Symposium on the Philosophy of Chemistry
Bogota, July 20-22, 2009.
Universidad de los Andes
- To think how science is made and its implications has played an important role in the development of science itself.
- Traditional areas of this study have been the philosophy of mathematics, of physics and of biology.
- Curiously enough, although Chemistry is as mature a science as the former three, and probably has had the most influence in the creation of our contemporary world, scarce philosophical activity about chemistry has been done and only recently have appeared two international journals on the topic: HYLE and Foundations of Chemistry. In both of them the Latin American presence is still incipient.
- For these reasons, scientists of various nationalities, including Colombians, have decided to promote the philosophical discussion in Chemistry.
- Accordingly, we have considered important and convenient to organise in Colombia a symposium on the topic, in which worldwide leaders on the Philosophy of Chemistry show the recent advances in the area, the most recent discussions and the frontier themes to be studied in the future.
- It is a pleasure to announce the participation of two of the leaders in the field of Philosophy of Chemistry: Joachim Schummer and Eric Scerri, editors of HYLE and Foundations of Chemistry, respectively.
José L. Villaveces, Vicerrector de investigaciones, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Guillermo Restrepo, Laboratorio de química teórica, Universidad de Pamplona, Pamplona, Colombia
Monday 20th July
|9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.||
Welcome and inauguration, by
Inaugural session, Joachim Schummer, chair
Recent work on the concept of ‘element’
|11:15a.m.-11:45a.m.||Eugenio J. Llanos
To be announced
General session, Andrés Bernal, chair
|3:00p.m.-3:30p.m.||José L. Villaveces
Philosophical implications of the idea of structure. From symmetry to ontogenesis
Origins of natural alchemist philosophy
Tuesday 21st July
General session, Eric Scerri, chair
Dealing with radical change and material complexity: An introduction to the philosophy of chemistry
Philosophy of chemistry and mathematical chemistry, two sides of the same coin?
General session, Guillermo Restrepo, chair
Internality and selectivity in the chemical concept of relation
|11:15a.m.-11:45a.m.||Wilmer O. Leal
Binary compounds, a network theory approach
Panel discussion, José L. Villaveces, chair
|3:00p.m.-4:30p.m.||Topic: Why philosophy of chemistry?|
Wednesday 22nd July
Panel discussion, Eugenio J. Llanos, chair
|9:00a.m.-10:30a.m.||Topic: Trends in philosophy of chemistry|
Attendance is free, but you must register first. Registrations may be sent to [email protected] [email protected]
or to [email protected].
Simply send an e-mail with your name, institution, an abstract of your CV and the reasons of your interest in the Philosophy of Chemistry.