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Workshop: XPhiSci 2019

Workshop on Experimental Philosophy of Science

October 15-16, 2019 at Aarhus University in Denmark

Experimental methods in philosophy -- understood as the conduction of surveys on philosophical questions and the use of statistical analysis -- were pioneered in the early 2000s and have been on the rise ever since. Experimental philosophy is not uncontroversial, but it is undeniable that it has forced philosophers to critically reflect on traditional ‘armchair’ philosophizing. In the philosophy of science experimental approaches have hitherto been comparably dormant. This is in some sense surprising: one may think that philosophers of science would be particularly receptive to approaches that promise more scientificity. It is the aim of this conference to explore reasons for this slow uptake and to encourage ways of bringing experimental methods to bear also in the philosophy of science by discussing opportunities and problems.

Conference location: M2.3 in the "Studenterhus" in Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4.

Attendance is free, but please notify the organiser well in advance (sks@css.au.dk). 


Tuesday, October 15:
9:10-9:15 Welcome and introduction
9:15-10:05 Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh)

The vernacular and scientific concept of innateness

10:20-11:10 Deena Weisberg (Villanova University) 

Public Understanding of Neuroscience: Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives

11:20-12:10Michiru Nagatsu (Helsinki)  

Experimental Philosophy of Economics: Explaining why economics is so difficult

12:10-13:15Lunch in cafeteria
13:15-14:05Mizrahi Moti (Florida Tech)The Case Study Method in Philosophy of Science: An Empirical Study
14:25-15:15Carlos Sanata (Utah)

Experimenting on scientific corpora

15:25-16:15Charles Pence (Louvain)

Digital Humanities as Empirical Philosophy of Science

Wednesday, October 16:
9:15-10:05 James Beebe (Buffalo)

Are Scientists and Philosophers of Science Scientific Realists?

10:20-11:10 Samuel Schindler (Aarhus)

Theoretical Virtues: philosophers vs. scientists

11:20-12:10Andrew Shtulman (Occidental College, LA)

Ghosts of Theories Past: How Intuitive Theories Compete with the Scientific Theories that “Replace” Them

12:10-13:15Lunch in cafeteria
13:15-14:05Peter Mattig (Wuppertal)

Searching for the Unknown Unknown: A Turn to Data Driven Methods at the LHC


Sam Johnson (Bath)

Cognition as sense-making: Toward a domain-general explanatory logic

15:25-16:15Thomas Blanchard (Illinois Wesleyan University)  

Three Experiments on the Causal Exclusion Problem