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Summary Teaching Assignment
Academic Year 2018/2019
Type of Teaching Doctorate
Course 053675 - SCIENTIFIC MODELS: CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS AND PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES
Professor Valente Giovanni
Cfu 5.00 Type of Course Mono-Disciplinary Course

Phd Programme From (included) To (excluded) Course
MI (1300) - SCUOLA DI DOTTORATOAZZZZ053675 - SCIENTIFIC MODELS: CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS AND PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES

Detailed program and learning outcomes

Models play a crucial role in science. In fact, they are successfully employed in scientific practice in order to study relevant aspects of reality.  Nevertheless, models do not yield an exact representation of the world. Indeed, due to the great complexity of the phenomena under investigation, they tend to distort reality. More to the point, scientific models typically rely on assumptions that are strictly speaking false, whereby one introduces abstractions and idealizations corresponding to entities that do not exist in nature, like perfect spheres, frictionless planes, or even infinite mathematical limits. As a consequence, they display an intrinsic representational uncertainty. That raises several philosophical problems concerning (1) the construction and use of models in scientific practice, (2) the extent to which we can accept their predictions despite the fact that they distort reality, and (3) how their intrinsic uncertainty ought to be treated in decision-making processes at the public policy level. This course will provide PhD students with the conceptual tools to deal with outstanding philosophical and foundational issues arising in scientific modelling.


Notes on methods of assessing

In order to receive the full CFU and the mark, each enrolled PhD student must attend at least 5 lectures out of 6. Furthermore, she\he is required to write a short essay (roughly 3000 words) developing one topic of interest among those presented during the lectures, possibly in connection with her\his own research. The essay should be sent in a .pdf file to the coordinator of the PhD course at the following email address: giovanni.valente@polimi.it


Teaching activities
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Schedule planning

Monday, March 25 2019 : Department of Mathematics, Aula Consiglio, VII floor

9:30     Roman Frigg (London School of Economics): “Philosophy of Scientific Models”

14:30   Jan Sprenger (University of Turin): “Models and Confirmation

 

Tuesday, March 26 2019 : Department of Mathematics, Aula Consiglio, VII floor

9:30     Cailin O’Connor (University of California at Irvine): “The Science of Science”

14:30   Jim Weatherall (University of California at Irvine): “Models in Physics”

 

Wednesday, March 27 2019 : Department of Mathematics, Aula Consiglio, VII floor

11:00  Roman Frigg (London School of Economics): “Models in Climate Science”

 

Friday, March 29 2019 : Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Aula MEL 1

14:00  Jim Weatherall (University of California at Irvine): "What Makes Econophysics Distinctive?" (META Lecture)


Bibliography
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaRoman Frigg & Stephan Hartmann, Models in Science, Editore: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/models-science/

Didactic forms
Type of didactic form Teaching hours
lesson
25.0
training
0.0
computer laboratory
0.0
experimental laboratory
0.0
project
0.0
project laboratory
0.0

Information in English to support internationalization
Course offered in language English

Note Professor
schedaincarico v. 1.6.1 / 1.6.1
Area Servizi ICT
19/11/2019