Philosophy of Science Association - Event Information

Event Name:Rotman Graduate Student Conference
Event Type(s):Call for Papers (Enter the SUBMISSION DEADLINE as the date above. Submit EVENT separately.)
Description:This year’s conference will focus on metaphysical, epistemological, and conceptual aspects regarding the relationship between complexity and explanation in the sciences.


Event Date:5/15/2021 - 5/16/2021
Event Time:9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern
Location:Virtually through the Rotman Institute of Philosophy
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Submission Guidelines: 

  • Submissions are accepted through:
  • Maximum 5000 words, including footnotes and appendices (but not references). If the paper includes tables, figures, or equations, an appropriate number of words should be subtracted from the limit. 
  • Papers should be accompanied by an abstract that is no longer than 300 words.
  • Papers are to be prepared for anonymous review (meaning your name should not appear within the paper).
  • Co-authored papers are not eligible for submission.

Deadline: Friday, March 19th, 2021

Accepted Papers: Each presenter will be allocated an hour-long time slot; presentations should be approximately 30 minutes long with 30 minutes for a Q&A period 

Examples of topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual engineering as it relates to concepts in the sciences and social sciences.
  • Explanatory frameworks that attempt to reconcile the nature of highly complex systems.
  • Issues regarding complexity, causation, and scientific explanation.
  • The role of idealizations in the explanation of the behavior of a complex system.

Please send any questions to the RGSC Committee:

All the best, 

The 2021 RGSC Committee

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