CFP: Epistemology of Science: A Workshop at the Intersection of Epistemology and Philosophy of Science

Submission deadline: June 3, 2019

Conference date(s):
September 20, 2019 - September 21, 2019

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Conference Venue:

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

Topic areas


Epistemology of Science aims to encourage collaboration between the disciplines of epistemology and philosophy of science. Participants from both disciplines will engage in both first-order discussion of issues at the intersection of epistemology and philosophy of science and meta-level discussion of how the two fields can productively interact. The workshop will feature keynote addresses by Sandy Goldberg (Northwestern University) and Miriam Solomon (Temple University).

Topics may include, but are not limited to: the evidential value of testimony and expertise, the nature of understanding, inference to the best explanation, peer disagreement, conceptions of evidence, connections between inductive risk and pragmatic encroachment, underdetermination, division of cognitive labor, pluralism, epistemic value, epistemic injustice, defeasibility, and well-structured epistemic communities. Special consideration will be given to papers that explicitly relate their research to both disciplines.

Workshop format

The workshop will feature both epistemologists and philosophers of science. Our intention is to include an equal number of epistemology and philosophy of science talks, with each receiving commentary from across the aisle. Accordingly, all participants will be asked to choose the disciplinary affiliation that most closely fits their talk (though we stress that talks that fall in the middle will be enthusiastically received). Talks will last twenty minutes, followed by ten minutes of commentary and a fifteen-minute Q&A.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the Easychair system by June 3, 2019:

Participants will be asked to provide:

  • An abstract (500-700 words), including a brief comment on how the paper fits the aims of the workshop (additional ≤200 words)
  • A disciplinary affiliation (epistemology or philosophy of science)

We aim to notify applicants of acceptance/rejection by mid-July. Some funding may be available to defray travel expenses of early career speakers. Hotel accommodations will be provided for all speakers.

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