Seminario del Dpto. de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la ciencia (UNED)

MARTES 31 DE MAYO, 12.00 (Sala 06 de Filosofía, UNED)

Samir Okasha (University of Bristol)"Experiment, Observation and the Confirmation of Laws"
This talk examines the question of whether experimental data and purely 'observational' data differ with respect to their confirmatory significance. It has often been argued that experimental data are superior to observational data for the purposes of making causal inferences. While not disputing this argument, I offer an independent reason for thinking that experimental data are confirmationally more powerful, which has nothing to do with causal inference per se. The argument draws on a version of the 'principle of total evidence', as formalized in a Bayesian setting. The argument also relates to the debate about whether there is a Bayesian vindication of the hypothetico-deductive method.


La Academia Mexicana de Lógica (AML); El Taller de Didáctica de la Lógica (TDL); La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); El Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas (IIF-UNAM); El Mexican Cultural Centre, Reino Unido (MCC)


A enviar ponencias y a participar en el XIX Encuentro Internacional de Didáctica de la Lógica (EIDL) a realizarse del 15 al 18 de noviembre de 2016, en las instalaciones de la Casa Universitaria del Libro ubicada en Orizaba 24, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, Colonia Roma Norte, C.P. 06700, Ciudad de México, D.F. Como parte de las actividades del XIX  EIDL se realizarán las sesiones del 6º Simposio Internacional de Investigación en Lógica y Argumentación (SIILA).

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Reminder: JOB POSTING -  4 PhD positions in philosophy of science/ethics of science, Hannover/Bielefeld


  • 4 fully funded positions for doctoral candidates in philosophy of science and/or ethics of science
  • Starting Date: October 1st, 2016
  • Within the research group "Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Science" (jointly organized by the philosophy departments of Leibniz Universität Hannover and Bielefeld University, Germany)
  • 2 positions at Leibniz Universität Hannover, 2 at Bielefeld University
  • Net salaries roughly between 1460 and 1580 € per month, plus benefits such as health insurance
  • Appointment for three years
  • Working language English, no command of German required
  • Application Deadline: June 5th, 2016
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Teorema XXXV/2 Primavera/Spring 2016

Índice/Table of Contents

Essay Prize for Young Scholars 2015
S. Stammers, Situation, Reason and the Extended Agent

M. Champagne, On Alethic Functionalism’s (Absurdly?) Wide Applicability

Simposio sobre el libro/Book Symposium
Philip Kitcher, Deaths in Venice The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach
P. Kitcher, Resumen de Muertes en Venecia/ Précis of Deaths in Venice
R. Eldridge, Philosophy, Literature, Death, and Wisdom: On Philip Kitcher’s Deaths in Venice
J. Corbí, Gustav von Aschenbach’s Inner Impulse and the Value of His Life
R. Scruton, Reflections on Deaths in Venice
M. Gatens, ‘Living Lightly, Living Well’: Kitcher on the Philosophical and Everyday Value of Literature
S. Neiman, Thoughts on Reading Kitcher’s Deaths in Venice
J. Vega-Encabo, Philosophy by Showing: On Philip Kitcher’s Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav
von Aschenbach
R. Schacht, Kitcher’s Deaths
P. Kitcher, Responses

Notas críticas/Critical Notices
M. Pérez Otero, La teoría competencial del saber de Ernesto Sosa
(E. SosaJudgement and Agency)
A. Amilburu y C. Saborido, Metafísica naturalizada: géneros naturales en consonancia con la práctica científica
(M. A. Khalidi, Natural Categories and Human Kinds. Classification in the Natural and Social Sciences)
Revista de libros/Book Review
M. Bunge, Crítica de una sociología de la ciencia
por María de Paz

C. Gómez, Hilary Putnam (1926-2016): las raíces de lo real
Evaluadores para teorema 2014-2015/Referees for teorema 2014-2015
Informe de gestión 2013-2015




INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: Meaning and Measures of Scientific Culture
University of Oviedo, Asturias (Spain) - September 28–30,  2016
Civic scientific literacy should be conceptualized as involving three related dimensions: a vocabulary of basic scientific constructs sufficient to read competing views in a newspaper or magazine, an understanding of the process or nature of scientific inquiry, and some level of understanding of the impact of science and technology on individuals and on society. Miller, J. (1998) “The measurement of civic scientific literacy”

The alternative is to think of literacy broadly – and scientific literacy specifically – as being the possession of a core set of intellectual constructs that provide the means to read, parse, and make some sense of a wider array of new information. Miller, J. (2014) “The importance of Civic Scientific Literacy in a Just-in-time World”

Almost 20 years separate a quote from another and, in that time, many others definitions of “scientific literacy” have been proposed. Also a huge set of items have been developed to measure what kind of things makes a person scientifically literate. But, what does it mean to be scientifically literate? What is scientific culture? Are scientific literacy and scientific culture referring to different things? How much scientific culture is enough? They are all open questions. These and other issues will be discussed and analyzed by several research groups from different approaches but with a common concern about scientific culture and its measures.
The International Workshop Meaning and Measures of Scientific Culture covers a wide range of topics in the field of Public Understanding of Science, with particular attention to the concept and dimensions of scientific culture, including the development of cualitative and cuantitative indicators. The International Workshop is addressed to researchers interested in topics related to scientific culture. Papers are expected to cover issues related to public understanding of science, culture of science, scientific culture, science literacy, measures, and indicators.
A 300 words abtract and a brief CV (no more than 200 words) should be submitted by email to: 
Paper proposals should be submitted in English, Portuguese or Spanish, with titles also in English. When using electronic resources (supporting material, slideshow, .ppt, etc.) during the presentation they must be at least in English.
Proposals will be reviewed by a scientific committee and its acceptance will be communicated by email.
Important Dates
Deadline for submission of abstracts: June, 30th.




Under the patronage of san Sebastian European Capital of culture 2016

Under the Honorary Presidency of: Pedro Miguel Echenique (Max Plack Prize of Physics)

San Sebastian 3-7 October


The International Ontology Congress is organized every two years by the Philosophy Departments of the University of Basque Country and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Paideia Foundation and the Museum Chillida-Leku. The International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP), the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) and Iberian Greek Philosophy Society (SIFG) support this XII Edition.

The organizing committee calls for contributed papers and contributed symposia. Abstracts should be submitted by using the registration form in the congress website (


•  From archaic Greek Thought to Aristotle’s Physics:  On the evolution of the concept of Physis.

•  Workshop. Realism and Quantum Mechanics: The state of the art.

•  The conceptual picture of the nature after Quantum Revolution.

•  The Aristotle’s legacy

•  Ontology and History of Ontology

•  Polis kai Paideia.

•  Special session: “Learning to be Human” (The subject of the World Congress of Philosophy, Beijing 2018). In cooperation with FISP.

• -Special Session: Gregoak eta Gu: Debate concerning the structure of the Basque Language and the universality of ontological categories.

Contributed papers: Please submit an abstract of 300 words prepared for anonymous review. Accepted contributed papers will be allocated in total 25 minutes including discussion time.

Contributed symposia: Please submit an abstract prepared for anonymous review. Accepted contributed symposia will be allocated in total 2 hours including discussion time. The abstract should include: 1) a general description of the format and the topic of the proposed symposium and its significance (up to 500 words) and 2) a 300-word abstract of each paper (3-4 papers).

Important dates:

30 May, 2016 – Deadline for early abstract submissions

15 June, 2016 – Notifications of acceptance of early abstract submissions

31 June, 2016 – Deadline for late abstract submissions

15 July, 2016 – Notifications of acceptance of late abstract submissions

22 July, 2016 – Deadline for registration fees

30 July, 2016 – Preliminary programme announced



Workshop "From Basic Cognition to Mathematical Practice"

University of Seville, Institute of Mathematics (IMUS), 19-21 Sept. 2016


In recent years, much discussion has been devoted to the relation between cognition and mathematical practice, thanks to the work of cognitive scientists, philosophers and historians of mathematics devoted to the topic. Initially, the investigation focused in particular on the question which 'core' cognitive systems might ground several mathematical notions and results -- especially the number concept, but also elementary geometry. More recently it has moved towards discussion of mathematics as a product of 'embodied cognition', evaluating the role of conceptual metaphors, bodily experience, and external representations in mathematical practice and mathematical understanding. Some of these proposals claim that mathematics is a unique type of human conceptual system, which is sustained by specific neural activity and bodily functions, and brought forth via the recruitment of everyday cognitive mechanisms that make human imagination, abstraction, and notation-making processes possible. The question of the nature of mathematics has been addressed as an empirical question subject to methodological investigations of an interdisciplinary nature, involving hypothesis testing. At the same time, however, such claims have been received with skepticism, be it that they are considered premature or because their actual links with mathematical knowledge (properly speaking) are found wanting.

This workshop will address the question, what brings us from basic cognition to the practice of mathematics, gathering together scholars from different disciplines with the aim to develop common points of view. The focus will be, primarily, on what separates mathematics properly speaking from basic cognition, and which cognitive ingredients may act as bridges between both.


Seminario del Dpto. de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la ciencia (UNED)

MARTES 17 DE MAYO, 12.00 (Sala 06 de Filosofía, UNED)

Anjan Chakravartty (Notre Dame)"A Trilemma for Scientific Perspectivism"
Is scientific knowledge irreducibly perspectival? Kantian and thoroughgoing conventionalist views, which take such knowledge to be irreducibly reflective of human ways of knowing and view all aspects of it in terms of human conventions, respectively, are obvious forms of perspectivism. Additionally, some scientific realists, who (unlike Kantians and thoroughgoing conventionalists) hold that we have substantive knowledge of a mind-independent world, also argue that scientific knowledge is inescapably perspectival. The common use of incompatible scientific models of one and the same phenomenon is cited as exemplary. I argue that to the extent that we can make sense of this combination of perspectivism and realism, it is trivial, and to the extent that we cannot, it is either unstable or incoherent. This amounts to a trilemma for scientific perspectivism. As an alternative, I explore some options for what a realist could say instead.



Jesús Navarro (Universidad de Sevilla)
“Suerte, riesgo y conocimiento” 

Miércoles, 11 de mayo de 2016

Seminario del Patio 1, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
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