Speakers

Kusch Martin Kusch is professor for philosophy of science and epistemology at the University of Vienna. Before moving to Vienna in 2014 we was professor for philosophy and sociology of science at the University of Cambridge. During the years 2014-19 he leads an ERC Advanced Grant project on the topic of: “The Emergence of Relativism: Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Issues”. He is currently finishing a book on Wittgenstein’s “Epistemological investigations”, and starting a book on the emergence of relativistic motifs in 19th century German-speaking physiology. His previous book publications include: Language as Calculus versus Language as Universal Medium (1989); Foucault’s Strata and Fields (1991); Psychologism (1995); Psychological Knowledge (1998); The Shape of Actions (1999, with H. M. Collins); Knowledge by Agreement (2002); and A Sceptical Guide to Meaning and Rules (2006).

For more information, visit his website.

In Tilburg, Martin Kusch will talk about the topic “Epistemic Relativism, Scepticism, Pluralism“.


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Ruphy Stéphanie Ruphy holds a PhD in astrophysics (Paris VI University) and a PhD in philosophy (Columbia University). She is currently professor of philosophy of science and head of the research laboratory Philosophie, Langages & Cognition at Grenoble Alpes University, France. Her work in general philosophy of science has appeared in journal such as Philosophy of Science, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Perspectives on Science. She is also the author of “Pluralismes scientifiques. Enjeux épistémiques et métaphysiques” (Hermann, 2013). Much of her work has concerned the unity or plurality of science debate, the role of values in science and computer simulations.

For more information, visit her website.

In Tilburg, Stéphanie Ruphy will talk about the topic “What is left of (ontological) objectivity in a pluralist view of science?“.

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WeberMarcel Weber received his degree in molecular biology from the University of Basel (1987) and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Konstanz (1996). After postdoctoral and lecturer positions in Minneapolis and Hannover, he became Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the University of Basel (2004-2009). Marcel Weber also spent a term at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and taught as visiting professor at the Institute for Philosophy at the Humboldt-University, Berlin and the Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich. From 2009-2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Konstanz. He is now Chair of Philosophy of Science at the University of Geneva, Editor of dialectica and Associate Editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Since 2012, Marcel Weber is also a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.  His monograph “Philosophy of Experimental Biology” (2005) has appeared with Cambridge University Press. Apart from editing numerous volumes, he is regularly publishing in journals such as Philosophy of Science and BJPS.

For more information, visit his website.

In Tilburg, Marcel Weber will talk about the topic “How Objective Are Biological Functions?”

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WoodwardJames Woodward is Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh. Prior to 2010, he was the J.O and Juliette Koepfli Professor of Humanities at the California Institute of Technology. His research covers a number of different areas, including theories of causation, explanation, and inductive inference in general philosophy of science, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of social science. His interests in psychology include the empirical psychology of causal learning and judgment. He also maintains an interest in moral psychology and the empirical study of human behavior in morally significant situations. His book, “Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation” won the Lakatos award in 2005. He was President of the Philosophy of Science Association from 2010-2012.

For more information, visit his website.

In Tilburg, James Woodward will talk about “What is left of (ontological) objectivity in a pluralist view of science?“.

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