Models & Inferences in Science

September 11, 2014 - September 13, 2014
Department of Philosophy, Sapienza University of Rome, Sapienza University of Rome

Room XII
Via Carlo Fea
2 00186


  • Studio Ippoliti


University of Toronto (PhD)
Raffaella Campaner
University of Bologna (Italy)
Carlo Cellucci
Sapienza University of Rome
Cesare Cozzo
Sapienza University of Rome
Richard Dawid
University of Vienna
Emily Grosholz
Penn State University
Reuben Hersh
University of New Mexico
Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
James Ladyman
University of Bristol (UK)
Lorenzo Magnani
Thomas J. Nickles
University of Nevada, Reno
Dag Prawitz
Stockholm University
Juha Saatsi
University of Leeds
Fabio Sterpetti
Sapienza University of Rome


Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Fabio Sterpetti
Sapienza University of Rome

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Science continually contributes new models and rethinks old ones. The way inferences are made is constantly being re-evaluated. The practice and achievements of science are both shaped by this process, so it is useful to understand how models and inferences are made. This conference sets out to investigate the way we employ these tools. Different viewpoints will be examined. Discussion will include: the role of the models; how science shapes our conceptions of models; how to model the pursuit of scientific knowledge; the relation between our conception of models and our conception of science; the comparison of different models in different scientific domains; models and scientific explanation; models in the semantic view of theories; the applicability of mathematical models to the world; our conceptions of inference in our conceptions of science; the relation between models and inferences; inference as a means for acquiring new knowledge.

Rome, Villa Mirafiori – Via Carlo Fea, 2

11-13 September 2014, Room XII

Open to the public

Department of Philosophy

Ph.D. Program in Philosophy

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SILFSItalian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science


financial support: PRIN-MIUR; Studio Ippoliti

organizzation & info:Emiliano Ippoliti – [email protected]

Fabio Sterpetti – [email protected]



n.b. each speaker has about 40 minutes for the presentation and 20 minutes for the discussion

Thursday 11 September 2014

10:00-10:10     Opening: Stefano Petruccianihead Department of Philosophy

10:10-11:10    James Ladyman (University of Bristol), Revisiting the Semantic Approach


11:30-12:30    Lorenzo Magnani (University of Pavia), Scientific Models Are Distributed and Never Abstract

Chairman:       Thomas Nickles

15:00-16:00    Emiliano Ippoliti (Sapienza University of Rome), Ways of Advancing Knowledge. A Lesson from Knot Theory and Topology

16:00-17:00    Carlo Cellucci (Sapienza University of Rome), Models of Science and Models in Science


17:20-18:20    Thomas Nickles (University of Nevada – Reno), Toward a Frontier Theory of Inquiry

Chairman:       Emily Grosholz

20:30               Social Dinner

Friday 12 September

10:00-11:00    Fabio Sterpetti (Sapienza University of Rome), Scientific Realism, the Semantic View of Theories and Evolutionary Biology


11:20-12:20    Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds), Models, Idealisations, and Realist Commitments

12:20-13:00    A tribute to Carlo Cellucci, Chaired by Giovanna Corsi (University of Bologne), President of SILFS (Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science)

Chairman:       Lorenzo Magnani

15:15-16:15    Emily Grosholz (Penn State University), Solar System, Galaxy, Cosmos: How Models Work in Astronomy

16:15-17:15    Raffaella Campaner (University of Bologne), Representing, Explaining and Intervening: On Modeling Disorders


17:40-18:40    Richard Dawid (Ludwig Maximilian University – Munich), Modelling Scientific Confirmation

18:40-19:20    Reuben Hersh* (University of New Mexico), Mathematics as an Empirical Phenomenon, Subject to Modeling(*Emily Grosholz’s reading)

Chairman:       Dag Prawitz

Saturday 13 September 2014

09:40-10:40    Sorin Bangu (University of Bergen), Wigner’s Puzzle: Unreasonably Effective?

10:40-11:40    Cesare Cozzo (Sapienza University of Rome), Dummett on Inference


12:00-13:00    Dag Prawitz (Stockholm University), Deductive Inference and Models in Sciences

Chairman:  Carlo Cellucci

scientific committee

Donald Gillies (UCL)

Emily Grosholz (Penn State University)

Emiliano Ippoliti (Sapienza University of Rome)

Lorenzo Magnani (University of Pavia)

Carlo Cellucci (Sapienza University of Rome)

Mirella Capozzi (Sapienza University of Rome)

Fabio Sterpetti (Sapienza University of Rome)

organizing committee:

Emiliano Ippoliti (Sapienza University of Rome)

Giulia Miotti (Sapienza University of Rome)

Antonio Piccolomini d'Aragona (Aix-Marseille Université)

Fabio Sterpetti (Sapienza University of Rome)

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