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

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Symposium: Transforming Computation

Saturday, 5 November 2016
13:30 - 15:30

Piedmont 4 (12th Floor)

Chair: Greg Lusk, University of Chicago

Computers do not play the role of some neutral instrument, but rather exert a more fundamental influence on how scientific practice and knowledge develop. The symposium intends to elucidate the philosophical nature of this transformation by combining methodological and epistemological analyses with a close look at the social organization of computational modeling. The presentations investigate modeling practices on different levels of abstraction – model-making, software development and distribution, numerical methods implementation. This combined effort offers new insights into how software is created, maintained, and organized as well as into the impact of code and communities on fundamental questions like justification of mathematical knowledge.

Code is Fluid: How computational models move and adapt to new settings and applications
Ann Johnson, Cornell University,
The Discovery and Justification of Mathematical Knowledge in the Light of Modern Computational Methods
Nicolas Fillion, Simon Fraser University,
Holism, or the Degeneration of Modularity – a Methodological Challenge for Validation
Johannes Lenhard, Bielefeld University, Germany,


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