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Warren Schmaus

Warren Schmaus

Professor of Philosophy

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312.567.3473

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312.567.5187

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Office: 

SH 228

Office Hours: 

MW 2-4 p.m.

Education 

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, History and Philosophy of Science (1980)
M.A., University of Pittsburgh, History and Philosophy of Science (1975)
B.A., Princeton University, Biochemical Sciences (1974)

Research Interests 

Philosophy of science
History of philosophy of science
History of philosophy in 19th and early 20th century France
History and philosophy of the social sciences
Relationships among sociology, anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience for understanding cognition
Values and the social organization of science

About 

Warren Schmaus is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities at IIT, where he teaches courses in philosophy of science, history of philosophy, philosophy of mind, and introductory humanities. His major research interest is in the history of philosophy of science, with a special focus on nineteenth and early twentieth century France. He has published two research monographs on Emile Durkheim, in which he explores the role of philosophy in the establishing sociology as a social science, Durkheim’s Philosophy of Science and the Sociology of Knowledge (Chicago, 1994) and Rethinking Durkheim and His Tradition (Cambridge, 2004). Currently he is conducting research on the philosopher Charles Renouvier, one of the earliest thinkers who addressed the relationship between scientific values and liberal, democratic values. Warren Schmaus is past president of HOPOS: The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, and book review editor of the society’s journal, HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, published by the University of Chicago Press.

Professional Society Memberships 

Editorial Board Service 

Current Projects 

Writing a book on Charles Renouvier's philosophy of science.

Editing book titled Auguste Comte: The Rise of Positivism with Michel Bourdeau and Mary Pickering.

Selected Publications 

Science and the Social Contract in Renouvier. HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1,1(2011): 73-100.

Durkheim, Jamesian Pragmatism, and the Normativity of Truth. History of the Human Sciences 23,5 (2010): 1-16.

Durkheim and Psychology. In Religion, Economy, and Cooperation, Ilkka Pyysiainen, editor. Berlin: Mouton DeGruyter, 2010. Pp. 99-126.

Durkheim, o pragmatismo jamesiano e a normatividade daverdade. Translated into Portuguese by Alexandre Massella. In Durkheim: 150 Anos, Alexandre Massella et al., editors. Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Argumentum, 2009. Pp. 191-207.

Books:

Rethinking Durkheim and His Tradition, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Durkheim's Philosophy of Science and the Sociology of Knowledge, University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Emile Durkheim: Critical Assessments. Third series, vol. II. Co-edited with W.S.F. Pickering. London: Routledge, 2001.