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Workshops and Conferences

Explanation, Prediction, and Confirmation in the Social Sciences:
Realm and Limit

MONDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2009

Opening Addresses:

9:20—9:30 Wenceslao J. Gonzalez (Team Leader) and Maria Carla Galavotti

(Steering Committee).


1) FROM RATIONAL EXPLANATION TO DIVERSITY OF SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS

9:30—10:15 “The Significance of Rational Explanation”, Wolfgang Spohn (University of Konstanz, Germany).

10:15—11:00 “From Physics to Sociology: The Differences in Scientific Explanation”, Giuliano Di Bernardo (University of Trento, Italy).

2) FROM EXPLANATION TO INTERPRETATION

11:30—12:15 “On Higher-level Interdisciplinarity from the Standpoint of Methodological Interpretationism”, Hans Lenk (University of Karlsruhe, Germany).

12:15—13:00 “Explanation and Interpretation”, Jan Faye (University of Copenhagen, Denmark).

3) EXPLANATIONS WITHIN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

15:30—16:15 “On the Differences between Explanation and Description in the Social Sciences”, Paolo Garbolino (University of Venice, Italy).

16:15—17:00 “Action, Individualism and Explanation in Social Psychology”, Katarzyna Paprzycka (University of Warsaw, Poland).

17:00—17:45 “Explanations in Social Sciences: Mechanisms without Laws?”, Amparo Gomez (University of La Laguna, Spain).

TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2009

4) FROM EXPLANATION TO PREDICTION

9:30—10:15 “Holistic Social Causation and Explanation”, Raimo Tuomela (University of Helsinki, Finland).

10:15—11:00 “Evidence Outside the Laboratory”, Marcel Boumans (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

11:30—12:15 “Imagination and Explanation in History”, Peter Kemp (University of Aarhus, Denmark).

12:15—13:00 “Prediction in Economics and Complexity: The Role of Parsimonious Factors”, Wenceslao J. Gonzalez (University of La Coruña, Spain).


5) JUNIOR MEETING

15:30—16:00 “On Causal and Narrative Explanations in History”, Eugen Zelenak (Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Slovakia).

16:00—16:30 “Inadequacy of Description for the Social Sciences and the Sciences of Artificial: The case of the Sciences of Communication”, Paula Neira (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

16:30—17:00 “Prediction and Prescription in the Science of the Artificial: Information Science and Complexity”, Maria G. Bonome (University of A Coruña, Spain).