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Feyerabend 2015: Forty Years ‘Against Method

 

Date                15th-16th July 2015

Venue             St. John’s College, Durham University.

Organisers     Ian James Kidd (Durham)

Generously sponsored by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science

 

Keynotes

Chiara Ambrosio (UCL STS), Matteo Collodel (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Eric Oberheim (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

 

Description

2015 marks the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Paul Feyerabend’s classic book, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge, and this informal one-and-a-half-day workshop will explore its significance both to contemporary debates and in the history of the philosophy of science. We explore the significance of this book and of Feyerabend’s wider thought to contemporary philosophy of science and his place within the history of the philosophy of science.

 

Program

Wednesday 15th July

10                    Registration and welcome and tea and coffee

 

10.45pm          Keynote – Eric Oberheim

                        ‘TBC’

Chair: Ian James Kidd

 

12pm               Lunch

 

1.30pm            Panel 1 – Chair: Thomas Rossetter

Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

For and Against Method: What Lakatos Should Have Answered To Feyerabend’

 

2.30pm            Darrell Rowbottom

‘“Anything Goes Globally, But Only Some Things Go In Many Contexts!” An Account of Scientific Method Consistent with Against Method

 

3.30pm            Tea and coffee                       

 

4pm                 Keynote – Matteo Collodel              

                        Flippant Anarchism: Feyerabend and the Student Movement’

Chair: TBC

 

5.15pm            Free time / libations

 

7pm                 Conference dinner

                       

 

Thursday 16th July

9.15am            Keynote - Chiara Ambrosio

                        Feyerabend for Art and Science

Chair: TBC

 

10.30am          Tea and coffee

 

11pm               Panel 2 – Chair: TBC

Ben Trubody

                        How To Make Feyerabend Pro and Anti-Science

 

12am               Daniel Kuby

Explaining Feyerabend’s Historical Turn: A Case for Voluntarist Epistemology’

 

1pm                 Lunch

 

2.30pm            Panel 3 – Chair: TBC

Ian James Kidd

                        ‘Feyerabend on the Contingency of Science’

 

3.30pm            Vincenzo Polliti

                        ‘Pluralism, Monism, or Both? Feyerabend, Kuhn, and Chang’

 

4.30pm            Roundtable

 

5.15                 Conference close

 

Please direct any queries about the event to Ian Kidd at i.j.kidd@durham.ac.uk.

 

Email: i.j.kidd@durham.ac.uk

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