Lectures and Talks (selected)

“Teacher, Savior, Philosopher, Spy? On Philosophy and Popular Culture,” Bloomsburg University, April 24, 2015.

“Paradigms and the Cold-War ‘Struggle for Men’s Minds’,” Woods Lecture, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, January 22, 2015

“Spies, Mobs, Conversions, and Paradigms: On the Origins and Receptions of Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” University of Notre Dame, October 28, 2013.

“Aristotle in the Cold War: On the Origins of Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” University of Chicago Press/Fishbein Center Conference on Structure at 50 years, Nov. 30, 2012; University of Cincinatti conference on Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science, October 11-13, 2012.

“The (Socio)logical Structure of the World,” University of Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science, Conference on Carnap and Kuhn, Oct. 19-20, 2012.

“When Structure Met Sputnik: On the Social and Political Origins of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” read at the conference The Social Relevance of Philosophy of Science, Center for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld, June 11-13, 2012; Case Western Reserve University, April 25, 2013.

“The Paranoid Style in American History of Science,” read at the conference Politics and Contexts of Science Studies during the Cold War and Beyond, Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, Greifswald, Germany, March 2012; University of Western Ontario, Rotman Lecture Series, Oct. 5, 2012; University of British Columbia, Science and Technology in Society speaker, Nov. 1, 2012.

“Brainwashed by Paradigms,” Bowdoin College Department of Physics, April, 2011.

“‘Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a Darwinist?’ On the Cold-War Origins of the Intelligent Design Movement,” California Institute of Technology conference on history of science during the cold war, May 2010.

“Popular Audiences for Science Studies: 1930s, 1950s, and Today,” University of California at San Diego, Science Studies in Context Conference, March, 2010.

“Four Brief Arguments for the Importance of Popular Culture to Philosophy,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, Feb. 19, 2009.

“To the Icy Slopes of Logic: Cold-War Philosophy of Science in the United States,” University of Oslo, Norway, May 30, 2007.”

“An Overview of Philipp Frank’s Unpublished Manuscript on the Ideological Uses of Philosophy of Science,” University of Paris, HOPOS 2006.

“McCarthyism and Philosophy of Science in the Cold War”, Indiana University, Bloomington, February, 2005.

“A Dispatch from the (Philosophy of) Science Wars of the 1930s” Austin, Texas, PSA 2004.

“Philipp Frank’s Political Philosophy of Science in North America: An Overview of Frank’s Unpublished Manuscript on the Ideological Uses of Science,” Vienna, Austria, Conference: Philipp Frank: Vienna–Prague–Boston, October 2004.

“Philipp Frank, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Cold-War Depoliticization of Philosophy of Science”, HOPOS, San Francisco, CA, June 2004.

“‘Doomed in Advance to Defeat’? John Dewey on Reductionism, Values and the Unity of Science Movement” Conference: Paris–Wien: Enzyklopädien im Vergleich, Vienna, Austria, October 2003.

“McCarthyism and Philosophy of Science in the Cold War” University of Wisconsin, Madison, December 12, 2002.

“Logical Empiricism, C. Wright Mills, and the Perils of Cold War Intellectual Radicalism”, History of Science Society, Milwaukee, WI, 2002.

“McCarthyism in Philosophy or, the Wrath of Sidney Hook” HOPOS, Montreal, CA, July 2002.

“The Unity of Science Movement and the Cold War”, Institute Vienna Circle, Vienna, Austria, December 2001.

“Charles Morris and the Science Wars of the 1930s,” Illinois Institute of Technology, Nov. 2001.

“From ‘The Life of the Present’ to the ‘Icy Slopes of Logic’: Logical Empiricism and the Cold War” The Vienna Circle and Logical Empiricism: Re-Evaluation and Future Perspectives of the Research and Historiography, International Symposium on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Institute Vienna Circle, Vienna, Austria, July 2001.

“How the Cold War Killed Logical Empiricism,” University of Chicago, Fishbein Center, October, 2001.

“The International Encyclopedia, the Neurath-Carnap Debates, and the Background of World War Two” Conference: Analytical and Continental Aspects of Logical Empiricism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Florence Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Florence Italy, Nov. 1999

“Science as a Model for Culture-Production”, Institute for Architecture and Humanities, Chicago, IL, May, 1998.

“Disunity within the International Encyclopedia of Unified Science” Conference: Logical Empiricism in North America, Harvard University, May, 1998

“Against a Third Dogma of Logical Empiricism: Otto Neurath, Covering-Law History, and ‘Unpredictability In Principle’,” Second International HOPOS conference, South Bend, IN, March, 1998.

“The Ineluctability of Naturalism: A (Possibly) New Argument Against Creationism,” Indiana Philosophical Association, Bloomington, IN, April, 1997

“Economist, Epistemologist…and Censor?: On Otto Neurath’s Index Verborum Prohibitorum,” First International HOPOS conference, Roanoke, VA, April, 1996.

“The Rise and Fall of the Unity of Science Movement,” Dept. of History, University of Illinois at Chicago, April, 1996.

“Otto Neurath and His Encyclopedia,” Conference: Enzyklopädie und Utopie, Vienna Circle Institute, Vienna, Austria, December, 1995.

“On Otto Neurath’s Index Verborum Prohibitorum,” Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, November, 1995.

“How Post-Modern was Neurath’s idea of Unified Science?” History of Science Society, Minneapolis, MN, October, 1995.

“Dynamical Complexity and Historical Explanation,” Department of Physics, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, May, 1995.

“Carnap and Dupré on the Unity of Science,” Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, April, 1994.

“Is History Chaotic?” American Historical Association, 1994 annual meeting, San Francisco, CA, January, 1994.

“Charles Morris and Unified Science,” University of Chicago, CFS/Fishbein Center, April, 1993.