Évora’s 6th Symposium in Philosophy and History of Science and Technology

On the 20th of November 2015 it will be held at Palácio do Vimioso of the University of Évora the Évora’s 6th Symposium in Philosophy and History of Science and Technology entitled “A priori, thought experiments and atomism”, organized by João Príncipe (UE, IHC/CEHFCi), José Luís Garcia (ICS), Lídia Queiroz (CFCUL/IF-FLUP) and Luís Miguel Carolino (ISCTE, CIES-IUL).

In a non-empiricist, historically informed, perspective of epistemology a priori judgments have a decisive role to obtain knowledge. In the physical sciences the comprehensibility of nature, the explanation of phenomena, is deeply connected with the human skill to derive theories (though refutable) from natural preconditions for the comprehensibility of the domain to which they apply. Thought experiments and atomistic are also evidence for this constitutive a priori power. A critical and open appraisal and discussion of the connections between these three major examples that sustain a rationalistic point of view, are the subject of this year Évora’s Symposium. Olivier Darrigol and Hermínio Martins will be our main speakers. Darrigol’s paper “The robust necessity of some physical theories” and Martins’ paper on thought experiments, whose ideas directly inspired our choice, are included in our forthcoming volume Évora Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science (volume 1), a festschrift in honour of Hermínio Martins.


09.45-10.00 Sessão de abertura / Opening session
João Príncipe (Universidade de Évora) e Lídia Queiroz (CFCUL/IF-FLUP)

Lídia Queiroz (CFCUL/IF-FLUP)
Heuristic role of thought experiments as a tool of investigation on atomism
Luís Miguel Carolino (ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de
Francisco Soares Lusitano e as teorias corpusculares entre os aristotélicos do século
Susana Gómez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Átomos luminosos y turbios experimentos en torno a Galileo
Breno Moura (Universidade Federal do ABC – UFABC)
The concept of repulsion in 18th century projectile theories of light: a critical analysis

12.00-13.30 Pausa para almoço/ Lunch break

Olivier Darrigol (CNRS/SPHere)
Molecular machines, heat death, and paradoxes in the Boltzmann-Loschmidt dialogue
Maria do Rosário Branco (Centre for Global History FCSH/NOVAUAc)
Léon Brunschvicg estudioso do atomismo
Augusto Fitas (Universidade de Évora/IHC)
Lubeck e a disputa sobre o atomismo
João Príncipe (Universidade de Évora/IHC)
Realismo e teoria atómica

15.45-16.15 Pausa para café/ Coffee break

Mariana Valente (Universidade de Évora/IHC)
Os átomos existem porque os podemos contar?
Klodian Coko (Indiana University)
The Structure and Epistemic Import of Empirical Multiple Determination
Pablo Mariconda (Universidade de São Paulo)
O experimento mental da bala que cai do alto do mastro de um navio

17.45 Sessão de encerramento / Closing session

João Príncipe (Universidade de Évora)

Organização: João Príncipe | UE, IHC/CEHFCi| José Luís Garcia |ICS| Lídia Queiroz |CFCUL/IF-FLUP| Luís Miguel Carolino |ISCTE, CIES-IUL|
Em 20.11.2015
09:45 | Palácio Vimioso | Évora