Monday 13 November 2017 - 09:00 to 18:00

Since Fisher and his ‘Fundamental theorem of natural selection’ (1930), many biologists attempted to formulate in the most general way what evolution by natural selection fundamentally is. Price equation, Robertson’s second theorem, the canonical equation of adaptive dynamics, or recently the ‘Formal Darwinism’ developed by Alan Grafen are various attempts to undertake such a project and provide a mathematical expression of Darwin’s fundamental insights. Those formulations are not all equivalent or identical, though some may be derivable from others under some specific conditions. Other general formulations has been given, in terms of  logical ‘recipes’ for having evolution by natural selection, or axiomatisation of the theory of evolution. The present workshop intends to discuss some of those formulations, their relations, as well as propose possible improvements.

Friday 3 November 2017 (All day)

Many philosophers hold that explanation is intimately tied to understanding, specifically many hold that the goal of scientific explanation is to provide understanding of physical phenomena or in general of nature (de Regt 2013; Hempel 1965; Strevens 2008, 2013). The views on the relation between explanation and understanding range from largely dismissive (Hempel 1965; Trout 2002) which see the scientific understanding as a pragmatic or psychological by-product of explanation which is not a proper subject of philosophical inquiry, and which should rather belong to psychology; to proposals to treat the understanding independently from the explanation i.e. that there could be understanding without explanation (Lipton 2009; Schurz and Lambert 1994; Newman 2012, 2017). The views in between these two extremes can best be formulated as a claim that there could not be understanding without explanation (Bangu 2013, 2017; Strevens 2008, 2013; Khalifa 2012).

Thursday 12 October 2017 (All day), Friday 13 October 2017 (All day)
Wednesday 28 June 2017 (All day), Thursday 29 June 2017 (All day)

The participants of the workshop are the proponents of opposing views in each of the debates, some of whom take part in several of the debates, not just in one. The workshop will provide a platform for unifying the debates around several key issues and thus open up avenues for better understanding of mathematical and non-causal explanations in general, but also, it will enable even better understanding of key issues within each of the debates.

Monday 19 June 2017 (All day)

Intervenants :  Marco Panza, Alex Paseau, Gabriel Sandu, Marco Ruffino

Monday 12 June 2017 - 14:00 to 17:30
Thursday 1 June 2017 - 09:00 to 18:00, Friday 2 June 2017 - 09:00 to 18:00

Le séminaire PHILMATH fête ses 20 ans. 

Monday 13 March 2017 (All day), Tuesday 14 March 2017 (All day), Wednesday 15 March 2017 - 09:00 to 12:30

Des journées scientifiques sont organisées en l'honneur de Jean gayon, Professeur Emérite à l'Université paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, ancien directeur de l'IHPST. Les travaux de Jean Gayon se sont développés dans deux directions : philosophie et histoire des sciences de la vie. A ces travaux d’histoire et de philosophie biologique s’ajoutent des contributions touchant à des questions touchant à la philosophie générale des sciences, et à son histoire.

Thursday 2 February 2017 - 14:00 to 19:30, Friday 3 February 2017 - 09:00 to 19:30

International workshop  Metaphysical explanation, mathematical  explanation: new perspectives.

Monday 12 December 2016 - 13:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 13 December 2016 - 09:00 to 18:30, Wednesday 14 December 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

Colloque international François Dagognet (1924-2015), épistémologue et historien des sciences 12-14 décembre 2016

Friday 2 December 2016 (All day)

International Workshop : Phenomenal Concepts and Phenomenal Consciousness: Epistemic Approaches to the Problem of Conscious Experience 

Thursday 29 September 2016 - 09:00 to 18:00, Friday 30 September 2016 - 09:00 to 18:00

Cédric Paternotte (Université Paris IV -Paris-Sorbonne) et Valeria Giardino (Archives H. Poincaré) seront les conférenciers invités.