Methodological Transformations in Fundamental Physics

September 16, 2024 - September 18, 2024
DFG Research Training Group 2696 “Transformations of Science and Technology since 1800”, University of Wuppertal

University of Wuppertal

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Università degli Studi di Firenze
Stockholm University
University of Geneva
Virginia Tech
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Western Ontario


University of Wuppertal
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
University of Wuppertal
University of Wuppertal

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Recent developments in fundamental physics (String Theory, the Standard Model of particle physics and its extensions, early universe cosmology, etc.) offer promising case studies for investigating (the) scientific “method(s)” and its alleged dynamic and plastic nature. This workshop therefore proposes to review recent developments in fundamental physics (since the second half of the 20th century), in order to evaluate whether these developments entail significant methodological breaks with respect to the past. “Methods” is to be understood in a broad sense, which includes criteria of epistemic appraisal (acceptance) and heuristic appraisal (pursuit), but also more globally the computational, observational, experimental, and statistical means through which evidence is produced and assessed. The workshop welcomes perspectives from philosophers of science and philosophers of physics, historians, physicists, social epistemologists, and sociologists of science.

The discussion will be organized intothree broad themes: “theory assessment in fundamental physics”; “epistemic implications of recent methodological approaches and new methodological challenges”; and “social and other dimensions of scientific methodology”. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Elena Castellani (University of Florence)

  • Richard Dawid (University of Stockholm)

  • Helge Kragh (University of Copenhagen)

  • Emilia Margoni (University of Geneva)

  • Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech)

  • Mike D. Schneider (University of Missouri)

  • Chris Smeenk (Western University)

Submission guidelines

We welcome contributions from physicists, philosophers of science and philosophers of physics, historians, social epistemologists, and sociologists of science. Those interested in participating should submit a title and an abstract of 500 words to [email protected] and plan for a 30 minute talk.

  • Deadline for submissions: June 1st

  • Decision notification: June 15th

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the workshop.

Date & Location

The workshop will start on Monday, September 16th (in the morning) and end on Wednesday, September 18th. It will take place on the campus of the University of Wuppertal.


  • Sarwar Ahmed

  • Lucas Gautheron

  • Anastasiia Lazutkina

  • Radin Dardashti

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