Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP)
print


Breadcrumb Navigation


Content

The Semantics of Theories (23-25 June 2016)

semanticsheader_2016

Idea and Motivation

Since 1970, no major international conference has been dedicated to the problem of the semantics of theories, even though the problem is of central and fundamental importance in all branches and topics of philosophy of science. The time, therefore, is ripe for such a major conference, bringing together leading proponents and critics of all major schools of thought on the problem. Such a gathering will spur new, innovative approaches to the problem, as well as connecting and invigorating work on existing approaches. It will also provide young researchers with a comprehensive introduction to the state of the art of this central field of research, and established researchers with a comprehensive overview.

Program

Thursday (23 June 2016)

TimeTopic
09:15 - 09:45 Coffee and Snacks, Registration
09:45 - 10:00 Welcome by Stephan Hartmann, Chair and Head of the Munich Center For Mathematical Philosophy
10:00 - 11:15 Adam Caulton: “A Conservative Approach to the Semantics of Physical Theories”
Chair: John Wigglesworth   
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break (Coffee only)
11:30 - 12:30 Robbie Hirsch: “The Semantics of Science: Lessons from Logical Positivism”
Chair: Flavia Padovani 
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch (on your own)
13:45 - 14:45 Andreea Esanu: “The Suppes Predicate for Natural Selection - A Study in the Semantics of Evolutionary Theory in Biology”
Chair: Flavia Padovani 
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break (Coffee only)
15:00 - 16:15 Holger Andreas: “Semantic Lessons from Inconsistent Theories”
Chair: Milena Ivanova 
16:15 - 17:15 Francesca Biagioli: “Reconsidering the Semantic View of Theories from a Historical Perspective”
Chair: Milena Ivanova 
17:15 - 17:45 Coffee and Snacks
17:45 - 19:00 Hans Halvorson: “The Invariant Content of Equivalent Theories”
Chair: Laurenz Hudetz 

Friday (24 June, 2016)

TimeTopic
09:30 - 10:00 Coffee and Snacks
10:00 - 11:15 Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem: “An Adequate Analysis for Theory Structure on an Epistemic Realist Account of Science”
Chair: Holger Andreas 
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break (Coffee only)
11:30 - 12:30 Neil Dewar: “What Is It to Interpret a Theory?”
Chair: Holger Andreas 
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch (on your own)
13:45 - 14:45 Richard Healey: “A Pragmatist-Inferentialist Account of the ‘Semantics’ of Quantum Theory”
Chair: David Schroeren 
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break (Coffee only)
15:00 - 16:15 Reinhard Muskens: “The Meaning of Theories and the Theory of Meaning”
Chair: Collin Rice 
16:15 - 17:15 María Caamaño Alegre: “The Semantics of the Revolution in Geology”
Chair: Collin Rice 
17:15 - 17:45 Coffee and Snacks
17:45 - 19:00 Christopher Pincock: “Scientific Representation without Representationalism”
Chair: Alexander Reutlinger 
20:00 - 22:00 Conference Dinner (Osterwaldgarten)

Saturday (25 June, 2016)

TimeTopic
09:30 - 10:00 Coffee and Snacks
10:00 - 11:15 Sebastian Lutz: “Analyticity and Vagueness in the Semantics of the Received View”
Chair: Karolina Krzy┼╝anowska 
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break (Coffee only)
11:30 - 12:30 David Schroeren: “Is the Semantic Content of Scientific Theories Hyperintensional?”
Chair: Karolina Krzy┼╝anowska 
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch (on your own)
13:45 - 15:00 Erik Curiel: “Kinematics, Dynamics, and the Structure of Physical Theories”
Chair: Neil Dewar 
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break (Coffee only)
15:15 - 16:15 Laurenz Hudetz: “Theoretical Equivalence and Representational Capacities”
Chair: Samuel Fletcher 
16:15 - 17:30 Gerhard Schurz: “Instrumentalist and Realist Interpretations of the Ramsey Sentence of a Theory”
Chair: Samuel Fletcher 
17:30 - 18:00 Coffee and Snacks

Acknowledgement

The conference is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and organized by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (LMU Munich). The MCMP is very grateful to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for financial support.

Photo Credits

Header background: Laureà, "Biblioteca". Some right reserved (desaturated from original). Source: www.piqs.de.