Keynote Speakers

Sonja Amadae is a research fellow with the Academy of Finland’s Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Science in the University of Helsinki’s Department of Political and Economic science, and a research affiliate in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of California–Berkeley and has held appointments at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, the University of British Columbia Vancouver, the New School, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the Central European University and TOSU. Amadae’s new book, Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy (CUP), relates neoliberal economics to neoliberalism in international relations. She also contributed articles to such journals as the Journal of Economic Methodology, History of European Ideas, and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science.  For more information, please visit her website.

Philip Kitcher is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy/history and philosophy of science from Princeton University and has taught at Vassar College, the University of Vermont, the University of Minnesota, and the University of California at San Diego. His principal interests have been in the philosophy of science. After working on the philosophy of mathematics early in his career, he began to work on issues in the philosophy of biology and in general philosophy of science. He is currently especially interested in the ethical and political constraints on scientific research, the evolution of altruism and morality, and the apparent conflict between science and religion. He is the author of, among others, Science, Truth, and Democracy (OUP), The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities (Simon & Schuster), Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring (OUP, with Richard Schacht), and over 100 journal articles.  For more information, please visit his website.

Margaret Morrison is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. After receiving her PhD from the University of Western Ontario, she also held positions at Stanford and the University of Minnesota. In the academic year 2015/16, she works an Alexander von Humboldt Research Awardee at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at LMU Munich. Her research concerns the history and philosophy of science, in particular the issue of unification, the role of models, and the nature of emergence in the natural sciences. She is the author of Unifying Scientific Theories: Physical Concepts and Mathematical Structures (Cambridge UP, 2000) and Reconstructing Reality: Models, Mathematics, and Simulations (Oxford UP, 2015). She has also edited Models as Mediators: Essays on the Natural and Social Sciences (Cambridge UP, 1999) with Mary Morgan and Why More Is Different: Philosophical Issues in Condensed Matter Physics and Complex Systems (Springer, 2015) with Brigitte Falkenburg. For more information, please visit her website.

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