We encourage everyone to register online using the easy form below.
If you register at the door:
Basic option: $10. Includes lunch and coffee.
Dinner option: $20. Includes lunch, coffee, and dinner.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Room 323, Victoria College, University of Toronto [map]
08:30-09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:00-10:30 Evidence and Epidemiological Trials
A Science or Story of the Individual: N of 1 Trials or Randomized Controlled Anecdotes - Robin Nunn, IHPST
Epidemiologic Evidence and Interim Analysis in Sequential Trials - Roger Stanev, Philosophy, University of British Columbia
Epidemiological Standards of Evidence as a Strategy of Resistance to the Knowledge Economy - Wendy McGuire, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 The Epistemology of Evidence
Chair: Anjan Chakravartty, IHPST
What Kind Of Evidence Do We Have for Realism about Astronomical Entities? - Curtis Forbes, IHPST
Amalgamation Functions for Multimodal Evidence - Jacob Stegenga Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
Inconsistency, Compatibility, and Error: Another Look at Reduction - Joe Ricci, Philosophy, University of Washington
13:15-14:15 Keynote Talk: Prof. Kathleen Okruhlik, University of Western Ontario: Evidence in Context
14:15-14:30 Coffee Break
14:30-15:30 Evidence in Policy
Chair: Mark Solovey, IHPST
Experts and Explosions: The Canadian Nuclear Debate - Jonathan Turner, IHPST
Evidence in Economic Engineering. The case of the FCC Ascending Auctions - Fernando Morett, Philosophy, London School of Economics
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-17:15 Evidence in Historical Context
Chair: Bert Hall, IHPST
Bede on Evidence: Exploring the Use of Observation in the Work of the Venerable Bede - A. Gwyndaf Garbutt, IHPST
The Edinburgh Medical Essays and Observations: Evidence of Enlightenment - Erich Weidenhammer, IHPST
The Role of Facts in Francis Bacon's Novum Organum - Monica Aufrecht, Philosophy, University of Washington
19:00 Dinner at Papaya
CFP: Evidence in Context: HAPSAT 5th Annual Conference
On Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 HAPSAT, the Graduate Student Society at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto, will host its fifth annual conference, Evidence in Context.
The concept of evidence has emerged as a central theme in both the history and philosophy of science and in science and technology studies. Historically, disputes over standards of evidence have been investigated for a wide variety of sciences. From particle physics to paleontology, from cancer to climate change, historical investigations into the constantly negotiated boundaries of scientific evidence have shaped the history of science as a continuous struggle to determine what, precisely, is required to establish scientific fact. In philosophy of science, classical notions of evidence in epistemology have been recently challenged as inadequate for dealing with the practical challenges facing contemporary policy makers. Thus, philosophers have called for accounts of evidence that are more relevant to the development, reform, and refinement of policy and practice.
The Keynote Speaker for this year is Kathleen Okruhlik, The University of Western Ontario.
We welcome papers addressing, but not limited to, the following questions:
· How can philosophical notions of evidence inform public policy?
· What is evidence for movements such as Evidence-Based Medicine?
· How are evidence and standards of evidence negotiated by scientists?
· How have notions of evidence changed throughout history?
· How do standards of evidence relate to disciplinary boundaries?
· How should contradictory evidence be resolved?
· How have social, cultural, and economic contexts shaped standards of evidence?
· What is the role of the public in evaluating evidence in scientific controversies?
· How do disputes about standards of evidence relate to the issue of trust in science?
We invite graduate students and recent graduates working in fields such as HPS, STS, history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology and gender studies and law to submit paper and panel proposals that critically engage with this theme. For papers please email abstracts of up to 250 words to HAPSAT@gmail.com by March 22, 2009 and for panels please email a document with a 250 word abstract describing the panel as a whole in addition to individual abstracts for each paper (also 250 words). Each presenter will be given 20 minutes.
We hope to be able to offer billeting and small travel subsidies for graduate students traveling to Toronto for the conference. Please note that Evidence in Context is scheduled for the weekend right before CSHPS (Ottawa). Those interested in both conferences should contact us to take advantage of group travel from Toronto to Ottawa.
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Graduate Students Union
Department of Philosophy
Professor Ross Upshur
The Centre for Medieval Studies
CIHR-Institute of Health Services and Policy Research