Portrait of Luca Pacioli, by Barbari


Modal Modelling in Science: Modal Epistemology Meets Philosophy of Science

Stockholm, 29th and 30th of May, 2020

Scientists make modal claims, including claims of objective possibility. These possibility claims are often based on, or justified with reference to, the use of scientific models. But it is far from obvious that any scenario or system that can be modelled is objectively possible. Plausibly some constraints must be in place. But what are these, how are they justified, are they reliable trackers of modal truth? This raises questions of the kind treated by epistemologists of modality. Meanwhile, many contemporary epistemologists of modality are eager to stress that the basis for much of our modal knowledge is to be provided by science, and they strive to provide theories of modal justification that respect this fact. Yet, there has so far been very little interaction between philosophers of science who study modelling, and epistemologists of modality. This workshop aims to take a step towards remedying this by bringing together researchers from both fields.

Confirmed speakers

Everyone is warmly welcome to attend this workshop, taking place at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, 29th and 30th of May, 2020. There is no registration fee, but if you are interested in attending one or both of the days, or if you have any questions about this event, please send an e-mail to ylwasw@kth.se.

The event is a co-organized effort between the Towards a Methodology of Modal Modeling project, funded by the Swedish Research Council (grant number 2018-01353) and the Possible Life: The philosophical significance of extending biology project, funded by the ERC (grant number 818772).

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