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

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Symposium: Galileo and Philosophy of Science

Saturday, 5 November 2016
09:00 - 11:45

Piedmont 3 (12th Floor)

Chair: Joseph Pitt, Virginia Tech

It has often been remarked and commented upon that Galileo changed the nature of the practice and the form of science. There has been much less work on how Galileo changed the philosophy of science. Certainly changing science necessitated changes in philosophical reflection about science. Galileo often by example and sometimes by description initiated many of the concepts in philosophy of science that are studied to this day. This symposium brings together an international group of first-rate philosophical scholars to look at different aspects of Galileo’s contributions to philosophy of science. We shall address Galileo’s views on the role of experiments, the interpretation of observational data, the need for idealized mathematical description of the world that ignores accidental features, the use of counter-factual reasoning, and more. We shall also argue that contemporary (present-day) classical mechanics should be understood in Galilean rather than Newtonian terms.

Galileo's models of intelligibility
Peter Machamer, University of PIttsburgh,
Galilean Idealization and the Inertial Principle
Maarten Van Dyck, Ghent University,
Galileo on the Power and Limits of Thought Experiments
Carla Rita Palmerino, Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands),
Models of Intelligibility in Galileo’s Mechanical Science
David Marshall Miller, Iowa State University,
Euler's Galilean Philosophy of Science
Brian Hepburn, Wichita State University,


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