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Michela Massimi: Exploratory models, laws and modality

Michela Massimi (Edinburgh) 2:30-4:30pm Thursday April 18; CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Ave, NYC), room 5307. Title: Exploratory models, laws and modality. Abstract: I analyse the exploratory function of two main modelling practices: targetless fictional models and hypothetical perspectival models. … Continue reading

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Nina Emery: The Governing Conception of Laws

Nina Emery (Holyoke) 4:30-6:30pm Monday April 8; NYU, 194 Mercer, room 203. Title: The Governing Conception of Laws Abstract: In her paper, “The Non-Governing Conception of Laws,” Helen Beebee argues that it is not a conceptual truth that laws of nature govern … Continue reading

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Upcoming MAPS Talks

Here is a list of the dates and times for the final three MAPS talks of this semester. Note that the first two talks had to be scheduled for days other than Tuesday. And note that the second talk had … Continue reading

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Dustin Lazarovici: Typicality of Worlds and the Metaphysics of Laws

Dustin Lazarovici (UNIL) 4:30-6:30pm Tuesday March 5, NYU 60 Fifth Avenue, room 110. Title: Typicality of Worlds and the Metaphysics of Laws. Abstract: What are laws of nature? The predominant view in contemporary philosophy of science is the Humean `best … Continue reading

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Massimo Pigliucci: The variety of scientism and the limits of science

Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY) 4:30-6:30pm Tuesday February 26, NYU 60 Fifth Avenue, room 110. Title: The variety of scientism and the limits of science Abstract: Science is by far the most powerful approach to the investigation of the natural world ever … Continue reading

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Mario Hubert: When Fields Are Not Degrees of Freedom

Mario Hubert. 4:30-6:30pm Wednesday Nov 28; CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Ave, NYC), room 5307. Title: When Fields Are Not Degrees of Freedom (joint work with Vera Hartenstein). Abstract: We show that in the Maxwell–Lorentz theory of classical electrodynamics most … Continue reading

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Hanoch Ben-Yami: The Structure of Space and Time, and Physical Indeterminacy

Hanoch Ben-Yami (CEU) 4:30-6:30pm Tuesday Nov 20; 3rd floor seminar room, 5 Washington Place (NYU) Title. The Structure of Space and Time, and Physical Indeterminacy. Abstract. I introduce a sequence which I call indefinite: a sequence every element of which … Continue reading

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