March 21, 2008
Opening Remarks: Robert Mitchell (English, Duke)
Stefan Helmreich (Anthropology, MIT): “Life Forms at Three Extremes”; Comment: Tim Lenoir (Jenkins Chair, Duke)
Joan Steigerwald (Science and Technology Studies, York U, Canada); “Figuring the Organism in Late 18th Century Germany: From Vital Forces to Instrumental Languages”; Comment: Robert Mitchell (English, Duke)
Susan Oyama (Emerita, CUNY): “Biologists Behaving Badly: Vitalism and the Language of Language”; Comment: Daniel McShea (Biology and Philosophy, Duke)
Round Table: Robert Brandon (Philosophy and Biology, Duke); Thomas Pfau (English and German, Duke); Güven Güzeldere (Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience); Moderator: Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Comparative Literature and English, Duke)
Co-Sponsors: the Franklin Humanities Institute, the English Department, and the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine.