Testing Philosophical Theories Against the History of Science


Time: September 21 - 22, 2015

Venue: Oulu Centre for Theoretical and Philosophical Studies of History, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Finland

Monday 21st September

9:30                                                                     Coffee

9.50                                                                     Opening

                                                                             Chair: Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen
10:00 James W. McAllister (Leiden),Method of cases in analytic philosophy and HPS’

11:00 Raphael Scholl (Pittsburgh) and Tim Räz (Konstanz), ‘Towards an explicit methodology for integrated history and philosophy of science’

12:00 Lunch

                                                                               Chair: TBA
13:00 Luca Tambolo (Trieste), ‘The Problem of rule-choice redux: Why the history of science does not help with the justification of methodological rules’

14:00 Samuel Schindler (Aarhus), ‘Ad hoc-ness: a historico-philosophical analysis’

15:00 Coffee

                                                                                Chair: Timothy D. Lyons
15:30 María del Rosario Martínez Ordaz and Luis Estrada-González (Mexico), ‘Inconsistency and theory choice in the reconstruction of
scientific episodes: The case of heterogenesis and biogenesis’

16:30 Steve Fuller (Warwick), What is the entity to which a theory of scientific rationality applies, such that it might be tested?

19:00                                                                     Dinner

Tuesday 22nd September

                                                                               Chair: Peter Vickers                                       
9:30 Helge Kragh (Aarhus), ‘The emergence of modern cosmology in the light of philosophical theories of scientific change’

10.30                                                                     Coffee

                                                                               Chair: TBA
11:00 Katherina Kinzel (Vienna), ‘Philosophical Theory and Historical Evidence: Lessons from Microhistory and German Historicism’
12:00 Elliott Millinor and Michael Funk Deckard (Lenoir-Rhyne), ‘Observations upon confrontation models in HPS’

13:00                                                                     General discussion

13.30                                                                     Workshop ends