• Colloque « The Biology of Behaviour »
    May| Mai 10 – 11
    Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Conférence « Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts » – Philip Kitcher, Columbia University
    March| Mars 22 – 3:00-5:00 pm
    Philosophy seminar room #927, 9th floor, Leacock building, McGill University (PLAN/MAP)
    Abstract | Résumé : The view that the sciences make progress, while the arts do not, is extremely common.  This lecture will challenge it.  I begin by distinguishing teleological progress from pragmatic progress.   You make pragmatic progress not by coming closer to a goal, but by solving some of the problems of your current state.  Scientific progress should be seen as pragmatic.  When the point is recognized, it becomes evident that scientific progress has social dimensions.  A socially embedded notion of scientific progress then allows for a parallel concept of progress applicable to the arts.
    La conférence est co-organisée avec le Réseau montréalais de philosophie des sciences et le Centre de recherche interuniversaire sur la science et la technologie
  • 1 décembre / December 1st, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
    Anouk Barberousse, Université Paris Sorbonne
    “Formalism, mathematical interpretation, and physical theories”
    Philosophy seminar room #927, 9th floor, Leacock building, McGill University (PLAN/MAP)Conférence co-organisée avec / Talk co-organized with McGill’s Philosophy DepartmentIn this talk I shall argue in favor of considering formal settings (pieces of mathematical theories that are commonly used in physics or other empirical disciplines) as important units of analysis for understanding scientific achievements, along with theories, models, computer simulations, concepts, etc. I’ll present different examples of formal settings, from calculus to cellular automata. My main examples will be the representation of time in Discrete Mechanics.
  • Colloque 2017 du Laboratoire étudiant interuniversitaire en philosophie des sciences (LEIPS) « Pensées féministes, philosophie des sciences et épistémologie »
    October| Octobre 13 – 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Université de Montréal
  • Conférence « Building Theories: Strategies not Blueprints » – Margaret Morrison, University of Toronto
    September| Septembre 29 – 3:00-5:00 pm
    UQAM, Pavillon Thérèse-Casgrain (W), salle W-5215
    455, boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Montréal PLAN / MAP
    Abstract | Résumé : Views of theory structure in philosophy of science (semantic and syntactic) have little to say about how theories are actually constructed; instead, the task of the philosopher is typically understood as reconstruction in order to highlight the theory’s essential features. However, if one takes seriously these views about theory structure then it might seem that we should also characterize the practice of building theories in accordance with the guidelines they set out. If we look at examples of some of our most successful theories we see nothing like the practices that conform to our present accounts of theory structure. Instead we have a variety of different approaches, approaches that partly depend on the phenomena we want to account for and the kind of theory we desire. A number of strategies can be identified in high energy physics, two of which are (1) top down using symmetry principles and (2) a bottom up strategy beginning with different types of models and gradually embedding these in a broad theoretical framework. Finally, in cases where methods and techniques cross disciplines, as in the case of population biology and statistical physics, we can see that theory construction was largely based on analogical considerations such as using mathematical methods for treating systems of molecules in order to incorporate populations of genes into the theory of natural selection. Using these various examples I argue that building theories doesn’t involve a blueprint for what a theory should look like, rather the architecture is developed in a piecemeal way using different strategies that fit the context and phenomena in question. 
    La conférence est co-organisée avec le Réseau montréalais de philosophie des sciences et le Centre de recherche interuniversaire sur la science et la technologie.  —> Poster
  • Conférence « How interesting is critical naturalism? »
    La conférence est co-organisée avec le / The talk is co-organized with the Centre de recherche interuniversaire sur la science et la technologie et le / and the Réseau montréalais de philosophie des sciences. La conférence est ouverte à tous-toutes / All are welcome to attend.
    May| Mai 12 – 3:00-5:00 pm
    Daniel Andler, Université Paris-Sorbonne
    UQAM, Pavillon Thérèse-Casgrain (W), salle W-5215
    455, boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Montréal PLAN / MAP
    Abstract | Résumé : Critical naturalism is a position vis-à-vis scientific naturalism which I defend in my recent book, La Silhouette de l’humain, and which supports the ongoing naturalization programs of cognitive science, neuroscience, and evolutionary social science, while denying to them final authority in the understanding of human affairs. As a midway position, it doesn’t sound very exciting, and may seem easy enough to defend. I will first fill it out, and then attempt to show that it is less than obvious but nevertheless correct.
  • Conférence « The Objectivity of Science »
    La conférence est coorganisée avec le / The talk is oc-organized with the Philosophy Department of McGill University et le / and the Montréal Philosophy of Science Network. La conférence est ouverte à tous-toutes / All are welcome to attend.
    March | Mars 17 – 9:30-11:00 am
    Peter Galison, Harvard University
    Philosophy seminar room #927, 9th floor
    Leacock building, McGill University PLAN / MAP
  • Workshop « Functional Biodiversity: Conceptual Issues »
    This interdisciplinary workshop aims at gathering philosophers and ecologists whose research concern functional biodiversity so as to investigate the conceptual and theoretical issues that this concept raises.
    UQAM, W-5215
    Organization | Organisation: Christophe Malaterre, Frédéric Bouchard Antoine C. Dussault & Sophia Rousseau-Mermans. Poster
    November | Novembre 9
    9.00-9.45 | VIRGINIE MARIS (CNRS) Diversity of Biodiversities
    9.45-10.30 | ALISON MUNSON (U. Laval) Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function: Sounding the Limits of BEF
    11.00-11.45 | JESSE SHAPIRO (U. de Montréal) Species As Units of Function
    11.45-12.30 | CURTIS SUTTLE (U. of British Columbia) Viruses As Cogs in Ecosystem Diversity and Function
    13.30-14.15 | JAY ODENBAUGH (U. of Calgary) Is Biodiversity a Natural Kind?
    14.15-15.00 | BEATRIX BEISNER (UQAM) You’re Soaking in It: Aquatic Perspectives on Functional Diversity
    15.30-16.15 | ANTOINE C. DUSSAULT (U. Paris 1, U. of Toronto) Ecological Functions As Contextual Properties of Components of Metabolic Units
    16.15-17.00 | TIMOTHÉE POISOT (U. de Montréal) What Do We Learn about Species Roles When We Actually Define Them?
    November | Novembre 10
    8.30-9.15 | TANYA HANDA (UQAM) Functional Diversity and Soil Nutrient Cycling: Sharing the Dirty Secrets
    9.15-10.00 | STEVEN KEMBEL (UQAM) Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function: Sounding the Limits of BEF
    10.30-11.15 | ERIC DESJARDINS
    & GILLIAN BARKER (Western U.) Functional Ecology of Microbial Communities
    With the participation of |Avec la participation de: Marc Ereshefsky (U. of Calgary), Sophia Rousseau-Mermans (U. de Montréal, U. Paris 1), Geneviève Lajoie (UQAM)
  • Inauguration of the office space of the Chair (LAPS – Laboratoire de philosophie des sciences)  and the new “Espace philo” at the Department of philosophy
    With the participation of the UQAM Vice-president for Research and Creation, Catherine Mounier, and the dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Josée Lafond.
    UQAM, W-5230, 21 Septembre, 16h-18h
  • Round-table “Naturaliser en science”, and launch of the Canada  Research Chair in Philosophy of the Life Sciences (W-5215).
    With the participation of:
    – Christophe Malaterre (UQAM, CRC in Philosophy of the Life Sciences, CIRST), Naturaliser le vivant
    – Molly Kao (Université de Montréal), Naturaliser en physique
    – Luc Faucher (UQAM), Naturaliser le mental
    – François Claveau (Université de Sherbrooke, CIRST), Naturaliser en sciences économiques
    – Vincent Guillin (UQAM, CIRST), Naturaliser en sciences humaines
    Chair: Frédéric Bouchard (Université de Montréal, CIRST)
    UQAM, W-5215, 21 September, 15h-16h. Poster.
  • Welcome to Marc Ereshefsky (University of Calgary), Visiting Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, UQAM for the Fall term 2016. He will give two talks (1) “Science and Metaphysics: Lessons from Microbiology”, 7 September 2016, 12h30-13h30 Espace philo (W-5230), (2) “Natural Kinds, Classification, and Scientific Practice”,  28 Octobre 2016, 15h-17h (W-5215).
  • Symposium Coming to life, at the CSHPS 2016 meeting
    In collaboration with Carlos Mariscal, Lucas Mix and Kelly Smith
    Calgary, 28-30 May 2016.
  • Plenary lecture “Facile la vie? Réflexions sur les origines du vivant”, annual meeting of the Société de Philosophie du Québec (SPQ), ACFAS, Montréal, 13 May 2016.
  • Presentation “Misconceptions, Truths and Controversies: Is Origins of Life Research no Different from the Rest of Science?”, COST Action TD1308 Conference From Star and Planet Formation to Early Life, Vilnius, Lithuania, 25-28 April 2016.
  • ConferenceFrom Interventions to Mechanistic Explanations: Disentangling the Relationship between Causal Dependence and Productive Mechanisms”
    By Tudor Baetu, Bristol University
    CIRST, N-8150, 16 Décember 2015, 12:30-14:00
  • Symposium Explaining a four billion year old phenomenon: Paradoxes and Theories on the Origins of Life, at the ISHPSSB 2015 meeting
    In collaboration with Carol Cleland (University of Colorado)
    Montréal, 5-10 July 2015.
  • Communication “Is being alive a bivalent property?”
    By Christophe Malaterre at the 2015 annuel meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS)
    Ottawa, 30-31 May 2015.
  • CommunicationMore or less alive: How possible?”
    By Christophe Malaterre at the Second Conference on History and Philosophy of Astrobiology,
    Höör (Sweden), 8-10 May 2015.
  • Nordic-EAC-COST Summer School Life on Earth and Beyond
    In collaboration with Wolf Geppert (University of Stockholm) and David Duner (University of Lund)
    Ven Island (Sweden), 4-6 May 2015.
  • CommunicationIs chemical evolution Darwinian ?”
    By Christophe Malaterre at the conference Life-Origins 2015
    Porto (Portugal), 23-27 March 2015.
  • Radio interview of Christophe Malaterre at the Années lumière show
    About “Les origines de la vie”, at Radio Canada Première
    Montréal, 21 March 2015.
  • Public conference “Du chimique au biologique : ainsi vint la vie
    By Christophe Malaterre at the Coeur des sciences
    Montréal, 19 March 2015.

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