Următoarea conferință din cadrul seminarului de cercetare al Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretică în parteneriat cu CELFIS va fi susținută de Theodore Arabatzis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), președinte al European Society for the History of Science. Mai multe detalii despre vorbitor sunt disponibile la: http://scholar.uoa.gr/tarabatz 

Titlul prezentării sale este ‘Contingency and Counterfactuals in History and Philosophy of Science’. Iată și rezumatul:

‘In this talk I will discuss the role of contingency and counterfactuals in historical and rational reconstructions of past scientific developments. I will first highlight the importance of contingency for historical reconstructions of past scientific practice. While the contingency of, say, the acceptance of a scientific theory, prima facie licenses counterfactual histories leading to an alternative theory, the articulation of those histories, as I will suggest, is predicated on two conditions: first, the deliberate neglect of further contingencies along the counterfactual path to the alternative in question; second, some guiding “schema” (causal or inferential) underpinning the unfolding of that path. I will argue that those conditions are not met in proper historical narratives, precisely because those narratives have to incorporate contingent factors. Rather, those conditions can only be met in “quasi-historical” accounts, such as those provided by rational reconstructions of the emergence and acceptance of past scientific theories.’

Conferința se va desfășura ȋn limba engleză miercuri, 11 mai, orele 19-21. Detaliile de conectare via Zoom vor fi distribuite celor ce își indică dorința de participare scriind la adresa andrei.marasoiu@filosofie.unibuc.ro

Mai multe detalii sunt disponibile prin anunțul de pe pagina Facebook a seminarului: https://www.facebook.com/Seminarul-Departamentului-de-Filosofie-Teoretica-UniBuc-285279685738329 sau pe PhilEvents: https://philevents.org/event/show/93365