Reduction in Physics and Biology


International Workshop in
Philosophy of Physics and Philosophy of Biology

Instituto de Filosofía y Ciencias de la Complejidad (IFICC), Santiago, Chile
January 4‐6, 2016


This workshop will bring together philosophers of physics and philosophers of biology with the goal of analyzing, from an inter-disciplinary perspective, issues concerning emergence and reduction. Can the behavior of complex biological or physical systems be explained in terms of the behavior of their parts? What explains the universality of power-law behavior? Does the fitness of a specific type reduce to the fitness of the individuals of that type? Do phase transitions represent a challenge for reductionism? Is mass an emergent property? Is the Nagelian an adequate model of inter-theoretic reduction? What is the role that highly idealized models play in scientific explanations? What are the arguments for an ontological pluralist view? Can all sciences be reduced to physics? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this meeting.