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I've just read "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" by Thomas Kuhn which is a seminal work in the history of science, and raises philosophical questions (at least for me) about the production and nature of scientific knowledge.  Now I'm looking for good rebuttals to Kuhn and perhaps will read something by Karl Popper, who also wrote about science, next.

It occurred to me that it would be a lot more fun to do this as part of a group.  Does anyone want to read in this area, also, and if so, maybe we could get a discussion group together?

I'm very much a lay person with regards to philosophy and the history of science so I'd rather not be the one to teach this class, although perhaps with some outside advisement on a sort of syllabus I'd be happy to help coordinate.  I'd imagine this being a couple months long and involve discussing a book, section of a book, or article each weekend.



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That lecture series sounds really interesting. Is anyone thinking of going? If so, maybe (if the timing works) we could carpool or informally meet up to attend/discuss the lectures

If you follow the effects of Kuhn through the 70s and 80s you end up with a lot of socialist and post-marxist feminist / postcolonial work on science & technology.

There's a course on these aspects this April/Mau at UCI, and all the public lectures are open. (The drive down the 405 is the only catch). The readings and dates are below:

Course Description

Description: This course will situate the work of Donna Haraway in light of the development of science and technology studies, feminist theory and recent
cultural inquiry into animals, objects and relations." Students will attend one 2-hour discussion session on April 27th, 3:00-5:00pm in HG1030, and three of the four following special lectures:

1) Wednesday, April 13th, 12-1pm, "Postcolonial Technoscience," by Prof. Kavita Philip, UC Irvine, in Paul Merage School of Business, Room 112.

2011 Wellek Library Lectures by Prof. Emerita Donna Haraway, UC Santa Cruz

2) Monday, May 2nd, 5:00-7:00pm, in HG 1030 - Lecture I: "Love in a Time of Extinctions: Staying
with the Trouble"
3) Tuesday, May 3rd, 5:00-7:00pm, in HG 1030 - Lecture II: "When Chickens Matter: Old Cities
Yet to Come"
4) Thursday, May 5th, 5:00-7:00pm, in HG 1030 - Lecture III: "Making a Mess with Companion
Species: The Critical Theory of Potluck"

Readings for the Reading-Group are available below. The recommended books for the course are on reserve at Langson and Ayala Libraries under Prof. Philips's Women's Studies 290 "Readings in Donna Haraway."

Recommended Books:
Judith Butler, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence, 2004 (Langson Library: HV6432 .B88 2004)

D. Haraway, When Species Meet, (Ayala Science Library Bar QL85 .H37 2008)

Jacques Derrida, The Animal that Therefore I am, (Langson Library: B2430.D483 A5513 2008)

Deborah Bird Rose, Reports from a Wild Country (Langson Library GN666 .R62 2004)

Isabelle Stengers, "A Cosmopolitical Proposal," in Making Things Public, eds. Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel, (Langson Library JA66 .M27 2005)

Isabelle Stengers, Penser avec Whitehead, 2002

Marilyn Strathern, Partial Connections updated edition, 2004 (Langson Library (N307.7 .S77 2004)

Marsha Weisiger, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country, 2009

I don't know if I have any time for this, but I really like the proposal. I read "Structure" a while back and really liked it. I've also liked Guy Robinson's perspective on Kuhn in his essay "On Misunderstanding Science" in his Philosophy and Mystification. I haven't read it, but Kuhn: Philosopher of Scientific Revolution by Wes Sharrock and Rupert Read looks like it addresses critiques of Kuhn by Popper and Feyerabend.


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