Modal Modelling in Science: Modal Epistemology meets Philosophy of Science
Room 1414 (4th floor)
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Scientists make modal claims, including claims of objective possibility. These possibility claims are often based on, or justified with reference to, the use of scientific models. But it is far from obvious that any scenario or system that can be modelled is objectively possible. Plausibly some constraints must be in place. But what are these, how are they justified, are they reliable trackers of modal truth? This raises questions of the kind treated by epistemologists of modality. Meanwhile, many contemporary epistemologists of modality are eager to stress that the basis for much of our modal knowledge is to be provided by science, and they strive to provide theories of modal justification that respect this fact. Yet, there has so far been very little interaction between philosophers of science who study modelling, and epistemologists of modality. This workshop aims to take a step towards remedying this by bringing together researchers from both fields.