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Thought experiments and Computer Simulations

From Thursday, 11th March 2010, 09:00 to Saturday, 13th March 2010, 13:15

Persons in charge : Anouk Barberousse, Rawad El Skaf, Paul Humphreys, John Norton
Field : Philosophy of physics and complex systems
Research program The computational turn in physics
Presentation : Whereas thought experiments have long been a common practice in science and an important topic of philosophical analysis, the recent development of computer simulation has not been paid much philosophical attention yet in relation to thought experiments. Conceptual investigation has focused on the links between thought experiments and experiments on the one hand and computer simulation and experiments on the other. However, striking similarities between thought experiment and computer simulation can be found. They are both used when experiments cannot be made. More generally, both are instrumental in answering questions of the type: "What would happen if X or Y was the case?" and in exploring the explanatory potential of theories.

The workshop aims to further investigate the relationships between thought experiments and computer simulation. A major question to be addressed will be whether computer simulations can be viewed as implemented thought experiments, at least in certain cases. The workshop is open both to case studies and to general considerations comparing computer simulations and thought experiments in all disciplines. While physics is undoubtedly an ideal playground for these investigations, talks devoted to fields in which theories play a weaker or different role, like economics, biology or artificial life, are especially welcomed.

Program

Paris International Workshop: Thought experiments and Computer Simulations

From Thursday, 11th March 2010, 09:00 to Saturday, 13th March 2010, 13:15

Organization: Rawad El Skaf, IHPST
Scienti?c Committee: Anouk Barberousse, IHPST, Rawad El Skaf, IHPST, Paul Humphreys, University of Virginy et John Norton, University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, March 11, 2010

IHPST, 13 rue du Four, 75006, Paris, Grande salle

Chair: Marion Vorms

09h00-10h30 : Paul Humphreys, University of Virginia
Computer Simulations and Materiality

10h30-11h00 : PAUSE

Chair: Phillipe Huneman

11h00-11h45 : Claus Beisbart, University of TU Dortmund
Computer simulations are thought experiments are arguments?
11h45-12h30 : Margherita Arcangeli, Institut Nicod, Paris
The Experimental Triangle: a Plea for a Ménage à Trois

12h30-14h30 : LUNCH

Chair: Alexandre Guay

14h30-16h00 : Seth Bullock, University of Southampton
Ten years of opaque thought experiments

16h00-16h30 : PAUSE

Chair: Elodie Baget

16h30-17h15 : Yiftach Fehige, University of Toronto
Thought experiments, Computer Simulations and Blended Simulations
17h15-18h00 : Viola Schiaffonati and Davide Mazza, Politecnico di Milano
Exploring the world: Why computer simulations are not just implemented thought experiments

Friday, March 12

Morning: Salle Weil, ground ??oor left, Ecole normale supérieure, 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris

Chair: Cyrille Imbert

09h00-10h30 : Michael Weisberg, University of Pennsylvania
Getting Serious About Similarity

10h30-11h00 : PAUSE

Chair: Anouk Barberousse

11h00-11h45 : Matthias Dörries, University of Strasbourg
From Thought Experiments to Simulations: Cold War Science and Climatic Change
11h45-12h30 : Corinna Elsenbroich, University of Surrey
Thought-Experiments and Agent-Based-Simulation
12h30-14h30 : LUNCH

Afternoon: Salle 235A, 2nd ??oor, Ecole normale supérieure, 29 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris

Chair: Isabelle Drouet

14h30-15h15 : Darrell Rowbottom, University of Oxford
Thought Experiments and Computer Simulations: Different Ends, Same Means!
15h15-16h00 : Eran Tal, University of Toronto
Affording Ignorance: The Epistemic Economy of Simulations and Thought Experiments

16h00-16h30 : PAUSE

Chair: Thomas Boyer

16h30-17h15 : Johannes Lenhard, University of Bielefeld
When Experiments Start. Simulation experiments within simulation experiments

Saturday, March 13

IHPST, 13 rue du Four, 75006, Paris, Grande salle

Chair: Rawad El Skaf

09h00-10h30 : Erik Olsson, Lund University
A simulation approach to social epistemology

10h30-11h00 : PAUSE

Chair: Carlo Proietti

11h00-11h45 : Deena Skolnick Weisberg, Rutgers University
The Psychology of the Scientific Imagination
11h45-12h30 : Henrik Kragh Sørensen, University of Aarhus
Are proofs mathematical experiments? Are mathematical experiments proofs?
12h30-13h15 : Ryan Muldoon, Joseph L. Rotman Institute of Science and Values
Replacing Thought Experiments with Computer Simulation in Political Philosophy

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