Get real! Realism as a goal for the sciences and for HPS


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If you are going to attend, please, fill out the registration form.

You can download the full programme with the abstracts of talks here

19 September, Tuesday

13:45-14:00 Welcome and Introduction

14:00-15:15 Keynote address by Patricia Fara (University of Cambridge)

A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in World War One

15:20-16:05 Emily Herring (University of Leeds)

Realism Evolving: Henri Bergson’s Biological Theory of Knowledge

16:05-16:35 Coffee break

16:35-17:15 Corey Dethier (University of Notre Dame)

Questions of Reality Gone Wrong: The Philosophical Importance of Force Composition

17:20-18:00 John Christie (University of Oxford)

On Getting Really Pissed Off

18:30-19:30 HPS in 20 Objects Lecture on Victorian printing press by Jonathan Topham (held at Rupert Becket Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building)

19:45-22:00 Dinner

20 September, Wednesday

9:30-10:10 Peter Vickers (University of Durham)

When Physicists Get it Wrong: What the Philosopher Can Teach the Physicist about Reality

10:15-10:55 Sindhuja Bhakthavatsalam (California State University)

Values and Evidence in Science and Philosophy – From Philosophy of Science-in-Practice to  Philosophy-of-Science in Practice

10:55-11:25 Coffee break

11:25-12:40 Keynote address by Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge)

Beyond Truth-as-Correspondence: Realism for Realistic People

12:40-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:10 Ashton Green (University of Notre Dame)

Real Causes, Real Forces?
Émilie Du Châtelet’s philosophy of science

14:15-14:55 Andrew Hopkins (UCL)

If an Asteroid Falls in the Cretaceous... Should Geologists be Realists about the Past?

15:00-15:40 Alexander Aylward (University of Leeds)

Not ‘a Book on Evolution’: Reason(s) and Representation in Science and HPS

15:40-16:10 Coffee break

16:10-16:50 Milena Ivanova (University of Cambridge)

How atoms became real

16:55-17:35 Laura Bujalance (University of Navarra)

Epistemological status of the modes of physical action. Does science get it right?

18:00-19:30 Launch of Anjan Chakravartty’s new book Scientific Ontology published by Oxford University Press (held at Blackwell's Book Shop, 21 Blenheim Terrace, Woodhouse Lane

The conference is free but there is compulsory registration. In order to register, please, follow this link.

Apart from the HPS in 20 Objects lecture and the book launch, all talks and keynotes will take place at 20 Lyddon Terrace, Seminar Room 1 (Room 1.06).

 If you are coming from out of town and need to stay overnight, there is a great number of hotels and BnBs to choose from in Leeds. 

If you have any questions, please, don't hesitate to contact Polina Merkulova (

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  2. Call for Papers