PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Symposium: Formal Methods and Social Epistemology

Friday, 4 November 2016
13:30 - 15:30

Piedmont 2 (12th Floor)

Chair: Shahar Avin, University of Cambridge

In the last few years, a new sub-field has emerged in philosophy of science. Work in this area uses formal, and sometimes empirical, methods to deepen understanding of the workings of epistemic communities and to explore the impacts of these workings on knowledge creation. In particular, much of this work is topically continuous with work in social and feminist epistemology---it explores the effects of cognitive diversity on inquiry, looks at how social interaction influences scientific discovery, investigates the dynamics of minority groups in academia, explores underrepresentation in epistemic groups---but extends and deepens this work by drawing on tools from the social sciences and biology. Connected to this emerging sub-field are a cluster of related topics including formal work to understand broader interactions between diverse groups and empirically driven work on scientific progress when the topic of inquiry is deeply value laden.

This symposium brings together five talks by eight academics who are part of this emerging area. Besides presenting the newest work in this vein, the goals of this symposium are to clarify what this sub-field is and where it is going, and to introduce it to a broader philosophical audience.

Games, Evolution, and Intersectionality
Liam Kofi Bright
Justin P. Bruner
Cailin O'Connor
Why Journal Editors Play Favorites
Remco Heesen, Carnegie Mellon University,
Ethics, Uncertainty, and the Benefits of Scientific Diversity
Kevin Zollman, Carnegie Mellon University,
Exploratory Experimentation in Neuroscience: The Gendered Connectome
Morgan Thompson, University of Pittsburgh,


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