Methodology and Epistemology in Cosmology Conference (UC Irvine: Feb. 10-12, 2017)

The twenty first century has, thus far, been a period of rapid progress in cosmology. And yet this very success has begun to expose the limits of current methods and forced cosmologists to explore new ways of learning about the universe and its history. At this conference, we will explore three related areas where methodological innovation has been called for, and where it has already begun. One theme will concern the epistemology of inflation. Does inflationary cosmology inexorably lead us to postulate a multiverse where anything that can happen does happen? And if so, what does it mean to test a theory that is compatible with anything we might observe? Or can we treat inflation as a more conventional theory, with unambiguous observational signatures? A second theme will concern dark matter and dark energy. We have inferred the existence of these entities by comparing observational evidence with models of general relativity. But one might just as well infer, from the behavior of the visible matter in the universe, that general relativity breaks down at cosmological (or even galactic) length scales. What are the prospects for alternatives to general relativity at cosmological scales? How might cosmology be used to test general relativity? The final theme will concern the role of simulation in our understanding of the history of the actual universe. Can simulations be used to test theories of the early universe? Do they provide an independent source of information about cosmology, or are they an intermediary between theory and observation?

See the conference webpage for further details.

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2017 BSPS Doctoral Scholarship Competition

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science is offering a scholarship for doctoral work in the philosophy of science at a UK university, subject to a candidate of sufficient merit presenting themselves.
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17th annual Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Physics Graduate Conference: Western Ontario, 15-16 June 2017

The 17th annual Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Physics Graduate Conference will take place on Thursday-Friday, June 15-16, 2017, at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. We are pleased to announce that Aristidis Arageorgis (National Technical University of Athens) will be giving the keynote address.

Call for Papers:
Graduate students who have not yet defended their PhD thesis are invited to submit papers on any topic in philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of physics. Papers in philosophy of physics will be considered for the 14th Annual Clifton Memorial book prize. The contest will be adjudicated by philosophy of physics faculty members at Western.
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Models, Explanations, and Realism about Quantum Physics: Leeds, 17 January 2017

University of Leeds
Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science

The workshop is part of the ARHC Scientific Realism and the Quantum Project.
http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/raq

January 17, 2017

Speakers:

Alisa Bokulich (Boston)
Dennis Dieks (Utrecht)
Soazig LeBihan (Montana)
Michela Massimi (Edinburgh)
Juha Saatsi (Leeds)
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CFP: Philosophy of Physics at the DPG, Bremen, 13-17 March 2017

The Working Group “Philosophy of Physics” (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) invites submissions for its annual workshop. Contributions on any topic in the philosophy of physics are welcome. The conference takes place at the University of Bremen from March 13 to 17, 2016, and will be part of the Annual Meeting of the DPG (http://bremen17.dpg-tagungen.de/index.html?set_language=en&cl=en).
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Leeds, 12-13 September 2017: Scientific Realism and the Quantum

School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science
University of Leeds

12-13 September 2017

http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/raq/events/scientific-realism-and-the-quantum-final-conference/

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Alyssa Ney (UC Davis)
Craig Callender (UCSD)
Adrian Kent (Cambridge)
Carl Hoefer (Barcelona)
Doreen Fraser (Waterloo)
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CFP: BSPS, Edinburgh, 13-14 July 2017

British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Annual Conference
13–14 July 2017, University of Edinburgh

Plenary Speakers:

Martin Kusch (Vienna)
Anya Plutynski (Washington St. Louis)
Michela Massimi (Edinburgh)
Christian Wüthrich (Geneva)
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