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Roy Wagner: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019

Name Prof. Dr. Roy Wagner
FieldHistory and Philosophy of Mathematical Sciences
Geschichte u. Philo. d. Math.Wiss.
ETH Zürich, RZ J 6
Clausiusstrasse 59
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 84 34
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

851-0125-79LBruno Latour's Modes of Existence: A Philosophical Approach to Science and Society Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30
3 credits2SR. Wagner
AbstractBruno Latour's "an inquiry into modes of existence" is an ambitious book that offer a philosophical-scoiological approach to questions of science, technology, politics and economy. In this seminar, we will read some chapters of this book, and reflect on them critically.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to analyze various aspects of science, technology, politics and economy based on Latour's approach, and engage critically with his arguments and conceptions.
Work load: reading 25-30 pages per week; weekly mini-assignments (brief feedback about the weekly reading); one 15 min. presentation during the semester; and a 2,000 words final essay.
Requirements: there are no formal requirements, but the course will assume that students have some experience in reading philosophical or sociological texts.
851-0125-80LEditing a Historical Scientific Manuscript (Personal Project Pilot Course) Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 10.

This course is based on personal project supervision
3 credits2SR. Wagner
Abstractthis pilot course will be based on supervised individual work by students. Each student will select a manuscript source (modern nachlass or historical manuscript) by a scientist in a language of their choosing and prepare an edition and translation of the source. The work will be personally supervised by the teacher.
ObjectiveStudents will have basic skills in historical editing work, and acquire knowledge about one science-history case study.
Work load:
- Class participation: 2-3 class meetings during the semester (this is flexible, so you may register even if the scheduled time is problematic for you).
- Selection of source: each student will select one scientific source - modern nachlass or early modern or medieval manuscript, which has never been edited. There are no restrictions on language of origin (students are encouraged to work on manuscripts in their native languages)
- Bibliography: each student will prepare her/his own bibliography to provide historical background for the selected source (150-200 pages).
- Each student will prepare a "diplomatic edition" and a translation of a selection from the manuscript (ca. 15 pages).
- Each student will prepare a 2,000 words commentary on the background and content of the manuscript.
- The work will be personally supervised by the teacher, and will be performed during the semester according to a fixed schedule.
Prerequisites / Noticeonly 2-3 class meetings during the semester
862-0004-08LResearch Colloquium Philosophy for Master Students and PhD (FS 2019) Restricted registration - show details
For MAGPW and PhD students of D-GESS only.
Personal registration required to Prof. Wingert.
2 credits1KL. Wingert, M. Hampe, R. Wagner
AbstractPh.D. students, post docs, members of staff, and senior colleagues from other philosophy departments will report on their work in progress. Furthermore, promissing new philosophical articles and parts of new philosophical books will be studied.
ObjectiveIdeas and arguments dealing with systematic problems especially in epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of mind will be scrutinized and elaborated.