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February 2015

From Physics to Metaphysics and Back Again

6 February 2015 - 7 February 2015
University of Cambridge Cambridge,United Kingdom + Google Map

A conference in honour of Jeremy Butterfield.

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March 2015

Peter Vickers (Durham), ‘Contemporary Scientific Realism and the Challenge from the History of Science’

16 March 2015 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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The 4th Reasoning Club Meeting (Manchester)

30 March 2015 - 31 March 2015
University of Manchester Manchester,United Kingdom + Google Map

April 2015

The 10th UK Integrated HPS Conference (Durham)

16 April 2015 - 17 April 2015
Durham University, Stockton Road
Durham,United Kingdom
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June 2015

Nicholas Shea (KCL), Functions for Representation

8 June 2015 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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Abstract: In the cognitive sciences, representations play a central role in explaining behaviour. Characteristically, representing correctly explains successful behaviour and misrepresentation explains failure. The standards of success and failure at play here are often tacit. What are they based on? Teleosemantics offers one answer: success is a matter of performing an evolutionary function. This paper uses case studies from cognitive neuroscience to argue that a system can have functions, at which representational explanations are directed, that do not depend on…

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Propensities and Statistics (Institute of Philosophy)

12 June 2015 - 13 June 2015
Institute of Philosophy, Senate House
London,United Kingdom
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July 2015

2015 Annual Conference

2 July 2015 - 3 July 2015
University of Manchester Manchester,United Kingdom + Google Map

October 2015

Jonathan Birch (LSE) “Kin selection, group selection and cultural change”

12 October 2015 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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Abstract: The relationship between kin and group selection is a vexed issue in evolutionary theory, and matters are not helped by a tendency to conflate questions of methodology with questions of causal reality. Drawing inspiration from W. D. Hamilton, I suggest we conceptualise the distinction between kin and group selection in terms of differences of degree in the structural features of populations. I then argue that we can usefully draw a parallel distinction in the case of cultural evolution. Cultural…

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November 2015

Eran Tal (Cambridge) “The Shifting Economies of Measurement Uncertainty”

23 November 2015 @ 5:15 am - 6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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