Conference: Conventional Principles in Science, Bristol

Postgraduate Conference on Conventional Principles in Science at Bristol

The conference will concentrate on questions regarding conventions in physics, with primary focus on spacetime theories and quantum mechanics, and clarify the notion of ‘relativized a priori’ as defended by Michael Friedman.

We aim to bring together young researchers interested in the history of philosophy of science and the development of the relativized a priori (from Poincaré, Reichenbach and Carnap to Friedman), as well as philosophers of physics who can provide illuminating examples of conventions in physics and analyse their role and status in relation to the notion of relativized a priori.

Keynote speaker: Michael Friedman (Stanford)
Invited speakers: Hannes Leitgeb (Munich), Eleanor Knox (King’s College London), Adam Caulton (London)
Postgraduate speaker: Flavia Padovani (LSE), Milena Ivanova (Bristol), Jonathan Everett (UCL), Ryan Samaroo (UWO), Steve Horvath (Bristol)

The conference will take place in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol on the 18th and 19th of August 2011 (Lecture Theater 2, 9 Woodland Road).
If you are interested in attending this conference, please send an email including your personal details (name, affiliation, status) to Milena Ivanova (milena.ivanova’at’ with the subject line “Conference Registration”.
Deadline for Registration: 30 June 2011

***Please note that a limited number of bursaries are available for postgraduate students wishing to attend this conference. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please contact Milena Ivanova.

For more information, please visit

This conference is funded by ANALYSIS, BIRTHA Foundation and The ALUMNI Fund, University of Bristol

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