The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science advances research and graduate training in the philosophy of science and related studies of science and technology. It fosters a local community through a variety of activities and special events. This local community includes scholars from a number of different disciplines throughout the University of Minnesota as well as area colleges and universities. The Center brings together researchers from around the world through its visiting fellow program and conferences, and conducts collaborative research through its workshops, the results of which are published in Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
Bill Wimsatt, Winton Professor the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and Residential Fellow of MCPS, is being honored with the David L. Hull Prize by the The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB). This prize is awarded to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to scholarship and service in ways that promote interdisciplinary connections between history, philosophy, social studies, and biology and that foster the careers of younger scholars. These are strengths that reflect the contributions of David Hull to our professions and to ISHPSSB.
Visiting Fellow, Peter Truran's new book "Practical Applications of the Philosophy of Science: Thinking About Research" will be published by Springer in May in their research series Springer Briefs in Philosophy.
Drawing on his experience as a research and development scientist in the biomedical device industry, the author shows how the principles of the philosophy of science illuminate the research process. The book is structured on the concept of the inspirational text; it consists of short chapters, each of which provides an accessible discussion of an aspect of the philosophy of science. Each chapter concludes with a list of practical pointers towards the development of attitudes and skills which will benefit the student researcher.
Alan is being recognized for his scholarship in philosophy of biology. His research is distinctive because it hovers at the intersection of the meta-concerns of philosophers and the pragmatic concerns of contemporary scientists. The fact that his work is published in leading scientific journals as well as in the top journals of philosophy of science is quite rare, and a significant marker of the quality and significance of his research. In addition to his outstanding research accomplishments, Alan's teaching and service contributions to the Philosophy Department and to MCPS, and his editorial work for the profession of philosophy of science are outstanding. An award ceremony honoring Alan and other CLA faculty of excellence will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union (refreshments to follow).March 27th, 2013