Don’t forget to come to our social Thursday September 29th (tomorrow) at 7pm at Delta of Venus Cafe! We will be there for a couple hours so if you can’t come right at 7 feel free to stop by a little later. We hope to see you there.🙂
Hi all and welcome back to another year at Davis and another year with the philosophy club! Our first meeting this year is the social on the 29th. We are meeting at 7pm at Delta of Venus to talk about philosophy, catch up, and discuss anything else. We will look forward to seeing you there!
We are also always looking for undergraduate students to present at our weekly meetings. Please contact Jasmine at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
We will have our weekly meeting on Thursday, May 26th, at 7pm in Wellman 233. Alan Gramage will be presenting on a talk on Phenomenology of Narcissism.
Hope to see you there!
A central activity of philosophers of science is to offer analyses of central concepts of the sciences they study. Understanding concepts serves as an aid to solving conceptual puzzles and problems about scientific reasoning, concepts, theories and methods as well as interpreting the results and explanations of science and what they imply about the world we live in. In the case of philosophy of biology, the specialty I practice, central concepts of biology include: gene, cell, population, species, and ecological community, and also evolution, natural selection, inheritance, metabolism, growth, and development. Philosophers often understand analysis as “conceptual analysis”: offering individually necessary and jointly sufficient conditions for a concept to hold of some object, event, or process. In contrast to this understanding, I was raised in a tradition developed substantially by my mentor, William C. Wimsatt at the University of Chicago, in which concepts, models and theories in science are thought to be better understood in terms of heuristics. In this talk I will contrast approaches to understanding science through analysis and heuristics, characterize some important features of Wimsatt’s account of modeling in scientific practice, and emphasize a role for philosophers for science as well as philosophers of science Hope to see you there!
We will have our weekly meeting on Thursday, May 12th, at 7pm in Wellman 233. Professor Gilmore will be presenting during the meeting. The talk is entitled “A Cartesian Argument Against Compositional Nihilism”.
We will have our weekly meeting on Thursday, May 5th, at 7pm in Wellman 233. Jarom Longhurst, a philosophy undergrad, will be presenting this week on a topic in philosophy of economics. We will also have a social event 8:30 pm at de Vere’s Irish Pub on E Street.