03/29/18 - Perspectivism: Learning from Model Divergence

Perspectivism: Learning from Model Divergence
03/29/2018, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
March 29
2018/03/29 17:00
Thursday, March 29, 2018
05:00 PM
06:30 PM

Perspectivism: Learning from Model Divergence is a colloquium by Dr. Sandra D. Mitchell, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Mitchell describes her talk as follows: "I will argue that useful scientific representations must be perspectival, and that this entails model pluralism. Given this, questions arise regarding the relationships among multiple models of the "same" phenomenon. For experimental sources of multiple models, it is typically argued that convergence of results provides epistemic warrant for accurate and even realism. I will present an account of how integrative strategies using divergent results can increase accuracy in the case of NMR and X-ray crystallographic models of protein structure. I appeal to the neurological integration of sensory modalities (vision, hearing) to provide philosophical resources for understanding integrative pluralism in science." The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Dr. Mitchell is acting as a mentor for OU faculty member Joyce Havstad as part of the Oakland University PI Academy for Research and Engagement. 


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