Ontology and Methodology

May 4, 2013 - May 5, 2013
Department of Philosophy, Virginia Tech

2030 Pamplin Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg 24061
United States

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  • Fund for Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science (E.R.R.O.R.)

All speakers:

Hayley Clatterbuck
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Erik Angner
George Mason University
David Danks
Carnegie Mellon University
Peter Godfrey-Smith
City University of New York
Kevin Hoover
Duke University
Benjamin Jantzen
Virginia Tech
Koray Karaca
University of Wuppertal
Alexandre Marcellesi
UC-San Diego
Deborah Mayo
Virginia Tech
Lydia Patton
Virginia Tech
Laura Ruetsche
University of Michigan
Auburn University
Aris Spanos
Virginia Tech
James Woodward
University of Pittsburgh

Organisers:

Benjamin Jantzen
Virginia Tech
Deborah Mayo
Virginia Tech
Lydia Patton
Virginia Tech

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o How do scientists’ initial conjectures about the entities and processes under their scrutiny influence the choice of variables, the structure of mature scientific theories, and methods of interpretation of those theories?

o How do methods of data generation, statistical modeling, and analysis influence the construction and appraisal of theories at multiple levels?

o How does historical analysis of the development of scientific theories illuminate the interplay between scientific methodology, theory building, and the interpretation of scientific theories?

This conference brings together prominent philosophers of science, biology, cognitive science, causation, economics, and physics with philosophically minded scientists engaged in research into these interconnected methodological and ontological questions.

Registration is free but required. To register for the conference and for a detailed description of conference themes, paper titles, and abstracts, as well as lodging information, please see the conference website: http://www.ratiocination.org/OM2013/about.html.

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