Dimensions of Measurement
14th – 16th of March 2013
At the ZIF in Bielefeld
The conference will establish and explore “measurement” as a boundary object in several respects:
- At the boundary of theory and practice, measurement is of concern to philosophers, historians, social theorists with different views of science.
- Problems of measurement cut across the natural, social, and human sciences and engineering.
- Weberian, Foucauldian, logical empiricist and many other intellectual traditions converge on questions of method, of standardization, of world-making in measurement.
- The practice of measurement can be viewed at various stages of the development of research technologies.
Accordingly, the what, why and how of measurement will be taken up from a wide variety of perspectives. We will take a broad approach to a fairly well-defined theme, allowing us to learn from one another. Issues to be discussed might include measurement of extensive and intensive qualities; performance measures of academic research or of national economies; circularity, “tuning,” and iterativity; instrumentation and metrology; standardization and normalization; the poetics of measurement; language as the measure of all things; Karl Marx and Charles Sanders Peirce as theorists of measurement; measurement problems in ecology; (in)commensurabities.
As a first conference of its kind, it will initiate the dialogue between various perspectives and establish its fruitfulness. To this end, many preeminent theorists of measurement will join the roster of speakers that will be complemented by a selection of contributed papers for a workshop that will total about 60 active participants.
With its emphasis on dialogue and mutual learning this conference complements the first international conference and kick-off meeting of theGesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP) which immediately precedes the Dimensions of Measurement-conference. It takes place from March 11 to 14 in nearby Hannover and poses the question “How Much Philosophy in the Philosophy of Science?"
Please direct inqueries to:
Alfred Nordmann: firstname.lastname@example.org-…, or
Oliver Schlaudt: email@example.com.