by Helen Tilley (History) and Daniel Garber (Philosophy)
Conference Context: There was a time when the history of science and philosophy of science were natural allies. The philosophy of science was more historically oriented then, and the history of science was more centrally concerned with the texts and issues connected with the great European scientists who were the concern of philosophers of science as well. Both fields have changed considerably in the last twenty-five years. The philosophy of science has become more focused on particular technical problems in the special sciences, while the history of science has increasingly concentrated on cross-cultural work and on understanding the place of the sciences (including medicine and technology) in the relations among peoples of the world. To explore new ways in which the history of science can articulate with philosophical inquiry, Princeton’s History of Science program has organized three one-day workshops to examine the theoretical implications of recent research considering science across cultures.
The first workshop — on Friday October 24th — will consider four papers on Asia (India, China, and Vietnam). The second workshop — on Friday February 13th — also consists of four papers, one dealing with the Americas, another on Pacific islands, a third on Africa, and fourth on the Caribbean. The final workshop — on Friday May 21st — focuses on the theme “medicine and magic in the twentieth century”. The titles and abstracts for all the papers can be found on the Princeton History of Science Program’s website: www.princeton.edu/~hos.
Papers for each conference are pre-circulated. If you would like to attend the October 24th workshop, please write to the program administrator, Tina Erdos ([email protected]). The full program is below.
211 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University, History Department 8:45am Coffee and Pastries
9:00am “Competing Cosmologies and the Problem of Contradiction in Sanskrit Knowledge Systems,” Christopher Minkowski, Cornell University; Commentary: Gary Hatfield, University of Pennsylvania.
10:20am Coffee Break
10:40am”Plurality and Transition: Knowledge Systems in Nineteenth Century India,” David Arnold, SOAS-London; Commentary: Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University.
1:30pm “The Role of French Colonialism in Current Vietnamese Attitudes Towards Pharmaceuticals,” Laurence Monnais-Rousselot, Universite de Montreal; Commentary: David Wong, Duke University.
2:50pm Coffee Break
3:10pm “Language, Science and the Organization of Knowledge in Republican China,” Bridie Andrews, Harvard University; Commentary: Daniel Garber, Princeton University.
4:45pm Reflections and Final Discussion; General Commentary, Gibert Harman, Princeton University.
6:30pm Dinner for all participants
Please register with Tina Erdos ([email protected])