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.

VOC Zaal

The conference will mainly take place in the historical VOC Zaal in the Bushuis of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The Bushuis dates back to the mid 16th century and was originally the gun magazine of the city of Amsterdam. In the 17th century, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) made it its head quarters by adding the Oost-Indisch Huis to the building complex (1606). The VOC Zaal where our talks take place was used as the meeting chamber for the Heren XVII (the Lords Seventeen), the board of the VOC elected from the shareholders.

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
Where logic meets the social sciences

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.
Rigor as an epistemological ideal of mathematical proof
10:30–11:10 Jean-Guy Meunier
Montréal QC, Canada
Modeling the mind: Bridging philosophy and cognitive sciences Brigitte Falkenburg
Dortmund, Germany
Some Remarks on the Relations of Philosophy to the Sciences
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 Fabio Minazzi
Varese, Italy
Historical epistemology as a meta-reflection between science and philosophy
12:10–12:50 Plenary discussion about the role of the philosopher of science in the natural and social sciences 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 Michel Ghins
Louvain, Belgium
Scientific realism and scientific practice 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? Alberto Cordero
New York NY, U.S.A.
On the Complex Interactions between Science and Philosophy of Science
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 Elliott Sober
Madison WI, U.S.A.
Philosophical Interventions in Science—a strategy and a Case Study (Parsimony)
16:20–17:00 Inkeri Koskinen
Helsinki, Finland
Engaging through case studies: Can empirical philosophy of science influence the development of transdisciplinarity? Closing
17:00–17:20 Coffee Break
17:20–19:20 Assembly of the Members of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences
19:45– Conference Dinner

Friday, 7 September 2018

D e p a r t u r e
Last changed: 4 September 2018