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March 2018

M. Massimi, Scientific models and modal knowledge

March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northrop Frye Hall, room 119, 73 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7 Canada
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Debates on whether conceivability might act as a guide to possibility have been prominent in the recent literature on the epistemology of modality. Much less attention has been paid to the role that an epistemic notion of conceivability (along Yablo’s lines) might play in scientific modelling. In this talk, I argue that an important family of scientific models display a relevant notion of conceivability that proves key to delivering modal knowledge in science. I present two different cases of scientific… Continue Reading M. Massimi, Scientific models and modal knowledge

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April 2018

M. Lange, There sweep great general principles which all the laws seem to follow

April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northrop Frye Hall, room 119, 73 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7 Canada
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I will distinguish two ways in which these ""great general principles"" (such as the conservation laws) might hold: as constraints on the first-order laws of nature or as coincidences of them. I will characterize what difference it would make that the conservation laws are constraints rather than coincidences, drawing on some examples from the history of science. This account will give us a way to understand what a hierarchy of natural necessities would be.

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The HPS Colloquium series is a formal event open to all faculty and students interested in the history and philosophy of science and technology. All Colloquia take place in the Old Victoria College Building, 2nd floor, Room VC215, University of Toronto, Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified. For information call 416-978-5397 or email: ihpst.info@utoronto.ca.

If you have an accessibility or accommodation need for this event, please e-mail Denise Horsley directly at denise.horsley@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements.