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Workshop Fiction, Understanding, and Thought Experiments


February 2019, Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd


Venue : 24 rue Lhomond / 29, rue d’Ulm 75005, Paris. Friday : DEC Bâtiment Jaurès, Salle 235C. Saturday : IJN Salle de réunion (Pavillon Jardin, RDC).

Organisers : Margherita Arcangeli (EHESS - IJN) & Yiftach Fehige (University of Toronto).

Theme : In this workshop we will address some of the vexed questions about thought experiments (e.g., What kind of “knowledge” would they produce ? What about thought experiments in domains other than Physics ?), as well as an important, though rather neglected, dimension of thought experiments, namely their narrative dimension, which has led philosophers to put thought experimentation on the level of literary fiction (and vice versa).




Friday 22nd

14:00 – 14:05 Introduction

14:05 – 15:35 Michael T. Stuart (University of Geneva) A Material Theory of Thought Experiments + commentary by Elke Brendel (University of Bonn)

15:35 – 17:05 Yiftach Fehige (University of Toronto) The Book of Job as a Thought Experiment : On Science, Religion, and Literature + commentary by Anouk Barberousse (Paris-Sorbonne University)

17:05 – 17:15 Coffee Break

17:15 – 18:15 James R. Brown (University of Toronto) TEs and Mathematical Methods

18:15 – 19:15 Valeria Giardino (CNRS – Archives Henri-Poincaré) Experimenting with Triangles


Saturday 23rd

09:45 – 11:15 Rawad El Skaf (Independent Researcher) The Structure of Scientific Thought Experiments, or an Inconsistency Revealers and Eliminators Account + commentary by Sophie Roux (ENS) 

11:15 – 12:45 Harald Wiltsche (University of Graz) The Forever War. Understanding, Science Fiction, and Thought Experiments + commentary by Pierre Saint-Germier (IRCAM)