Philosophy and the Sciences – Old Visions, New Directions

30 November 2012 - 1 December 2012

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

Conveners

Huw Price (Faculty of Philosophy / Trinity College)

Maria Carla Galavotti  (University of Bologna)

Hasok Chang (Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science)

Anna Alexandrova (Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science)

Fraser Macbride  (Faculty of Philosophy)

 

Registration

Registration for this conference is now closed.

 

Summary

This meeting links the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) group and the Cambridge Pragmatism project to the ESF-funded network, Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective. The conference will explore changing conceptions of the relation between philosophy and the special sciences over the past century. We are interested in how, as philosophers of science in a European context, we got to where we are now; and in how we should be thinking about where we go next, in the evolving relationship between science and philosophy. 

Sponsors

Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH),  University of Cambridge and the ESF-funded network Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective

 

Accommodation for non-paper giving delegates

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Administrative assistance: conferences@crassh.cam.ac.uk

 

Friday 30th November

 

9.30 - 10.00

Registration

 

First Mini-Symposium:

Pragmatism in Philosophy and Science

10.00 - 10.30

Scientific Pragmatism in 3D

  • Huw Price (University of Cambridge)

10.30 - 11.00

New Prospects for Pragmatism in the Philosophy of Probability

  • Maria Carla Galavotti (University of Bologna)

11.00 - 11.30

Discussion

11.30 - 11.50

Coffee Break

 

Junior Parallel Sessions

 

Stream One

11.50 - 12.10

Darwinizing Disease: The 'Evolutionary Etiology of Disease' Research Program

  • Bram Van Leeuwen (University College London)

12.10 - 12.25

Discussion

12.24 - 12.45

Developmental Explanation

  • Veli-Pekka Parkkinen (University of Oslo)

12.45 - 13.00

Discussion

 

Stream Two

11.50 - 12.10

New Pragmatism and Scientific Realism

  • Henrik Rydenfelt (University of Helsinki) 

12.10 - 12.25

 Discussion

 

12.25 - 12.45

The Futile Search for True Utility

  • Roberto Fumagalli (University of Bayreuth)

 

12.45 - 13.00

Discussion

 

13.00 - 14.30

Lunch

 

 

Second Mini-Symposium:

Philosophy and the Social Sciences

 

14.30 - 15.00

Determining What Is Real: Psychometrics versus Philosophy

  • Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge)

 

15.00 - 15.30

Philosophy and the Social Sciences: The Wittgensteinian Tradition

  • Martin Kusch (University of Vienna)

 

15.30 - 16.00

Discussion

 

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee Break

 

 

Third Mini-Symposium:

Philosophy and Biology

 

16.30 - 17.00

Genetic Information: Back to Basics

  • Paul Griffiths (University of Exeter; University of Sydney)


 

17.00 - 17.30

Cultural Information: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

  • Tim Lewens (University of Cambridge)

 

17.30 - 18.00

Discussion

 

18:45 - 19:30

Refreshments

  • The Old Library, Sidney Sussex College

19:30

Dinner

  • William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College
Saturday 1st December

 

 

Fourth Mini-Symposium:

Philosophy and Physics

10.00 - 10.30

Uncertainties in Quantum Physics

  • Jeremy Butterfield (University of Cambridge)

10.30 - 11.00

Experimental Investigations of Metaphysical Beliefs and Prejudices

  • Markus Arndt (University of Vienna)

11.00 - 11.30

Discussion

11.30 - 11.50

Coffee Break

 

Junior Parallel Sessions

 

Stream One

11.50 - 12.10

In No Categorical Terms: Two Alternative Routes to Humeanism

  • Kerry McKenzie (University of Leeds)

12.10 - 12.25

Discussion

12.25 - 12.45

Individualism vs. Holism: How to Distinguish

  • Julie Zahle (University of Copenhagan)

12.45 - 13.00

Discussion

 

Stream Two

11.50 - 12.10

Armchair Philosophy Naturalized

  • Sebastian Lutz (Utrecht University)

12.10 - 12.25

Discussion

12.25 - 12.45

Edgar Zilsel (1891 - 1944): A Logical Empiricist Caught Between Rationalism and Empiricism

  • Donata Romizi (University of Vienna)

12.45 - 13.00

Discussion

 

Fifth Mini-Symposium:

Philosophy and Mathematics

14.30 - 15.00

What is Special about Mathematical Objects?

  • Michael Potter (University of Cambridge)

15.00 - 15.30

Mathematical Philosophy - New Bridges Between Mathematics and Philosophy

  • Hannes Leitgeb (University of Munich)

15.30 - 16.00

Discussion

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee Break

 

Sixth Mini-Symposium:

History of Philosophy of Science

16.30 - 17.00

The Science-Philosophy Relation: A Historical Perspective

  • Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge)

17.00 - 17.30

History and Philosophy of Science: Between Description and Construction

  • Friedrich Stadler (University of Vienna)

17.30 - 18.00

Discussion

 

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