2022 Scientific Understanding and Representation (SURe)

April 21, 2022 - April 23, 2022
Fordham University

New York 10458
United States

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities

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All speakers:

Harvard University
University of Edinburgh
New York University
Complutense University of Madrid


Fordham University
Fordham University

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Representations play a central role in scientists’ understanding of the world. From mathematical models to diagrams, different representations in highly varied contexts yield diverse insights across the physical, biological, and social sciences. Despite the fact that how a phenomenon is represented has far-reaching ramifications for how it is understood, the literatures on scientific understanding and scientific representation are largely independent of each other. The time is ripe to foster greater synergy between these two areas in the philosophy of science, as they face complementary problems—and hold the promise of complementary solutions. For more information about the workshop series, go here.

To submit an abstract (Deadline: 15 December, 2021), go here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=4thsure

Venue and Format:

This will be a hybrid conference, partly online and partly in person. The in-person portion will take place at Fordham University's campus in Manhattan.

Keynote speaker:

Michael Strevens (NYU)

Special panels:

1) Author-meets-critics session featuring Michela Massimi's new book Perspectival Realism. Commentators: Catherine Elgin (Harvard) and Mauricio Suárez (Madrid)

2) A panel on transdisciplinary modeling and model transfer organized by Peter Tan (Fordham).

For information on local accommodations, please contact the co-chairs of the program committee, Stephen Grimm and Peter Tan.

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