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Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations

28 October 2016, 10:00 am5:15 pm

Many philosophers of science dismiss imagination as ill-suited for scientific reasoning. The notion of imagination that they assume often coincides with that of irrational or unconstrained thought that enables us to escape reality. This idea disregards the fact that imagination seems also to provide knowledge of reality.

For example, imagination seems to play a role in philosophical and scientific thought experiments, scientific modelling, counterfactual reasoning, problem solving, practical deliberations about contingent facts, and more. But how can the same mental ability enable us to escape reality and also learn about it?

Four experts on imagination will address this question from the perspective of philosophy of science, epistemology, cognitive science, and aesthetics.

Programme
10:00–11:15 Ruth Byrne (University of Dublin):
“Counterfactual Thought”
LAK.206
11:15–11:45 Coffee Break LAK.G.01C
11:45–13:00 Catharine Abell (University of Manchester):
“Epistemic Problems with Eliciting Imaginings”
LAK.206
13:00–14:15 Lunch
14:15–15:30 Fiora Salis (LSE):
“Capturing the Scientific Imagination”
LAK.206
15:30–16:00 Coffee Break LAK.G.01C
16:00–17:15 Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford):
“Counterfactuals and Thought experiments”
LAK.206

This event is co-sponsored by The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 654034.

 

CPNSS The British Society for the Philosophy of Science

 

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Date:
28 October 2016
Time:
10:00 am – 5:15 pm
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Organiser

CPNSS

Venue

LAK 2.06
Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Website:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/