Previous events

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Time and place: Dec. 6, 2021 12:00 PM1:30 PM, Georg Morgenstiernes Hus, rom 452

Jack Wright (University of Cambridge, guest researcher at CPS, UiO) will present on "The new demarcation problem".

Time and place: Dec. 6, 2021 10:00 AM3:30 PM, Georg Sverdrups Hus, Undervisningsrom 1

The Colloquium for Science Studies (Forumet for vitenskapsteori) organizes a seminar where recipients of the Colloquium's scholarship will present results of their works. 

Time and place: Dec. 1, 2021 6:00 PM7:15 PM, Urbygningen / Domus Academica, Karl Johans Gate 47

Offentlig foredrag som markerer åpningen av den 8. norske konferansen i vitenskapshistorie. Mer informasjon her.

Time and place: Dec. 1, 2021 6:00 PM7:15 PM, Domus Academica (Urbygningen), Karl Johans Gate 47

Public lecture at the opening of the 8th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science. Language: Norwegian. More info in Norwegian here.

Time and place: Nov. 29, 2021 12:00 PM1:00 PM, Georg Morgenstiernes Hus, rom 452

Nicholas Allott (IFIKK/ILOS,UiO) and Terje Lohndal (NTNU) will present on "the Pursuit of the Strong Minimalist Thesis". 

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Time and place: Nov. 10, 2021 2:15 PM3:30 PM, Georg Sverdrups Hus, Undervisningsrom 1

Gry Oftedal, Senior Lecturer and Head of Centre for Philosophy and the Sciences (CPS), Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo.

Time: Nov. 8, 2021

Postponed until spring semester 2022.

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Time and place: Oct. 27, 2021 2:15 PM3:30 PM, Georg Sverdrups Hus, Undervisningsrom 1

Sophia Efstathiou is a Researcher (Forsker) at the Programme for Applied Ethics, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is currently leading the international KLIMAFORSK project MEATigation: Towards sustainable meat use in Norwegian food practices for climate mitigation (2020-24), and the Norwegian participation in the H2020 project ISEED: Inclusive Science and European Democracies (2021-24).  

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Time and place: Oct. 25, 2021 12:00 PM1:00 PM, Georg Morgenstiernes Hus, rom 452

Salvatore Florio (Professor II CPS/ IFIKK) will present on "Singularism, Pluralism, and Definitional Equivalence".

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Time and place: Oct. 21, 2021 2:15 PM4:00 PM, Sophus Bugges hus, Auditorium 2

Philip Kitcher (Columbia University, NY) will give the CPS Annual Lecture 2021.

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Time and place: Oct. 20, 2021 2:15 PM3:30 PM, Georg Sverdrups Hus, Undervisningsrom 1
Philip Kitcher is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. His work is highly influential within the philosophy of science and beyond, and some of his research interests lie in the ethical and political constraints on scientific research, the evolution of altruism and morality, and the seeming conflict between science and religion. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, and the American Philosophical Association awarded him its inaugural Prometheus Prize in 2006 for lifetime achievement in “expanding the frontiers of science and philosophy.” 
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Time and place: Oct. 13, 2021 2:15 PM3:30 PM, Zoom (

Emma Vikström has a PhD in education and is currently working as a researcher and lecturer in the teacher training programme at Örebro University, Sweden. Her research interests lie in the fields of the history of education and history of ideas and focus on historical change regarding educational goals and means. She will be presenting some parts of her recently published thesis on eugenics and education in Ellen Key’s work. 

Time and place: Oct. 4, 2021 12:00 PM1:00 PM, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Seminarrom 203

Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos (IFIKK, UiO) will present on "Processing English imprecise absolute adjectives: role of context and linking hypotheses".

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Time and place: Sep. 20, 2021 12:00 PM1:00 PM, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Seminarrom 203

It is tempting to think that the answer to the question ‘what is reproduction?’ can be found through studying biology. But is this really the case? And if not, how do we answer such a question, and what are the consequences of choosing one way over another?

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Time and place: Sep. 13, 2021 12:00 PM1:00 PM, Georg Morgenstiernes Hus, seminarrom 204

Yael Friedman (CPS/IFIKK) presents on the concept of recovery in the philosophy of medicine. 

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Time and place: May 19, 2021 2:15 PM3:30 PM, Zoom: 8270614124

Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts, Jr., is visiting the Science Studies Colloquium Series. Roberts is Director of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), Associate Professor of History and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences. He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on African-American history, medical and public health history, urban history, issues of policing and criminal justice, and the history of social movements.

The seminar is open for everyone!

Time and place: May 12, 2021 2:15 PM3:30 PM, Zoom: 8270614124

Craig Callender is Professor of Philosophy and Founding Faculty and Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics at the University of California, San Diego. He also sits on the Freedom and Responsibility in Science Committee of the International Science Council, Paris and the Faculty of The John Bell Institute, Hvar, Croatia. Before moving to San Diego, he worked in the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. He works in many areas of philosophy of science. His book What Makes Time Special? (Oxford University Press, 2017) won the 2018 Lakatos Award.

Time and place: May 3, 2021 12:15 PM1:00 PM, zoom

Øystein Linnebo (IFIKK, UiO) presents "Core Constructional Ontology (CCO): a Constructional Theory of Parts, Sets, and Relations".

Time and place: Apr. 26, 2021 12:15 PM1:00 PM, zoom

Karen Crowther (IFIKK, UiO) presents work in progress.

Time and place: Apr. 19, 2021 12:15 PM1:00 PM, zoom

Olav Gjelsvik (IFIKK, UiO) presents "On evolutionary theory, morality, and rationalism"

Time and place: Apr. 7, 2021 2:15 PM3:30 PM, Zoom: 8270614124

In Performing Indigenous Health Research in a Multiethnic Landscape: The Population-based Study on Health and Living in Regions with Sami and Norwegian Populations - the SAMINOR Study Ann Ragnhild Broderstad, head of SAMINOR, will be discussing the upcoming third SAMINOR survey, in the broader context of how the modern history of indigenous groups has created both distinct needs for focused health-research and distinct considerations in such research. Prof. Broderstad is academic director of the Centre for Sami Health Research at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, in addition to her role with the Department of Medicine, University Hospital of North Norway.

Time and place: Mar. 29, 2021 12:15 PM1:00 PM, zoom

Keith A. Wilson (IFIKK, UiO) presents work in progress.

Time and place: Mar. 22, 2021 12:00 PM1:00 PM, zoom

Joanna Pollock (IFIKK, UiO) presents work in progress.





Bildeinnhold: Pressekonferanse med direktør i Folkehelseinstituttet Camilla Stoltenberg, helse- og omsorgsminister Bent Høie, statsminister Erna Solberg og helsedirektør Bjørn Guldvog stående ved hvert sitt podium.
Time and place: Mar. 17, 2021 2:15 PM4:00 PM, Zoom: 66330765607
I et demokrati er det de folkevalgte som bestemmer, men fagekspertise gir råd og legger mange viktige premisser. Hva vet vi om ekspertkunnskapens rolle i politikken? Hva kjennetegner kretsløpet mellom forskning og politikk i norsk kontekst? Hvordan har forholdet mellom faglige råd og verdimessige vurderinger artet seg under håndteringen av koronapandemien? Sett i lys av erfaringer fra koronakrisen, er det mangler i måten forholdet mellom vitenskap, verdier og politikk fungerer og forstås på? Er det ting som burde ha blitt tenkt og gjort annerledes i norsk koronahåndtering?
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Time and place: Mar. 10, 2021 2:15 PM3:30 PM, Zoom: 8270614124

Liliana Doganova is finally (digitally) visiting the Science Studies Colloquium Series, after her scheduled visit last year had to be postponed. Doganova teaches at Ecole des Mines and PSL. Her research lies at the intersection of economic sociology and STS (Science and Technology Studies), and explores market construction processes and valuation devices. She is currently preparing a monograph on the historical sociology of discounting.

The seminar is open for everyone!