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(HS/OS) History and Philosophy of the Earth Sciences

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cornelis Menke

Kurzname: HS/OS Earth Sciences
Kursnummer: 05.127.190


Scientific controversies in geology and earth science have been widely discussed within philosophy of science.  At the beginning of the 19th century, the debate between catastrophist theories of the earth and Lyell's uniformitarianism achieved wide attention, and philosophers of science like William Herschel and William Whewell, in their writings on the nature of science, frequently referred to geology and its development.  Martin Rudwick's seminal account of The Great Devonian Controversy is probably still the most outstanding study in (integrated) history and philosophy of science we possess.  The history of the seemingly belated acceptance of theories of continental drift in the mid-20th century was used by philosophers to support nearly every model of scientific change ever proposed (Popper's, Kuhn's, Lakatos's, Laudan's), or accounts of social epistemology (Miriam Solomon), or of the pursuit-worthiness of new ideas in natural science.

The focus of the seminar will be on the most famous controversies in the history of geology --- the controversy between Neptunism vs Plutonism about the origin of stones, between uniformitarianism and catastrophism about how to inquire the history of the earth, and the debate about continental drift in particular -- and how they have influenced and shaped the way philosophers think about scientific change and progress.

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

The seminar will be held in English. 


Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
15.04.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
22.04.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
29.04.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
06.05.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
20.05.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
27.05.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
10.06.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
17.06.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
24.06.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
01.07.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
08.07.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline
15.07.2021 (Donnerstag)14.15 - 15.45 UhrOnline

Semester: SoSe 2021