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2014
2 April 2014 Lecture

Hypotheses testing in adaptive logics: an application to medical diagnosis

In this talk, I present an adaptive logic which together with a contraction procedure retro a way to distinguish kinds of premises (knowledge, hypotheses, observations), serves as a formal setting for hypotheses generation and testing in the empirical sciences, in our case...

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31 March 2014 Doctoral defense

Patterns of Hypothesis Formation

Doctoral Defense Tjerk Gauderis, Promotor: Joke Meheus and Bert Leuridan
28 March 2014 Lecture

Inconsistent and Functional Theories: A Classification

Few has been written and explored about the strategies that is possible to develop for describing and organizing elements that do not satisfy the ideal conditions that an empirical scientific theory has to fulfil. I sustain that, appealing to certain philosophical analysis...

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14 February 2014 Lecture

Causal Structure and Natural Kinds

Some have argued for the view that causal structure is central to the individuation of natural kinds. Let’s call this the Causal Realist view of natural kinds. Central to the position is the idea that the natural kinds are such that they are characteristically associated...

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2013
20 December 2013 Lecture

Dissensus in Public Historiographical Debate: What is the Point of Writing History?

Dissensus in Public Historiographical Debate: What is the Point of Writing History?
13 December 2013 Lecture

How do Mechanistic Explanations Explain?

Mechanistic explanations are a common form of explanation in such sciences as neuroscience and psychology. In giving these explanations, researchers attempt to explain a capacity of a mechanism in terms of the capacities of its components. The most popular account of...

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6 December 2013 Lecture

Degrees of inconsistency. Carefully combining classical and paraconsistent negation

In this talk I argue in favour of the hypothesis that combining inconsistency tolerance (there is an overlap between the extension of a property and it's negation) with the expressiveness of the classical complement operation (being able to express that something is [...

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29 November 2013 Lecture

Heuristic Reevaluation of the Bacterial Hypothesis of Peptic Ulcer Disease in the 1950s

The history of research on peptic ulcer disease (PUD) is usually perceived as consisting of three main phases: a) from the second half of the 19th century to the 1950s, during which two main hypotheses (the acidity and the bacterial hypothesis) were investigated in parallel...

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8 November 2013 Lecture

From paraconsistent logic to dialetheic logic

One of the most well-known paraconsistent logics is Logic of Paradox (LP) developed by Graham Priest. As is clear from its name, LP is strongly motivated by the considerations on paradoxes such as the liar paradox and Russell's paradox. And the characteristic aspect of...

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25 October 2013 Workshop

2nd Philosophical activism workshop - Expressing discontent: appropriate or not? And if so, when, where and how?

In our second workshop, i.e., Expressing discontent: appropriate or not? And if so, when, where, and how?, we intend to (1) examine what the notion of discontent might entail from a philosophical perspective, and (2) elaborate on how discontent can and should be (...

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