CFP: Understanding Defectiveness in the Sciences

Submission deadline: March 29, 2019

Conference date(s):
June 3, 2019 - June 4, 2019

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Conference Venue:

Institute for Philosophical Research, UNAM
Mexico city, Mexico

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Understanding Defectiveness in the Sciences

It is well known that the presence and use of defective ---false, imprecise, conflicting, incomplete, inconsistent, partial, ambiguous and vague--- information in science is ubiquitous and tends to be naturally seen as part of the dynamics of scientific development. Nonetheless, it is also thought that to be satisfactorily understood, bodies of information should fulfill certain epistemic virtues.  All this considered, philosophers and logicians of science should start wondering which are the possible connections between scientific understanding and the constant use of defective information in science.

The workshop welcomes formal and informal contributions on the different ways to explain and understand defective information in the sciences.  Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Is it possible to distinguish between different types of doxastic commitments towards defective information?

  • Is it possible to fully achieve scientific understanding of (any type of) defective information in the sciences? If so, which type of scientific understanding is it available?

  • What are the distinct inferential mechanisms that could underlie the phenomenon of handling defective information in the sciences?

  • Can we be realistic about the sets of defective information? If so, how can we do it?

  • What are the styles of reasoning involved in dealing with defectiveness in the sciences?

  • Is there any logic for the use of defective information in the sciences?  

Keynote speakers: Diderik Batens (University of Gent), Otávio Bueno (University of Miami) and Ioannis Votsis (London School of Economics, New College of the Humanities).

We invite submissions for 40-minute presentations, with additional time for discussion. 

Submissions should take the form of anonymized 600-1,000 word abstracts, and be sent to  [email protected]  by the 29th March. 
Contact details, including paper title, affiliation and email address, should be submitted as a separate PDF. 
All submissions will be blind refereed. 
Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 7th.

Scientific committee: Walter Carnielli (CLE-UNICAMP),  Xavier de Donato Rodríguez (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), Michele Friend (George Washington University),  Francisco Hernández Quiroz (UNAM), Elias Okon Gurvich (UNAM), Ana Rosa Pérez Ransanz (UNAM) and Dunja Šešelja (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München).  

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