Ian Hacking

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  • Early Life

    Hacking was born on Feb 18, 1936. In 1960 after he had received multiple ungraduated degrees from prestigious schools, He received both the Smiths Prize in Mathematics and the the Greg Bury Prize in Theology
  • Teaching

    After Graduating with multiple undergraduate degrees from many schools, Hacking started teaching Mathematics and Philosophy in Princeton University, and the University of British Colombia in 1964. As well, He became a professor at the University of Toronto many years later
  • Contribution to Philosophy

    Hacking at this time considered himself as a Cambridge Philosopher and was bring into the idea of Entity Realism. He believed that this realism would answer questions about the scientific unknown. Other scientists during this time of his beliefs, thought that Kuhn has brought philosophical thinking to a bigger level then his counter part, Thomas Kuhn
  • Philosophical Work

    Hacking shifted his main focus of study from natural sciences to human sciences. Hacking proposed that there was a modern schism between subjective or paternalistic probability, and frequency interpretation. This emerged in the early modern era as an epistemological "break." This break was two different models or examples that showed chance and uncertainty. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8f-5Ipdy5U
  • Probability

    One of his major contributions to the scientific community was when he challenges the "history of probability and its importance." He uses the general audience to think logically instead of himself. With this challenge, it brought about many changes to how probability may work.
  • The thought behind the man

    In 1999 he created a book called "The Construction of What?" which, "examines the topic of social construction and provides a balanced overview of the debates, sometimes called "the science wars," between scientists and constructionists. Historical Ontology brings together 25 years of Hacking's thoughts and writings on the intersections of philosophy and history." (Grandy1)
    Grandy, Karen“Ian Hacking” Ian HackingThe Canadian Encyclopedia, 2013www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/ian-hacking.