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Subject:  5th Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium in the Philosophy of
Science: "Philosophical Problems in the Neurosciences"
Date:  Thu, 17 Dec 1998 15:31:20 +0100
From:  Gereon Wolters <[log in to unmask]>

Conference Announcement: Philosophical Problems in the Neurosciences

The fifth meeting of the Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium in the
Philosophy of Science will take place in Konstanz, Germany during the
four day period from Wednesday, May 26, 1999 until Saturday, May 29.
The meeting will focus on philosophical problems, specifically
methodological and conceptual problems, in the neurosciences.

The Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science is a
joint biennial undertaking of the Center for Philosophy of Science of
the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and the Zentrum Philosophie und
Wissenschaftstheorie of the University of Konstanz (Germany).

Main lectures (approximate titles) and comments
Paul Schoenle (Medicine, Kliniken Schmieder Allensbach and U.of
Konstanz):  Opening lecture: "Treatment of comatose patients"
Comm.: Peter Machamer (History and Philosophy of Science, U. of

Olaf Breidbach (History of Science, U. of Jena): "Origin and
development of neuroscience
 Comm. Claude Debru (Hist. of Medicine, U. of Strasbourg).

Valerie Hardcastle (Philosophy, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg): "Theory
structure in neuroscience"  Comm: Peter McLaughlin (Philosophy, U. of

Antti Revonsuo (Philosophy, U. of Turku): "Comparing explanation in the
neurosciences and other scientific disciplines"
Comm: Ansgar Beckermann (Philosophy, U. of Bielefeld)

Thomas Metzinger (Philosophy, Hanse-Kolleg, U. of Bremen): "Causality
and explanation in the neurosciences"
Comm.: Wolfgang Spohn (Philosophy, U. of Konstanz)

James Bogen (Philosophy, Pitzer College and Claremont Graduate School):
"Evidence and Types of Data"
Comm: Robert Olby (History and Philosophy of Science, U. of Pittsburgh)

Holk Cruse (Biology, U. of Bielefeld): "The explanatory power and limits
of simulation models in the neurosciences"
Comm.: Klaus Mainzer (Philosophy, U. of Augsburg)

Evening Lecture: Ernst Poeppel (Medical Psychology, U. of Munich)

Rick Grush (Philosophy, U. of Pittsburgh): "The meanings of computation
and its importance to neuroscience"
Comm.: Bruce Buchanan (Computer Science, U. of Pittsburgh)

Kenneth Schaffner (Philosophy, George Washington University):
"Extrapolation from Animal Models
Comm: Juan Delius (Psychology, U. of Konstanz)

Carl Craver and Lindley Darden (Philosophy, U. of Maryland):
"Discovering mechanisms in neuroscience
Comm.: German Barrionuevo (Neuroscience, U. of Pittsburgh)

William Bechtel (Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis): "The
relationship between neuro-physiological mechanisms and cognition"
Comm.: Charles Perfetti (Psychology, U. of Pittsburgh).

The conference will take place at Hotel "Waldhaus Jakob" (Konstanz).

The conference fee is DM 130 and DM 80 for students respectively (4
lunches and refreshments are included).

There will be an excursion followed by a dinner which are not included
the conference fee. The price is DM 80 and DM 55 for students

Those planning to attend are requested to register in advance.

Further information:
Prof. Gereon Wolters
University of Konstanz
Gereon Wolters
Universitaet Konstanz
FG Philosophie
Fach D15
D-78457 Konstanz

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