Course: Historical Epistemology

HC 431H

Professor: Daniel Rosenberg

This course explores the history of knowledge since the early modern period. During this term, we will be especially concerned with the relationship between self-conscious epistemologies such as are found in philosophy, science, and social science, and the often under-theorized social, cultural, and technical practices though which these knowledges are created. Much of the reading for this course will be difficult and theoretical. Students will choose topics for independent research. Readings may include: Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge; Steven Shapin, Social History of Truth; Peter Burke, Social History of Knowledge,; Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, Leviathan and the Air Pump; Mario Biaggioli, Galileo Courtier; Lorraine Daston, Classical Probability in the Enlightenment; Ian Hacking, The Taming of Chance; Mary Poovey, A History of the Modern Fact; Friedrich Kittler, Discourse Networks 1800/1900; Stephen Jay Gould, Ontogeny and Phylogeny; Hayden White, Metahistory; Mark Poster, Second Media Age; N. Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman.