Roundtable workshop: ‘The Market and Science in Long-term Perspective’ (Astor Visiting Lectureship 2019)

Roundtable Workshop: ‘The Market and Science in Long-term Perspective’

Participants: Prof Philip Mirowski (Notre Dame), Prof Rob Iliffe (Oxford), Prof Christopher McKenna (Oxford)

Friday 24 May, 12-2pm

Amersi Lecture Theatre, Brasenose College

Registration required


This event is part of Professor Mirowski’s visiting Astor Lectureship in Science and Capitalism. Professor Mirowski will participate in two other events:

  • Panel discussion: ‘The Trouble with Open Science’ – Tuesday 21 May, 2-4pm – Seminar Room, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS), 64 Banbury Road. Participants will include Philip Mirowski and Sabina Leonelli (Exeter). Chair: Javier Lezaun (InSIS).
  • Lecture: ‘The Infirmity of Open Science in Pharmaceutical Research’ – Wednesday 22 May, 5pm – Amersi Lecture Theatre, Brasenose College (followed by drinks). Framed within the broader question of what counts as good science within an Open Science framework, Professor Mirowski will provide a provocative argument about the history and context of the current drive for open science, presenting evidence from the pharmaceuticals sector, and suggesting we should rethink the enthusiasm by many governments for their promotion of open science.

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Philip Mirowski is Carl Koch Professor of Economics and the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of, among others, The Knowledge we have Lost in Information (2017), More Heat than Light (1989), Machine Dreams (2001), ScienceMart (2011), and Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste (2013). He is a recipient of the Ludwig Fleck Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science, and was named Distinguished Scholar by the History of Economics Society. His recent research on the problems of open science has appeared in Social Studies of Science. Outside of the economics profession, he is best known for his work on the history and political philosophy of neoliberalism, and his methodological watchword that intellectual history is the story of thought collectives, not heroic individuals.