‘Theory and Practice’
Fourth Joint Workshop on Integrated History and Philosophy of Science

Sponsored by Durham University, University College London, University of Leeds and University of Exeter

Monday 1st June 2009, 12-6pm

Durham University, Council Chamber, Old Shire Hall, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HP


1:00-2:00       Session I (Exeter): Naturalism and Empirical Philosophy

Dr Sabina Leonelli
‘Introductory Comments’

Dr Staffan Mueller-Wille
‘History and Experiment’

Mr Dan Nicholson
‘The Role of Scientific Knowledge in the Construction of Philosophical Arguments: Interpretive vs. Critical Philosophy of Science’

Mr Alex Powell
‘Protein Folding and the Idea of Mechanism’

2:00-3:00       Session II (UCL): Causation in Theory and in Practice

Professor Donald Gillies
‘Action-Related Causality and Koch’s Postulates’

Dr Brendan Clarke
‘Agency and Manipulability Causation: What’s the Difference in Practice?’

Dr Chiara Ambrosio
‘From Causation to Representation: A Pragmatic Suggestion’

3:00-3:30       Tea & coffee

3:30-4:30       Session III (Leeds): Relationships between Theory and Practice          

Prof Jon Hodge
‘Mastodons and Mass Extinction: Theorising and Other Bodily Practices in Darwin’s 1835 Move to Port St Julian’

Mr Chris Baxfield
‘Observing Chaos or Theorizing Balance? The Role of Providence in
Eighteenth-Century Natural Philosophy’

Ms Maria Kon
Title to be confirmed

Mr Pete Vickers
‘The Concept of a Theory’

4:30-5:30      Session IV (Durham): Theory & Practice: Tensions in HPS

Mr Daniel Becker
‘Disease Causation: Tensions between Expertise and Clinical Judgement’

Dr M D Eddy
‘Commonplace Problems, or, Note-taking as Classification’

Dr R F Hendry
‘Reflections on Theory and Practice in the History and Philosophy of Chemistry’

Mr Ian Kidd
‘Theory and Practice in Feyerabend’

Attendance is open, but if you would like to attend please inform the organisers
Matthew Eddy ([ mailto:m [dot] d [dot] eddy [at] sdurham [dot] ac [dot] uk ][email protected]) or
Robin Hendry ([ mailto:r [dot] f [dot] hendry [at] durham [dot] ac [dot] uk ][email protected])