Models & Inferences in Science - Workshop

Models & Inferences in Science

11-13 September 2014

Villa Mirafiori - Via Carlo Fea 2 - 00161 - Rome 

Room XII








Science continually contributes new models and rethinks old ones. The way inferences are made is constantly being re-evaluated. The practice and achievements of science are both shaped by this process, so it is useful to understand how models and inferences are made. This conference sets out to investigate the way we employ these tools. Different viewpoints will be examined. 

Discussion will include:

  • the role of the models;
  • how science shapes our conceptions of models;
  • how to model the pursuit of scientific knowledge;
  • the relation between our conception of models and our conception of science;
  • the comparison of different models in different scientific domains;
  • models and scientific explanation;
  • models in the semantic view of theories;
  • the applicability of mathematical models to the world;
  • our conceptions of inference in our conceptions of science;
  • the relation between models and inferences;
  • inference as a means for acquiring new knowledge.





Thursday 11 September 2014

10:00-10:10    Opening: Stefano Petrucciani, head Department of Philosophy    video

10:10-11:10    James Ladyman (University of Bristol), Revisiting the Semantic Approach    video


11:30-12:30    Lorenzo Magnani (University of Pavia), Scientific Models Are Distributed and Never Abstract    video

Chairman:       Thomas Nickles


15:00-16:00    Emiliano Ippoliti (Sapienza University of Rome), Ways of Advancing Knowledge. A Lesson from Knot Theory and Topology    video

16:00-17:00    Carlo Cellucci (Sapienza University of Rome), Models of Science and Models in Science    video


17:20-18:20    Thomas Nickles (University of Nevada – Reno), Toward a Frontier Theory of Inquiry    video

Chairman:       Emily Grosholz

20:30               Social Dinner


Friday 12 September

10:00-11:00    Fabio Sterpetti (Sapienza University of Rome), Scientific Realism, the Semantic View of Theories and Evolutionary Biology    video


11:20-12:20    Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds), Models, Idealisations, and Realist Commitments    video

12:20-13:00    A tribute to Carlo Cellucci, Chaired by Giovanna Corsi (University of Bologne), President of SILFS (Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science)    video

Chairman:       Lorenzo Magnani


15:15-16:15    Emily Grosholz (Penn State University), Solar System, Galaxy, Cosmos: How Models Work in Astronomy    video

16:15-17:15    Raffaella Campaner (University of Bologne), Representing, Explaining and Intervening: On Modeling Disorders    video


17:40-18:40    Richard Dawid (Ludwig Maximilian University – Munich), Modelling Scientific Confirmation    video

Chairman:       James Ladyman


Saturday 13 September 2014

09:40-10:40    Sorin Bangu (University of Bergen), Wigner’s Puzzle: Unreasonably Effective?    video

10:40-11:40    Cesare Cozzo (Sapienza University of Rome), Dummett on Inference     video


12:00-13:00    Reuben Hersh* (University of New Mexico), Mathematics as an Empirical Phenomenon, Subject to Modeling (*Emily Grosholz’s reading)     video

Chairman:  Carlo Cellucci


For the complete program with the abstract of the papers, click here.


scientific committee:

Donald Gillies (UCL)

Emily Grosholz (Penn State University)

Emiliano Ippoliti (Sapienza University of Rome)

Lorenzo Magnani (University of Pavia)

Carlo Cellucci (Sapienza University of Rome)

Mirella Capozzi (Sapienza University of Rome)

Fabio Sterpetti (Sapienza University of Rome)


organizing committee:

Emiliano Ippoliti (Sapienza University of Rome)

Giulia Miotti (Sapienza University of Rome)

Antonio Piccolomini d'Aragona (Aix-Marseille Université)

Fabio Sterpetti (Sapienza University of Rome)


financial support:


- Studio Ippoliti SrL


organization and info:

Emiliano Ippoliti -

Fabio Sterpetti -