Justin Cavitt (Philosophy) - Harvard University
Title: Evidence in Black Hole Astronomy
Abstract: Black holes pose a challenge to empirical investigation, being in some sense the ultimate unobservable entities. Nonetheless, the past decades have seen great progress in the empirical investigation of black holes. In this talk, we take a philosophical look at some of the evidence for the existence of black holes coming out of this progress. We discuss what this evidence establishes and to what extent it alleviates some philosophical concerns about the possibility of empirical black hole research.
Bio: Justin Cavitt is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Harvard University. He has interests in mathematical logic, the philosophy of mathematics, and the philosophy of science. His research concerns how we bring evidence to bear upon claims both in empirical science and mathematics.