The Institute of Philosophy, Research Centre for the Humanities, cordially invites you to the Murmansk–Budapest international scientific seminar entitled The migration of ideas and the formation of national philosophical traditions: dialogues across the borders, funded by RFBR and FRLC, (project number № 20-511-23002). The programme of the seminar is available here; (the initial date in the programme is calculated by Moscow time).

Date: Wednesday, 3 February, 2021, 10 AM

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The Institute of Philosophy, RCH, cordially invites you to the upcoming talk

Carl Hoefer (University of Barcelona)

Scientific realism and direct reference to unobservable natural kinds

The talk will be online and is based on a paper that is a joint work with Genoveva Martí.


In this talk I continue my defense of a version of scientific realism, Tautological Scientific Realism (TSR), that rests on the claim that, excluding some areas of fundamental physics about which doubts are entirely justified, many areas of contemporary science cannot be coherently imagined to be false other than via postulation of radically skeptical scenarios, which are not relevant to the realism debate in philosophy of science. I will discuss, specifically, the threats of meaning change and reference failure associated with the Kuhnian tradition, which depend on a descriptivist approach to meaning, and will argue that descriptivism is not the right account of the meaning and reference of theoretical terms. My co-author, Genoveva Martí, and I suggest that an account along the lines of the causal-historical theory of reference (in the tradition of Kripke and Putnam) provides a more faithful picture of how terms for unobservable theoretical entities and properties come to refer. We argue that this picture works particularly well for TSR, and handles the much-discussed problem case of ‘phlogiston’ better than rival accounts such as Psillos’ causal descriptivism.

Commentator: Márton Gömöri (Institute of Philosophy, RCH)

Date: 26 January 2021 (Tuesday), 2pm

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The Zoom Meeting ID for this talk is 924 7405 7393 and Passcode is 000000

The recording can be accessed via the following link:

Our Institute proudly presents the Forum of Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy, a new scholarly platform generated by an international cooperation between our Institute and the University of Crete. The Forum of Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy is a venue dedicated to the study of Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (defined chronologically roughly from 300 BCE to 200 AD). The aim of this forum is to bring together experienced and younger scholars working on Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy from all around the world in order to present new research in this area, exchange views and test new approaches in reading philosophical texts from this period. The Forum is jointly managed by Attila Németh (Institute of Philosophy, RCH, Budapest) and Georgia Tsouni (Department of Classics, University of Crete).

We wish to cordially invite you to its first seminar on Cato’s integritas  by Prof. James Warren on January 28, 2021 at 12.00 pm New York / 5.00 pm Cambridge / 6.00 pm Budapest / 7.00 pm Athens time.

Registration is required:

For more information about the Forum, please visit the website or the Facebook page. If you have further questions, please contact the organisers, Attila Németh and Georgia Tsouni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The György Pólya Heuristic Subcommittee of the Standing Committee of the History of Science and Technology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of Philosophy, and the California State University, Fresno jointly organized a Special Session of the Fall Meeting of the American Mathematical Society titled

How to Solve It? Heuristics and Inquiry Based Learning

The Special Session follows up the 2nd International Conference on Heuristics: Motivating, Orienting and Modeling Invention.

The Sectional Meeting is held virtually.

Program and information available here.

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