Friday, February 6, 2009

Science and Decision

CALL FOR PAPERS : Science and Decision, SPS09

Third Biennial Congress of the Societe de philosophie des sciences (SPS) Paris, 12-14 November 2009

Call for papers / symposia / workshops

Deadline : 4 May, 2009
Notification by June 30 at the latest.
Main theme : Science and decision
Proposals on the theme are encouraged. However proposals on any topic in philosophy of science are welcome.

The conference will comprise plenary lectures with discussants (by invitation), on the main theme of the congress; contributed symposia (3-4 speakers, 2 hrs.); workshops (exploratory, round-table, debate...: flexible format,1.5-2.5 hrs.); individual papers (30' incl. discussion); posters. The invited speakers will be announced by mid-April.

Three broad areas are understood as falling under the main theme:

* Decisions within science
* Decisions based on scientific knowledge
* Decision as a scientific topic.
A fuller description of the theme, with several detailed suggestions, can be found (in French) on the Society's web page :

A selection of papers relating to the main theme will be collected in a volume published in French at Editions Vuibert (an English edition is also envisaged). Selected papers on other topics will be published online.


Daniel Andler (Paris, chair); Martin Andler (Versailles Saint-Quentin); Alexander Bird (Bristol); Mikael Cozic (Paris); Francoise Gaill (Paris); Max Kistler (Grenoble); Catherine Laurent (Paris); Francoise Longy (Strasbourg); Thierry Martin (Besancon); Pierre-Michel Menger (Paris); Emmanuel Picavet (Paris); Stephanie Ruphy (Aix-en-Provence); Federica Russo (Louvain & Canterbury); Philippe Urfalino (Paris) ; Bernard Walliser (Paris).


Thomas Pradeu (Paris, chair); Isabelle Drouet (Leuven); Charles Girard (Paris); Brian Hill (Jouy-en-Josas); Florence Hulak (Paris); Gaell Mainguy (Paris); Pascal Ludwig (Paris).

SUBMISSIONS (deadline : 4 May, 2009)

All proposals will be blind-refereed. Please delete all identifying references and name from submissions. Submissions by e-mail or by post should comprise all nominal information, addresses etc. in a document separate from the proposal.

Symposia and workshops: Title; theme (max. 300 words); title and abstract (max. 250 words) of each contribution.

Individual contribution: Title, abstract (max. 250 words), preferred format of delivery (oral presentation or poster: the final decision will be made by the Program Committee).

(Recommended). On the Society's web page, by Easychair (submissions only in pdf format)

By e-mail:

By post: Dr Stephanie Ruphy, Secretaire generale de la SPS, 11, rue du Vertbois 75003 Paris, France.


Registration fee: SPS members: 10€; students and unemployed: 5€; non-members, employed: 60€.

A limited number of travel grants will be awarded to early-career scholars (PhD students and postdocs) whose contribution has been accepted. Applications should be made at the time of the submission, and include a brief vitae and a description of research interests (max. 250 words). The amount of the grants will depend on the number of requests and on pending applications to funding agencies.

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