Special Talk: Kuhn, the Quotidian, and the Question of God’s Death

24 Apr 2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

470 Stephens Hall

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David Hollinger
Preston Hotchkis Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley



Kuhn’s unique power among his generation’s theorists of science derived in part from the way he embedded large and deep questions in the quotidian of practice. This style of inquiry and exposition is highly relevant to an understanding of his troubled relationship with the philosophers of his own time, including here on the Berkeley campus where he wrote STRUCTURE. His effort to become a philosopher’s philosopher during the years after he left Berkeley mark a withdrawal from the artisanal view of science that was central to his creativity.



About the Speaker, David Hollinger

David Hollinger is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and Harmsworth Professor of the University of Oxford. From 2010-2011 he served as President of the Organization of American Historians.


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This event is sponsored by CSTMS.
Additional sponsorship comes from:  Office for the History of Science and Technology

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