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Joe Pitt joins fPET steering committee

By , August 26, 2009 2:48 pm

fPET-2010 is pleased to welcome Joe Pitt to the fPET steering committee:

Joseph C. Pitt is Professor of Philosophy and of Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech, where he has taught since 1971.  He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1966, taking both his MA and Ph,D. (1972) from the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of three books, Pictures, Images and Conceptual Change; Galileo, Human Knowledge and the Book of Nature; Thinking About Technology. He has edited eleven additional books and published over 100 articles and book reviews in scholarly journals.  Professor Pitt is also the founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal Perspectives on Science; Historical, Philosophical, Social, published by MIT Press. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Techné, Research in Philosophy and Technology, the journal of the Society for Philosophy and Technology of which he has served as President.

At Virginia Tech, Professor Pitt, an award winning teacher, created  and was Director of the interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Humanities, Science and Technology from 1978-1988.  He was also the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science in Society and he was instrumental in the creation of the Ph.D. granting Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies.  Recently he has been involved in the development of a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program: The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought (ASPECT).  From 1991 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2007 he served as Head of the Department of Philosophy.  In addition to chairing several major university committees, he served as Senior Faculty Fellow for Special Projects in the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences for 3 years.

Dr. Pitt’s research interests lie in the area of the impact of technological innovation on scientific change.  He is currently working on a book manuscript, Seeing Near and Far, which explores how innovations in telescopes and microscopes impact astronomy and biology.  Part of the argument he is developing concludes that our understanding of major meta-scientific concepts such as scientific observation, evidence, explanation, etc. also change under the advent of technological innovation, thereby undercutting the notion of some kind of perennial philosophy.

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