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Durham University

Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS)

Events

Colleagues are very welcome at the following events hosted by CHESS and K4U (ERC project) this academic year

Reviving Instrumentalism in Philosophy of Science

15th July 2019, 09:00 to 16th July 2019, 17:00, School of Education, Room ED130, Durham University, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1TA

Reviving Instrumentalism in Philosophy of Science

The Department of Philosophy – Durham University, supported by The British Society for Philosophy of Science (BSPS) and the Knowledge for Use (K4U) project, is organizing a two-day conference entitled “Reviving Instrumentalism in Philosophy of Science”. The conference will take place on the 15th and 16th July 2019 at Durham University.

Instrumentalism in the philosophy of science is a position with a long history. However, and due to the rise of realism in the last forty years or so, Instrumentalism has been unfortunately neglected and has since fallen out of favour. The conference aims to bring instrumentalism back to the fore, by providing an opportunity for both proponents and opponents to discuss the merits of instrumentalism and challenges that may be leveled against it. Staunch realists of the more selective or local kind may even find in it a viable option in areas such as fundamental physics. In essence, this conference is a modest effort to restore Instrumentalism to its rightful place at the heart of the realism debate and to suggest new ways of taking the debate forward.

Date:

15th – 16th July 2019

Venue:

School of Education, Room ED130, Durham University, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1TA

Keynote Speakers:

Nancy Cartwright (Durham University)

Julian Reiss (Durham University)

Darrell P. Rowbottom (Lingnan University)

P. Kyle Stanford (University of California Irvine)

K. Brad Wray (Aarhus University)

Sponsors:

The British Society for Philosophy of Science (BSPS) and Durham University's Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) and Knowledge for Use (K4U)

THIS IS AN OPEN EVENT

Please confirm your attendance by sending an email with your details to omar.el-mawas@durham.ac.uk with subject heading “Instrumentalism Conference Attendee”.

Contact omar.el-mawas@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


For Further Information

For further information on all our events, including details on how to register, contact us at CHESS admin.chess@durham.ac.uk and K4U admin.k4u@durham.ac.uk
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Durham University
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