Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Call for Applications: International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics on the PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY

Hosted by the University of Geneva and the University of Illinois at Chicago Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project 

Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA 
June 19-24, 2016 

Further information, when available, at

Quantum theories of gravity, as diverse and incomplete as they may be, promise to revolutionize our conception of the fundamental structure of reality. For instance, the world we inhabit may be non-spatiotemporal at the ground level. The philosophical implications of quantum gravity may thus be far-reaching, but what exactly are these implications and how will they affect our philosophical conceptions? Conversely, the formulation of a quantum theory of gravity forces the theorists to address foundational, indeed philosophical questions, for their theory-building. Such questions include the metaphysical implications of quantum gravity, or the nature of phenomenological spacetime in string theory. These are just some of the questions that we will discuss in this Summer School, which addresses graduate students and postdocs from philosophy of physics and related fields. 

Faculty (we expect to announce more): 

• Gordon Belot (Michigan) 
• Nick Huggett (Illinois at Chicago) 
• Jenann Ismael (Arizona) 
• Keizo Matsubara (Illinois at Chicago)
• Amanda Peet (Toronto) 
• Carlo Rovelli (Marseille) 
• Christian Wuthrich (Geneva) 

Organizing Committee: 

Nick Huggett 
Christian Wuthrich 
Keizo Matsubara 

The intended audience for the Summer School are Masters students, PhD students, and postdocs working or planning to work in the intersection between physics and philosophy. We will also consider applications from philosophers and physicists wishing to expand their existing research interests to include the philosophical implications of quantum gravity. We will furthermore consider applications from members of the general public who can demonstrate an acquaintance with the subject equivalent to the Master’s level. 

To apply for the Summer School, candidates should submit: 

• A cover letter of no more than one page describing your current research interest and its relevance to the topic of the Summer School; please explain as specifically as possible how the summer school will benefit your research plans. 
• A current CV. 
• A short letter from your advisor or other person knowledgeable of your work, expressing your suitability. 
• Optional: participants wishing to present their own work need to submit a title and a 500-word abstract. If accepted, they will get the opportunity to present their work. 

Please combine all your documents into one PDF file and upload it to http://https://easychair. org/conferences/?conf=isspqg2016 by March 16, 2016. Decisions will be made by early April. 

The Organizing Committee will select the admitted participants based on the academic strength of their file and the pertinence of their interests; in other words, we will consider how much the candidate is likely to benefit from attending the Summer School and how much the Summer School would likely benefit from the attendance of the candidate and try to maximize the sum of the benefits. 

The Summer School is generously supported by the John Templeton Foundation and will thus be free of charge for accepted participants, including room and board. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the site of the Summer School, and for incidentals such as beverages.

Friday, November 6, 2015


February 13-14, 2016

Hosted by
Fordham University
New York, NY
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Kenneth Aizawa
Rutgers University
Carl Gillett
Northern Illinois University
John Heil
Washington University, St. Louis

William Jaworski
Fordham University
Barbara Montero
CUNY Graduate Center

Susanna Schellenberg
Rutgers University
Lawrence Shapiro
University of Wisconsin, Madison


This two-day conference in the heart of Manhattan explores the metaphysical foundations of theories in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dynamis — The Finnish Network for Metaphysics

Dynamis — The Finnish Network for Metaphysics. Our aim is to promote the academic study of metaphysics and related philosophical sub-disciplines in Finland and Finnish Universities.

Executive Committee:

Jani Hakkarainen, Research Doctor and Docent, University of Tampere
Markku Keinänen, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki; Docent, University of Tampere
Tuomas E. Tahko, University Lecturer and Academy Research Fellow, University of Helsinki
Valtteri Viljanen, Academy Research Fellow and Docent, University of Turku


University of Helsinki
July 22-26, 2015

Applications are invited for the Metaphysics of Science Summer School (MoSSS) and Workshop in Helsinki, July 22-26, 2015. The summer school will involve four days of classes from leading philosophers working at the intersection of metaphysics and philosophy of science and finish with a workshop consisting of five talks from the summer school participants.

The summer school is open for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and early-career researchers (but exceptions are possible).

Coordinator: Tuomas E. Tahko (Helsinki)

More info here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Call for Papers: First Annual Conference of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science

The Society for the Metaphysics of Science will be holding its first annual conference on September 17-18, 2015 at Rutgers University – Newark.  As well as various presentations, the conference will also feature the first organizational meeting of the Society which will elect officers, begin to make various policies, plan future conferences, etc. Both those interested in presenting papers and/or participating in the Society are invited to the conference. (For more information on the society, see the Society for the Metaphysics of Science web page.)

At the conference, presentations will be 40 minutes.  Submissions should be on a topic in the metaphysics of science broadly construed, of no more than 6,000 words and should include an abstract of ~150 words and a word count.  All papers must employ gender-neutral language and be prepared for blind review. 

Submissions must be made using the Easychair online submission system at:  The submission deadline is March 1, 2015.  Notifications of acceptance will be delivered by May 15, 2015.  The conference will have a $50 registration fee.  (The fee will be waived for graduate students.)

Our keynote speaker will be Barry Loewer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and all other sessions will comprise submitted papers.

Program Committee:
Ken Aizawa, Rutgers University, Newark, Chair
Carl Gillett, Northern Illinois University
Alyssa Ney, Rochester University
Thomas Polger, University of Cincinnati
Jessica Wilson, University of Toronto

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ontology and Methodology (Virginia Tech)

Ontology and Methodology

Dates: May 4-5, 2013

Special invited speakers:
David Danks (CMU), Peter Godfrey-Smith (CUNY), Kevin Hoover (Duke),
Laura Ruetsche (U. Mich.), James Woodward (Pitt)

Virginia Tech speakers:
Benjamin Jantzen, Deborah Mayo, Lydia Patton, Aris Spanos

o   How do scientists’ initial conjectures about the entities and processes under their scrutiny influence the choice of variables, the structure of mature scientific theories, and methods of interpretation of those theories? 

o   How do methods of data generation, statistical modeling, and analysis influence the construction and appraisal of theories at multiple levels?

o   How does historical analysis of the development of scientific theories illuminate the interplay between scientific methodology, theory building, and the interpretation of scientific theories?

This conference brings together prominent philosophers of biology, computational cognitive science, causation, economics, and physics engaged in research into these interconnected methodological and ontological questions.

We invite contributed papers that illuminate these issues as they arise in general philosophy of science, in causal explanation and modeling, in the philosophy of experiment and statistics, and in the history and philosophy of science. We anticipate covering accommodation costs for accepted contributed papers.

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2013

For further information on submitting a paper or extended abstract, please visit the conference website:

Organizers:    Benjamin Jantzen, Deborah Mayo, Lydia Patton

Sponsors:       The Virginia Tech Department of Philosophy and the Fund for Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science (E.R.R.O.R.)

Friday, May 18, 2012

ECitS 2012
Centre for Reasoning, University of Kent, 5-7 September 2012
Organisers: Phyllis Illari and Federica Russo

Causality is a vibrant and thriving topic in philosophy of science. It is closely related to many other challenging scientific concepts, such as probability and mechanisms, which arise in many different scientific contexts, in different fields.  For example, they are relevant to both causal inference (finding out what causes what) and causal explanation (explaining how a cause produces its effect).  They are also of interest to fields as diverse as astrophysics, biochemistry, biomedical and social sciences. There has also been an explosion of interest in evidence, most obviously in biomedical contexts with the rise of ‘evidence-based medicine’, but also elsewhere, such as in social science.  What is evidence?  How do we decide what our best sources of evidence are?

This conference will examine the relation between causality and evidence. This involves questions about the foundations of the sciences, e.g. what is evidence and how does it contribute to causal knowledge?  But it also involves questions about specific applications, e.g. how should we best deal with the many problems of evidence given by expert witnesses in court; and questions about policy-making, e.g. what constitutes evidence of causation that is relevant to the design of socio-economic and public health policies?

These questions are all of immense current concern.  Pressure on health systems from ageing populations, the obesity epidemic, coupled with severe financial constraints on public policy, means governments are demanding answers with increasing urgency.

**Confirmed Speakers**
Iain Chalmers
Mathias Frisch
Sandra Mitchell
David Lagnado

**EXTENDED DEADLINE** 26 MAY 2012: deadline for submission of titles and abstracts of papers for presentation at the conference
Please submit only once: EITHER a long abstract (1000 words max) for presentation, OR a short abstract (300 words max) for a poster presentation.
Send your abstract in doc, dock, txt, rft or pdf format.
To be emailed to Phyllis Illari ( or Federica Russo (

Dr Federica Russo
Center Leo Apostel, VUB (BE) &
Centre for Reasoning, Kent (UK)
email: or