Marquette University Faculty Participants: Owen Goldin (Ancient), Susanne Foster (Ancient, Ethics), John Jones (Medieval Social Thought, Neoplatonism), James South (Late Medieval & Renaissance), Andrew Tallon (NeoThomism, phenomenology), Richard C. Taylor (Medieval Latin & Arabic), Roland Teske, S.J., (Medieval, Augustine, Philosophy of Religion), David Twetten (Medieval, Aquinas) and others from Marquette and other regional universities.

Recent visiting participants in the seminar have included Suzanne Stern-Gillet (Bolton Institute), Alfred Ivry (New York University), Thomas Williams (University of Iowa), Eugene Garver (Saint John's University), Patricia Curd (Purdue University), Cristina D'Ancona (Università di Padova), John Sisko (College of William and Mary), Jeffrey E. Brower (Purdue University), Mary J. Sirridge (Lousiana State University), Richard Tierney (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee), Kenneth Seeskin (Northwestern University), Ruth Glassner (Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem), Steven Harvey (Bar Ilan University), Ray Weiss (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee), Hye-Kyung Kim (University of Wisconsin at Green Bay), Lorraine Pangle (University of Texas at Austin), Josep Puig Montada (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Roslyn Weiss (Lehigh University), Helen Lang (Villanova University), Andrew Payne, Universityof St. Joseph, Daniel Frank, Purdue University, Andreas Speer, Thomas Institut, Cologne, Carlos Fraenkel, McGill University, Sarah Pessin, University of Denver, and others.


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Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

St Joan of Arc Chapel

The Marquette University Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy is pleased to host

Prof. James G. Lennox

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

University of Pittsburgh


“Experience, Expertise and Induction: Aristotle on the Domain Specificity of Inquiry”

3:00-5:00 pm Friday 2 October 2015

Cudahy Hall, room 001

Link to video, click HERE*.

Prof. Lennox (PhD University of Toronto, 1978) specializes in Ancient Greek philosophy and science, William Harvey, Darwin and Darwinism. He has published widely on history and philosophy of biology with concentration on scientific inquiry and explanation in historical context. (from his website)

For information on his research topics and publications, click HERE.

Presentation abstract:

In a number of well-known texts, Aristotle discusses experience (empeiria) as a step on the path from perception to scientific knowledge.  But these text don't appear to tell a consistent story about what one has achieved at that step.  In this talk I consider these texts in the wider context of Aristotle's views about induction and inquiry, and in particular his view that scientific inquiry is governed by norms that are domain specific.  This implies that in scientific contexts, the acquisition of experience actually requires domain specific expertise, which Aristotle sometimes characterizes as a certain kind of domain specific paideia--in fact 'expertise' is not a bad translation for paideia in these contexts.