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First joint MCMP-Hannover Workshop on Philosophy of Physics: Models (4-5 May 2018)

In philosophy of physics and philosophy of science, there has been a great deal of work devoted to examining the use and significance of models in physics. However, there remains much to be clarified about the different sense of "model" in play in this literature, and how they relate to one another. What similarities and differences obtain between toy models, data models, and models in the semantic view of theories? Are there important differences between abstract models such as these, and the concrete models used in analogue simulations? What role should models play in accounts of reduction and universality? This workshop, organised in collaboration with the philosophy of science group at Leibniz Universität Hannover, will seek answers to these and related questions.



Day 1 (Friday, 4 May 2018)

13:30 - 14:00 Registration
14:00 - 14:45 Patricia Palacios: Can Physics Tell Us Why (and When) Stable Democratic Systems May be Undesirable?
14:45 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 15:45 Enno Fischer: Disagreeing Over Causes
15:45 - 16:15 Break
16:15 - 17:00 Mathias Frisch: 'Honey, I tuned the Model!’ On the Epistemology of Parameter Calibration
19:30 Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday, 5 May 2018)

09:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:45 Neil Dewar: Freeing Structuralism from Model Theory
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45 Joshua Luczak: It's My Model and I'll Represent If I Want To
11:45 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 12:45 Laurenz Hudetz: Models of Interpretation



Main University Building
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München
Room A120

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