Workshop: Metaphysics of science, Lausanne, 12-13 October 2012

Metaphysics of science: objects, relations and structures

University of Lausanne, 12-13 October 2012


Friday 12 October UNIL ANTH 2098
8h45 Holger Lyre (Magdeburg): Why structure ontology isn’t a bundle ontology – a plea for structures as global entities
9h45 Carsten Held (Erfurt): Theory success and structural realism
10h45 Coffee break
11h15 Meinard Kuhlmann (Bremen): Does Quantum Field Theory Support Ontic Structural Realism?
12h15 Philipp Keller (Geneva): Bundle theory made relational? A Critique of Ontic Structural Realism
13h15 Lunch
14h30 Michael Esfeld (Lausanne): The limits of ontic structural realism
15h30 Kevin Mulligan (Geneva): Beyond Objects, Properties and Relations
16h30 Coffee break
17h15 Matthias Egg (Lausanne): Causal Explanations and Scientific Realism in Particle Physics
20h00 Dinner

Saturday 13 October UNIL ANTH 2098
9h00 Ingvar Johansson (Umea): On the Distinction between Naturally Discrete and Naturally Continuous Quantities
10h00 Anjan Chakravartty (Notre Dame): Dispositions and Relations as Causes and Structures
11h00 Coffee break
11h30 Mauricio Suarez (Madrid): Propensities and Pragmatism
12h30 Lunch
13h45 Tim Räz (Lausanne): The Applicability of Mathematics
14h45 Marcel Weber (Geneva): The Structuralist Challenge and Biology
16h00 Apéro

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