CFP: 'Indeterminacy and Underdetermination' Synthese Topical Collection
Submission deadline: March 31, 2021
Call for Papers: Indeterminacy and Underdetermination
Guest Editor(s): Mark Bowker and Maria Baghramian, University College Dublin
Topical Collection Description:
The notions of indeterminacy and underdetermination cast a long shadow through the history of Philosophy, from Aristotle’s puzzle about the indeterminacy of future contingents (‘There will be a sea-battle tomorrow’), to Duhem and Quine’s observations about the underdetermination of theory by evidence. As well as a continuing interest in Aristotle's puzzle and the Duhem-Quine problem, there has been a surge of interest in indeterminacy and underdetermination from other areas of philosophy and related fields. Our recent conference on indeterminacy and underdetermination at University College Dublin included presentations in philosophy of science, language, logic, mathematics, decision theory, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics. This Topical Collection aims to showcase work on indeterminacy and underdetermination from across the gamut of philosophy, highlighting the similarities and differences between the various manifestations of these phenomena. Our hope is that formal and conceptual tools developed in one philosophical sub-discipline will prove useful in others.
For the purposes of this Topical Collection, the topics should be construed broadly. Appropriate Topics for Submission include, among others:
Ethics: Dilemmas, the ‘is’-‘ought’ gap
Logic and mathematics: Logical pluralism and nihilism, computational indeterminacy, truth-value gaps
Vagueness: In language, logic, ethics, and beyond
Language: Semantic underdetermination, indeterminacy of translation
Science: The Duhem-Quine problem, quantum indeterminacy, spontaneous symmetry breaking
Metaphysics: The open future
We are particularly interested in papers that draw connections between the notions of indeterminacy and underdetermination in two or more areas.
Papers in a Topical Collection are not assigned to a special issue of the journal but published in the first available issue of Synthese. The papers are then collected and prominently displayed together on Synthese’s website. Papers in a Topical Collection undergo the same review process as any other submission to Synthese. Submissions can be made at www.editorialmanager.com/synt. To be considered for inclusion in the Topical Collection, please select 'T.C. Indeterminacy and Underdetermination' from the drop-down list when asked to 'Select Article Type'.
For further information, please contact the lead guest editor: [email protected]
The extended deadline for submissions is 31st March 2021