Rules with Lorraine Daston
Overview & Shownotes
Lorraine Daston is Director emerita of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and a visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. On today’s episode of Examining Ethics, we’re discussing her new book Rules: A Short History of What We Live By. She explains that regulations that seem to have little to do with morality–like spelling rules–are often tied to deep-seated values in a society.
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Links to people and ideas mentioned in the show
- Lorraine Daston, Rules: A Short History of What We Live By
- Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
- Ludwig Wittgenstein on rule following
- Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperatives
- 1908 National Spelling Bee
Thanks to Evelyn Brosius for our logo. Music featured in the show:
“Gin Boheme” by Blue Dot Sessions
Wisehart, Christiane and Daston, Lorraine, "Rules with Lorraine Daston" (2022). Examining Ethics Podcast. 69, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.