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Event: Society of the Philosophy of Science in Practice CFP

Event date June 26, 2013 - June 29, 2013
Submission deadline December 01, 2012
Location Toronto, CA
Host(s) Society of the Philosophy of Science in Practice
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Open Calls for Papers:

SPSP Fourth Biennial Conference

  • Location: University of Toronto, Canada
  • Event Date: 26-29 June 2013
  • Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2012
  • Main Contact: Andrea Woody,

Keynote speakers will include: Rachel A. Ankeny (University of Adelaide) James Griesemer (University of California at Davis) Arthur Fine (University of Washington), (and two more to be expected).

Please send paper or session proposals by using the links below.

Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2013

The Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) aims to create an interdisciplinary community of scholars who approach the philosophy of science with a focus on scientific practice and the practical uses of scientific knowledge. For further details on our objectives, see our mission statement on our website (URL above).

The SPSP biennial conferences provide a broad forum for scholars committed to making detailed and systematic studies of scientific practices — neither dismissing concerns about truth and rationality, nor ignoring contextual and pragmatic factors. The conferences aim at cutting through traditional disciplinary barriers and developing novel approaches. We welcome contributions from not only philosophers of science, but also philosophers working in epistemology and ethics, as well as the philosophy of engineering, technology, medicine, agriculture, and other practical fields. Additionally, we welcome contributions from historians and sociologists of science, pure and applied scientists, and any others with an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific practice.

We welcome both individual papers, and also strongly encourage proposals for whole, thematic sessions with coordinated papers, particularly those which include multiple disciplinary perspectives and/or input from scientific practitioners. You may wish to involve other members of SPSP (a listing is available on our website) or post a notice to the SPSP mailing list describing your area of interest and seeking other possible participants for a session proposal. (To post to this list, please send your email to: Only members can post to this list).

Individual paper proposals: must include a title and an abstract of 500 words, and full contact information for the speaker(s).

Session proposals: must include an overall title for the session, a 250-500 words abstract of the session, and a 500-word abstract for each paper (or an equivalent amount of depth and detail, if the format of the proposed session is a less traditional one), and full contact information for each contributor. Session proposals should be submitted as a group by the organizer of the session.

Multiple submissions: Individuals should only appear on the programme once as presenters, and one additional time in another role (e.g., commentator, chair, or co-author). If in doubt, please contact the organizers in advance about your anticipated submissions.

To receive updates about this conference, please become a member of the SPSP mailing list using the menu to the left. You can also use the menu to explore past events.

Additional notices:


    • Submissions (text only) should be sent using the links below. Contact Shahar Avin, in case of technical problems.



    • A web link to the University of Toronto on accommodation and travel etc. will be posted on the SPSP website.


    • Under exceptional circumstances, late submissions may be considered by the Program Committee’s discretion if there is still space on the program; however, on-time submissions will receive clear priority. If you plan to submit but foresee that you will not be able to meet the deadline, please let us know beforehand.


    • Participants should plan to arrive by Wednesday evening, when an informal social gathering will occur, and depart on Sunday following three full days of conference activities. We strongly encourage all participants to plan to stay for the duration of the conference, and no single day registration will be available.


    • pre-conference kick-off SPSP workshop will be held on Wednesday June 26. Location: University of Toronto. Title: Science, Policy, Values: Exploring the Nexus. Organizer: Heather Douglas. Invited speakers include: Jim Brown (U Toronto), Maya Goldenburg (Guelph), Kevin Elliott (U South Carolina.)



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