Mondays 11:00 – 12:50; 3 Points
Examines interpretations and applications of the calculus of probability including applications as a measure of degree of belief, degree of confirmation, relative frequency, a theoretical property of systems, and other notions of objective probability or chance. Attention to epistimological questions such as Hume’s problem of induction, Goodman’s problem of projectibility, and the paradox of confirmation.
Link to Vergil
Monday 12:10 – 2:00
The aim of this graduate course is to provide a broad introduction to science, medicine and technology in late imperial and modern China, and their relationship to the world. The course examines how the understanding and politics of technology, body, the natural world, and medicine undergo drastic reconfiguration from the late imperial period to the modern period. To understand this shift, we will consider questions of technology and imperialism, global circuits and knowledge transfer, the formulation of the modern episteme of “science,” the popularization and wonder of science, as well as commerce, politics and changing regimes of corporeality, in both the imperial and modern periods while placing close attention to the global context and transnational connections. In addition to getting a sense of the existing historiography on Chinese science, we will also be closely examining primary documents, pertinent theoretical writings, and comparative historiography. A central goal of the course is to explore different methodological approaches including history of science, translation studies, material culture, and global history. Reading ability in Classical Chinese and modern Chinese and facility in critical theory are all required.
Friday 10:10 – 12:00
This graduate colloquium will introduce students to methods in the history of science. It covers the history of the history of science whil surveying current methodologies through key theoretical and critical works. Beginning with the identity and invention of science, it then moves on to examine major twentieth century methodological moments: from postivism and antipositivism, historical epistemology, actor-network theory and the sociology of knowledge to new views on artisanal knowledge and disciplinary allegiances. This is followed by a set of case studies–at both local and global levels–that examine such things as science as a particular form of knowledge, the question of science and interest, intellectual property, and the moral economy of science. No previous experience in the history of science or particular scientific knowledge is required.