Nov 21 • Philosophy Colloquium: Fred D'Agostino


Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:00 to 17:00


The Fall 2014 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Fred D'Agostino, University of Queensland.  The title of Professor D'Agostino's talk is "The Article As A Boundary Object."  (Abstract and bio below.)

Friday, Nov 21, 3-5pm, Chris Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224 (1145 E South Campus Drive).

This paper sketches one aspect of an institutional approach to the conditions under which growth of knowledge can occur. The broader setting for the paper is an examination of the disciplines (e.g. philosophy) and how, in their various aspects, they work. One key aspect is their “dual institutionalisation”, with departments on one side and research specialties on the other. For various reasons, work inside the research specialities is oriented towards the production of significant novelty but somewhat inhibited in pursuing it whole-heartedly. A key factor is the homogeneity of the specialty peer-group relative to the diversity of the disciplinary collegium as a whole. This diversity is typically well-represented in the department and hence is available, at the departmental seminar, for the author of a specialist research paper to draw on. It is in this humble institution, now somewhat imperilled, that the specialist researcher is most likely to encounter ideas and feedback that will facilitate their production of significant novelty.

Fred D’Agostino was Executive Dean of Arts and now is Professor of Humanities at The University of Queensland. He has edited Politics, Philosophy and Economics and The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and, with Jerry Gaus, the recently published Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy. Key works are Free Public Reason, Incommensurability and Commensuration, and Naturalizing Epistemology. His current project is Disciplinarity and the Growth of Knowledge.




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