[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: IHPST NEWSLETTER: November 28, 2014

Dag Spicer dspicer at computerhistory.org
Fri Nov 28 13:25:31 PST 2014

Thought this might of interest…  is anyone teaching the “philosophy of computing?”  Should they?  Does computing (outside of AI) involve philosophy?


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From: IHPST <ihpst.info at utoronto.ca<mailto:ihpst.info at utoronto.ca>>
Subject: IHPST NEWSLETTER: November 28, 2014
Date: November 28, 2014 at 1:02:59 PM PST
To: IHPST <ihpst.info at utoronto.ca<mailto:ihpst.info at utoronto.ca>>

November 28, 2014



Wednesday December 10, 4:00 p.m., Location – Victoria College, 2nd floor, Room 213

“Why did HPS Die?” Hakob Barseghyan, Assistant Professor, IHPST, University of Toronto

When HPS was born in the 1960s, its main rationale was that we could study the actual workings of science in order to use that knowledge to answer some key philosophical questions concerning science, such as “what makes science rational?”, “what is the demarcation between science and non-science?”, “what makes one theory better than another?” and ultimately “what is the logic of scientific change?”. Kuhn and other founding fathers of HPS held that in order to get a better understanding of PS we must refer to HS. Lakatos’s famous dictum that “philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind” was not just his own view; it was the guiding principle that was in the foundation of the original HPS.
Yet, what we observe nowadays is historians and philosophers pursuing their separate projects with essentially very little overlap.  If we call things by their names, “HPS” has become a mere umbrella term these days.
So why did the original HPS die and how can it be revived?

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