Modeling Plakat

Metaphysics as Modeling

Contemporary and Kantian Issues

Trier University, Germany
October 7.-8. 2021

SPEAKERS:

Katherine Brading
Kristina Engelhard
Brigitte Falkenburg
David Hommen
Siegfried Jaag
Michela Massimi
James O'Shea
L. A. Paul
Markus Schrenk
Lorenzo Spagnesi

 

AIMS & SCOPE:
The use of models such as the Lotka-Volterra model for predator/prey-population-dynamics or the billiard ball model of gases have proven to be tremendously useful in the natural sciences. Here, we adopt the minimal working assumption that a “model is an imagined or hypothetical structure that we describe and investigate in the hope of using it to understand some more complex, real- world ‘target’ system or domain” (Godfrey-Smith 2006a, 6).

Recently, philosophers have suggested that applying models in metaphysics is also a legitimate, beneficial and necessary enterprise (Godfrey-Smith 2006a, 2012; Nolan 2005; Paul 2012; Brading manuscript for a critique). As examples for models in metaphysics have been given: Humean supervenience and Armstrong’s anti-Humeanism (Godfrey-Smith 2006a, 16) or the neuron diagrams in theories of causation (Paul 2012, 14), etc.

The workshop takes place as part of the research group “Inductive Metaphysics” (https://indmet.weebly.com), funded by DFG.

ORGANISATION:
Kristina Engelhard (Trier), David Hommen (Trier), Siegfried Jaag (Düsseldorf), Markus Schrenk (Düsseldorf)

PROGRAMME DETAILS:
An updated programme is available here.

COSTS:
Attendance (both in-person and online) is free, but registration is required.

ACCESSABILITY:
The event will be hybrid.

VENUE:
On site it will take place at Trier University, lecture hall A 9-A10.

REGISTRATION:
For registration please contact PD Dr. David Hommen (hommen@uni-trier.de). In case you want to attend the conference on site please register because the number of seats is limited due to Covid-measures. In case you want to attend the conference online you will get access data after your registration.