Workshop on Artisanal Knowledge: Material and Epistemic Cultures in the History of Science

Anfiteatro da Fundação da FCUL, Lisboa

Historical and philosophical studies in the recent decades have focused increasingly on artists and artisans as introducers of new ways to manipulate nature and thus shaping the path that led to the "new science" in Europe.
The places where these tacit and codified skills were developed became influent loci of knowledge production and distribution. Around new tools and artifacts novel social relationships emerged. The notions of experience and skill moved into center stage and flourished in new forms, both conceptual and practical. All of these changes were inseparable from the artisanal material and epistemic practices rooted in the bodily and skilled experience of craftsmen.
This workshop aims to look into these important aspects that have so deeply influenced the most recent historiography of science. In particular, it will serve as a forum to discuss what Pamela Smith has called ‘artisanal epistemology’ as well as to look into the kind of authoritatve knowledge - embodied in the figure of the artisan - as a model for knowledge tout court. It is a multidisciplinary workshop, bringing together epistemologists and historians of science from various fields and orientatons.

April 28-30, 2016 - Free admission.

This event is funded by:

  • Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT). Departamento de História e Filosofia das Ciências, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa.
  • FFI2014-55256-REDT: “Epistemology and Society: From Personal to Distributed Knowledge”.
  • FFI2013-45659-R: “Material Cultures, Epistemic Cultures. Standards, Cognitive Processes and Knowledge”.
CIUHCT - Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia / UAM - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
CIUHCT

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