from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
SPRING 2013 READING GROUP: VITALISM & MECHANISM Since antiquity, disputes over the criteria distinguishing living from non-‐living matter -‐ as well as material and immaterial causal agents in nature -‐ have constituted some of the most lively episodes in the history and philosophy of science. While the late 20th century development of molecular genetics has seemingly ensured the historical death of vitalistic doctrines, some contemporary scholars and scientists have, instead, proposed the continued importance of the vitalism/mechanism debate. Over eight sessions the reading group will therefore explore these debates from a variety of disciplinary angles to facilitate fruitful dialogue between participants with diverse scholarly backgrounds and interests. We also encourage participants to propose readings and lead discussions throughout the semester.
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