History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences Symposium

This symposium examined the history and philosophy of the social sciences, bringing together lines of inquiry that often exist separately. Symposium participants included philosophers, historians, and sociologists and focused on what is shared by the disciplines and methods, namely, the turn toward treating disciplines, institutions, and systems of ideas in the social sciences as objects of research in and of themselves.

Recorded Presentations:

Program Schedule

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT

History of Social Science
Professor Philip Gorski (Sociology, Yale University)
Professor Joy Rohde (Public Policy & History, University of Michigan)
Professor George Steinmetz (Sociology, University of Michigan)


Howard Brick (History, University of Michigan)


4:00 - 5:30 p.m. EDT

Philosophy of Social Science
Professor Elizabeth Anderson (Philosophy and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan)
Professor Claire Decoteau (Sociology, University of Illinois, Chicago)
Dr. Timothy Rutzou (Sociology, Yale University)


Chancellor Daniel Little (Philosophy, University of Michigan)