Guest editors: Tobias Henschen (Cologne), Andreas Hüttemann (Cologne)
Topical Collection Description: The metaphysics of science debate is often characterized as dividing philosophers who endorse positions of “maximal” metaphysics and “maximal” anti-metaphysics: philosophers who believe and philosophers who refuse to believe that the content or practice of science is to be explained in terms of unobservable entities, that these entities exist independently of the content and practice of science, that explanations in terms of these entities are (approximately) true, and that we can come to know that these explanations are true, and the negation of this position. What often remains unnoticed is that the metaphysics of science debate has shifted: that the leading participants in the debate have moved toward more moderate positions – positions that can be referred to as positions of “minimal” metaphysics and “minimal” anti-metaphysics. Like maximal metaphysicians, minimal metaphysicians believe that the content or practice of science is to be explained in terms of unobservable entities (for instance, structure), and that these entities exist independently of the content and practice of science. But unlike maximal metaphysicians, minimal metaphysicians emphasize the fallibility of their positions and restrict their ontological commitments to some minimal set of entities. Like maximal anti-metaphysicians, minimal anti-metaphysicians believe that the content or practice of science is not to be explained in terms of unobservable entities that exist independently of the content or practice of science. But unlike maximal anti-metaphysicians, minimal anti-metaphysicians believe that the content or practice of science is to be explained in terms of phenomenal entities, or that scientific realism about observable entities needs to be extended to “unobservable” entities that (like subatomic particles) can be “observed” by our aided senses. The planned collection is supposed to describe the shift in the metaphysics of science debate by providing a forum for the various positions of minimal (anti-) metaphysics that have been defended more recently, for clarifications or elaborations of these positions, and for the arguments and methods that have been or can be employed in support or against these positions.
Appropriate topics for submission include
- presentations, clarifications, or elaborations of and
- arguments for or against
- ontic structural realism,
- Super Humeanism
For further information, please contact Tobias Henschen (lead guest editor): email@example.com
The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2023.
Submissions via: https://www.editorialmanager.com/synt/default.aspx
Tobias Henschen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Andreas Hüttemann (email@example.com)
Our articles are indexed in the following databases:
• Google Scholar
• ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index, Thomson Reuters
• KCI (Korea Citation Index)
Aims & Scope:
The Journal of Cognitive Science (JCS) is published quarterly on 31 March, 30 June, 30
September, and 31 December (founded in 2000) as the official journal of International
Association for Cognitive Science (IACS) by the Institute for Cognitive Science at Seoul
National University. It is a SCOPUS, ESCI, EBSCO, and KCI journal. It aims to publish research
articles of the highest quality and significance within the disciplines that form cognitive
science, including philosophy, psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience,
anthropology, and education for Interdisciplinary Journal. Submissions that cross traditional
disciplinary boundaries in either themes or methods are especially encouraged. AI
associated Cognitive Science will be newly reinforced and papers in this area are
encouraged to be submitted.
• Editor in Chief:
Chungmin Lee, Seoul National University
Cameron Buckner, University of Houston
Sook Whan Cho, The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Songdo Alberto Greco, University of Genova
Koiti Hasida, University of Tokyo
AI Assistant Editor: Taikyeong Jeong, Hallym University
The Editorial Board and Advisory Editorial Board:
Hojjat Adeli, The Ohio State University
Kenneth A. Augustyn, Michigan Technological University
Bruno G. Bara, University of Turin
Ned Block, New York University
David Chalmers, Australian National University
Ivan Enrici, University of Turin
Peter Gärdenfors, Lund University, Sweden
Merrill Garrett, University of Arizona
Dedre Gentner, Northwestern University
Etsuko Harada, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Hidehito Honda, Otemon Gakuin University
Joonhwan Lee, Seoul National University
Tania Ionin, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Kiwako Ito, The University of Newcastle (UON)
Hong-Gee Kim, Seoul National University
Kihyeon Kim, Seoul National University
Gary Geunbae Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology
Martha Lewis, University of Bristol
Chen Lin, Chinese Academy of Science
Charles Ling, Western Ontario University, Canada
Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh
Asifa Majid, University of Oxford
Klaus Manizer, Technical University of Munich
Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto University
Reiko Mazuka, Duke University
Louise McNally, Pompeu Fabra University
Byoung-Kyong Min, Korea University
Jake Quilty-Dunn, Washington University in St. Louis
Yasuhiro Shirai, Case Western Reserve University
Hua Shu, Beijing Normal University
Peter Slezak, The University of New South Wales
Hyeon-joo Song, Yonsei University
Darcy Sperlich, Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University
Li-Hai Tan, Shenzhen Institute of Neuroscience
Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo, Canada
Markus Werning, Ruhr University Bochum
Roman V. Yampolskiy, University of Louisville
Byoung-Tak Zhang, Seoul National University
Linmin Zhang, New York University, Shanghai
All submissions must be in English, written clearly and in sufficient detail so that referees can assess the merits of the work. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words and should conform to the JCS style guide. (JCS style guide is distributed, if requested, via email.) Papers will be received anytime and processed as promptly as possible. All authors should send an electronic copy (MS word) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each submission will be sent to two or three reviewers. The reviews will be forwarded to the authors, who will then have an opportunity to make revisions if warranted.
Institute for Cognitive Science,
Seoul National University, Korea (Republic of Korea).
This conference aims to revisit and explore Popper’s legacy for twentieth-first century philosophy of science.
The topics to be discussed include but are not limited to:
- Popper and induction
- Popper and evolutionary biology
- Popper and evolutionary epistemology
- Popper and objectivity
- Popper and probability
- Popper and scientific change
- Popper and the demarcation problem
- Popper and the methodological holism/individualism debate
- Popper and verisimilitude
Please submit a 500-word abstract for blind review by 31 December 2023 at https://easychair.org/cfp/Popper24.
This conference aims to explore fruitful ways of integrating philosophy of science and epistemology by promoting dialogues between philosophers of science and epistemologists.The questions to be addressed include but are not limited to:
- What is scientific knowledge?
- Is scientific knowledge different from other kinds of knowledge?
- Who can have scientific knowledge? In what sense?
- What is scientific testimony?
- Is know-how reducible to know-that in the context of science?
- What are plausible ways to naturalise epistemology?
Please submit a 500-word abstract for blind review via Easychair by 12 January 2024.
Call for Abstracts: 11th International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable, 9-10 May 2024
Hosted online by the Durham-Johannesburg Centre for Philosophy of Epidemiology, Medicine, and Public Health
Abstracts of 250 words are invited for the 10th Roundtable. The format will be online, and submissions from those who might previously have been unable to travel to physical roundtables for whatever reason are therefore particularly encouraged. Speakers will have 45 minutes to speak. Any topic in the philosophy of medicine, epidemiology, public health, and allied fields is welcome, and will be considered on an equal basis, but we would be particularly interested to receive papers on AI and medicine or public health. Speakers will be invited to submit a paper to a special issue of Philosophy of Medicine after the conference.
Submit abstracts to email@example.com
Deadline: 15 Jan 2024
Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society
CALL FOR PAPERS: SPP 2024
The Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP) invites submissions of papers to be presented at its 50th Annual Meeting to be held June 19-June 22, 2024 at Purdue University (local organizer: Corey Maley).
Please submit an abstract of 750 words or less by January 31, 2024, 11:59pm EST. in any area relevant to philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, or cognitive science. Submissions will be refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to SPP. Submissions are open format, but must be no more than 750 words + 1 figure and must be prepared for blind review. Authors will have the chance to indicate whether they would like to be considered for a poster, talk, or both. All submitters may be first author on only 1 submission (but may co-present any number of submissions). Upload a .pdf and other required information at the submission site.
Further information about the 50th Annual Meeting will be made available on the Society’s website.
Already, we have a stellar program lined up: a 50th Anniversary special session with Susan Carey (Harvard), a keynote by Nathaniel Daw (Princeton), and outstanding invited symposia on Current Issues in Artificial Intelligence chaired by Corey Maley (Purdue), and the Psychology of Misinformation chaired by Gordon Pennycook (Cornell).
Serife Tekin (Center for Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University) is organizing the pre-conference workshop: Persons, Algorithms, and Mental Disorders on June 19, 2024.
Dan Burnston and Laura Niemi
Co-Chairs, SPP 2024
Email inquiries are to be sent to SPP.firstname.lastname@example.org
Prediction and Punishment: Cross-Disciplinary Workshop on Carceral AI
Center for Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh
This cross-disciplinary workshop will provide an interactive meeting point for researchers to address the expanding use of AI in criminal legal contexts. We use the term ‘carceral AI’ to refer to a broad class of algorithmic and data-driven practices implicated in the control and incarceration of people. Examples include predictive policing, facial recognition, recidivism risk assessment instruments, automatic license plate readers, border surveillance systems, biometric databases, electronic monitoring, and audio gunshot locators. Such technologies are often introduced as ‘smart’, ‘evidence-based’, or ‘data-driven’ reforms that claim to reduce bias and increase efficiency, such as ‘evidence-based’ sentencing and ‘smart’ borders. In practice, however, AI systems can interact in complicated ways with existing social and legal structures, reinforce or mask existing structural injustices, and expand the reach of carceral systems under the guise of scientific rigor. Participants in this workshop are invited to explore how such technologies both inform and interact with topics including incarceration, policing, migration, privatization, surveillance, racial and gender justice, and resistance. We welcome contributions from civil society organizations and academic researchers from disciplines including but not limited to philosophy, law, and the social sciences. Participants will be invited to contribute to a special report on carceral AI.
Shakeer Rahman, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Megan Stevenson, University of Virginia Law School
Pablo Nuñez, Centro de Estudos de Segurança e Cidadania (CESeC)
Gabbrielle Johnson, Claremont McKenna College, Department of Philosophy
Poster abstracts may be on any research topic in the philosophy of science in practice, focusing on detailed and systematic studies of scientific practices — neither dismissing concerns about truth and rationality, nor ignoring contextual and pragmatic factors.
We welcome contributions from philosophers, historians and sociologists of science, practicing scientists, and any others with an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific practice. We strive for quality, variety, innovation, and diversity in accepted abstracts.
Submission link: https://submissions2024.philosophy-science-practice.org/openconf/openconf.php
Please specify [Poster] in the title of your poster abstract
Submission deadline: 16 February 2024
Main Contact: Manuela Fernández Pinto
Posters must include a title, an abstract of 500 words, full affiliation details, and contact information for the presenter(s). Please specify [Poster] in the title of your poster abstract, so that it can be clearly distinguished from a paper/symposium submission. We will announce decisions on abstract proposals on an ongoing basis, usually within four weeks after submission. All proposals should be submitted online through the OpenConf system: https://submissions2024.philosophy-science-practice.org/openconf/openconf.php.
Our policy regarding multiple submissions to SPSP 2024 does not apply to poster abstracts. A presenting author on a contributed paper or participating in a symposium may also submit one poster abstract on a substantially different topic.
If you are wondering how to design your poster or to prepare your poster presentation, we found the PSA2016 and the Daily Nous websites helpful.
Presentations and prize
There will be dedicated slots for poster presentation in the conference program. Presenters should be present at their posters during those times. The best poster selected by conference participants, will be awarded a prize of €200.
Analyzing the role of experts is the focus of this workshop. Reflect on the scientists who advise public managers on issues such as the pandemic.
The planned completion dates are 7 (Thursday) and 8 (Friday) March 2024.
Matriculation period from February 1 to 23, 2024.
Venue at the University of A Coruña, Campus of Ferrol.
This Conference on the Role of Experts: Scientific Advisors and Public Management is the XXIX Conference on Contemporary Philosophy and Methodology of Science.
More information can be found in the leaflet available at the following address:
The invited speakers are the following:
Martin Carrier, Professor of Philosophy at the German University of Bielefeld and author of the paper "What does Good Science-Based Advice to Politics Look Like?", published in 2021 in the Journal for General Philosophy of Science. He has the 2018 Werner-Heisenberg Medal of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation.
Richard Bradley, Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and an expert in risk estimation and decision making.
Javier Ordoñez, Professor Emeritus of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he has been Vice-Rector for Research. He has also been a researcher at the Max Planck in Berlin for many years.
Inmaculada Melo-Martín is Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell University in New York and has published two books at Oxford University Press. She has been President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. She is a member of the European Academy of Sciences.
Anna Estany Profitós, Professor Emeritus of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and co-editor of the volume (in Spanish) Institutional Design and Democratic Innovations, published in 2021.
Center for Research in Philosophy of Science and Technology (CIFCYT)
University of A Coruña
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