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March 2018

Lina Jansson (Nottingham): “Explanatory indispensability and explanatory fictions”

6 March, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: Recently, a putative truism about explanation has come under increasing criticism. The putative truism is this: only obtaining facts and existing entities can explain. If the truism fails, then arguments for realism based on explanatory indispensability are also challenged. I will focus on what I take to be the strongest challenge to the putative truism; namely, the explanatory use of fictions and argue that it possible to rescue a limited version of the truism.

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Ralf Bader (Oxford): “Incompleteness and dynamic inconsistency”

20 March, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: When dealing with incomplete preference or betterness orderings, expansion consistency condition beta is violated. As a result, incompleteness can give rise to dynamic inconsistency. This paper develops global choice principles that ensure dynamic consistency. Ralf Bader is a Tutor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. #PopperSeminar

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May 2018

Tim Button (Cambridge): TBA

1 May, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Abstract TBA. Tim Button is a Senior Lecturer and a Fellow of St John's College at the University of Cambridge.

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