Material for GWP.2022

Plenary Speakers



  • Anjan Chakravartty (Miami)
  • Mazviita Chirimuuta (Edinburgh)
  • Brigitte Falkenburg (Dortmund/Berlin)
  • Branden Fitelson (Northeastern/Boston)
  • Hans Rott (Regensburg)
  • Jutta Schickore (IU Bloomington)


Programme Schedule

Monday, August 15, 2022
08:00-09:00 Registration
09:00-09:15 Opening Remarks (Audimax: H0105)
Gerhard Schurz, GWP President
Axel Gelfert, Chair, Local Organizing Committee

Welcome Address
Stephan Völker, Erster Vizepräsident, TU Berlin

Hans Rott: Relevance and Conditionals (Audimax: H0105)
Chair: Gerhard Schurz
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break (H3005)
Parallel sessions: Contributed papers & symposia
H0105 (Audimax) H1012 H1058 H2013 H2038 H3006 H3010
  Observation, Idealization, Induction: Case Studies
Chair: Sahra Styger

Matthew Lund. Bessel and the Epistemology of Observational Relativity

Edoardo Peruzzi and Gustavo Cevolani. Defending (de-) idealization in economic modelling: a case study

Idit Chikurel. Maimon as a Baconian: Induction, Empirical Objects and Natural Histories

Models and Representations
Chair: Axel Gelfert

David Hommen. Poetry and Truth – Scientific Models as Perspicuous Representations

Julia Sanchez-Dorado. Judgments of similarity and a pragmatic account of representation

William D’Alessandro. Unrealistic Models in Mathematics

SYMPOSIUM: Mechanisms in the Cognitive and Social Sciences

Beate Krickel. What mechanisms can do for (the philosophy of) cognitive science and psychology other than explaining

Jon Williamson. Applying Evidential Pluralism to the Social Sciences

Yafeng Shan. Is evidence of mechanisms sufficient for making within-case causal claims?

Historical Perspectives
Chair: Birgit Beck

Stephan Fischer. Zur Konzeption der Globalgeschichte

Filip Buyse. The Physiologist Johannes Peter Müller and the Philosopher Spinoza: An Underestimated Relation

Yuval Eytan. Hobbes on Scientific Happiness

  SYMPOSIUM: The Replication Crisis and Philosophy of Science

Johanna Sarisoy. A failure to replicate – a failure of what?

Sophia Crüwell. Reframing the replication crisis as a crisis of inference

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break (light refreshments provided in H3005)
Parallel sessions: Contributed papers
H0105 (Audimax) H1012 H1058 H2013 H2038 H3006 H3010
  Philosophy of Physics (1)
Chair: Karim Baraghith

Niels Martens. Comparing the explanatory power of ΛCDM & modified gravity

Frida Trotter. Breaking underdetermination with norms

Iulian Toader. Einstein Completeness as Categoricity

Tina Wachter. Does Referencing in QM Require Free Logic?

Scientific Realism and the Practices of Science
Chair: Sam Fletcher

Raimund Pils. Scientific Realism and Epistemic Risk

Matthias Egg. Quantum Fundamentalism vs. Scientific Realism

Sébastien Rivat. How Theoretical Terms Effectively Refer

Enno Fischer. Naturalness: a Constitutive Principle

Epistemology of Science
Chair: Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla

Lara Huber. Epistemic Significance: Broadening the Perspective

Daniel Minkin. Conspiracy Theories: Some Teachings from Philosophy of Science

Lorenzo Spagnesi. Idealization and Knowledge of Nature: A Kantian Approach

Noelia Iranzo Ribera. Counternomic Reasoning as Make-Believe

Laws of Nature
Chair: Andreas Hüttemann

Mousa Mohammadian. An Armstrongian Defense of Dispositional Monist Accounts of Laws

Markus Schrenk. Which Predicates, which Properties for Better Best Systems?

Vassilis Livanios. Thin Powers and the Governing Problem

  Science in its Social Context
Chair: Axel Gelfert

Anna Leuschner and Manuela Fernández Pinto. Research on Shooting Bias: Social and Epistemic Problems

Olivier Ouzilou. Social sciences and conspiracy theorizing: the problem of collective entities

Simon Blessenohl and Deniz Sarikaya. A Norm for Science Advice: Making Beliefs Accurate

Luca Malatesti, Marko Jurjako and Inti Brazil. Integrating legal categories with biocognitive data: the case of the insanity defence

16:40-17:00 Break
De Gruyter Lecture
Mazviita Chirimuuta: Formal Idealism/Haptic Realism (H0104)

Chair: Holger Lyre
18:30-19:00 Break
19:00-… Conference Dinner (Restaurant Bhetghat)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Jutta Schickore: Causation, Observation, and Experiment: Reflections on Practical Inquiry in the German Lands Around 1800 (H0104)
Chair: Alexander Gebharter
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break (H3005)
Parallel sessions: Contributed papers & symposia
H0105 (Audimax) H1012 H1058 H2013 H2038 H3006 H3010
SYMPOSIUM: The Cybernetic Renaissance

Hajo Greif. Analogue Models and Universal Machines: The Separation and Realignment of Cybernetic Paradigms

Wiktor Rorot. Counting on the Cilia: Cybernetics, Morphological Computation, and Computational Enactivism

Krzysztof Dolega. What can Free Energy Modelers Learn from Cybernetics?

Science and Values (1)
Chair: Michael Poznic

Jacob Stegenga and Tarun Menon. A New Defence of the Value-Free Ideal

Jitka Paitlova. The value of value neutrality

Torsten Wilholt. Symmetries and Asymmetries in Epistemic Risk Management

Psychology and Psychiatry
Chair: Beate Krickel

Lena Kästner. Multiplexes: New Directions for Computational Psychiatry?

Mario Santos-Sousa. Progress in Psychiatry

Antonella Tramacere. Has the evolutionary study of the mind reached an impasse?

Mind, Method, Mechanism
Chair: Dirk Koppelberg

Daniel Kostic and Willem Halffman. Explanatory imperialism: empirical evidence for the explanatory language in neuroscience

Barnaby Crook. The Compact Core – Emergent Structure Distinction in Artificial and Biological Neural Networks

Lukas J. Meier. Thought Experimentation as a Scientific Method

Organisms and Superorganisms
Chair: Filip Buyse

Spyridon Koutroufinis. The Phenomenon of Organism – Three Different Levels of Analysis

Antonio Danese. Flowers and Teleology

Ana Katic. The Dynamical Biological Explanation: A New Perspective for the Concept of Superorganism

SYMPOSIUM: The Legitimacy of Generalizing Darwinism

Martin Valkovic. Cultural evolution of human cooperation

(TBC) Agathe du Crest. Objectivity at stake in mathematical models: the study case of evolutionary history

Hugh Desmond, Andre Ariew, Philippe Huneman, Thomas Reydon. The varieties of Darwinism: An integrated dynamic account

Method Transfer Across Disciplines and Scales
Chair: Alexander Gebharter

Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla and Philipp Haueis. Patchwork Approaches to Concepts and Different Scales

Catherine Herfeld and Dunja Seselja. Challenges to Methodology Transfer in Science

Aznavur Dustmamatov. Geography as Science: The Limits of the Geo-Ontological Approach

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break – light refreshments provided in H3005
Parallel sessions: Contributed papers
H0105 (Audimax) H1012 H1058 H2013 H2038 H3006 H3010
Engineering, Technology, Simulation
Chair: Matej Kohár

Christopher Pincock and Michael Poznic. What do engineers understand? The case of biological methanation

Céline Gressel. The Usage of Extended Reality Technologies in the Contexts of a healthy Life and their Impact on Well-being

Dawid Kasprowicz, Daniel Wenz and Gabriele Gramelsberger. How to Explore Scientific Code? (in Philosophy of Science)

Marianne van Panhuys and Rafaela Hillerbrand. Epistemic risks and computer simulation: a case study from particle physics

Causal Methods
Chair: Vera Hoffmann-Kolss

Samuel Fletcher. Causal Modeling as Counterfactual Semantics

Paul M. Näger. Evidence for interactive common causes. Resuming the Cartwright-Hausman-Woodward debate

Donal Khosrowi. Extrapolating Causal Effects – Where Is Our Theory of Confidence?

Jan Borner. Causal Power Quantified – A Generalisation and Defense of Cheng’s Causal Power Measure

The Social Organization of Science
Chair: Axel Gelfert

Vlasta Sikimić. Efficient Team Structures in Biology

K.Brad Wray. TheEpistemic Significanceof the Size of ResearchTeams

Li-An Yu. Epistemic injustice of climate change: the coherence problem of specific and general information

Sacha Ferrari. Uberized science is the new black

Philosophy of Physics (2)
Chair: Cord Friebe

David Schroeren. State-Space-First Ontology: An Escape from the Pessimistic Meta-Induction?

Marco Forgione. Feynman: Visualization and Understanding of Quantum Phenomena

  Philosophy of Biology
Chair: Marcel Weber

Rose Trappes. The Pervasiveness of Sex in Behavioural Ecology

Franziska Reinhard. Re-Construction or Re-Invention? Experimental Research into the Origins of Life

Vito Balorda and Predrag Šustar. Natural Selection: Pathway or Mechanism? Insights from Cancer Research

Aleksandar V. Božić. Explaining the vagueness of life: „individuals thinking“ vs. natural kinds approach

General Philosophy of Science (1)
Chair: Sébastien Rivat

Ludwig Fahrbach. The abundance of scientific evidence for our best theories: Too much of a good thing?

Jens Harbecke. Mechanistic Constitution as a Natural Law

Anne Sophie Meincke. Free Will and the Metaphysics of Agency

Ryan Miller. Mereological Atomism’s Quantum Problems

Qiu Lin. Du Châtelet on Mechanical Explanation vs. Physical Explanation

17:10-17:30 Coffee Break (H3005)
Anjan Chakravartty: The Role of Epistemic Stances in Interpreting Science: Naturalistic Challenges (Audimax: H0105)
Chair: Axel Gelfert
19:00-19:15 Break
19:15-… GWP General Assembly (GWP members only; H0104)
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Branden Fitelson: Bayesianism & Explanationism (Audimax: H0105)
Chair: Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break (H3005)
Parallel sessions: Contributed papers & symposia
H0105 (Audimax) H1012 H1058 H2013 H2038 H3006 H3010
Explanation (1)
Chair: Torsten Wilholt

Stefan Roski. In Defence of Explanatory Realism

Alexander Gebharter and Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla. Unification and Explanation: A causal perspective

Martina Blečić and Predrag Šustar. Biological Metaphors as Vehicles for Explanation?


Marcel Weber. Modeling Modality: The Case of Evolvability in Evo-Devo

Leon de Bruin and Daniel Kostic. How evolutionary and environmental factors shape the relationship between structural functional connectivity

GAP-SYMPOSIUM: Learning from Data: The Secret to Success

Konstantin Genin. Causal Discovery and the Randomized Controlled Trial

Tom Sterkenburg. The No-Free-Lunch Theorems of Supervised Learning

Francesca Zaffora Blando. Merging of Opinions for Computable Bayesian Agents and Algorithmic Randomness

Chair: Markus Schrenk

Daniel Koenig. The Objectivity of Mathematics. On the Reception of 19th-Century Mathematics in Ernst Cassirer’s Philosophy of Culture

Deborah Kant. Deep peer disagreement in set theory

Michael Friedman. On Grothendieck’s philosophy of mathematics and nautical metaphors

Logic and Language
Chair: Oliver Buchholz

Ivan Nenchev and Benjamin Wilck. Linguistic versus Metalinguistic Testing in Schizophrenia Research

Sebastian Sunday Grève. Turing’s Philosophy of Intelligence

Benjamin Wilck. Logic and Language in Euclid’s “Elements”

SYMPOSIUM: Are all Laws of Physics Created Equal?

Salim Hirèche, Niels Linnemann, Robert Michels, Lisa Vogt. Scrutinising non-absolutist law accounts on physics: The case for a non-absolutist DTA account

Andreas Bartels: Kinematical constraints: No support for non-absolutism about laws of nature

Salim Hirèche, Niels Linnemann, Robert Michels: On the relationship between meta- and non-absolutist laws

Bayesian Approaches
Chair: Hajo Greif

Thomas Blanchard and Andreas Hüttemann. Causal Bayes Nets, Causal Exclusion, and Symmetric Dependence

Christoph Merdes. Learning Source Reliability on Multiple Propositions

Jonas Raab. Too Many Dutch Book Arguments?

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break
Parallel sessions: Contributed papers
H0105 (Audimax) H1012 H1058 H2013 H2038 H3006 H3010
Explanation (2)
Chair: Stefan Roski

Philipp Haueis. Patchwork concepts and the norms of explanation

Gregor Hörzer. Constitutive Relevance First: Mechanistic Explanations without Mechanisms?

Inigo Ongay de Felipe. What is the role of Philosophy of Biology with regard to the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis and why should it matter

Biomedical Science
Chair: Julia Sánchez-Dorado

Mariusz Maziarz. A Perspectival View on Inconsistent Results of Clinical Trials

Julia Mirkin. Trust in Research on Human Germline Genome Editing

Saana Jukola. Bodies of Evidence – Determining the Cause of Death and the Problem of Underdetermination

Machine Learning and Game Theory
Chair: Tom Sterkenburg

Luis Lopez. Machine Learning Models and Understanding of Phenomena

Oliver Buchholz. The Curve-Fitting Problem Revisited

Jules Salomone-Sehr and Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde. What Might We Learn About Shared Agency Thanks to Game Theory?

General Philosophy of Science (2)
Chair: Li-an Yu

Radin Dardashti. On the theory-ladenness of theorizing

Anna Elisabeth Höhl. Grasping and Explaining – The GE-Account of Scientific Understanding

Niki Pfeifer. The probabilistic turn in the psychology of reasoning: a necessary paradigm shift?

Mind and Cognition
Chair: Dirk Koppelberg

Karim Baraghith and Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla. From Reduction to Unification: The Case of Cultural Evolutionary Psychology

Maria Sekatskaya. Reductionism in the Philosophy of Science and the Problem of Mental Properties

Matej Kohar. The Scaling-up Problem from a Mechanistic Point of View

Philosophy of Physics (3)
Chair: Iulian Toader

Andrea Oldofredi. Relational Quantum Mechanics and the PBR Theorem: A Peaceful Coexistence

Markus Frembs and Frida Trotter. Categorically classical: Lessons from no-go theorems in quantum foundations

Michael te Vrugt, Gyula I Tóth and Raphael Wittkowski. Irreversibility in statistical mechanics: from quantum mechanics to soft matter theory

Science and Values (2)
Chair: Anna Leuschner

Paul Hoyningen-Huene. Objectivity, the Ideal of Value-Free Science, and Rudner’s Objection

Michele Luchetti and Matteo De Benedetto. A dynamic model of theory choice: epistemic values as environmental niches

Eoin Perry. Representational Risk and the Representation of Statistical Evidence

16:30-17:00 Break (H3005)
Springer Lecture
Brigitte Falkenburg: Data, Theories and Probability in Physics (H0104)

Chair: Vera Hoffmann-Kolss
18:30-18:45 Closing Remarks