Starting 23-24 Aug 2014 - See http://2014.scifuture.org for detail.
The conference will cover the foundations, methods, and implications of science, and central questions concerning what counts as science, the reliability of scientific theories, and the purpose of science.
Epistemology - What is knowledge and how it can be acquired? What is the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject acquired?
Much of the debate in this field has focused on the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to connected notions such as truth, belief, and justification.
The conference will be part of National Science Week - excellent opportunity to meet and greet great people! Philosophy of Science is a branch of philosophy concerned with the foundations, methods, and implications of science. The central questions concern what counts as science, the reliability of scientific theories, and the purpose of science. This discipline overlaps with metaphysics, ontology and epistemology, for example, when it explores the relationship between science and truth.
"It is, I think, particularly in periods of acknowledged crisis that scientists have turned to philosophical analysis as a device for unlocking the riddles of their field. Scientists have not generally needed or wanted to be philosophers." - Thomas Kuhn
see the conf program (in progress): http://2014.scifuture.org/program/
The Philosophy of Science conference takes place in a time of great change — but let us take solace that great change brings great opportunities. In science we are harnessing the accumulated weight of thousands of individuals in fields as narrow as a nanotube and as overlapping as the world wide web. How can we use Philosophy of Science to help us steer our efforts to efficiently deal with increasingly complex problems?