CFP: New Science - New Risks

Submission deadline: November 15, 2011

Conference date(s):
March 30, 2012 - March 31, 2012

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Conference Venue:

Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, United States

Topic areas


Cases involving climate change, epigenetics, GMOs, nanotechnology and stem-cells have taught us that various kinds of factor create epistemic uncertainty. Knowing what we do not know is a good thing when we are making difficult choices and taking serious risks. How do we and should we take risks when the quality and quantity of information is poor or brittle? How do we and should we make decisions when our preferences are unfixed or unreliable? How do we make decisions and take risks when the classical theories of rational decision-making are no longer our shepherd? The conference will explore these questions from a range of perspectives, philosophical as well as psychological.

Questions can be directed to Nils-Eric Sahlin, [email protected] or Karen Kovalchick, [email protected].

We invite submissions of extended abstracts (1000 words) of papers of approximately 30-minute presentation time. Please include your name, the title of the paper, your academic affiliation and your e-mail address in the submission. The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2011. Please direct your submissions to The decisions will be announced by 15 December 2011.

Accommodation for up to 3 nights will be provided for speakers.

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