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31st Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science

Emergence


University of Colorado at Boulder
October 16th-18th, 2015

Abstracts for the 31st Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science

Friday, October 16

*All Friday talks will take place in Hellems 199


6:00-6:15pm
Welcome and Opening Remarks


Carol Cleland, Chair, Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Colorado


Valerio Ferme, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, University of Colorado


6:15-7:45pm
Keynote Address


Paul Humphreys, Department of Philosophy, University of Virginia
Transformational Emergence


Introduction by Carol Cleland, University of Colorado


7:45 -9:15pm
Reception
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History


Saturday, October 17

*All Saturday talks will take place in Hellems 211


Session 1
Chair: Jeffrey Watson, Arizona State University


9:00-9:50am
Nora Berenstain, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Strengthening Weak Emergence


10:00-10:50am
Kevin Morris, Tulane University
Truthmaking, Levels of Reality, and the Mysteries of Emergence


10:50- 11:10am
Coffee Break


11:10am-12:00pm
Fatema Amijee, University of Texas Austin
Emergence and Metaphysical Explanation


12:00-1:30pm
Lunch Break


Session 2
Chair: Sergio Gallegos, Metropolitan State University of Denver


1:30-2:20pm
Olivier Sartenaer, Université Catholique de Louvain
A New Look at Emergence. Or When After is Different


2:30-3:20pm
Nina Emery, Brown University
Deterministic Chance as Emergent Chance


3:20-4:10pm
Joshua Rosaler, University of Pittsburgh
Local Reduction in Physics


4:10-4:20pm
Coffee Break


4:20-5:50pm
Keynote Address


Jessica Wilson, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Threading the Needle between Scientism and Over Abstractionism in the Metaphysics of Emergence


Introduction by Raul Saucedo, University of Colorado


Sunday, October 18

*All Sunday talks will take place in Hellems 211


9:00-10:30am
Keynote Address


Michael Hermele, Department of Physics, University of Colorado
Phases of matter as emergent phenomena


Introduction by Allan Franklin, University of Colorado


Session 3
Chair: Jonathan Cavitt, University of Colorado


10:40-11:30am
Robert Parson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado
Is Molecular Structure an Emergent Property? A physical chemist's perspective


11:40am-12:30pm
Vanessa Trivino, Konrad Lorenz Institute
Emergent properties in biology: the case of fitness


12:30-2:00pm
Lunch Break


Session 4
Chair: Bernard Kobes, Arizona State University


2:00-2:50pm
Igor Gasparov, Voronezh State Medical University
Emergent Dualism and the Challenge of Vagueness


3:00-3:50pm
Marco Nathan, University of Denver
'Emergent' Complexity in Neural Networks: A Pragmatist Approach


3:50-4:00pm
Closing Remarks

Carol Cleland and Raul Saucedo, University of Colorado


4:00-6:00pm
Happy Hour
No Name Bar


The Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science at University of Colorado at Boulder is co-sponsored by the University of Colorado College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for the Humanities and the Arts, the Museum of Natural History, and by the following University of Colorado Departments: Anthropology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geological Sciences; History; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Philosophy; and Physics.


 
     
   
 
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