Annual South African Philosophy of Science Colloquium

January 13, 2013
Department of Philosophy, University of Pretoria

Salt Rock Beach Hotel
South Africa

View the Call For Papers

Topic areas

Talks at this conference

Add a talk



08.30           Welcome

08.45     Section 1: Progress, method, truth

  1. Alex Broadbent & Thad Metz (University of Johannesburg, SA) Ubuntu and the Scientific Method. Chair:  Han Geurdes
  2. Han Geurdes (Logica) On an Intrinsic Quantum Theoretical Structure inside Einstein's Gravity Field Equations. Chair:  Hennie Lötter
  3. Hennie Lötter (University of Johannesburg, SA) Elements of a Theory of Truth in Science. Chair: Dean Peters
  4. Dean Peters (University of Johannesburg) Predictivism and the confirmation of scientific theories. Chair: Tim McMynne

10.05   Discussion 1    Chair: David Spurrett

10.30   TEA/COFFEE

11.00   Section 2: Logic

  1. Tim Mcmynne (Leuven, Belgium) Outflanking the Vicious Circle (in Dummett’s terms). Chair: Adriano Palma
  2. Adriano Palma (Universityof Kwa-Zulu Natal, SA) Logic as a Science. Chair: Alan Baker
  3. Alan Baker (Swathmore College, US) Mathematical Explanation in Biology. Chair: David Spurrett

12.00   Discussion 2    Chair: Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem

12.20   LUNCH

13.30   Section 3: Realism

  1. David Spurrett (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, SA) What does Neuro-Economics reduce, and to What? Chair: Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem
  2. Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem (University of Pretoria, SA) Retrospection in Selective Realisms. Chair: Darrell Rowbottom
  3. Darrell Rowbottom (Lingnan University, Hong Kong) The Illusion of Scientific Realism. Chair: John Collier

14.30   Discussion 3    Chair: Thad Metz

14.50   TEA/COFFEE

15.20   Section 4: Metaphysics

  1. John Collier (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, SA) Functionality and Autonomy in Open Dynamical Systems. Chair: Guilia Pravato
  2. Guilia Pravato (Ca' Foscari University, Venice) Natural Laws and Social Conventions: Exceptions as a Case Study. Chair: Thad Metz

16.00      Discussion 4 Chair: Hennie Lötter

16.20 – 17.00   Closing Statements -  David Papineau (King’s
College London, UK)

All queries: [email protected]

Supporting material

Add supporting material (slides, programs, etc.)




Who is attending?

No one has said they will attend yet.

Will you attend this event?

Let us know so we can notify you of any change of plan.