Office of Public Affairs
March 28, 2001
CONTACT: Charles Echelbarger, 312-2249
or Douglas Deal, 312-5631
OSWEGO TO SPONSOR EXAMINATION
OF KUHN AND SCIENCE HISTORY
OSWEGO -- "Thinking in Paradigms: Science, Scholarship and the Legacies of Thomas S. Kuhn," a SUNY Conversation in the Disciplines conference, will take place April 6 and 7 in Sheldon Hall at SUNY Oswego.
Two guest lectures will be open to everyone free of charge.
The guest speakers -- Michael Ruse of Florida State University and Kenneth L. Caneva of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro -- are co-sponsored by SUNY Oswego's College of Arts and Sciences. Their lectures will be in the lower lobby of Sheldon Hall.
Ruse is a philosopher of science who will open the conference with his lecture on "Evolutionary Biology: Objective Reality or Social Construction?" at 4 p.m. April 6. Caneva is a historian of science whose topic at 9:30 a.m. April 7 will be "Kuhn's Legacy: Inside and Out."
Ruse has written or edited nearly 20 books and scores of articles, most of them on Darwin, natural selection, evolution and ethics. He is the founding editor of the leading journal in his field, Biology and Philosophy, and is editor of the Philosophy and Biology Series for Cambridge University Press. Among his recent books are "The Darwinian Revolution, Can a Darwinian Be a Christian?," "The Evolution Wars" and "Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction?"
He has been the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State since 1999. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of
Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He earned his doctorate in 1970 at the University of Bristol in England.
Caneva completed his dissertation under Kuhn at Princeton University's program in the history and philosophy of science in 1975. His lecture last fall in a Smithsonian Institution Libraries series is to be published soon as "The Form and Function of Scientific Discoveries."
He is the author of many articles and a book and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship and a recent research fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology. He has taught in the history department at Greensboro since 1979.
More information is available from Dr. Charles Echelbarger, chair of the philosophy department, at 312-2249 or Dr. Douglas Deal, director of general education, at 312-5631.
The conference will also include discussions, a syllabus exchange and three meals. The $20 conference registration fee will be waived for students who register in advance. To register for the conference, contact Jane Santore in the SUNY Oswego philosophy department in Piez Hall on campus, or call her at 312-2249.
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