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Reflection: Bolzano and Brentano

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

  by Andre Hahn* On October 17, Professor David Luft gave a lecture entitled “Philosophy and Science in Nineteenth-Century Austria: Bernard Bolzano (1781-1848) and Franz Brentano (1838-1917).”  The theme of Professor Luft’s talk was to give Bolzano and Brentano more credit and attention than they normally receive among English speaking historians and philosophers.  Bolzano warrants [...]

Biomedical ethics and the Self

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

by Natalie Rich* During my visit to the Western Michigan University Undergraduate Biomedical Ethics Symposium this last weekend, I had the chance to share an excerpt from my honors thesis with several other students interested in bioethics from across the country. The topics discussed involved relatively straightforward examples, such as case studies involving the end [...]

Radical Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the Intellectual Historian’s Contribution

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

by Mason Tattersall* Dr. Jonathan Israel’s April 26 talk at Oregon State, “Radical Enlightenment and the French Revolution,” presented the key figures in the early (1789-93) stage of the Revolution as proponents of what Israel terms the Radical Enlightenment. Contrary to some accounts Israel characterizes the rise of Robespierre and the Reign of Terror not [...]

Reflection: The Republic of Science and Popper’s Open Society

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

by Mahdieh Tavakol* An interesting aspect of Karl Popper’s thought was the interconnection between his political philosophy and his philosophy of science. This aspect was presented by Malachi H. Hacohen, an intellectual historian of Duke University, in his talk entitled “Karl Popper and the Liberal Imagination in Science and Politics”, part of this year’s series [...]

Mary Jo Nye and the Social Construction of Science

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Congratulations to Mary Jo Nye (Emerita Horning Professor in the Humanities) on the publication of her long-awaited study of Michael Polanyi, the celebrated scientist, philosopher, and critic of positivism.  The title is Michael Polanyi and his Generation: Origins of the Social Construction of Science (Chicago, 2011).  The book has already gained widespread acclaim, including a [...]

Reflection: Bohr’s Copenhagen Interpretation and Heidegger’s Fundamental Ontology

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

  by Mason Tattersall* My project lies within the history of problems. This denotes a methodological approach within historiographic practice, rather than a field of inquiry or a specific subject matter. The history of problems proceeds to examine a given issue in its historical manifestations with the hope thereby of coming to a further understanding [...]

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