7th René Descartes Lectures: Philip Kitcher on Progress in Science, Mathematics, and Values

Country: Netherlands

City: Tilburg

Abstr. due: 30.04.2020

Dates: 14.10.20 — 16.10.20

Area Of Sciences: Physics and math; Philosophy;

Organizing comittee e-mail: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=descartes20

Organizers: Tilburg University, The Netherlands


Every other year, a distinguished philosopher visits Tilburg University and the Tilburg Center for Logic, Ethics and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) to present the René Descartes Lectures. It is a great pleasure to announce that Professor Philip Kitcher (Columbia University in the City of New York) will deliver the 2020 Descartes lectures on the topic: Pragmatic Naturalism: Progress in Science, Mathematics, and Values. Professors Michela Massimi (Edinburgh), Cheryl Misak (Toronto), and James Conant (Chicago/Leipzig) will provide commentaries on each one of Professor Kitcher’s three lectures.

Concurrently with the lectures, we will host a workshop on the topic of the lectures. For this workshop, we invite submissions in the form of extended abstracts (about 500 words) by April 30, 2020.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

- The nature and possibility of progress in science, mathematics, or ethics

- Theories of progress—in particular, pragmatic and naturalistic theories of progress

- The normative criteria for individuating improvement (or regress) in science, mathematics, or ethics

- Historical case studies of progress in science, mathematics or ethics

- The causes of long-term improvement (or regress) in science, mathematics, or ethics

- Progress and human well-being

- Progress and realisms

- The social organization of inquiry and progress/regress

- Progress, diversity, and disagreement

Conference Web-Site: https://descarteslectures2020.wordpress.com/