Episode 45 - Anna Alexandrova
Episode 44 - Kareem Khalifa
On Episode 45, Nick chats with Anna Alexandrova, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, about coming of age in Russia during the collapse of the USSR, succeeding in philosophy when she had “no other options,” and her book, “A Philosophy for the Science of Well-being.”
0:15 Hello and welcome / 1:50 Anna fills us in on her summer aka the Cambridge “research term” / 4:22 Anna’s early life and the challenges she faced growing up in Russia during the collapse of the USSR / 13:15 Anna’s first encounter with philosophy as a 16-year-old exchange student in France / 17:51 Anna’s introduction to the philosophy of social science / 20:46 The intellectual life of London, and sexual objectification in Russia / 25:00 How Anna succeeded in philosophy when she had “no other options” / 35:05 The rise of the sciences of well-being / 38:26 What is the science of well-being? / 44:07 The top three philosophy of science issues in the science of well-being / 52:34 Is there a single concept or theory of well-being? / 58:35 What future contributions can (and should) philosophers of the science of well-being make? / 01:04:58 Constructive criticism of Anna’s book “A Philosophy for the Science of Well-being” / 01:07:30 Is well-being a number? / 01:11:30 Anna’s upcoming projects / 01:15:24 The greatest challenge facing philosophy of science today
Episode 43 - Janet Stemwedel
On Episode 44, Nick chats with Kareem Khalifa, Professor at Middlebury College in Vermont (USA), about what it's like to teach and do philosophy of science at a liberal arts college, transitioning from applied mathematics to hermeneutics to philosophy of science, his impressive musical career as a bass guitarist, his new book, 'Understanding, Explanation, and Scientific Knowledge," his current work developing a new account of explanation, and the problem of science journalism.
0:15 Hello and welcome / 2:30 Kareem on his summer conferences and current writing collaborations / 10:37 Key differences between teaching philosophy of science at a university and a liberal arts college / 16:45 Kareem's early life, and his foray into the philosophy of science from applied mathematics to hermeneutics / 30:42 Kareem's music-making on the bass (and his first band's names) / 35:00 Kareem's approach to philosophy of science / 38:35 Kareem's latest book 'Understanding, Explanation, and Scientific Knowledge' / 51:30 Kareem's current projects on building a new account of explanation / 59:33 The problem of science journalism
Episode 42 - Sabina Leonelli
On Episode 43, Nick chats with Janet Stemwedel, Professor and Chair in Philosophy at San Jose State University, about how within two weeks of defending her dissertation in physical chemistry at Stanford she realized that the questions that really kept her up at night were philosophical questions about science rather than scientific questions, why scientific knowledge-building needs ethics, the transmission of "best practices" in the community of science, how engaging in several online academic communities through blog writing and Twitter has helped her philosophical work, and her decision to speak out about sexual assault within the #MeToo Movement.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 2:30
Episode 41: Michael Strevens
On Episode 42, Nick chats with Sabina Leonelli, Professor of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Exeter, about how her desire not to choose between her various research interests led her to study philosophy of science, her early career projects "Understanding Scientific Understanding" and "How well do 'facts' travel?", the epistemic, social, and ethical dimensions of data-intensive science, how data practices differ between biological and biomedical sciences, her role in science policy and governance with the European Commission on open science and open data, why identifying the "so what?" of your research requires interacting with others, and what she does to make sure philosophy of science remains a source of inspiration to the rest of academia and beyond.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 1:50 Sabina
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 1:50 Sabina
Episode 40: Michael Weisberg
On Episode 41, Nick chats with Michael Strevens, professor in the Philosophy Department at New York University, about growing up in Auckland, New Zealand during the 1970s, how his mutual interests in computer science and how thought works lead to undergraduate work in formal logic and graduate study at Rutgers, how he transitioned after being denied tenure at Stanford, philosophy of probabilities in statistical mechanics, the social structure of science, and his new book, "Thinking Off Your Feet: How Empirical Psychology Vindicates Armchair Philosophy."
Episode 39 - Rachel Ankeny
On Episode 40, Nick chats with Michael Weisberg, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, about how a Creationism incident in his own backyard led to the development of the Laboratory for Understanding Science, "finding your thing" in graduate school, his book "Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World," debates surrounding 19th century physician Samuel Morton on biology and race, his various science documentary projects, and his current work promoting ecological and scientific understanding in the Galápagos community.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 2:33 Michael
Episode 38 - Alison Wylie
On Episode 39, Nick chats with Rachel Ankeny, Professor at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, about her experience with the Great Books Program at St. John's College in Santa Fe, the formation of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP), the roles of models and cased-based reasoning in science, the importance of studying non-model organisms, her integrated work on "Hostel Stories," a research project aimed at finding out more about migrant hostels, reception centers, and camps in South Australia, and the greatest challenge facing philosophy of science today.
Timestamps: :15 Introduction 2:06: Rachel
Episode 37 - Quayshawn Spencer
On Episode 38, Nick chats with Alison Wylie, Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and future President of the Philosophy of Science Association, about her formative experiences working as an advocationalist archaeologist throughout Saskatchewan, Canada, her turn toward exploring the philosophical issues being hotly debated in archaeology, when and how contextual factors contribute to epistemic goals in science and why this does not entail corrosive relativism, her current work on the project, "Indigenous/Science: Partnerships in the Exploration of History and Environments," and the future of the Philosophy of Science Association.
Timestamps: :15 Introduction 1:44: Alison
Episode 36 - Armin Schulz
On Episode 37, Nick chats with Quayshawn Spencer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, about growing up with the unspoken norms of social segregation in Nashville, Tennessee, the philosophical question that compelled a change in his career ambitions from biochemist to philosopher of biology, how he set out to write a book on the non-biological reality of race but then came across data that shifted his research trajectory, why he's not a biological racial antirealist nor a biological racial realist, and why philosophy of science faces an even greater challenge to diversify than STEM fields.
Episode 35 - Steven French
On Episode 36, Nick chats with Armin Schulz, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, about leaving Germany at fifteen to study abroad in the United States Pacific Northwest, studying (and returning to teach) at the London School of Economics, how helping behavior is adaptive, his new book "Efficient Cognition: The Evolution of Representational Decision-Making," and how we can learn from how animals make economic decisions.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 2:17 Armin
Episode 34 - Jackie Sullivan
On Episode 35, Nick chats with Steven French, Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds, about his early interests in "geeky" hobbies, new music, and a motorcycle sport called "Speedway," his intense graduate school days under Heinz Post that ended at 4am in a pitch-black room debating Popper, taking his first permanent academic job at the University of Campinas in Brazil, teaching English to Vietnamese refugees, working with a number of incredible PhD students, identity and individuality in physics, structural realism, the similarities and differences between scientific theories and artworks, his upcoming book on Husserl and the phenomenological approach to quantum mechanics, and why we should see philosophy of science as a part of mainstream philosophy.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 1:53 Steven
Episode 33 - Zoe Drayson
On Episode 34, Nick chats with Jackie Sullivan, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, a member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, and an associate member of the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario, about how a challenging early home life pushed her to study existentialism and philosophy, finding a supportive environment in the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) graduate community at Pitt, putting her PhD on pause to do a Master's in Neuroscience, how scientists exert control in experimental contexts (and how they extrapolate back to the phenomena), why neuroscience is not reductive in practice, the nature of the self in Alzheimer's disease, problems in integrative research, and how we coordinate practices to achieve certain goals in science.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 2:24 Jackie
Episode 32 - Tim Maudlin
On Episode 33, Nick chats with Zoe Drayson, Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of California, Davis, about leaving high school at seventeen to work full-time as a horoscope writer at a teenage magazine, returning to study under Tim Williamson at the University of Edinburgh, spending several years in academic publishing at Routledge on the philosophy list, going from fearing her social skills would be "absolutely wasted on philosophy" to finding philosophers who were a blast hang out with, briefly becoming a public intellectual while a graduate student at the University of Bristol, the importance of visiting other philosophy departments for achieving success in the field, the challenge of being a moderate naturalist, and why philosophers of science are the worst culprits in thinking their discipline is the only bit of philosophy worth doing.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 2:09 Zoe
Episode 31 - Robyn Bluhm
On Episode 32, Nick chats with Tim Maudlin, Professor of Philosophy at New York University, about being advised by his Yale undergraduate professor, "not even if you were Immanuel Kant would I suggest you go to graduate school in philosophy," how he "accidentally" wrote several books including Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity, Truth and Paradox, The Metaphysic Within Physics, and Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time, the importance of working outside of the literature, how metaphysics is informed by physics, his latest project on new foundations for physical geometry, and the challenge of bringing foundational issues in physics to the forefront of practicing physicists.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 02:00 Tim
Episode 30 - Elisabeth Lloyd
On Episode 31, Nick chats with Robyn Bluhm, Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Lymann Briggs College at Michigan State University, about her transition from doing a Bachelors in Translation, to studying behavioral neuroscience, to gradate work in the philosophy of science, spending three years doing functional neuroimaging in psychiatry, becoming a leading expert in the philosophy of evidence-based medicine, taking an integrated approach that combines philosophy of science with bioethics, and why this is a great time to be doing philosophy of science.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 01:18 Robyn
Episode 29 - Eric Winsberg
On Episode 30, Nick chats with Elisabeth Lloyd, the Arnold and Maxine Tanis Chair of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, about developing resilience from growing up in adverse circumstances, returning to college after spending a year in a hippie commune to write her own major on Science and Political Theory, getting through a difficult and discouraging environment as a female graduate student who experienced recurring sexual harassment at Princeton, worrying about how knowledge gets made in the sciences as opposed to worrying about securing the possibility of knowledge, evaluating the science as a whole utilizing a "Logic of Research Questions," her recent work with key players in climate science, and the importance for young philosophers and scientists to not pay too much attention to those who put you down.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 02:40 Lisa
Episode 28 - Bas Van Fraassen
On Episode 29, Nick chats with Eric Winsberg, Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida, about the "unbelievably permissive" schooling he had growing up in Montreal in the 70's, transitioning from Physics to History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Chicago, exploring the quirky, non-traditional menu of philosophy of science at Indiana University, the relation between theory and phenomena in computer simulations, the importance of playing the contrarian, and philosophy of science in practice.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 01:45 Eric
Episode 27 - Serife Tekin
On Episode 28, Nick chats with Bas van Fraassen, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University and the McCosh Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton University, about growing up working in a library in a small town in the Netherlands, early influences in philosophy of science, how he developed his major works, including 'The Scientific Image' and 'Laws and Symmetry,' personal stories from Indiana University, his 10-year passion for trapeze, and the major challenge facing philosophers of science today.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 02:31 Bas
Episode 26 - Tony Chemero
On Episode 27, Nick chats with Serife Tekin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Daemen College in Buffalo, New York, about her childhood and adolescent years spent on the Aegean coast in Denizli, Turkey, her transition at Middle East Technical University from studying economics and mathematics to philosophy, her work in the philosophy of psychiatry that incorporates first-person accounts of mental illness, extraordinary science and origins of the current crisis in psychiatric research, and her new manuscript, 'Reclaiming the Self in Psychopathology: Science, Narratives, and Persons' that develops an account of the self that will enrich psychiatric science.
Timestamps: 0:15 Hello and welcome 1:25 Serife
On Episode 26, Nick chats with Tony Chemero, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Cincinnati and author of the book, 'Radical Embodied Cognitive Science,' about taking trips to the East Village as a kid to see punk rock shows, early interactions with Dan Dennett and Newton scholar George Smith, hanging out with computer scientists and psychologists during graduate study at Indiana, the stresses of serving on a college tenure committee, how to do cognitive science without invoking mental representations, why we should avoid making pronouncements of "how science works," and his upcoming book on interaction-dominant systems in social cognition.
Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 01:36 - Tony