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The Aesthetic Aims of Science

8 September 2014

Senate House, London

G34, ground floor 


The aim of science is a topic often broached amongst philosophers of science: it deeply informs their discussions of realism and antirealism, as well as much in the way of scientific methodology. Yet, these discussions almost always presuppose that science can have only one aim, and moreover that this aim is epistemic – whether it be truth, empirical adequacy or explanatory completeness.

This symposium aims to open up this field in two different ways: first by looking beyond the purely epistemic, and in particular asking questions about the links between the epistemic and the aesthetic, and second by emphasizing the multiplicity and plurality of the aims of particular scientific activities, without attempting to subsume them all under a unique goal.



Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge)
Chiara Ambrosio (UCL)
Chiara Ambrosio (UCL)
Mauricio Suárez (IP)
Mauricio Suárez (IP)








Stacie Friend (Birkbeck)
Stacie Friend (Birkbeck)
John Kulvicki (Darthmouth)
John Kulvicki (Darthmouth)





13.45 Welcome

Session I
Chair: Angela Breitenbach
2:00-3:00pm Chiara Ambrosio “Composite Photographs and the Quest For Generality”
3:00-4:00pm Mauricio Suárez “Aesthetic Goals in Model Building”

4:00-4.30 Coffee Break

Session II
Chair: Stacie Friend
4.30-5.30 John Kulvicki “Maps and Language: Finding our ways Through Data”
5.30 – 6:00 Round Table Discussion


Registration is free but required.

bsa_logo_hrz_bw_high (in white box)If you have any questions, please direct them to the co-organiser, Mauricio Suárez (Institute of Philosophy), at
The workshop is made possible by generous support from the British Society
of Aesthetics.


Register for this workshop

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