CFP: Philosophy of Epidemiology, a Special Issue of Synthese

Submission deadline: October 9, 2017

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Call for Papers: Philosophy of Epidemiology, a Special Issue of Synthese

Guest Editors: Sean A. Valles (Michigan State University) and Jonathan Kaplan (Oregon State University)

Special Issue Description: Philosophy of epidemiology is a burgeoning subfield within the philosophy of science and medicine. This special issue will provide philosophy of epidemiology with a forum to develop this area and expand its boundaries. The guest editors seek both to help develop philosophy of epidemiology’s existing lines of research (e.g., models of causal analysis) and expand philosophy of epidemiology to include a broader community of contributors (e.g., philosophers of race) and a wider array of lines of research (e.g., concepts of epidemiological risk and human-ecosystem dynamics).

Appropriate topics for submission include, but are not limited to: the role(s) of values in epidemiology; the role(s) of formal models in epidemiology; concepts of risk in epidemiology; the relationship between philosophy of epidemiology and philosophy of ecology (and other branches of philosophy); the metaphysical and causal repercussions of epidemiological data on the environmental and social determinants of health.

For further information, please contact the guest editors:;

The deadline for submissions is: October 9, 2017

Sean A. Valles, Lyman Briggs College and Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University, Holmes Hall 35-E, 919 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48825

Jonathan Kaplan, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Milam Hall 306C, 2520 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

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