We support self-reflective discourse among many disciplines to create a productive intellectual environment and promote collaboration between our members and the broader University. We welcome visiting fellows who can contribute to and benefit from this collaboration. Our research focuses on several overlapping subjects:
Investigating the foundations of science from every angle
Our academics and researchers come from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and the University of Sydney School of Medicine and Health.
From time to time the centre holds lectures, symposiums and conferences to showcase our work and welcome visiting scholars to present their work.
Thursday 30 May 2019
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Friday 13 April 2018
Sponsored by the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science
1-3 March 2017, The University of Sydney
Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, University of Sydney
Tilburg Centre for Logic, Ethics and Philosophy of Science, The University of Tilburg
In collaboration with the Centre for Complex Systems, The University of Sydney. This international conference series focused on philosophical issues in the sciences that can be addressed using exact reasoning and which have some potential policy relevance. The conference brought together philosophers and scientists to explore these topics.
19 August 2016, The University of Sydney
The workshop examined a broad range of issues pertaining to the study of nature in Germany from the renouvellement of the Berlin Academy in the 1740s to the writings of Hegel in the early 19th century. Disciplinary boundaries and interrelations to specific writings in natural philosophy were also investigated, and we engaged with the thought and writings of Maupertuis, Formey, Kant, Schelling, Fichte and Hegel.
18-21 July 2016
The problem of what constitutes a biological individual is an old one, but philosophers and historians recently have refreshed and transformed the conceptual field. This winter school explored similarities and differences between the individual of evolutionary theory and the organismal or physiological individual posited in developmental biology or modern immunology. We asked how the individual of natural selection might be related to, or distinguished from, physiological concepts such as the immunological self or other temporally framed entities.
30 October 2015
In the 17th century the status and classification of the speculative sciences underwent significant change. Natural philosophy, for example, moved from being a speculative science to an experimental or practical science. In some quarters there was hostility to ‘speculative philosophy’ and a general devaluing of the epistemic status of the speculative sciences. We examined the causes and implications of such changes, the defenders of the speculative sciences, and the various reconfigurations of this category in the 17th and 18th centuries.
10–11 December 2015
The University of Sydney and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Aviation has been an important aspect of Australian life for more than a century, yet we've only just begun to explore its cultural impact. From science to sociology, fashion to fiction, this event offered a truly national approach to interpreting the technologies, cultures and collections that embody Australia’s aviation heritage.