Distinguished Speaker Series
The Distinguished Speaker Series invites faculty from other research institutions to present their recent work in the history and philosophy of science.
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 Talks
All talks are held at 3:15 PM unless otherwise noted.
January 27, 2014: Peter Galison, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
"Containment: Nuclear Wastelands, Nuclear Wilderness"
April 7, 2014: Michael Weisberg, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
"Getting Serious about Similarity"
Abstract: Although most philosophical accounts about model/world relations focus on structural mappings such as isomorphism, similarity has long been discussed as an alternative account. Despite its attractions, proponents of the similarity view have not provided detailed accounts of what it means that a model is similar to a real-world target system. In this talk, I will develop a new account of the similarity relation called "weighted feature matching," which is based on the
work of Amos Tversky.
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