MSPS 2019

Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science in the Middle States

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sean Valles, Michigan State University

What relationships should we seek to nuture between philosophy and the sciences in the 21st century and beyond? What lessons can be gleaned from collaborations between philosophers and scientists? How can philosophy of science be used to address pressing social problems of concern to the mid-south and "middle states," including the opioid epidemic, the role of coal in the energy crisis, and the future of transportation?

This two-day conference at the University of Kentucky will bring together philosophers and scientists working in the middle regions of the United States in order to foster discussion about these and other topics.

Friday, March 29


Contributed Papers: Patterson Office Tower, 18th Floor


9:00-9:30          Coffee & Registration

9:30-10:30        Haixin Dang, “Scientific Authorship and Epistemic Responsibility”

10:30-11:30      Smitha Milli & Ravit Dotan, “Analysis of the Rise of Deep Learning from a Philosophy of Science Perspective”


11:30-12:30      Lunch


12:30-1:30        Mikio Akagi & Frederick Gooding, “Microaggressions & Objectivity”

1:30-2:30          Karen Kovaka, “Explaining Irrationality”

2:30-2:45          Coffee Break

2:45-3:45          Zachary Piso, “Interdisciplinary Environmental Science as Ethical Inquiry”


Keynote: Jacobs Science Building, Room 221


4:30-6:00          Sean Valles, “Humbly Collaborating to Build a Culture of Health”


Saturday, March 30


Contributed Papers: Patterson Office Tower, 18th Floor


10:00-10:30      Coffee

10:30-11:30      Andrew Evans, “How Useful is the Research Domain Criteria?”

11:30-12:30      Nicholas Zautra, “The Philosopher of Science is by Necessity a Social Animal”


12:30-1:30        Lunch


1:30-2:30          Justin Donhauser, “Four Other Ways of Doing Public Philosophy of Science”


Workshop Session, Regional Applications for Philosophy of Science: Patterson Office Tower


2:30-3:00          Overview (Julia Bursten) & Topic Introductions (Kentucky Philosophy Students)

                                    Lauren Dickey, The Opioid Crisis

                                    Christopher Grimsley, Artificial Intelligence

                                    Beau Revlett, Measuring Hunger and Homelessness      

3:00-4:15          Topic Breakout Sessions

4:15-5:00          Breakout Session Reports and Concluding Discussion

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