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Event: Conference: Formal Models of Scientific Inquiry

Event date July 18, 2017 - July 19, 2017
Submission deadline April 01, 2017
Location Germany
Host(s) Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr-University Bochum
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Formal Models of Scientific Inquiry
When: July 18-19, 2017
Where: Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr-University Bochum
Description: Throughout the last two decades philosophical discussions on scientific inquiry have increasingly utilized formal models. This has been especially fruitful for the investigation of social aspects of scientific inquiry, such as the division of cognitive labor, social factors that influence scientific decision making, etc. To this end a variety of formal models have been developed, starting from analytical ones to agent-based models that provide computer simulations of scientific inquiry. One of the main advantages of formal approaches is that they help us to understand these issues precisely and to form normative generalizations that are difficult to obtain in view of traditional methods (such as, for example, historical case studies). Nevertheless, models frequently come with a high degree of idealization and simplification, which may impede their relevance for actual scientific practice. This poses the question, to which extent formal models can be used to provide an understanding of scientific inquiry, and to which extent they can be improved with respect to their relevance for science policy.
The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars working on different approaches to the formal modeling of scientific inquiry to discuss both different types of formal models and the prospects and limits of their usefulness for philosophy of science, social epistemology and science policy. We invite contributions on these and related issues, including:
– analytical models of scientific inquiry
– agent-based models of scientific inquiry
– modeling science by means of formal argumentation
– Bayesian approaches to the modeling of scientific inquiry
– using economic models to tackle scientific decision making: pros and cons
– critical examination of the prospects and limits of formal models of science
Keynote speakers:
Gregor Betz (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Leah Henderson (University of Groningen)
Jason McKenzie Alexander (London School of Economics)
Abstract submission:
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract (500-1000 words) related to the above questions to the EasyChair account:
Extended abstracts should be submitted as an attached PDF file. Please also provide a short abstract of up to 100 words.
An application for a special issue with the conference post-proceedings will be submitted to an internationally recognized journal (details TBA).
Important dates:
submission deadline: April 1, 2017
notifications: May 1, 2017
conference: July 18-19, 2017
Program Committee:
Jesus P. Zamora Bonilla (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)
Peter Brössel (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Anna-Maria Asunta Eder (Northeastern University)
Remco Heesen (University of Cambridge)
Bennett Holman (Yonsei University)
Rogier De Langhe (Ghent University)
Jan Sprenger (Tilburg University)
Organizing committee:
AnneMarie Borg
Dunja Šešelja
Christian Straßer
Vlasta Sikimić
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