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Evaluating Scientific Realism: A New Generation of Historical Case Studies

Text Box: To What Extent Can We Trust Scientific Theories? Lessons from the History of SciencePrincipal Investigator: Dr Peter Vickers

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

 

AIMS AND PURPOSE

The aim of this six-month project is to identify and introduce a range of new historical case studies into the scientific realism debate, thereby demonstrating both that ‘selective’ (divide et impera) realist positions can be tested by the history of science and that, so far, such testing has not taken place to its fullest extent. For more information, consult the further project description, which includes a detailed bibliography.

 

PARTICIPANTS

The project draws upon the expertise in integrated history and philosophy of science at Durham University and the University of Leeds.

 

Principal Investigator

o   Dr Peter Vickers, Durham University

 

Project Members

o   Dr Matthew Eddy, Durham University

o   Professor Steven French, University of Leeds

o   Dr Robin Hendry, Durham University

o   Professor Holger Maehle, Durham University

o   Emeritus Professor David Knight, Durham University

o   Professor Gregory Radick, University of Leeds

o   Dr Juha Saatsi, University of Leeds

 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

o   Dr Ian James Kidd, Durham University

 

EVENTS

There are two events associated with this project:

o   The Physics and Philosophy of Kirchhoff’s Theory of Diffraction, 29th May 2012, Durham.

o   Two-Day Colloquium: Scientific Realism in Light of the History of Science, 7th-8th September 2012, Durham.

 

CONTACT

For any other queries about this workshop, please contact Peter Vickers.