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Science beyond the horizon with Nancy Cartwright | 9 December | UvA - IAS online

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Event: Science beyond the horizon with Nancy Cartwright

=22What are the promises and pitfalls of evidence-based policy=3F Is it a= mistake or simply misleading to speak of laws in science=3F=22

The Institute for Advanced Study of the University of Amsterdam (IAS) is = proud to present=C2=A0prof. Nancy Cartwright, distinguished and highly in= fluential contemporary Philosopher of Science, as keynote speaker in its = Science beyond the Horizon series.

Date: Thursday 9 December 2021 Time: 16:30-18:30 (CET) Location: Online

Registration:online registration form

Programme: 16:30 - 16:32: Word of welcome by IAS Scientific Director Huub Dijstelblo= em 16:32 - 16:40: Introducing the speaker and the topic by =46ederica Russo 16:40 - 17:25: Keynote lecture by Nancy Cartwright:=C2=A0=E2=80=9CScience= in the earthly plane=E2=80=9D 17:25 - 17:30: Short break 17:30 - 18:10: Panel discussion with Henk de Regt, Cees Diks, John Grin, = Maartje Schermer, Sonja Smets, 18:10 - 18:30: General Q&A

Abstract: =22This is a series about science and its philosophy =E2=80=98Beyond the = Horizons=E2=80=99. I will recommend the opposite, not science beyond the = horizons but science and philosophy well below the horizons. That is, sci= ence and philosophy =E2=80=98in the earthly plane,=E2=80=99 as Vienna Cir= cle philosopher and sociologist Otto Neurath urged. One dominant image of= science pictures it as primarily high theory and breakthrough experiment= s done by men of genius wresting from nature her deepest secrets. But the= ory + experiment do not a science make, nor do men of genius. To accompli= sh anything in the world, every practice and every product of science mat= ters.

So this talk will be in praise of big science. Not big in the sense of gr= and projects with large teams spending vast sums of money but rather big = in the way that a giant Meccano set is big. It consists of a very great m= any diverse pieces that can be deployed in a great variety of different w= ays to serve different purposes. Not just theory and experiment but equal= ly models; measurement definitions, procedures, and instruments; concept = development and validation; data collection, analysis, and curation; non-= experimental studies; statistical techniques; methods of approximation; c= ase studies; narratives; and more. Especially important is the complex wa= ys in which these interweave.

I shall argue that it is because of this vast tangle of other products an= d practices that we can trust any single product of science to do its job= =E2=80=94whether this be an abstract formula in mathematical physics or = a poverty measure or a new piece of medical technology. This argues for a= far more intellectually humble attitude to the grandeur of science. All = the products of science play a crucial role in securing reliability: ever= y labourer is equally worthy their hire.=22

About the speaker: Nancy Cartwright =46BA =46AcSS is Professor of Philosophy at Durham Unive= rsity and a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San = Diego (UCSD). In the first half of her career at Stanford University she = specialised in the philosophy of the natural sciences, especially physics= ; in the second half, at the London School of Economics and now Durham an= d UCSD, she has specialised in philosophy and methodology of the social s= ciences with special attention to economics. Her current research focusse= s on objectivity and evidence, especially for evidence-based policy.

More information:=C2=A0online event page Registration:=C2=A0online registration form

=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F=5F Dr =46ederica Russo =7C=C2=A0http://russofederica.wordpress.com=C2=A0=7C=C2= =A0=C2=A0=40federicarusso Department of Philosophy & ILLC,=C2=A0University of Amsterdam Mailing address: Postbus 94201, 1090=C2=A0GE Amsterdam ORCID ID=C2=A0https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1993-9697 Zoom:=C2=A0https://uva-live.zoom.us/my/federicarusso

European Philosophy of Science Association - Member of the Steering Commi= ttee Institute for Advanced Study- UvA =7C=C2=A0Member of the=C2=A0Management = Team Russo =46., Value-promoting concepts in the health sciences and public he= alth, Philosophical News, Special issue =22Ethics, Health Data and Bio-Ci= tizenship=E2=80=9D. Preprint here Networks:=C2=A0EBM+=7C=C2=A0CitS CON=46ERENCE SERIES

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