Philosophy of Science

    Online Workshop 2022

  • About the Workshop

    To promote the interaction between Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and Universities in Taiwan in the philosophy of science studies, we will hold the Taiwan-Belgium Philosophy of Science Workshop on 12-13 September. The workshop gathers the philosophy of science scholars from UCL and some universities in Taiwan (including National Chung Cheng University, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, National Tsing Hua University, etc.) to present their recent works in the philosophy of science. The topics of the presentations include three major categories: causation in biology, models in science, and the scientific realism debate. ​




    Day 1: 12th September (Taiwan Time)
    14:20 – 14:30 Opening
    14:30 – 15:20 Speaker: Chen, Ruey-Lin
    Among observable, unobservable, and real: Revising the concepts of observable and unobservable
    15:30 – 16:50 Keynote speech; Speaker: Guay, Alexandre
    Challenges involved in the development of an ontic conception of causality in biology
    17:00 – 17:50 Speaker: Pence, Charles
    Natural selection and the metaphysics of causation
    18:00 – 18:50 Speaker: Hou, Richard Wei -Tzu
    The causal structure of historical inevitability and variability
    19:00 – 19:50 Speaker: Au, Yin Chung
    Is the interventionist account useful for understanding diverse activities in microbiota-gut-brain axis research?
    Day2: 13th September (Taiwan Time)
    14:00 – 14:50 Speaker: Chao, Hsiang-Ke
    Three kinds of the Lotka-Volterra model transfer from biology to economics
    15:00 – 15:50  Speaker: Cheng, Min-Jung
    Idealized patient models in patient-centered care
    16:00 – 16:50 Speaker: Kuo, Yun-Ying
    Epistemic injustice in shared decision-making
    17:00 – 17:50 Speaker: Hricko, Jonathan
    Theories that are more successful than their rivals are not more likely to contain approximately true parts if the evidence is misleading
    18:00 – 18:50 Speaker: Tsang, Nga Wing
    A response to the post-Kuhnian scientific realism debate
    19:00 – 19:50 Speaker: Hung, Sung
    Is Kepler’s “solar rotation” prediction a counterexample of selective realism?

    19:00 – 20:00 Ending

  • The Speakers


    Alexandre Guay

    Professor, Université Catholique de Louvain


    Areas of specilization: philosophy of natural sceinces (physics and biology) and analytic philosophy

    Current research domains:

    1. Metaphyiscs of science: process individual, time, causality, laws of nature
    2. Science and society: valuation and scientific experts



    Chen Ruey-Lin

    Professor, National Chung Cheng University


    Areas of specilization: philosophy of science, natural philosophy, history of western science, science, technology and society

    Current research domains:

    1. Philosophy of biology: biological individuals
    2. Scientific Realism Debate: experimental realism and localism




    Charles Pence

    Professor, Université Catholique de Louvain


    Areas of specilization: philosophy and history of biology, general philosophy of science, digitial humanities, ethics of science and technology

    New books: