Charles Darwin University/ University of Wollongong Workshop


Narrative practices play a crucial role in many aspects of scientific explanation and understanding, for instance in the use of models, thought experiments and natural history explanations. This workshop will examine relationships between the roles of narrative in science and forms of narrative in art. We will consider the different constraints placed on narratives in these roles, and the different contributions that narrative elements make to explanation and understanding in these domains.



Workshop Organiser: Dr Patrick McGivern

Patrick McGivern is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His research focuses primarily on problems of explanation and modeling in science. He is particularly interested in the role narratives play in scientific thought experiments, which combine elements of modeling, narrative and argument. His involvement in this workshop is supported by the Narrative Practices Research Network, funded by UOW’s Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

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