Events

Zoom Workshop “Understanding & Progress, in Science and Beyond” (Tuesday, August 4th, 14:00 GMT).

https://philevents.org/event/show/83590

Description
This is the second event in a series of virtual workshops associated with the “Understanding Progress, in Science and Beyond” research project. The focus on in this first workshop will be on scientific progress and the epistemic notion of understanding. Catherine Elgin will give a talk on how how thinkers might “borrow” considerations which are less than adequately justified in order to “leverage” them in their epistemic investigations. Yafeng Shan will discuss the new functional account of progress in science. Finnur Dellsén will argue that the concept of scientific progress should not require epistemic justification.

The event is open to all who are interested in listening in and/or participating in the Q&A sessions. The first talk begins at 14:00 GMT but the Zoom chat will open 30 minutes beforehand. To access the Zoom event, use the following details:

https://eu01web.zoom.us/j/68915984287?pwd=VjIvVzI4RkFLczFodFpwenBZR2plUT09

Meeting ID: 689 1598 4287

Passcod: [The passcode is the first ten letters in the event’s title, lowercased]

Participants
Catherine Elgin (Harvard)
Yafeng Shan (Kent)
Finnur Dellsén (Iceland)

Zoom Workshop “Understanding, in Science and Beyond” (Tuesday, July 28th, 14:00 GMT).

https://philevents.org/event/show/83590

Description
This is the first event in a series of virtual workshops associated with the “Understanding Progress, in Science and Beyond” research project. The focus on in this first workshop will be on the epistemic notion of understanding (in science and in general). Michael Strevens will give an account of what it means to “grasp” a correct explanation of a phenomenon in terms of recognitional ability. María Martínez-Ordaz will assess how (and whether) scientists can achieve legitimate understanding of defective theories. Federica Malfatti will explore the relationship between truth and understanding and suggest that understanding is “diachronically factive”.

The event is open to all who are interested in listening in and/or participating in the Q&A sessions. The first talk begins at 14:00 GMT but the Zoom chat will open 30 minutes beforehand. To access the Zoom event, use the following details:

https://eu01web.zoom.us/j/69176913639?pwd=MTYvNnBYd0tKMDZuVVhVZ0gvc1Zadz09

Meeting ID: 691 7691 3639

Passcode: [The passcode is the first ten letters in the event’s name, lowercased]

Participants
Michael Strevens (NYU)
María Martínez-Ordaz (Rio)
Federica Malfatti (Innsbruck)

Panel “Understanding and Progress” at the 2nd SURe Workshop (March 12-14, 2020, Emory University, Atlanta, GA)

https://sure-workshop.weebly.com/current-workshop.html

Description
Science makes progress, at least sometimes. But what constitutes the progress of science? One idea is that scientific understanding is key to scientific progress. This symposium will explore different aspects of scientific progress and scientific understanding so as to develop this idea and evaluate its plausibility. Possible topics include the role of scientific goals and questions for explicating progress, the epistemic value of progress, and the gradability of progress.

Participants
Sorin Bangu (Bergen)
Finnur Dellsen (Iceland)
Catherine Elgin (Harvard)
Insa Lawler (UNC-Greensboro)
Jared Millson (Agnes Scott)
Casey McCoy (Stockholm)

Conference “Understanding Progress and Progress in Understanding” (June 2021, University of Iceland, Reykjavík)

https://philevents.org/event/show/79314

Speakers
Henk de Regt (Radboud)
Catherine Elgin (Harvard)
Michael Strevens (NYU)