CFP: John D. Norton's Material Theory of Induction and Beyond - Special Issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science A

Submission deadline: May 1, 2019

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Call for Papers: "John D. Norton's Material Theory of Induction and Beyond"

Special Issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science A

Guest Editors:  Elay Shech (Auburn University), Wendy Parker (Durham University)


Special Issue Description: Our ability to make inductive inferences is what powers the success of science. But what makes such inductive inferences work? John Norton's new book manuscript, The Material Theory of Induction, develops a detailed new answer to this question, with broad implications for the philosophy of science.  (Preview the book here: This special issue will consist of papers that engage with views articulated in The Material Theory of Induction and will also feature an article in which Norton responds to the accepted papers. 

Topics covered in The Material Theory of Inductioninclude:

- Induction and confirmation 

- History of science case studies relevant to Norton’s Material Theory

- The replicability of experiment

- Analogies in science

- Virtues and values in science

- Simplicity and model selection

- Inference to the best explanation

- Determinism/Indeterminism



We invite original contributions that engage with The Material Theory of Induction. Submissions must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions must be prepared for anonymous review and should not exceed 10,000 words, including abstract, footnotes and references. Manuscripts should be submitted online via the EVISE system @ Full instructions for SHPS authors are available at



The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1 May, 2019.

For further information, please contact the guest editors:

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