The Most Important Issues in the Philosophy of Science

Event Date: 

Friday, February 18, 2005


The second Steven Humphrey Excellence in Philosophy Conference took place from February 18–21, 2005, at UCSB.

Invited Speakers

  • Keynote Speaker: Sir Roger Penrose (University of Oxford), “The Most Important Issues in the Philosophy of Science”
  • Jeremy Butterfield (University of Oxford), “Relationalism and the Rigid Body: Counting Possibilities in Classical Mechanics”
  • Arthur Fine (University of Washington), “Philosophical Attachments to Science”
  • Michael Friedman (Stanford University), “Incommensurability”
  • Clark Glymour (Carnegie Mellon University), “TBA”
  • Adolf Grunbaum (University of Pittsburgh), “Why is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? An Ill-Conceived Question Whose Theistic Answer Fails”
  • Lawrence Sklar (University of Michigan), “How Theories Work”
  • Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin), “Evolutionary Theory and the Reality of Macro Probabilities”
  • Paul Teller (University of California, Davis), “De-idealizing Truth”


  • Tony Anderson (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Branden Fitelson (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Geoffrey Hellman (University of Minnesota)
  • Steven Humphrey (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Michael Rescorla (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Alex Rosenberg (Duke University)
  • Sheldon Smith (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Paul Teller (University of California, Davis)