MEPSS @ UJ, 17 September 2013

MEPSS: Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science Symposium 

17 September, 10:30-17:15, University of Johannesburg

Speakers: Don Ross, Dean Peters, David Spurrett, Michael Vlerick, Alex Broadbent

This informal symposium  is intended to strengthen the connections with in the South African philosophical community between those working on topics in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. The three areas picked out in the acronym are intended to be construed broadly, so as to encompass – or at least to welcome – philosophy of language, mind, and other related areas. The goal is to promote conversation, share work, and generally get together more frequently. If this MEPSS goes well then, hopefully, the event will be repeated, either at UJ or elsewhere.

The symposium is open to any scholar (including graduate students) with active research interests in these areas.


Time Title Speaker Affiliation
10.15 Coffee
10.30 Reality is Stochastic: Modality for Naturalists Don Ross UCT
11.30 Coffee
11.45 Is (Partial) Theoretical Continuity a Methodological Norm of Science? Dean Peters UJ
12.45 Lunch
13.45 Intragenomic Conflict and Common Currencies David Spurrett UKZN
14.45 Coffee
15.00 Biological Constraints and Cognitive Closure Michael Vlerick UJ
16.00 Coffee
16.15 Prediction Alex Broadbent UJ
17.15 Close

TO REGISTER please email Adrian Erasmus by 30 August. Attendance is free but registration is necessary for logistical purposes.

Participants are also invited to the book launch for Alex Broadbent’s Philosophy of Epidemiology, published in 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan, 17.30-19.30 on 17 September.

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