quarta-feira, 13 de fevereiro de 2013

MATHEMATISING SCIENCE: LIMITS AND PERSPECTIVES


UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA, NORWICH
16-17 MAY 2013


INVITED SPEAKERS
Silvia de Bianchi (UCL, Sapienza University Rome)
Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University)
Marion Vorms (UCL, IPHST Paris)
Charlotte Werndl (LSE)

IMPORTANT DATES
1. Extended Abstract Submission deadline: 15 March 2013
2. Notification of decisions: 15 April 2013

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of 100 words and an extended abstract of 1000 words. Please prepare your abstracts for blind review and save your extended abstract as a PDF file.
For submissions, go to:
https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=mslp2013
The allocated time for delivering contributed papers will be 30 minutes, followed by a 15 minutes discussion session.

CONFERENCE THEME
An increasing amount of recent work in philosophy of science and mathematics is focusing on scientific practice, its internal structure and problems.
This has given rise to new philosophical debates that differ in some substantial respects from more traditional ones and that have so far
received comparatively little attention. These debates focus on topics such as the role of concrete representations in applied mathematics, the loss of
empirical content associated with the use of abstract models of empirical systems, the possibility of multiple, inconsistent formal descriptions of
empirical data. The objective of this conference is to provide a venue for the discussion of novel approaches to these and similar problems related to the use of
formal methods in the sciences. In particular, we welcome contributions that engage with these issues in the context of linguistics, biology,
cognitive science, and economics.

TOPICS AND SUBMISSION DETAILS

We encourage submissions, especially from young scholars and graduate
students, on the main themes of the conference. These may include (but are
not limited to):

- Contributions of mathematical models to scientific explanation
- The role of representational formats in the development of scientific
theories
- The epistemic and theoretical virtues of mathematical models used in
science (e.g. symmetry, simplicity, unity)
- The role of idealisation and abstraction in scientific practice and
scientific theorising
- Case studies that challenge or reinforce traditional accounts of the
application of mathematics in science
- The limitations of mathematical methods
- The status of formal notions like recursivity and compositionality in
linguistics
- The scope and limitations of model-theoretical approaches in philosophy of
science

REGISTRATION ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
There is a £5 registration fee for all participants. This event is organised
by Davide Rizza, Maria Serban, and Andrei Nasta, with the support of the
Analysis Trust, Aristotelian Society, and the Mind Association.
Official conference website: http://www.confhub.net/mathematising-science/

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