Philosophy of Science

New Paper: Scientific Disagreement

Here’s something I’m going to try to do from now on. When I have a new paper coming out, I’ll write up a little comment on how the paper came about and what it says. Here’s the first such post. Naftali Weinberger and I have a new paper coming out in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science A. It’s called “Making Sense of Non-factual Disagreement in Science”. I thought I’d write something about how the paper came about.

Making Sense of Non-factual Disagreement in Science

Philosophical discussions of disagreement typically focus on cases in which the disagreeing agents are aware that they are disagreeing and can pinpoint the proposition that they are disagreeing about. Scientific disagreements are not, in general, …

Models on the Move: Migration and Imperialism

We introduce 'model migration' as a species of cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer whereby the representational function of a model is radically changed to allow application to a new disciplinary context. Controversies and confusions that often …

Lewis, Laws and Similarity: an incongruence in Lewis' Humean supervenience project

Modelling Inequality

Econophysics is a new and exciting cross-disciplinary research field that applies models and modelling techniques from statistical physics to economic systems. It is not, however, without its critics: prominent figures in more mainstream economic …

Constraints on rational theory choice

In a recent paper, Samir Okasha presented an argument that suggests that there is no rational way to choose among scientific theories. This would seriously undermine the view that science is a rational entreprise. In this paper I show how a suitably …

Laplace's Demon and the adventures of his apprentice

The sensitive dependence on initial conditions (SDIC) associated with nonlinear models imposes limitations on the models’ predictive power. We draw attention to an additional limitation than has been under-appreciated, namely structural model error …