Talks

2017

Beyond the Bad Lot
Ampliative Reasoning in the Sciences, University of Ghent, May 18–19.

2016

Spot the difference: Causal contrasts in scientific diagrams
Representing scientific results: Forms of knowledge, University of Kassel, November 18–19.

Justifying the method of historical case studies: A phylogenetic approach
PSA 2016, Atlanta, GA, November 3–5 (with Samuel Schindler).

Against what method? Feyerabend meets biological practice
Many methods – one biology? International workshop at the LMU Munich, October 21–22.

Historical Cases as Model Organisms
8th Quadrennial International Fellows Conference of the Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science, Lund, Sweden, July 11–13 (with Samuel Schindler).

Unwarranted assumptions: The neglect of the vera causa principle
8th Quadrennial International Fellows Conference of the Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science, Lund, Sweden, July 11–13.

Spot the difference: Causal contrasts in scientific diagrams
Sixth Conference of the Society for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (&HPS6), Edinburgh, July 5.

Stability without stasis: Ambition and modesty of realism about true causes. Conference of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice, Glassboro, NJ, June 19.

Unwarranted assumptions: Historical epistemology of the vera causa principle. Oberseminar Wissenschaftsgeschichte, LMU Munich, April 28.

Rethinking the relationship between history and philosophy of science. What can the Philosophy of Biology learn from the History of Biology? Utrecht University, The Netherlands, March 19–20.

Presume It Not: True causes in the search for the basis of heredity
Scientific Realism and the Challenge from the History of Science. Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, USA, February 19–21 (with Aaron Novick).

2015

Best explanation or true cause? The case of Darwin’s pangenesis. Perspectives for the history of the life sciences: New themes, new sources, new approaches, LMU Munich, October 30–November 1.

The argument from the good lot: Unconceived alternatives and 20th century genetics. CamPoS, University of Cambridge, October 14.

The argument from the good lot: Unconceived alternatives and 20th century geneticsEPSA 15, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf, September 23–26.

Confronting philosophical concepts with historical cases. Testing philosophical theories against the history of science, University of Oulu, Finland, September 21–22.

Truth re-nomination and the Lotka-Volterra modelCongress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Helsinki, August 3–8.

Measurement and the method of differenceThe Making of Measurement, Cambridge, UK, July 23–24.

The argument from the good lot: Scientific realism and 19th century bacteriology. Center for Philosophy of Science Lunchtime Talk, Pittsburgh, February 24.

2014

Confronting philosophical concepts with historical cases. Center for Philosophy of Science Lunchtime Talk, Pittsburgh, November 4.

Towards a Methodology for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science. Integrated History and Philosophy of Science – &HPS5, Vienna, June 26–28, with Tim Räz and Kärin Nickelsen.

Discovery from a Causal Point of View: Oxidative Phosphorylation. Causality in the Biological Sciences, University of Cologne, January 17.

2013

Towards a methodology for integrated history and philosophy of science. The philosophy of historical case studies, University of Bern, November 21-22, with Tim Räz.

The proximate-ultimate distinction and a whiff of adaptationism (Comments on Chapter 3). Workshop with Karen Neander: “The Natural and the Normative”, University of Fribourg, July 5.

Integration, Regulation and Health (Comments on Marcel Weber). Workshop “After Functionalism: Realization, Embodiment and Biofunctions”, University of Lausanne, July 1.

A Tale of Two Puzzles. Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Lausanne, June 12, with Tim Räz.

Does the Consensus View of Idealization Have Legs? Workshop with Uskali Mäki: “From False Models to Truth?”, University of Bern, April 10.

2012

Confessions of a Complexity Skeptic (Comments on Max Urchs). ESF Workshop on Causation, Dispositions and Probabilities in Physics and Biology, Lausanne, November 22–24.

Realism from a causal point of viewSpecial colloquium on “Realism and Method”, Bern, July 19 (co-organized with Adrian Wüthrich).

Inference to the Best Explanation in the Catch-22“Evidence and Explanation” workshop of the Episteme Group at the University of Geneva, April 25–26.

2011

Causality and Mechanisms in Philosophy of Science. International workshop, Bern, November 24–25 (co-organized with Kärin Nickelsen). See my brief workshop report in The Reasoner, March 2012, pp. 41–42.

Why do we model? (with Tim Räz, University of Lausanne). European Philosophy of Science Association Conference in Athens, Greece, October 5–8.

Oxidative Phosphorylation and the Logic of DiscoveryPlants & People Conference 2011, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany, September 5–7.

Causal Inference, Mechanisms and the Semmelweis Case14th International Congress of Mathematics, Logic and Philosophy of Science, Nancy, France, July 19–26.

2010

Symposium of the Graduate School Health Sciences (GSHS) on “History and Philosophy of Science”. Appenberg, November 17.

Causal Inference, Mechanisms and the Semmelweis Controversy. Progress in Medicine Conference, Bristol, UK, April 13–15.

2008

When are evolutionary explanations in need of developmental causes? Second Meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology in Ghent, Belgium, July 28 – August 1.

2006

First and Founding Meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology. Prague, August 16–19.

2005

New issues in philosophy of biology – new perspectives for philosophy of science. Exeter, May 24–28.