Senior Fellow Giora Hon at the Zukunftskolleg

We welcome Giora Hon at the Zukunftskolleg. He is a professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Haifa, Israel.

He has been at the Zukunftskolleg for the first time in 2012 as Senior Fellow. Since then, he has come back several times. This time, Giora Hon will be in Konstanz until September - it is our pleasure to host him again.

His research at the Zukunftskolleg focuses on the issue of “confidence”: “Against all odds: Commitment and confidence in the practice of physics” (Giora Hon and Bernard R. Goldstein).
“On what grounds does a scientist persuade himself or herself that pursuing a particular line of research is likely to be productive? This is a critical decision that tends to have long term implications for the career of a scientist, for better or worse”, explains Giora Hon. “In this paper we appeal to history of science as a resource for characterizing the concept of ‘confidence’.”

His paper, coauthored with Bernard R. Goldstein, entitled “Maxwell’s Role in Turning the Concept of Model into the Methodology of Modeling” will be published shortly with “Studies in History and Philosophy of Science”.

Giora has also become a member (by nomination) of the “Academia Europaea and European Academy of Sciences”.

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