Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity

Beyond the "Two Cultures" Debate


Friday, 1 February

14:00 Sami Pihlström (Helsinki): Opening of the Symposium

14:15-15:30 Keynote
Chair: Sami Pihlström

  • Chancellor Ilkka Niiniluoto (Helsinki): The Challenge of Interdisciplinarity

15:30-16:00 coffee break

16:00-18:00 Session I
Chair: Risto Saarinen

  • Friedrich Stadler (Vienna): From 'Methodenstreit' to the 'Science Wars' - On the Interaction and Competition between the Natural, Social and Cultural Sciences
  • Uskali Mäki (Helsinki): Interdisciplinary Give and Take: Generalizable Dynamics with Illustrations from the Case of Economics
  • Donata Romizi (Vienna): The Question of Scientific Determinism in Philosophical, Historical and Cultural Context: From Newton to Statistical Mechanics

Saturday, 2 February

10:00-12:00 Session II
Chair:  tba

  • Michael Heidelberger (Tübingen): Types of Interdiciplinarity in the Late 19th Century
  • Niels Weidtmann (Tübingen): Back to the Phenomena by Means of Interdisciplinarity?
  • Sara Heinämaa (Helsinki): The Request of Interdisciplinarity and the Task of Philosophizing

12:00-13:30 lunch

13:30-16:00 Session III
Chair:  tba

  • Tarja Knuuttila (Helsinki): Interdisciplinarity at the Grassroots Level: The Modeling Practice of Synthetic Biology
  • Giovanni Rubeis (Tübingen): Naturalizing Anthropology. How Science Creates Man

14.45-15:00 Coffee break

  • Georg Koridze (Tübingen): William James and  Moritz Schlick
  • Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau (Vienna): Perceptual Representation in Philosophy and Psychology