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November 2014 03

  • Monday
    4:00 PM
    The Department of Philosophy welcomes David Wood presenting "Disconcerting Experience."
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    Full Description: The Department of Philosophy welcomes David Wood presenting "Disconcerting Experience." Why is experience important to philosophy? It can provide evidence for our beliefs. It can help keep us open to the world. But everything hangs on what counts as experience. Those that shake our fondest assumptions deserve special attention. David Wood is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Wood's interests lie in the possibilities of reading and thinking opened up by contemporary continental philosophy and by nineteenth century German thought.
    Address: Samson Talbot Hall, Room 210, Denison University, 350 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Department of Philosophy, Titus-Hepp Lecture Series
    Event Contact: Kate Tull, 740-587-6387

December 2014 05

  • Friday
    4:00 PM
    The Department of Philosophy welcomes Christopher Pincock presenting "Newton, Laplace and Salmon on Explaining the Tides" for the Titus-Hepp Lecture Series.
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    Full Description: The Department of Philosophy welcomes Christopher Pincock presenting "Newton, Laplace and Salmon on Explaining the Tides" for the Titus-Hepp Lecture Series. Pincock states: "Salmon cites Newton's explanation of the tides in support of a causal account of scientific explanation. In this paper I reconsider the details of how Newton and his successors actually succeeded in explaining several key features of the tides. It turns out that these explanations depend on elements that are not easily interpreted in causal terms. I use the explanations offered after Newton to indicate two different ways that non-causal factors can be significant for scientific explanation. In Newton's equilibrium explanation, only a few special features of the tides can be explained. A later explanation deploys a kind of harmonic analysis to provide an informative classification of the tides at different locations. I consider the options for making sense of these explanations." Christopher Pincock is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the Ohio State University. His research is centered on the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of science and the history of analytic philosophy.
    Address: F.W. Olin Science Hall, Room 114, Denison University, 100 Sunset Hill, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Department of Philosophy, Titus-Hepp Lecture Series
    Event Contact: Kate Tull, 740-587-6387