Quartalsvorlesungen | Quarterly Lectures

Mit den Quarterly Lectures on Philosophy of Science starten wir 2022 eine neue Vortragsreihe, für die wir auf Vorschlag von Student*innen bekannte Philosoph*innen und Wissenschaftler*innen für einen 60-Minuten Vortrag mit anschließenden 60 Minuten Diskussion einladen ihre Forschung für Bachelor- und Masterstudierende vorzustellen (Vorschläge bitte an: seminar(at)philosophiederphysik.de). Die Vorträge werden auf Deutsch oder Englisch gehalten. Alle Interessierten sind herzlich eingeladen. Der Zoom-Link wird über diese Seite veröffentlicht, auch etwaige Vorbereitungsmaterialien werden hier zugänglich gemacht.

Organisiert von Oxana Shaya (RWTH Aachen), Niels Linnemann (Universität Bremen/Rotman) und Kian Salimkhani (Universität zu Köln).

With the Quarterly Lectures on Philosophy of Science, we are starting a new lecture series in 2022: we invite well-known philosophers and scientists to present their research to bachelor's and master's students through a 60-minute lecture followed by a 60-minute discussion (please send suggestions to: seminar(at)philosophiederphysik.de). The lectures will be held in German or English. All interested parties are cordially invited. The zoom link will be published via this page, and any preparatory materials will also be made available here.

Organised by Oxana Shaya (RWTH Aachen), Niels Linnemann (University of Bremen/Rotman) und Kian Salimkhani (University of Cologne).


Programm 2022

1st Quarterly Lecture on Philosophy of Science
Bas van Fraassen
21. März (19:00 CET)

Epistemological implications of Bell's inequality (English)


Video, Script; Background reading: Mermin (1981)

2nd Quarterly Lecture on Philosophy of Science
Emily Adlam
23. Juni (18:15 CEST)

Operational Theories as Structural Realism


Video


Abstract: In this talk I will introduce the operational theories approach to research in quantum foundations and undertake a reconstruction of the epistemic significance of this research. I argue that the space of operational theories is analogous to the space of possible worlds employed in the possible world semantics for modal logic, so research of this sort can be understood as probing modal structure. Thus I will argue that operational axiomatisations of quantum mechanics may be interpreted as a novel form of structural realism; I discuss the consequences of this interpretation for the philosophy of structural realism and the future of operational theories.

3rd Quarterly Lecture on Philosophy of Science
Anjan Chakravartty
19. August 2022 (16:00 CEST)

On the Relationship between Scientific Realism and Scientific Metaphysics


Abstract: Debates about scientific realism (the idea that our best theories and models are substantially on the right track, epistemically, and increasingly so), and debates about scientific or naturalized metaphysics (the idea that, in order to be on the right epistemic track, metaphysical theorizing should be intimately connected to scientific theorizing), are generally conducted in isolation from one another. As it happens, though, these two debates are, in fact, interwoven, because different approaches to scientific realism reflect different approaches to naturalized metaphysics, and antirealist arguments in the former domain have correlates in the latter. In this talk, I explore the relationship between scientific realism and scientific metaphysics, the extent to which their fates are linked, and the sense in which they are not.https://uni-bremen.zoom.us/j/98949377297?pwd=c1JmSUtqVUEyalVVTVR6R2xFdU9DZz09

4th Quarterly Lecture on Philosophy of Science
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Dezember