This week saw the third and final round of the Kant and Laws Royal Institution Lectures – part of our goal to engage the public with experts in the field discussing topics at the intersection of cutting edge science and philosophy. On Monday Hasok Chang, from the department of HPS at Cambridge, explored the implications of case studies from the history of science in which scientists were convinced they were manipulating entities we now know not to exist. On Tuesday Victoria Martin, based at the University of Edinburgh and regularly conducting experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, talked about that astonishing facility, the Higgs boson, and why it’s worth investing in such an expensive experimental set up. Finally, on Wednesday, Jane Calvert and Alistair Elfick (both from the University of Edinburgh, but with Jane based in Science, Technology and Information Studies and Alistair in the school of engineering) gave a talk on the field of synthetic biology, and the possibilities, both scientific and artistic, that it opens up. It was another fascinating and absorbing set of talks, and we hope to make them available on the website soon.
Today, as part of the Spring 2015 Research Seminars, the joint Edinburgh-St Andrews Kant Reading Group read essay 3 of Hannah Ginsborg’s The Normativity of Nature.
As part of the Spring 2015 Research Seminars the joint Edinburgh-St Andrews Kant Reading Group read essays 1 and 2 of Hannah Ginsborg’s The Normativity of Nature.
This week, as part of the Semester Two, 2014-2015 seminars the joint Edinburgh-Cambridge Kant Reading Group is reading the Analytic of Teleological Judgment, §§64–68 (V 369–384).
This week, as part of the Semester Two, 2014-2015 seminars the joint Edinburgh-Cambridge Kant Reading Group is reading the Analytic of Teleological Judgment, §§61-63 (V 359-369).
A great piece of autumn news: John O’Keefe, Kant and Laws Ri Lecturer, has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Congratulations to John! You can hear John’s excellent talk ‘Immanuel Kant: Pioneer Neuroscientist here in our audiovisual gallery.
A lot has been happening at Kant and Laws over the summer. Our public outreach continued with the 2014 Royal Institution lectures (which you can read about below) and our second annual workshop: ‘Kant and the Laws of Physics’, held in King’s College Cambridge. All were great events, and, even better, are now available in our audiovisual gallery. From the workshop we have: Rae Langton on ‘Matter and Monadology’, Michela Massimi on ‘Kant on Matter, Space and the Laws of Motion’, Desmond Hogan on ‘Handedness, Idealism and Freedom’ and Daniel Warren on ‘The Penetrability of Matter: Mechanical and Chemical’; and from the Royal Institution lectures John O’Keefe’s ‘Immanuel Kant: Pioneer Neuroscientist‘ and Karl Friston’s ‘Life as We Know It‘. We hoped to bring you Sandra Mitchell’s excellent talk too, but, unfortunately, a technical glitch at the Ri stopped it from being recorded. Still, I’m sure you’d agree, it’s an audiovisual bonanza with plenty to keep you going until term begins. Enjoy!