Workshop with Hasok Chang "Pragmatist Realism: Philosophy, History, and Science"
Based on the book Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism by Hasok Chang
Time: 6-9 March 2017
Venue: Jakobi 2 (Philosophicum - all classes and public lectures) and Ravila 14a (Chemicum - laboratory practice on Wednesday), Tartu, Estonia
Maximum number of participants: 20
Primary focus group: master, doctoral and advanced undergraduate students, and young scholars in philosophy, science and history
Amount of credits and final assessment (facultative): 3 ECTS, non-differentiated
General structure of the workshop: The workshop will include reenactments of historical experiments with chemical reactions in laboratory. Assessment will be based on an essay about the laboratory experiments.
Monday 6 March
9:30-10:00 AM Registration of the participants
10:00-11:30 AM, room 327, Class 1: Review/exposition of Is Water H2O? - Historical
12:00-1:30 PM, room 327, Class 2: Review/exposition of Is Water H2O? - Philosophical
4:15-5:45 PM, room 336, Public lecture 1: The revival of pragmatism in the philosophy of science
Tuesday 7 March
10:00-11:30 AM, room 327, Class 3: Pragmatism (and related doctrines) as well-rounded empiricism
12:00-1:30 PM, room 327, Class 4: Dewey on knowledge, inquiry and method
4:15-5:45 PM, room 336, Public lecture 2: Coherence, truth and reality
Wednesday 8 March
10:00 AM-1 PM, Chemicum, laboratory practice (room 1064)
4:15-5:45 PM, room 336, Public lecture 3: Realism for realistic people
Thursday 9 March
10:00-11:30 AM, room 327, Class 5: The pragmatic meaning of truth and reality
12:00-1:30 PM, room 327, Class 6: Active realism and the pursuit of knowledge
4:15-5:45 PM, room 336, Public lecture 4: Pluralism and humanism in science
All participants are expected to read the book Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism (2012, Springer) by Hasok Chang in advance.
Hasok Chang is currently Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. The most famous of his publications are his books „Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress“ (2004, OUP) and „Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism“ (2012, Springer). See more about him.
Additional information: Ave Mets (ave.mets [ät] ut.ee)