CFP: Philosophy of Experiment

Submission deadline: August 10, 2023

Conference date(s):
November 16, 2023 - November 17, 2023

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This event is available both online and in-person

Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden

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As part of Establishing the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Physics, a workshop on Philosophy of Experiment will be hosted at Stockholm University.

Empirical constraints are essential in scientific theory development and assessment, with experiment being the quintessential arbiter of science. However, in much of cutting-edge theoretical physics (especially high-energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology), conclusive experiments are hard to come by. The analysis of experimental results and the assessment of their epistemic significance has often come to rely on a multi-layered embedding in wider conceptual reasoning.  

Alongside traditional experiments in the laboratory setting, physics and cosmology also rely on astrophysical observations, which are essentially historical data, in constraining and testing their theories. More recently, analogue experiments—e.g., fluid models of `black holes’ built in the laboratory—have risen as possible means of confirming a theory. These bear an apparent similarity to simulation, and to material models.  

The workshop will aim at exploring different forms of experiment, empirical guides, and "quasi-empirical" guides in light of their relationship to theoretical virtues, non-empirical confirmation, and mathematical constraints (as developed in the previous two workshops in the series).

Call for Abstracts:

We welcome submissions of abstracts of approx. 500 words from interested speakers anywhere in the world, but especially encourage submissions from researchers in the Nordic region. Accepted speakers will have travel and accommodation expenses covered.

To apply, send an abstract of approx. 500 words to [email protected].

Please include your name, email address and affiliation.

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