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Masterclass on Synthetic Philosophy
April 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Three-session masterclass delivered online by Arché Professorial Fellow Catarina Dutilh Novaes, via Teams and in Edgecliffe, Room G03 on (UK time zone):
April 12 10:30am-12noon
April 19 10:30am-12noon
April 26 10:30am-12noon
This 3-session masterclass will introduce an approach in philosophy that is now known as ‘synthetic philosophy’: “the enterprise of bringing together insights, knowledge, and arguments from the special sciences with the aim to offer a theoretically (reasonably) unified, coherent account of complex systems and connect these to a wider culture or other philosophical projects (or both).” (Schliesser, 2019) It is related to, but interestingly different from, naturalism in philosophy and empirically-informed philosophy. Current practitioners of synthetic philosophy include Daniel Dennett, Kim Sterelny and Peter Godfrey-Smith. With the growing fragmentation of scientific knowledge into hyperspecialized disciplines, there is much need for over-arching, comprehensive perspectives that provide unified accounts of complex phenomena drawing on various disciplines, and philosophy is arguably ideally placed for this purpose.
Session 1: What is synthetic philosophy?
General presentation, historical precedents, contrast with other styles of philosophy.
Session 2: The dialogical roots of deduction as an example of synthetic philosophy
Presentation of the book The Dialogical Roots of Deduction as a project of synthetic philosophy.
Session 3: How to design a synthetic philosophy research program
Practical discussion of how to design and carry out a research program, focusing on methodological considerations.
This masterclass is open to non-St Andrews research postgrads as well – for info and the link to the online meeting, e-mail Viviane Fairbank firstname.lastname@example.org.