Workshop Practical realism - towards a realistic account of science, 15-17 June
On 15-17 June 2011 the Chair of Philosophy of Science, University of Tartu, is organising an international workshop “Practical realism – towards a realistic account of science” <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
At the workshop, various aspects of practical realism, a view in philosophy of science, will be discussed. Practical realism as we see it can be characterised by the following theses:
(1) science does not represent the world ‘as it really is’ from a god’s-eye point of view;
(2) the fact that the world is not accessible independently of theories—or, to be more precise, paradigms (practices) —developed by scientists does not mean that Putnam’s internal realism (Putnam 1981) is acceptable;
(3) theoretical activity is only one aspect of science; scientific research is a practical activity and its main form is scientific experiment that takes place in the real world, being a purposeful and critically theory-guided constructive, manipulative, material interference with nature;
(4) science as practice is also a social, cultural and historical activity which means, among other things, that scientific practice includes a normative aspect which in turn implies that the world as it is actually accessible to science is not free of norms;
(5) though not naïve or metaphysical, it is certainly realism as it claims that what is ‘given’ in the form of scientific practice is an aspect of the real world.
Since practical realism as a position involves both questions of theoretical and empirical significance, some workshop papers are deeply theoretical, whereas others are based on empirical case studies of the scientific practices.
The venue: Domus Dorpatensis, Tartu, 7 Ülikooli St, 2nd floor.
Workshop is supported by the British Council, Ambassade de France en Estonie, Embassy of the US in Estonia, Doctoral School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics, University of Tartu, Estonian Science Foundation grants no 7946 and 7163.
The event is open to all!
Endla Lõhkivi, endla.lohkivi [at] ut.ee