CFP: Karl Popper and Twentieth-First Century Philosophy of Science

Submission deadline: December 31, 2023

Conference date(s):
June 12, 2024 - June 14, 2024

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Conference Venue:

Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Karl Popper and 21st Century Philosophy of Science

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

12 – 14 June 2024

Karl Popper (1902-1994) is regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of science of the twentieth century. He famously proposed that falsifiability is the genuine virtue of science and the criterion of the scientific status of a theory. Based on this, he developed a systematic account of scientific method and scientific development, namely, falsificationism. In addition, Popper played an important role in promoting the historical turn in twentieth century philosophy of science. The debate over the nature and development of science between him and Thomas Kuhn dominated and sparked many discussions in the late 1960s philosophy of science. Moreover, Popper wrote on a variety of topics, including evolutionary biology, methodological individualism, and probability. However, Popper’s legacy on contemporary philosophy of science is surprisingly thin. Although his writings are still a must-read in any introductory philosophy of science course, there is no lively Popperian philosophy of science. His falsificationism is not viewed as a plausible account of scientific development. Nor is his solution to the problem of induction regarded as a successful or promising move. 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

Submission Guidelines

Please submit a 500-word abstract for blind review by 31 December 2023 at


Yafeng Shan (HKUST)

Invited Speakers

  • Donald Gillies (University College London, UK)
  • John Norton (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Zuzana Parusniková (Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
  • Stephen Turner (University of South Florida, USA)


Selected papers from the conference will be considered for publication in an edited volume.


The conference will be held in the Division of Humanities, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to Qinyi Wang ([email protected]).


The Karl Popper Charitable Trust

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