Epistemological foundations of the production of knowledge in experimental biology

Epistemological foundations of the production of knowledge in experimental biology

The event is at 11:30 AM

Maurizio Esposito and Gabriel Vallejos

The ultimate goal of experimental biology is the knowledge of biological phenomena such which occur in nature. However, highly controlled artificial experimental systems are studied in laboratories, isolated molecules away from its natural conditions are handled, rats are studied to understand human and organisms or cells are used selected according to their suitability for experimentation. Whereas this one may wonder if we are actually knowing the biological "nature" or if it is it makes sense talk about such a thing.

On the basis that the scientists handle a highly developed epistemology implicit in their practice that allows them to justify the produced knowledge, and that our role as philosophers is to unravel it, this exhibition will be a journey through of the various types of knowledge generated in experimental biology and the different strategies that enable their justification. This way it will show how it is possible to justify the extrapolation of the laboratory "biological nature" from robust and stable knowledge, thus realizing the undeniable success of the life sciences.

Highlights:

• Philosophy of biology.
• Philosophy of experimental biology.
• Justification of knowledge in experimental biology.
• Extrapolation