[spsp-members] Call for registration: The Future of the Past (Aug 8-9 via Zoom)

Craig Fox craig.william.fox at gmail.com
Mon Aug 1 05:09:13 UTC 2022

*Registration now open*

*Online conference (via Zoom)*

*The Future of the Past: <http://fotp2022.wordpress.com/>*

*Philosophical Issues in the "Historical" Sciences

*The Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science,
Technology, and Medicine*

*The Hebrew University of Jerusalem*

*8th-9th August 2022*

Organised by Craig W. Fox (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Thomas
Rossetter (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The universe began around 13.8 bya (billion years ago). The solar system
formed around 4.6 bya, the earth and its moon around 100 myr (million
years) later. Liquid water was present on the surface of the earth by 4.4
bya, with life appearing by 3.8 (possibly as early as 4.3) bya. The first
animals appear in the fossil record by 541 mya (million years ago), and
representatives of nearly every major phylum were present just 20 myr
later. The so-called “historical” sciences constitute a sizeable proportion
of the scientific community and have made considerable progress in
establishing an astonishing array of claims such as the above concerning
the past. Yet despite their ubiquity and evident success, sciences that
reconstruct the past (with the exception of evolutionary biology) have
largely been ignored by philosophers of science. This has begun to change
in recent decades, with an increasing number of philosophers turning their
attention to metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic concerns
in geology, palaeontology, archaeology, and related areas. The debate,
however, is still very much in its infancy, with considerable work to be
done and many open questions to explore. There are also several areas of
science which investigate the past or are in some sense “historical”, but
which have received little attention from philosophers. The aim of this
conference is to bring together an international group of scholars to
discuss and debate some of these questions and to broaden the field by
introducing new research on under-investigated areas of
historical-scientific research.

*Keynote speakers:*

Alisa Bokulich (Boston University)

Derek Turner (Connecticut College)

Peter Vickers (Durham University)

Alison Wylie (University of British Columbia)

Caitlin Wylie (University of Virginia)
For further details, to register to attend, and to download the programme,
please visit https://fotp2022.wordpress.com/
The registration link is on the homepage. Once you have registered you will
receive a Zoom link for the conference.

We look forward to (virtually) welcoming you to the conference and to The
Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science,
Technology, and Medicine at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem!
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