Call For Papers: (closing date: 31st of January, 2006)
Conference Title: ‘KUHN AND THE SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE’
March 20-21, 2006
Venue: History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), University of Cambridge, UK
Confirmed Key Speakers: Professor Alexander Bird (University of Bristol) Professor Harry Collins (University of Cardiff) Professor Paul Hoyningen-Huene (University of Hannover) Professor Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge)
The conference aims to consider Kuhn’s legacy by examining the relationship between his ideas and work done in the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (SSK). Some proponents of SSK have presented themselves as the true ‘heirs’ to the Kuhnian programme; others have been more critical of Kuhn’s influence. Kuhn himself made some highly critical remarks on SSK. The conflicting perspectives on the relationship between Kuhn and SSK are reflected also in recent new interpretations of Kuhn’s work. The conference aims to open up a dialogue between ‘Kuhnian philosophers’ and practitioners of SSK. The ultimate goal is to reflect on the state and the future prospects of science studies at the beginning of the 21st century and the role of Kuhn and SSK therein.
Titles with abstracts (no longer than a page) should be emailed as a MS Word document attachment to [email protected] by 31st of January, 2006.
Contributors will be notified of acceptance by February 10th, 2006. Paper sessions will be 25 minutes long.
The conference is free of charge and open to all.
Conference Organisers: Ipek Demir and Martin Kusch (History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK)