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Philosophy of Sciences

2017 year, number 4


Vitaliy S. Pronskikh


The most pressing issues of the philosophy of the scientific experiment were discussed at the international conference "Philosophy of scientific experimentation PSX5", which was held on September 22-23, 2016 in the capital of Serbia at the University of Belgrade in the format of a workshop. The meetings took place in the historical building of the university administration. On the part of the university, the organizers were the head of the philosophy department Slobodan Perovic and the director of the Center for Bioethics Studies Voin Rakic. This conference, the fifth in the series, was devoted to the interrelationship of various aspects of experimentation and scientific policy. In particular, discussed epistemically optimal ways to organize a scientific laboratory, the issue of epistemic division of labor in large, medium and small laboratories, including the results obtained from the use of computer simulations and quantitative methods. The focus of the philosophers were the experiments and the data produced by them in the biomedical (and partly in the physical) sciences, and the concomitant dilemmas related to science policy and philosophical approaches to resolving such dilemmas. During the conference, 12 reports were heard.