Philosophical Perspectives on Sciences



Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Minus,

Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, street Fosa Staromiejska 1a, Toruń, Poland


Wednesday, 19 October 2022

8.30 Registration, Collegium Minus, “Harmonijka”, room I, ground floor


Room IX, 1st floor

9:00 Opening Conference

– Radosław Sojak, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University

– Zbigniew Nerczuk, Director of Institute of Philosophy, Nicolaus Copernicus University

– Wojciech Cichosz, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Nicolaus Copernicus University

- Michał Oleksowicz, Nicolaus Copernicus and Hypothetical Thinking


Room IX

Chairman: Tomasz Jarmużek

10:00-11:00 Invited lecture. K. Brad Wray: Osiander and Hypotheses


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


Room IX   

Chairman: Peter Vickers 



Room 1

Chair: Emily Sullivan


11:30-12:00 Artur Koterski: Similarities and Differences Between Bilikiewicz’s Concept of the Spirit of Time and Kuhnian Paradigm


11:30-12:00 Lucia Oliveri and Davide Dalla Rosa: Kant on “Saving” Hypotheses in Science [online]


12:00-12:30 Vida Mia S. Valverde: Hypothesis, Robustness, and Scientific Practice [online]


12:00-12:30 Adam Grobler: Causality and Conditionalization


12:30-13:00 Atocha Aliseda: On Hypothesis Refinement by Existential Instantiation


12:30-13:00 Patryk Popławski, Rafał Palczewski:
Is Scientific Knowledge Factive?


13:00-15:00 Break for Lunch


Room IX

Chairman: Michał Oleksowicz

15:00-16:00 Invited lecture. Peter Vickers: Identifying Future-Proof Science


Room IX

Chairman: Niccolò Guicciardini   

  Room 1

Chairman: Paweł Kawalec


16:00-16:30 Ken Aizawa: Mechanistic Constitution and Hypothetical Reasoning [online]


 16:00-16:30 Petar Nurkić: Bridging the Gap Between Philosophical Controversies and Scientific Contributions – Perović's Account of the Inductive-Hypothetical Method

16:30-17:00 Przemysław R. Nowakowski: From Hypotheses to Systematicity   16:30-17:00 Szymon Miłkoś: Will the Success of Causal Discovery Methods Herald the End of Hypothetical Thinking?


17:00-17:30 Coffee Break


Room IX

Chairman: Mateusz Chwastyk


Room 1

Chairman: Adam Grobler


17:30-18:00 Klodian Coko: Hypothesis and Consilience in the Nineteenth Century


17:30-18:00 Tetiana Gardashuk: Hypothesis and Uncertainty in the Climate Science


18:00-18:30 Sean M. Muller: Normative Factors in Hypothesis Formation and Selection [online]


18:00-18:30 Jeremy Attard: Epistemological Status of Fundamental Principles in Science with Applications to Rationality in the Social Sciences

19:30 Conference Dinner


Thursday, 20 October 2022

Room IX

Chairman: Włodzisław Duch

9:00-10:00 Invited lecture. Emily Sullivan: Idealizations in Explainable AI [online]


Room IX

Chairman: Radosław Sojak

10:00-11:00 Invited lecture. Niccolò Guicciardini: Newton’s Hypotheses in the Proof of the Copernican System


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


Room IX

Chairman: K. Brad Wray


Room 1

Chair: Benedetta Spigola


11:30-12:00 Luis G. Lopez: Understanding Phenomena with Machine Learning Models [online]


11:30-12:00 Marcin Miłkowski, Witold Hensel: What Makes Hypotheses Accurate? An Empirical Study [online]


12:00-12:30 Andrzej Bielecki, Paweł Polak, Marzena Bielecka: Epistemology of Computer Simulations in Biology


12:00-12:30 Isadora Cristina de Sousa Monteiro: Hooke’s Attempt to Prove the Copernican Hypothesis [online]


12:30-13:00 Mateusz Chwastyk: Theoretical Approaches for Biological Structures Understanding

  12:30-13:00 Daniel Nieto: Émilie du Châtelet’s Hypotheses in Action: How Motion Works [online]


13:00-15:00 Break for Lunch


Room IX

Chair: Atocha Aliseda

15:00-16:00 Invited lecture. Stephen M. Barr: Rationality, Hypotheses, and the Explanatory Power of Modern Physics [online]


Room IX

Chairman: Jeremy Attard


Room 1

Chairman: Petar Nurkić


16:00-16:30 Emanuele Rossanese: The Atomic Hypothesis and its role in Field Theories


16:00-16:30 Juan Redmond, Rodrigo Lopez-Orellana: Modelling in Science and Surrogate Reasoning: for an Interactive and Dynamic Perspective of the Generation of Hypotheses in the Practice of Modelling in Science [online]




16:30-17:00 Coffee break


Room IX

Chair: Tetiana Gardashuk


Room 1

Chairman: Emanuele Rossanese

 17:00-17:30 Wojciech Grygiel: The Proposals of Symmetry as Hypotheses in the Philosophy of Physics of Albert Einstein    17:00-17:30 Mauro Dorato, Benedetta Spigola: Cassirer’s Conception of Hypothesis and the Origin of Special Relativity




 17:30-18:00 Valeria Ascheri: Hypothesis: A Methodological and Personal Tool in Developing Scientific Theories [online]

   17:30-18:00 Joel Alvarez: Galileo on Faith and Reason [online]

 19:30 Toruń by Night with Nicolaus Copernicus


Friday, 21 October 2022


Room IX

Chairman: Mateusz Klonowski

9:00-10:00 Invited lecture. Paweł Kawalec: Weaving hypotheses into knowledge threads


10:00-10:30 Coffee Break



Room IX

Chairman: Piotr Roszak



 10:30-11:00 Piotr Homola: Duogenism: An Example Systemic Way to Reconcile Faith, Reason, and Science




 11:00-11:30 Grzegorz Karwasz: Real Advances in Experimental Physics Need Bold Working Hypothesis [online]



11:30 Closing the Conference


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