The Tilburg Center for Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science studies knowledge, reasoning, and value in all their forms.

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Research Seminar in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science

This research seminar is a forum for all members of TiLPS with research interests in epistemology or philosophy of science to present and discuss their work. Sometimes we also have a guest speaker or discuss a recently published article. Master students and Research Master students may take this research seminar for credit. Please contact Matteo Colombo for more information. Papers for discussion and some background reading will be available from this website at least one week in advance.

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:45 - 14:00

Room: Cobbenhagen Building - CZ 118

Speaker: Michal Sikorski (TiLPS)

Title and abstract: t.b.a.

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 12:45 - 14:00

Room: CZ 118

Speaker: Naftali Weinberger (TiLPS)

Title: Mechanisms Without Mechanistic Explanation

Abstract: Some recent accounts of constitutive relevance have identified mechanism components with entities that are causal intermediates between the input and output of a mechanism. I argue that on such accounts there is no distinctive form of mechanistic explanation. Nevertheless, the entities that these accounts call ‘components’ do play an explanatory role. Studying causal intermediates linking X and Y provides knowledge of the counterfactual conditions under which X will continue to bring about Y. This explanatory role does not depend on whether these variables count as components. The question of whether there are distinctively mechanistic explanations remains open.

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 12:45 - 14:00

Room: DZ 10

Speaker: Félipe Romero (TiLPS)

Thursday, 10 November 2016, 12:45 - 14:00

Room: DZ 10

Speaker: Erik Nyberg 

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 12:45 - 14:00

Room: DZ 10

Speaker: Thomas Boyer-Kassem (TiLPS)

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:45 - 14:00

Room: DZ 10

Speaker: Silvia Ivani (TiLPS)

Title and abstract: t.b.a.

Recent Seminars

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 12:45 - 14:00

Room: Cultuurtuin - Esplanade Building

Speaker: Seamus Bradley (TiLPS)

Title: Fleshing out the "levels" argument for compatibilism about chance and determinism

Abstract: There is a prima facie tension between the claims that the world is deterministic and that the world contains non-trivial chances. One kind of response to this incompatibilist view is to argue that the world can be deterministic at one level and still be chancy at another level. Beyond giving examples of levels that instantiate this duality, proponents of this 'levels-compatibilism' don't say much about what levels are, or what the hierarchical structure of these levels is. This talk presents some initial attempts at trying to flesh out what levels-compatibilists might mean by their levels talk.