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Center Discussion Group

Meeting time: Friday afternoons (about every other week). 1:30–3:00 pm
Meeting place: Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science library, 737 Heller Hall

The Center discussion group (CtrDG) reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the philosophy of science, broadly construed. We have a tradition of reading works of important authors and then having them visit to discuss their work with the discussion group. Recent CtrDG visitors have included William C Wimsatt, John Dupré, Jim Woodward, Nancy Cartwright, and Bas van Fraassen each of whose work we read during a semester preceding their separate visits.

Colleagues from area schools and fields outside philosophy regularly participate in our discussions. We continue to seek new participants. All faculty from the University of Minnesota and area colleges and universities are welcome to attend whenever they would like (and without invitation). Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students are also welcome to attend.

For further information contact Alan Love ( or Janet McKernan, Center Administrator (746 Heller Hall, 612-625-6635,

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Fall 2018

The Center Discussion Group will be reading Exploring Inductive Risk by Kevin C. Elliott and Ted Richards (2017).

September 7: Chapter 1 Exploring Inductive Risk: an introduction (pdf)

September 21: Chapter 2 Weighing Inductive Risk (pdf)

October 5: Chapter 3 Decisions, Decisions: Inductive Risk and the Higgs Boson (pdf); Chapter 4 Dual-Use Research and Inductive Risk (pdf)

October 12: Chapter 11 The Geography of Epistemic Risk (pdf)

November 9: Chapter 5 Making Uncertainties Explicit (pdf) and Chapter 9 Inductive Risk and Values in Composite Outcome Measures (pdf)

November 30: Chapter 8 Safe or Sorry? Cancer Screening and Inductive Risk (pdf) and Chapter 12 The Inductive Risk of “Demasculinization” (pdf)

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