Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium


Daniela M. Bailer-Jones
University of Pittsburgh, University of Bonn

"Phenomena Revisited"


In a much cited paper, Bogen and Woodward (1988) introduce the distinction between data and phenomena. Spelling out this distinction, they aim to circumvent the issue of theory-ladenness of observation. Phenomena are facts or events in nature. While Bogen and Woodward conceive of phenomena as nature kinds, I argue that what we take a phenomenon to be changes in the course of our examination of it. The model that is gradually constructed to describe the phenomenon also serves to specify and identify the phenomenon. What a phenomenon is depends very much on how we have come to model it.

Friday, October 24, 2003
SST 777
3 pm

Refreshments will be served