Talks: Flavia Padovani

Flavia Padovani (Drexel University) will be visiting the Geneva Symmetry Group (GSG) next week. The GSG is happy to present two talks by her, a more formal talk on Wednesday, and an informal seminar on Thursday (abstracts below):

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, at 18:15 in Room L208 (Landolt):

Flavia Padovani (Drexel University): Coordination beyond coordination

Thursday, 28 November 2019, at 16:15 in room B111 (Bastions):

Flavia Padovani (Drexel University): On scientific representation

Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 in Room L208 (Landolt):

Flavia Padovani (Drexel University): Coordination beyond coordination

Abstract: Recent literature in philosophy of science has seen a revived interest in the notion of “coordination”. The original idea, which appears to be one of the key concepts in Hans Reichenbach’s work, is that some contingent principles must be assumed as preconditions of empirical statements, allowing for the coordination of formal structures with their empirical correlates. In his early writings, Reichenbach focussed on a number of such presuppositions in physics that he referred to as “axioms of coordination”. Although he thereafter modified (and ultimately dismissed the spirit of) his initial approach, many of these assumptions still appear to play a fundamental role in his later work, e.g., genidentity. In this talk, I will analyse the meaning of these coordinating principles, their fate in Reichenbach’s later work, as well as their importance in recent literature.

In terms of technical difficulty, this talk rates 2/5

Thursday, 28 November 2019 in Room B111 (Bastions):

Flavia Padovani (Drexel University): On scientific representation

Abstract: No abstract, but participants should read the following chapter in van Fraassen’s book on scientific representation:

Paper: Bas van Fraassen, Chapter 5 (“The problem of coordination”) of Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

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I am a philosopher of physics at the University of Geneva.
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