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New Mechanism, Reduction and Emergence in Physics, Chemistry and Biology

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This conference addresses the epistemological and ontological significance as well as the scope of new mechanism and, in particular, its relationship with the topics of reduction and emergence in the physical, chemical and biological sciences. As it is well known, new mechanism was elaborated to overcome the limits of the neo-positivist philosophy of science and, in particular, the nomological model of scientific explanation. Still, it is also true that new mechanism is supposed to be new vis-à-vis the classical atomistic mechanism from the XVII century.

Being so, what should we take to be the real novelty of the so-called new mechanism? What may be the ontological reasons underlying the adoption of mechanistic instead of other modelling strategies (e.g., network analysis)? Furthermore, does new mechanism fit the phenomena studied by contemporary sciences? For example, how can mechanistic explanations fit contemporary physics, for instance quantum field theory, astroparticle physics or condensed matter physics? Additionally, what can be the new mechanistic position on the ongoing debate about the different notions of reduction and emergence, either in ontological or epistemological terms? How can the new mechanistic model of explanation be compatible with a certain notion of reduction and still accommodate a non-trivial notion of emergence? Are mechanistic explanations necessarily reductive, given that many involve intertheoretical identities? Finally, in what sense emergence and reduction can be taken as direct opposite and/or complementary views within the new mechanistic approach?

The main goal of this conference is to address such questions by taking into account contemporary research developments in the natural sciences.

Invited Speakers:

  • William Bechtel, UC San Diego
  • Nancy Cartwright, Durham University & UC San Diego
  • Brigitte Falkenburg, Technische Universität Dortmund
  • Stuart Glennan, Butler University
  • Robin Hendry, Durham University
  • Alvaro Moreno, IAS-Research
  • John Pemberton, Durham University

Organised by CFCUL in collaboration with the FCT research project "EITNS - Emergence in the Natural Sciences: Towards a New Paradigm" (PTDC/FER-HFC/30665/2017).

Convenors: Davide Vecchi, Gil Santos, João L. Cordovil (CFCUL/GI2).

Website: https://mechanism.campus.ciencias.ulisboa.pt/

Registration: https://forms.gle/Bhtyarj2WacL8UWq5

Info: cfculcomunica@fc.ul.pt

The objective of this course is to introduce participants to the details of communication and writing scientific publications.

Seminário de Lógica Matemática, por Bruno Jacinto (Universidade de Lisboa).

Seminário Permanente de Filosofia das Ciências, por Anna Ciaunica (CFCUL/GI2).

Seminário de Formação Avançada em Jardins, Paisagens e Ambiente, por Daniela Araújo e Mauro Nascimento (Museu de Lisboa | EGEAC).

Logótipo do evento, sobre um fundo branco

A iniciativa conta com o apoio do Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia.

Seminário conjunto do Centro de Estatística e Aplicações da Universidade de Lisboa e do Centro de Matemática Computacional e Estocástica, por Kristen Campbell (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA).

Research at the Faculty of Sciences

Participation is free but prior registration is suggested.

Encontro Scientia, por Rui A. P. Perdigão (EChanges - Chair Professor and Head of the Met Institute for Complex System Science, Vienna, Austria / NORA Climate Dynamics and Complexity Chair, Vienna, Austria & Princeton NJ USA / CCIAM coordinator at cE3c, Lisboa, Portugal).

Hi-Phi Seminar, por Nathalie Gontier (Ciências ULisboa, CFCUL) e Luís Tirapicos (Ciências ULisboa, CIUCHT).

Geometry Webinar, por Giosuè Muratore (CMAFcIO).

Conversa com Galopim de Carvalho.

Logótipo da IAESTE, sobre uma fotografia da cidade de Edimburgo

Candidaturas online de 01 a 31 de outubro 2021.

Imagem alusiva ao Concerto e Conferência

Concerto e conferência pela Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa.

Encontro Scientia, por Maria Amélia Martins Loução (PSE - cE3c).

Imagem ilustrativa do programa, acompanhada do respetivo título

Um programa de aceleração de ideias e negócios, promovido pela redeSaúde, com candidaturas até 15 de outubro de 2021.

Conversa com Galopim de Carvalho.

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Conversa com Galopim de Carvalho.

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This course aims to evidence the importance of natural history collections for the study of biodiversity, to show new tools and approaches to extract and disseminate biodiversity data from natural history collections and to increase awareness of young researchers for the scientific and cultural value of Natural History Museums.

Conversa com Galopim de Carvalho.

EvoS aims at turning evolutionary theory into a common language to areas that pertain to the natural world, including human affairs.

Conversa com Galopim de Carvalho.

Fotografia de plantas

Pre-proposals submission until 30 November 2021, 15:00 CET(local time in Brussels).

O evento tem como tema central o "Conhecimento ao serviço das áreas classificadas" e marca o seu regresso ao formato presencial, mas com a possibilidade de participação online!

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