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tfacTime: 4 November 2019, 3:00-6:00 PM

Location: Searle Center Conference Room

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Alexander von Humboldt 250th anniversary celebration: Celebratory Colloquium


Date: 1-2 November 2019

Location: Forest History Society, 2925 Academy Rd., just off Duke’s West Campus

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Note: There is also a Humboldt reading group this semester. If you are interested in participating in this, please contact either Daniel Richter, Prof. Soils and Ecology, or Zackary Johnson, Prof. of Molecular Biology in Marine Science, in the Nicholas School of the Environment.

HPS Lunchtime Discussion: Stefani Engelstein


Please join us on Friday, October 25th, for an informal lunchtime discussion with Stefani Engelstein.

Time: 11:30-1:00

Location: 202 West Duke Building, East Campus

These lunchtime discussions provide a venue for faculty with interests in HPS to learn about one another’s work and discuss topics of mutual interest. Please bring your own lunch.

UNC event: David Albert, “How to teach Quantum Mechanics - Part II”

Date: October 16

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Gardner 309, UNC

UNC event: The 2019 Polanyi Lecture. David Albert, “The Problem of the Direction of Time” 

Date: October 15

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC

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UNC event: David Albert, “How to teach Quantum Mechanics - Part I”

davidalbertDate: October 14

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Caldwell 213, UNC

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Alexander von Humboldt 250th anniversary celebration: Public Lecture and Lynn W. Day Lectureship by Andrea Wulf, best-selling author of The Invention of Nature


Date: 1 October 2019

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center (LSRC) on Duke’s West Campus. Parking in Bryan Center parking lot and deck. Learn more.



Philosophy Colloquium: Elaine Landry

September 6, 2019 – On Friday, September 13, in West Duke 202, Elaine Landry from UC Davis will give a talk. Her research interests include history and philosophy of mathematics, history and philosophy of science, and Plato's philosophy of mathematics. Read more about Dr. Landry here.

The Srinivas Aravamudan Annual Lecture in Critical Theory: John Durham Peters

September 6, 2019 – On September 12 & 13, in Friedl Building Rm 115, John Durham Peters from Yale is going to give the Srinivas Aravamudan Annual Lecture in Critical Theory. The first day's topic is PICTURING WEATHER, PICTURING CLIMATE and the second day's topic is TIME AND OTHER PROBLEMS IN MEDIA THEORY. Read More->

April 4-5, 2019: Du Châtelet Prize workshop

Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics 2019: Workshop
Thursday April 4th – Friday April 5th
Duke University

A workshop on the topic of this year’s prize “How matter acts on matter: unsolved problems in the philosophy of physics, 1680-1780” at which this year’s winner will be our honored speaker, and with additional talks by members of the prize committee.

Thursday April 4th
Friedl Building 107, East Campus

2:00pm Opening remarks
2:05pm Andrew Janiak (Duke University)
“A complete book of physics: Madame Du Châtelet’s Institutions”
3:15pm Mary Domski (University of New Mexico)
“Newton on the Nature and Scope of Natural Knowledge”
4:30pm Du Châtelet Prize presentation
4:35pm Du Châtelet Prize Lecture: Adwait Parker
“Newton on Active and Passive Quantities of Matter”

Friday April 5th
Classroom Building 125, East Campus

9:30am Chris Smeenk (University of Western Ontario)
“Newton and Phenomenalism"
10:45am George Smith (Tufts University)
“The Mysteries of Liquids and Viscosity”
Lunch break
1:00pm Katherine Brading (Duke University)
“Du Châtelet on collisions”

Attendance is free and open to all.

March 5, 2019:  Talk - "Intoxicants and the Invention of 'Consumption'"

Hosted in Classroom (Formerly Carr) 229

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch provided. RSVP if you will attend. 

Abstract: In 1600 the word 'consumption' was a term of medical pathology describing the ‘wasting, petrification of things’. By 1700 it was also a term of economic practice: ‘In commodities, the value rises as its quantity is less and vent greater, which depends upon it being preferred in its consumption’. This paper examines how a term of medical pathology became a normative economic descriptor. It also considers the concerns and issues that informed this semantics and why, in particular, 'intoxicants' like alcohols and tobaccos figured so prominently in its appropriation by early mercantilist writers.  

March 1-2, 2019: Workshop on Cognitive Control and Responsibility

Sponsored by the: John Templeton Foundation, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Philosophy at Duke University

Place: Multipurpose room – Duke Institute for Brain Science

Organizers: Santiago Amaya (Universidad de los Andes) and Felipe De Brigard (Duke University)

More information and schedule of events here.

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