Historical epistemology and ontology

Historical epistemology and ontology involve the long-term historical examination of the fundamentals of a scientific worldview, the principles of justification, the evolution of hypothesis testing, the place and meaning of evidence. Research in this area is concerned with the historical development of notions (as well as normative dimensions) of evidence, proof, objectivity, classification, concept formation, issues of realism and anti-realism, and the meaning of scientific objects and the development of disciplines and styles of reasonings. Philosophy of science in Canada is strikingly historically informed; the philosophical and social interests of the historical actors is an important topic within history of science in Canada.

The changing norms of scientific knowledge-formation is an area of increasing interest in the social, philosophical and rhetorical study of science, technology and medicine in Canada, and Canadian scholars are amongst the leaders in the field internationally.

The cluster will combine these interests, providing new opportunities for unique inter- and trans-disciplinary research projects in, for example, the rise of evidence-based medicine, the standards of public proof of the reliability and safety of biotechnology, and the norms and ownership of scientific knowledge. Here the cluster will open up engagement with practicing scientists, as have the pioneering efforts of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill, the Philosophy of Science Research Group at Western, the Perimeter Institute at Waterloo, the Evolution Studies Group at Dalhousie or the new Pacific Institute for Theoretical Physics at UBC.

Upcoming Theme News and Events

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Oct

10

Ontario Node
Erasures and Fabulations Pt 1 of Activating Evidence Technoscience Salon ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE, 180 Shaw Street, 4-6 p.m. [+]

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Nov

28

Ontario Node
Friday November 28 :: Queering EvidenceARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE, 180 Shaw Street, 4-6 p.m.Pt 3 of the Activating Evidence Technoscience Salon [+]

Past Theme News and Events

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Sep

26

Calgary Summit of Philosophers of Science Future Approaches for Philosophy of Biology September 26-27, 2014 For full information, click here. The Alberta Node is pleased to support student... [+]

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Sep

06

An anonymous donor has provided the University of Montreal with 1.5 million dollars (Canadian) to fund the Aesop Chair in Philosophy. It’s first holder is philosopher of science Frédéric... [+]

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Jul

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The Frankfurt School: The Critique of Capitalist Culture An Interdisciplinary Conference July 17 – 19, 2014 Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC Free. Reserve a seat for... [+]

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Apr

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Prosocial attitudes and patterns of academic entrepreneurship Mark Freel, École de gestion TELFER, Université d'Ottawavendredi 11 avril 2014 salle N-8150Résumé : Drawing on survey data from 22,000 UK... [+]

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Apr

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Time on Device: Slot Machine Design and the Turn Away from Risk in Gambling Natasha Schull (MIT) Thursday, 10 April 2014, 5:30pm (jeu 10 avril, 17h30): McGill, Arts West W-215 (co-sponsored with... [+]

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Apr

04

Event :: ONTOLOGIES Speakers :: Paul Nadasdy (Cornell University), Keiichi  Omura (Osaka University) Discussants :: Mark Vardy (Queen’s University), Petra Hroch (University of Alberta)... [+]

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Apr

01

Following Chromosomes: Human Heredity in the Atomic Age    York: Apr. 1, 2014 12:30Speaker: Soraya de Chadarevian, UCLA http://www.history.ucla.edu/people/faculty?lid=4296Seminar... [+]

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Apr

01

De l'exclusion à l'innovation théorique: le cas de l'éconophysique Christophe Schinckus, University of LeicesterRésumé : L'exposé portera sur l'exclusion de l'éconophysique par l'économie... [+]

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Mar

28

From misconduct to bias, through the hierarchy of the sciences Daniele Fanelli, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréalvendredi 28 mars 2014 De 12:30 à 14:... [+]

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Mar

27

INCUBATOR Lab welcomes the Technoscience Salon to Windsor! Join us for a round table discussion, fun and prizes with theorists and artists! Alter Life: Biology + Technology + Art? Thursday, March 27... [+]

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Mar

27

Professor Matthew Nisbet of the School of Communication at American University will present "Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change" on Thursday,... [+]

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Mar

24

SF:  String Figures, Multispecies Muddles, Staying with the Trouble Donna Harraway, Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California,... [+]

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Mar

21

Gaia, Anthropology and the Law Bruno Latour (Sciences-Po, Paris) Friday, 21 March 2014, 4pm (ven 21 mars, 16h): Moot Court (Law building, 3644 r Peel, room 100) Sponsored by McGill Faculty of Law's... [+]

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Mar

18

After IVF: The New Anthropology of Reproduction York: Mar. 18, 2014, 12:30Speaker: Sarah Franklin (Cambridge) http://www.sociology.cam.ac.uk/contacts/staff/profiles/sfranklin.htmlSeminar Series... [+]

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Mar

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Malthus or Mutualism? A Reassessment of the Politics of Evolution in Victorian England Piers Hale, Deparrment of History of Science, University of Oklahoma Th. March 13 5pm Coach House, Green... [+]