The Philosophy of Howard Stein

June 9, 2017 - June 11, 2017
Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago

1100 E 57th St.
Chicago 60637
United States


  • Philosophy Department, University of Chicago
  • Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, University of Chicago
  • Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine
  • Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich
  • Foundational Questions Institute

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Zvi Biener
University of Cincinnati
Katherine Brading
University of Notre Dame
Andre Carus
LMU Munich
Erik Curiel
MCMP, LMU Munich
Robert DiSalle
University of Western Ontario
John Earman
University of Pittsburgh
Michael Friedman
Stanford University
Eleanor Knox
King's College London
John Byron Manchak
University of California, Irvine
Wayne Myrvold
University of Western Ontario
Thomas Pashby
University of Chicago
Oxford University
Simon Saunders
Oxford University
Eric Schliesser
University of Ghent
Chris Smeenk
University of Western Ontario
Kyle Stanford
University of California, Irvine
William Tait
University of Chicago
Karim Thébault
University of Bristol
Kirsten Walsh
University of Nottingham
William Wimsatt
University of Chicago


Erik Curiel
MCMP, LMU Munich
Kevin Davey
University of Chicago
Thomas Pashby
University of Chicago
Karim Thébault
University of Bristol
James Weatherall
University of California, Irvine

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It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that the publication of Howard Stein’s paper “Newtonian Space Time” in 1967 inaugurated the modern study of the foundations of physics. Thereafter, Stein’s work continued to set the standard in the philosophical community and beyond for the study of theories of spacetime structure (Newtonian and relativistic), the conceptual structure of quantum mechanics, the methodology of science in general and the character of scientific knowledge, and the history of physics and mathematics. This three-day conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stein’s landmark paper by providing an opportunity to reflect on Stein’s lasting influence for those working on a wide range of topics of vital interest to historians and philosophers of science. While speakers include Stein’s former colleagues, past students and friends, our focus is on his continuing influence on contemporary work, and we aim to demonstrate the relevance of Stein’s work for the next fifty years of our discipline.

Howard Stein is Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he spent most of his academic career (including his doctoral studies).  A bibliography of his work may be found here, with links to many papers found here.

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