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Learning From Empirical Approaches to HPS
April 6 - 7, 2018
Center for Philosophy of Science
817 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA


In recent years, some historians and philosophers of science have taken an empirical turn in their own work, conducting surveys and interviews, embedding themselves in scientific research groups as both observers and participants, designing and conducting new experiments, replicating historically important experiments, and developing computational approaches to questions in the history & philosophy of science. This conference will provide an opportunity to critically engage with the newest methods and results while keeping traditional HPS questions firmly in sight. Applications of empirical methods to philosophical questions in domains such as values in science, science policy, and science communication are also welcome. General themes include but are not limited to: What does HPS learn from interviews and surveys? HPS observers in the lab: how is it different from social science? Which questions in the history and philosophy of science can be answered experimentally? What does the latest in machine learning imply about scientific discovery and hypothesis generation? What are the implications of metrics for meaning similarity for issues such as the incommensurability of theories? What can HPS learn from the science of science?

Day 1: Keynotes by Nancy Nersessian and Paul Thagard
Day 2: Keynote by John Bickle, plus Poster Session

Further inquiries may be addressed to David Colaço (djc60@pitt.edu)


Colin Allen, Center for the Philosophy of Science Senior Visiting Fellow (HPS, University of Pittsburgh)
Michael Dietrich, (HPS, University of Pittsburgh)
Edouard Machery, (HPS, University of Pittsburgh)
Morgan Thompson, (HPS, University of Pittsburgh)
Zina Ward, (HPS, University of Pittsburgh)
Daniel Wilkenfeld, Center for the Philosophy of Science Visiting Felllow


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