Friday, May 28, 2010

Science, Knowledge, Democracy

“Science, Knowledge, and Democracy”
TRiP 2011 - Three Rivers Philosophy Conference
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
April 1st – April 3rd, 2011

Keynote Speakers:
Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan)
Miranda Fricker (Birkbeck, University of London)
Henry Richardson (Georgetown University)
Miriam Solomon (Temple University)

The goal of this conference is to bring together scholars working in
moral and political philosophy, social epistemology, philosophy of
science, and related areas to reflect broadly on the relationships
between science, knowledge, and democracy. We aim to explore
questions such as the following. In what ways should we be seeking to
foster democratic influences on science, and why? Can we unpack the
concept of objectivity (whether in the scientific or the political
domain) more fruitfully by shifting from an individual to a social
level of analysis? What is the nature of “lay expertise,” and what
are its implications for pursuing public participation in scientific
research and policy making? Do various forms of “epistemic injustice”
detract from scientific knowledge or political decision making? What
are the implications of political theory for thinking about how to
democratize science and to integrate scientific knowledge into policy
making? Does governmental involvement in and funding of scientific
research pose special challenges to traditional epistemic and moral
justifications for democracy?

We invite abstracts of roughly 500 words for papers on these or
related topics. Please submit abstracts by November 1st, 2010 to Abstracts should be PDF or Word documents
and prepared for blind review. We aim to notify the authors of
accepted papers by early December, 2010.

The Three Rivers Philosophy (TRiP) Conference takes its name from the
University of South Carolina’s location in Columbia, the state
capital, where the Saluda and Broad Rivers meet to form the Congaree
River. April is a beautiful time to be in South Carolina, so come and
enjoy both our wonderful weather and what promises to be a very
fruitful intellectual exchange. If you have any questions about the
conference, please contact one of the organizers: Kevin Elliott
( or Justin Weinberg (

Conference Dates: April 1st – April 3rd, 2011
Abstract Submission Due Date: November 1st, 2010 to
Notification of Acceptance: Early December, 2010
PDF of CFP Flyer:

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