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Probabilities in Science and Philosophy (The First Jerusalem-MCMP Workshop in the Philosophy of Science)

Idea and Motivation

The notion of ‘probability’ refers to a host of formal systems and to a host of ways of interpreting them. It is used in a host of various fields including Bayesian epistemology, decision theory, statistical considerations in social and natural sciences, and as part of the theories of physics, and more. In this workshop we shall address this intriguing notion from a variety of viewpoints and in a variety of context, with the hope that this interdisciplinary exchanges will yield deeper understanding and novel insights as to the meaning and use of probability in each of the different domains.


Day 1 (Thursday, 19 May 2016)

09:30 - 10:00 Gathering and Refreshments
10:00 - 10:10 Opening
10:10 - 11:10 Stephan Hartmann: "Learning Causal Conditionals"
11:10 - 12:10 Ittay Nissan-Rozen: "The Ramsey Test, the Principal Principle and Admissible Propositions"
12:10 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00 Erik Curiel: "What Is Generic and What Is Special about the Universe?"
15:00 - 16:00 Orly Shenker: "Probability and Typicality in Statistical Mechanics"
16:00 - 16:20 Coffee Break
16:20 - 17:20 Meir Hemmo: "Probability and Typicality in Everett’s Approach to Quantum Mechanics"
19:00 Dinner

Day 2 (Friday, 20 May 2016)

10:00 - 11:00 Seamus Bradley: "A Survey of Imprecise Probability with an Ulterior Motive"
11:00 - 12:00 Malte Doehne: "From Actor Characteristics to Actor Configurations: Predicting Relations between Entities"
12:00 - 12:20 Coffee Break
12:20 - 13:20 Danny November: "Ontological Implications of the Probability Space"
Afternoon tour for participants


Practical Information


Edelstein Center for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine,
Levi Building, Safra Campus
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The conference is supported by The Sydney M. EdelsteinCenter for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation through an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship.