Indeterminacy and Underdetermination

January 24, 2020 - January 25, 2020
School of Philosophy, University College Dublin



  • Irish Research Council

Keynote speakers:

University of St. Andrews
Princeton University
University of Oslo


University College Dublin
University College Dublin

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Call for Abstracts

Conference Theme: Underdetermination and Indeterminacy   Hosted by University College Dublin

Conference date: 25th and 26th January 2020.   Invited speakers: Elizabeth Harman, Rachel Sterken, Aaron Cotnoir.

This conference will bring together researchers working on issues related to underdetermination/indeterminacy in various fields. The conference theme should be understood broadly and certainly not limited to issues in philosophy of science. We welcome submissions in ethics, logic, language, metaphysics, epistemology, or any other area of philosophy. The conference aims to shed light on the nature of indeterminacy and underdetermination by showcasing the similarities and differences between manifestations of the phenomena in different areas.

Issues relevant to the conference include (but are not limited to): 

  • Vagueness (in logic, language, epistemology, and beyond)
  • Language: polyselmy and truth-conditional underdetermination
  • Logic: Logical pluralism and nihilism
  • Ethics: Dilemmas
  • Science: The Duhem/Quine problem and incommensurability.
  • Metaphysics: Race and Gender

Submission: Please send a short abstract (no more than 500 words) to with subject heading "Abstract Submission".  

Deadline for abstracts: October 4th. Notifications of acceptance will be sent within a week of the deadline.

Bursaries: A contribution towards accommodation and subsistence  will be available to those who have no funding from their home institutions. Bursaries should be applied for AFTER your abstract has been accepted.   Conference proceedings: We plan to publish a selection of papers in a special issue of a high-ranking journal.   We look forward to your contributions,

Dr Mark Bowker and Prof. Maria Baghramian, conference organisers.    

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