Modeling the world: perspectives from biology and economics; 28.-30.5.2009, Helsinki

MODELING THE WORLD: PERSPECTIVES FROM BIOLOGY AND ECONOMICS

28-30 May, University of Helsinki Main Building, auditorium VII

Guest speakers: William Wimsatt (University of Chicago), Peter Godfrey-Smith (Harward University), Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania), Kevin Hoover (Duke University), Robert Sugden (University of East Anglia) and Ilkka Hanski (Academy of Finland)

Organized by: Uskali Mäki (Academy of Finland) and Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania) together with The Academy of Finland Project "Trends and Tensions in Intellectual Integration" (TINT).


THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME:

Thursday, May 28th

10.00-10.15       
Opening: Uskali Mäki and Michael Weisberg

10.15-11.15        
ILKKA HANSKI (ACADEMY OF FINLAND)
Simple and complex models in population ecology - an ecologist's perspective

11.15-12.15        
JAN SPRENGER (TILBURG UNIVERSITY)
The virtue of simplicity or the vice of complexity? – Theoretical and statistical modeling in ecology

12.15-13.30        
Lunch

13.30-14.30        
USKALI MäKI (ACADEMY OF FINLAND)
Truth, falsity, and other virtues in modeling

14.30-15.30        
BART ENGELEN (UNIVERSITY OF LEUVEN)
When idealization goes too far … A realist perspective on the role of assumptions in economic models

15.30-16.00        
Refreshments

16.00-17.00        
ROGIER DE LANGHE (GHENT UNIVERSITY)
Trading off explanatory virtues in economics

17.00-17.45        
END OF DAY DISCUSSION. Chair: Peter Godfrey-Smith (Harvard University)


Friday, May 29th

11.00-11.15       
Opening

11.15-12.15       
WILLIAM WIMSATT (UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO)
Maximizing, satisficing, and entrenchment

12.15-13.15       
KEVIN HOOVER (DUKE UNIVERSITY)
Identity, structure, and causation in economic models

13.15-14.30       
Lunch

14.30-15.30        
BRETT CALCOTT & JOHN MATTHEWSON (AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY)
Natural selection and the moniac: the diverse relations between models and mechanisms

15.30-16.30       
PETER GODFREY-SMITH (HARVARD UNIVERSITY)
Evolutionary models and cultural change

16.30-17.00       
Refreshments

17.00-18.00       
TILL GRüNE-YANOFF (HELSINKI COLLEGIUM FOR ADVANCED STUDIES)
Models as product of interdisciplinary exchange: The case of evolutionary game theory

18.00-18.45       
END OF DAY DISCUSSION. Chair: Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania)


Saturday, May 30th

10.00-10.15       
Opening

10.15-11.15       
ROBERT SUGDEN (UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA)
Explanations in search of observations

11.15-12.15       
Petri Ylikoski (University of Tampere) & Emrah Aydinonat (University of Helsinki)
Modelling and the epistemic import of how-possible explanations

12.15-13.30       
Lunch

13.30-14.30       
MICHAEL WEISBERG (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA)
Three-sex mating (and other models without targets)

14.30-15.30       
Tarja Knuuttila (University of Helsinki) & Andrea Loettgers (California Institute of Technology)
Templates vs. Mechanisms? The Lotka-Volterra model reconsidered

15.30-16.15       
END OF DAY DISCUSSION. Chair: Uskali Mäki (Academy of Finland)

19.30-            
CONFERENCE DINNER at Walhalla on Suomenlinna


Pre-registration is recommended due to limited availability of seats. Please make your registration by April 30th by contacting Päivi Seppälä (paivi.a.seppala (at) helsinki.fi). Participating in the conference dinner requires registration by April 30th. For further information and abstracts see: www.helsinki.fi/filosofia/tint/events/

Welcome!