CFP: Methodological Transformations in Fundamental Physics

Submission deadline: June 1, 2024

Conference date(s):
September 16, 2024 - September 18, 2024

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Conference Venue:

DFG Research Training Group 2696 “Transformations of Science and Technology since 1800”, University of Wuppertal
Wuppertal, Germany

Topic areas



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.

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