Philosophy Talk Returns!

Nationally syndicated radio program Philosophy Talk returns to Oregon State University on Wednesday April 15th, 2015 on the Withycombe Hall Main Stage for a live show taping.   This time, our topic will be:

“Science and Politics: Friends or Foes?”

The ideal of science is objectivity in the service of advancing knowledge. We tend to assume that to be objective, scientists must keep their politics from influencing their work. But time and time again we see that science, even some of our best science, is awash in political influences.

Could politics sometimes have a positive effect on objectivity in science? If so, which kinds of politics might have a positive effect and which might not? What criteria could we use to make the distinction? And does ‘objectivity’ still have meaning in this context?

John and Ken take all sides with SHPR Philosophy Prof. Sharyn Clough, author of Beyond Epistemology: A Pragmatist Approach to Feminist Science Studies.

Click below to watch the 2015 Oregon Trailer from Philosophy Talk.

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Still need a class for Spring?

Still need a class for Spring?    We have uploaded all of our course flyers to our Flickr page. You can browse our SP15 course offerings here – History / Philosophy

Check out the short video below to see all of the Religious Studies courses available.

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Were National Parks Actually Mexico’s Best Idea?

“On the eve of the Second World War, Mexico led the world in number of national parks. The Mexican government designated hundreds of thousands of hectares in fourteen states as national parks by 1940, during a time when the country was still recovering from the tumultuous revolution and civil war of the century’s second decade. Although the idea of national parks is typically associated with being the “best idea” of the United States, it was Mexico that led the way in the 1930s. Why Mexico?

In Revolutionary Parks, Emily Wakild tells us that the parks communicated the ideals of the social revolution in Mexico, espousing social justice while implementing the tools of rational science.”

Prof. Jacob Darwin Hamblin leads an all star cast in another excellent H-Environment Roundtable Review.   Panelists this time include:  Sterling Evans, the Louise Welsh Chair of History at the University of Oklahoma; Adrian Howkins, Associate Professor of History at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Curt Meine, an expert on Aldo Leopold and is a scholar of conservation principles; and Cynthia Radding, is Gussenhoven Distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of History at the University of North Carolina.

Read more @ on Jake’s website and/or on h-net.

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“Can Cookery,” 1928

“In the 1920s, anything that could be canned, was: Can Cookery employs canned veal loaf, canned cod cakes, canned lobster, and canned strawberries as well as more familiar fruits and vegetables and of course tuna fish.”

Historian Anita Guerrini explores the history of canned food in her latest post on Anatomia Animalia.

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Why I Have a Hard Time Saying #JeSuisCharlie

“Of course, offensive speech does not justify murder… But I think these most responses evade, rather than engage, the moral dimensions that surround satire.” Read more of Joseph Orosco’s insightful response on The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures website.

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Seeing the Oceans According to Our Values

Jacob Darwin Hamblin’s essay on how “seeing the oceans” has changed over time was published in the June 2014 issue of Isis.  The title is “Seeing the Oceans in the Shadow of Bergen Values.”  It begins with a discussion of how the oceanographer Roger Revelle is lionized today because of his role collecting data on the carbon cycle, and for having inspired many people (including Al Gore).    As he says in the essay, “historians examining documents from 1950s oceanography will look in vain for this hero of the environmental movement. Oceanographers of that era were more likely to be found helping to blow up atolls in the Pacific than trying to save the earth.”

Read more including a link to the full essay on Prof. Hamblin’s blog.

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WWI Panel Convened at OSU Special Collections

72431244_97764402_getty_graphic_soldier_andfield_of_poppies-300x176What did WWI mean for the concept of citizenship and for citizens as they experienced and later commemorated the sacrifices made?

History of Science graduate students Tamara Caulkins and Matt McConnell review and discuss the recent WW1 panel discussion held at the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.

Read their full article on the History of Science

You can watch all four presentations on the Citizenship and Crisis homepage at:

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