Conference: Philosophy Of Science - Saturday/Sunday Aug 23-24

Starting 23-24 Aug 2014 - See 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):

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?

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  • Leslie A.

    Thanks Adam for an informative conference. Great to catch up with people and meet some new friends.

    2 · August 25

  • BillHall

    Excellent conference, sorry I missed Saturday.
    I have placed updated versions of my Life, Knowledge and Natural Selection presentation on my web site: (animated PowerPoint - http://www.orgs-evolution-knowl...­, and non-animated PDF - http://www.orgs-evolution-knowl...­).

    2 · August 25

  • Rosemary W.

    Well done as usual Adam! Hope you are feeling better.

    3 · August 25

  • Darrell D.

    Great conference, Thanks Adam.

    3 · August 24

  • Adam

    Hi, for anyone interested in meeting up for breakfast, Russell and others are at the cafe in the Fitzroy gardens. Its the one that people went for lunch yesterday.

    August 24

  • Russell C.

    Please let me know where we meet tomorrow. I had to leave early today and missed any announcement that was made at the end.

    August 23

  • Tony

    Unfortunately, have to miss this one. Working on these days.

    August 17

  • Adam

    Note, that the conference is on the 23-24th,­­
    and there will be a pre-conference mixer on friday 22nd at graduate house.­

    August 8

  • Lee N.

    I can not be there in person, but I would like to telecommute if possible.

    July 30

    • Adam

      We are looking into streaming via google groups or something like that

      1 · July 30

    • Lucinda O.

      Thanks Adam. When will we know more? I am also interested in streaming. Thx.

      August 7

  • Sue O.

    So sad I cant go this year(wrong side of world). Adam always pulls together such a great range of speakers.

    July 29

    • Adam

      Thanks Sue - I will video the talks, so at some stage they will be available online

      July 30

    • Sue O.

      Great, thanks Adam I would appreciate that

      July 31

  • Tony S.

    Did the University of Melbourne's then department of History and Philosophy of Science masters program in Science-Technology-Society in the early 1990s, having discovered the department's bookshelves contained most of the books I'd collected in my travels since the mid 1980s. Going back to Uni was the only way to get internet access back then, but learnt lots more than that.

    1 · July 29

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