Science's Voice of Reflection

The philosopher of science as part of the scientific endeavour

Conference of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4–7 September 2018

By virtue of its subject, its methods, and its disciplinary tradition, philosophy of science straddles the borderlines between C P Snow's Two Cultures, connected equally strongly to the learned realm of the humanities and the technological domain of the sciences and thereby linking these worlds.

Philosophers of science who engage with scientists or engineers often understand their role as that of the voice of reflection: the philosophical eagle perspective allows them to engage with those questions all too often ignored in the everyday routine of scientific practice: questions about the motivation, norms, values, methods, and limitations of the scientific enterprise.

Many modern scientific projects covering all of the disciplines in the natural, medical and engineering sciences urgently require this level of philosophical reflection: large-scale collaborative scientific projects with major impact on our world and society raise concerns about sustainability, safety, objectivity, inter-subjectivity, ethics, and the fundamental concepts underlying the scientific questions, all of which are firmly within the domain of competence of the philosopher of science.

This symposium aims to explore the possible and actual interactions of philosophy of science with the scientist's endeavour, including, e.g., historical studies, case studies of current collaborations between philosophers and scientists, the role of philosophy in the academic training of future scientists, and many more topics.

The symposium is organised and chiefly financed by the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences. The convenor is Professor Benedikt Löwe. The organisers acknowledge additional financial support from the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation of the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

A r r i v a l
17:15–17:35 Opening (Gerhard Heinzmann & Benedikt Löwe)
17:35–18:35 Sonja Smets
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Thursday, 6 September 2018

9:50–10:30 Gregor Schiemann
Wuppertal, Germany
Epistemology of the LHC Michael Detlefsen
Notre Dame IN, U.S.A.
10:30–11:10 Evandro Agazzi
Genova, Italy
Philosophy of science as a reflection on the contextual conditions of doing science Fabio Minazzi
Varese, Italy
Historical epistemology as a meta-reflection between science and philosophy
11:10–11:30 Coffee Break Coffee Break
11:30–12:10 Valentin A. Bazhanov
Ulyanovsk, Russia
The detour heuristic influence of philosophy upon science: The cases of ideologized science and Kant's program in neuroscience Jan Faye
Copenhagen, Denmark
What does a philosopher have to offer scientists?
12:10–12:50 Stéphanie Ruphy
Lyon, France
TBA Jure Zovko
Zadar, Croatia
Judgment as link between C. P. Snow's two cultures
12:50–13:50 Lunch Break Lunch Break
13:50–14:30 Arianna Betti
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
TBA Martin Carrier
Bielefeld, Germany
Responsible Research & Innovation: Prospects & Obstacles
14:30–15:10 Jesús Zamora-Bonilla
Madrid, Spain
Is Philosophy's role to create concepts or to destroy them? Jean-Guy Meunier
Montréal QC, Canada
Modeling the mind: Bridging philosophy and cognitive sciences
15:10–15:40 Coffee Break Coffee Break
15:40–16:20 Marco Buzzoni
Macerata, Italy
Methodological Naturalism or Transcendental Distinction? On the Relationship between Philosophy, Science, and Philosophy of Science Michel Ghins
Louvain, Belgium
Scientific realism and scientific practice
16:20–17:00 Inkeri Koskinen
Helsinki, Finland
Engaging through case studies: Can empirical philosophy of science influence the development of transdisciplinarity? Reinhard Kahle
Lisbon, Portugal
"Erkenntnisfolgenabschätzung"—On the responsibility of the theoretical scientist
17:00–17:20 Coffee Break Coffee Break
17:20–18:00 Assembly of the Members of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences Alberto Cordero
New York NY, U.S.A.
On the Complex Interactions between Philosophy of Science
18:00–18:40 Elliott Sober
Madison WI, U.S.A.
Philosophical Interventions in Science—a strategy and a Case Study (Parsimony)
19:45– Conference Dinner Dinner

Friday, 7 September 2018

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