Formal epistemology meets experimental philosophy
First Pittsburgh-Tilburg Workshop
Tilburg University, Thursday 29 - Friday 30 September 2011
Over the years, the methodological toolbox of philosophers of science has widened considerably. Today, formal and experimental methods importantly complement more traditional methods such as conceptual analysis and case studies. So far, however, there has not been much interaction between the corresponding communities. Formal work is all too often conducted in an a priori fashion, drawing on intuitions to substantiate various assumptions and to test their consequences. Experimental work, on the other hand, is often limited to testing various assumptions and intuitions, and often does not identify or create new phenomena that can subsequently be integrated into a formal framework. The working assumption of this workshop is that philosophy of science can gain a lot from combining formal and experimental studies. By doing so, philosophy of science will become increasingly scientific as a crucial aspect of the scientific endeavor lies in the combination of formal theories and experimental insights.
This workshop aims to explore the relation between formal and experimental approaches to the philosophy of science. We invite meta-theoretical papers, but especially papers that fruitfully combine both methods to problems from the philosophy of science. This first Pittsburgh-Tilburg workshop will pay special attention to the philosophy of the social sciences, but a focus on other subfields of philosophy of science is also welcome.
Call for papers: We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 100 words) and an extended abstract (1000-1500 words) through our automatic submission system by 1 May 2011. Decisions will be made by 15 May 2011.
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The Progic conference series is intended to promote interactions between probability and logic. The fifth installment of the series will be held at Columbia University in New York on September 10th and 11th of 2011. While several of the earlier Progic meetings included a special focus, Progic 2011 will honor Haim Gaifman's contributions to the intersection of probability and logic. Progic 2011 will consist of 11 talks, 6 invited and 5 contributed. The following distinguished speakers have been confirmed:
- Horacio Arló -Costa (Carnegie Mellon)
- Haim Gaifman (Columbia)
- Rohit Parikh (CUNY)
- Jeff Paris (Manchester)
- Dana Scott (Carnegie Mellon)
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