Analogical Reasoning in Science and Mathematics

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Invited Speakers

Paul Bartha is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia. He is the author of By Parallel Reasoning: The Construction and Evaluation of Analogical Arguments (2010) and co-editor of Pascal's Wager (Classic Philosophical Arguments) (forthcoming). He works mainly in philosophy of science and decision theory, with particular attention to issues surrounding probability and confirmation. For more information, visit his website.

Mazviita Chirimuuta is an Associate Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her PhD in visual neuroscience from the University of Cambridge in 2004, and held postdoctoral fellowships in philosophy at Monash University (2005-2008) and Washington University St. Louis (2008-2009). Her principal area of research is in the philosophy of neuroscience and perceptual psychology. Her book Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy was published by MIT Press in 2015. She is currently working on a new project on abstraction in neuroscience under the working title How to Simplify the Brain. For more information, visit her website.

After receiving her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Silvia de Bianchi worked as post-doc in the UK (University College London), Germany (Siegen University and TU Dortmund) and France (ENS Paris). In 2014 she moved to Barcelona and worked as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for the History of Science of the UAB. In 2017, she joined the Department of Philosophy as a Ramón y Cajal Fellow. Her research interests cover epistemological questions emerging in Immanuel Kant's philosophy and natural science, as well as in Hermann Weyl's scientific and philosophical works. She is interested in developing methodologies that integrate the history and philosophy of science and in exploring how models work in scientific practice. Currently, she is leading the Erc StG project PROTEUS "Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s)" (September 2018-August 2023). For more information, visit her website.

Michele Ginammi obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2015 at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, and he is now Visiting Researcher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Salzburg. His research interests mainly focus on issues concerning mathematical modeling and representation in science, and on the applicability of mathematics to science. His areas of specialization include philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of physics, and philosophy of science. For more information, visit his website.

Contemporary philosophy is characterized by a trend towards hyper-specialization. As a result, there is not much communication between philosophers working in different fields and traditions. Silvia Jonas attempts to work out a "Big-Picture" approach to philosophy. This means trying to connect seemingly unrelated debates by identifying shared metaphysical and epistemological problems they try to solve, and by consequently developing uniform solution strategies. Her current research project, Mathematics Analogies, examines which metaphysical and epistemic analogies between mathematics and other non-empirical domains can be drawn; what the relevance conditions and correct methodology for such analogical arguments are; and to what extent philosophical reasoning about non-empirical domains be theoretically unified. For more information, visit her website.

Jennifer Jhun is assistant professor of philosophy at Lake Forest College. She specializes in philosophy of science (especially economics) social and political philosophy, and epistemology. She earned her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. For more information, please visit her website.

Benedikt Löwe studied mathematics and philosophy in Hamburg, Tübingen, Berlin, and Berkeley. After his PhD, he worked at the universities in Bonn, Münster, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Cambridge. He is currently Professor of Mathematical Logic and Interdisciplinary Applications of Logic at the Department of Mathematics of the Universität Hamburg, a member of the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. Löwe's research includes mathematical logic, in particular set theory and infinite games, as well as empirical studies of mathematics, in particular with applications to the philosophy of mathematics. For more information, visit his website.