Systematics is the field of biology that seeks to reconstruct the evolutionary relationships among species and classify those accordingly. Systematists have traditionally sought a philosophical foundation for their sometimes controversial methods.
Robert D. Martin (Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, The Field Museum): Welcome
Maureen Kearney (The Field Museum): "The influence of philosophy in shaping systematics: a brief overview"
David Hull (Northwestern University): "The use and abuse of philosophy: Sir Karl Popper"
Olivier Rieppel (The Field Museum): "Willi Hennig's logical reconstruction of history"
Joseph Felsenstein (Univ. of Washington): "Criticisms of parsimony and criticisms of likelihood"
Daniel Faith (Australian Museum): "From species to supertrees: Popperian corroboration and some current controversies in systematics"
Kevin de Queiroz (Smithsonian Institution): "Philosophy and phylogenetic inference"
Elliott Sober (Univ. of Wisconsin): "Popper, likelihood, falsification, parsimony and Akaike"
Richard Boyd (Cornell Univ.): " The true falsificationist's standard advanced: induction, projectibility, kinds and approximation"
Michael Ghiselin (Calif. Academy of Sciences): "Individuals, natural kinds, and the justification of monism with respect to species concepts"
Marc Ereshefsky (Univ. of Calgary): " Replacing the Linnaean hierarchy: a pragmatic approach"