Workshop Abstraction in Science

Event date: 17 November 2021, 16:00 01 December 2021, 19:00

In this two-day event we will discuss work in progress in the topic of abstraction in science. The manuscript or paper will be shared in advance and the discussion will assume that they have been previously read. If you are interested please contact Natalia Carrillo.

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Natalia Carrillo (University of Vienna)

Sergio Gallegos (CUNY)

Tarja Knuuttila (University of Vienna)

Andrea Loettgers (University of Vienna)

Sergio Martínez (UNAM)

Wednesday, Nov 17th (16:00 - 19:00 CET)

16:00 Knuuttila and Loettgers, "Abstraction is (Much) More than Omission: Alon’s Network Motifs Reconsidered"

17.15 Break

17.45 Jones, N. 2018. “Strategies of Explanatory Abstraction in Molecular Systems Biology.”

Wednesday, Dec 1st (16:00 - 19:00 CET)

16:00 Discussion of Gallegos Ordorica, S. Topic TBD. Complementary reading: Gallegos Ordorica, S. 2016."The Explanatory Role of Abstraction Processes in Models: The Case of Aggregations"

17.15 Break

17.45 Carrillo and Martinez, "Scientific Modeling: From Metaphor to Abstraction"

Event location: University of Vienna
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