Brown Bag Lectures are informal, public talks that are followed by extensive dissussions. Speakers are KLI fellows or visiting researchers who are interested in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience and discussing it in a wider research context. The Brown Bag Lecture series was discontinued in 2014 with the KLI moving to its new premises in Klosterneuburg. In 2014 the KLI Colloquia were established as the new lecture series.
Philosophers of science have traditionally approached scientific theories from an abstract point of view, aiming at reconstructing their logical structure with formal tools. In this paper, I shall argue in favor of an alternative approach to theorizing, taking seriously the idea that a theory has to serve a double function, namely a representational and an inferential function. As I shall argue, if one wants to understand the relation between these two functions, one has to pay attention both to the actual reasoning scientists do when they use and develop scientific hypotheses, and to the particular form under which these hypotheses are expressed. I shall show the fruitfulness of such an approach by applying it to an analysis of the invention and development of genetic maps in the 1920s.
Marion Vorms is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST, CNRS, Paris). She recently defended her PhD dissertation in philosophy of science, advocating a cognitive approach to scientific theories, and applying it to case studies in classical mechanics classical genetics.