Colloquium: Otávio Bueno (University of Miami), “Observation, Empiricism, and Microscopy”
October 24, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Each colloquium will be held on Wednesday from 4:15 P.M. to 6:15 P.M.
All colloquia will take place at the GC in rooms 9-204/9-205 except as otherwise noted.
October 24 Otávio Bueno (University of Miami)
“Observation, Empiricism, and Microscopy”
My goal is to develop an empiricist account of visual evidence and the role it plays in scientific representation, focusing, in particular, on imaging in microscopy. As will become clear, in order to do that the concepts of observation and visual evidence will need to be reexamined and three central questions have to be addressed: (a) What is visual evidence? (b) Is there something special about the role that visual evidence plays in the sciences? (c) Under what conditions is a piece of visual evidence reliable? I answer these questions as part of the development of an empiricist account of microscopy.