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Dr. Catherine Herfeld

Summer Semester 2015

Catherine Herfeld – Portrait Catherine Herfeld is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at LMU. She studied economics and philosophy of the social sciences in Berlin and London and received her PhD in philosophy of economics from Witten/Herdecke University 2013 with a thesis on the historical emergence and philosophical foundations of rational choice theory in economics. She has been affiliated with the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Philosophy Department of Columbia University and has been a research fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University (2012-13). Her research focuses on history and philosophy of economics.

As Junior Researcher in Residence, Catherine Herfeld will be working on preparing her Habilitation ('second book') that tackles the question of how scientific theories become adopted and diffuse within and across scientific communities. Parts of her work at the CAS will concern the question of how rational choice theory became developed and spread throughout the social sciences in the Post-War era. She will also organize a workshop entitled "Studying Knowledge Transfer and Its Contexts", in which philosophers, historians, and sociologists of science will discuss various kinds of knowledge transfers with scientific practitioners.

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