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O'Hara Philosophy of Physics Lecture Series - Chris Smeenk, "How is Scientific Cosmology Possible?"
WhenThursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus locationKane Hall (KNE)
Campus roomKane Hall, Room 220
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsPatrick O'Hara and Caterina Randolph Fund for Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, University of Washington

O'Hara Philosophy of Physics Lecture Series

Location: Kane Hall, Room 220

How is Scientific Cosmology Possible?

Chris Smeenk
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Director, Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Western University, Ontario, Canada

Reception to follow:
8:30-9:30 p.m.
Walker-Ames Room, Kane 225

The last century has seen enormous progress in understanding the cosmos. Yet cosmology differs from other areas of physics. It deals with a unique object, the universe as a whole, which cannot be experimentally manipulated. Due to the distinctive nature of the field, cosmologists have confronted basic questions about the limits of science. Their answers reveal philosophical assumptions about scientific method. This talk will focus on the interplay between research in cosmology and philosophical views guiding inquiry.…
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