Submitting an Abstract
We welcome abstracts of no more than 500 words on realisation, composition and their cognates (e.g. emergence, reduction, levels, constitution). The topic is open to interpretation, but contributors may draw inspiration from the following questions:
We also encourage contributors to consider making full use of the interactive capabilities of online conferencing (e.g. polls, speed breakout sessions, whiteboard interaction, hand-raising, use of Padlet, live video and other media).
The deadline for receipt of submissions is 12th May. Please prepare abstracts for anonymous review.
We plan for talks to be 30 minutes followed by 20 mins Q&A.
Submissions and enquiries should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to reading your abstracts! - The MetaScience Team
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This is a virtual conference and will take place on Zoom. Please note that the conference time zone is BST, provisional times: 13:30-18:00 BST.
We aim to facilitate socialising on Zoom during and after the conference with potential for topic-related breakout rooms during breaks.
Olimpia Lombardi (University of Buenos Aires, CONICET)
One of the hottest topics in the philosophy of chemistry is the question about the relationships between chemistry and physics. Since the beginnings of the twentieth century, the extraordinary success of quantum mechanics promoted the idea that chemistry can be reduced to physics. It was only in the last decades of the century that some philosophers began to challenge that idea, pointing out that many chemical concepts cannot be easily explained by quantum mechanics. Since then, the controversy between those who favor reductionist views and those who advocate for a kind of theoretical independence of chemistry has permeated the discussions in the field of the philosophy of chemistry.
The central concept in this debate is that of molecular structure, due to its essential role in chemistry: molecular structure is the main element factor in the explanation of reactivity. It has even been claimed to be so fundamental that to explain molecular structure is pretty much to explain the whole of chemistry. The problem is that the concept seems to find no comfortable place in the theoretical framework of quantum mechanics. The purpose of this talk is to take a fresh look at the problem of molecular structure on the basis of a clarification of the problem at issue and the distinction between different meanings of the term ‘molecular structure’.
The first step is, then, twofold:
The second step is to discuss some issues usually related to the problem of molecular structure in the light of the above distinctions:
Sandra Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh)
The convergence or replicability of experimental results is taken to be strong evidence for the reality of phenomena. Attempts to apply this strategy to robust emergence exposes the philosophical, scientific and empirical assumptions required for any use of this strategy. Real phenomena are co-constructed, not simply observed.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 771509. All project outputs are published Open Access. Website photo credit: Matt Lincoln Photography
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