A distinguished LSE panel discuss the life and work of the Harvard philosopher Hilary Putnam. The panel includes Julian Baggini, Professor Jesper Kallestrup, Professor Chris Norris, Dr Sarah Sawyer, and Dr Peter Dennis as chair. Hilary Putnam was an American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist. He made important contributions to philosophy of science, mathematics, epistemology, […]

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Video 600 at Carneades.org! The last musical commemorative video was on problems with arguments for the existence of God, now here’s one about some of the problems with arguments for scientific realism. Including the Problem of Induction, The Problem of Underdetermination, and The New Riddle of Induction. Sponsors: Daniel Helland, Will Roberts, Dennis Sexton, and […]

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Ernest Nagel’s Howison lecture at UC Berkeley, where he discusses the cognitive status of scientific theories and related issues regarding scientific realism and instrumentalism. Ernest Nagel was a prominent philosopher of science of the 20th century. Along with Rudolf Carnap, Hans Reichenbach, and Carl Hempel, he is sometimes seen as one of the major figures […]

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An explication of the metaphysical, semantic, and epistemic commitments of scientific realism

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Bryson Brown (Lethbridge) gives a talk at the Conference on Paraconsistent Reasoning in Science and Mathematics titled “On the Preservation of Reliability”. Abstract: All models are wrong, but some are useful. C.S. Peirce examined several broad methods for arriving at beliefs in “On the Fixation of Belief”; the central theme of his essay is the […]

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Ronald Giere gives a talk on Thomas Kuhn and his influential work in the philosophy of science. This talk was part of a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of Kuhn’s famous work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. The University of Chicago Press, the Fishbein Center for the History of Science, and the Max Planck Institute […]

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Paul Teller (UC Davis) gives a talk at MCMP titled “Separating Truth from its Idealization”. Science never succeeds in providing representations that are both perfectly precise and completely accurate. Instead science constructs models that are always in some ways inexact – imprecise, not perfectly accurate, or both. If this goes for the results of science, […]

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