Conference on Hermeneutics and Science – 2003 7-11 June 2003 – Tihany, Hungary


The Budapest Center of the International Society for Hermeneutics and Science (ISHS) invites philosophers, scientists, and graduate students with interest in hermeneutics and the sciences to reconsider the question, to summarize the results and developments of the topic and to identify new trends and approaches in the field. For these tasks we will organize a conference

“Hermeneutics and Science – 2003”

in Hungary, in Tihany, at the lake Balaton.

Short history

Ten years ago, 4-9 September 1993, a conference entitled “Hermeneutics and Science” was held in Veszprém, Hungary. An illustrious group of philosophers and scientists with an interest in the interrelations of hermeneutics and sciences discussed the following main topics:

– Would hermeneutics contribute to bridging the gap between natural sciences and humanities? – What historical conditions caused that hermeneutics and philosophy of science had so little point of contact up to now? – What hermeneutic problems do we find at the origin of historical philosophy of science? – What role does hermeneutics play in the investigations of scientific discovery? – What does hermeneutics mean for scientists, who may find themselves in hermeneutic situations?

During and following the Veszprém-conference the International Society for Hermeneutics and Science (ISHS) was established and has been operating to help the research and organize the academic public on the field. After numerous meetings and some publications the tenth anniversary of the formation of ISHS gives a good chance to rethink the main problems of the field again.

Scientific program of the conference includes:

– invited lectures – contributed papers – round table discussion – authors meet their critics session – business meeting on ISHS Suggestions are welcome and will be considered.

Preliminary list of keynote speakers:

* Marcelo Dascal (Tel Aviv) * István M. Fehér (Budapest) * Márta Fehér (Budapest) * Don Ihde (Stony Brook) * Trevor Pinch (Ithaca) * Hans Radder (Amsterdam)

Call for abstracts

Contributed papers are invited in all related topics. The language of the meeting will be English.

Please send a one page abstract of your planned presentation by 30 April 2003. to the conference secretaries via e-mail ([email protected]) or by mail to one of the organizers.

Decision on accepted lectures and the programme of the conference will be performed by 5 May 2003. The accepted abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts. A volume containing the proccedings of the conference will probably appear within a reasonable time after the conference.

Date and location

The conference starts in the evening of 7th June and ends in the morning of 11th June 2003. The conference will be held in a research institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, at Tihany, on the coast of the Lake Balaton. Some pictures of the Institute can be seen here:

Address: Limnological Research Institute Klebelsberg Kuno u. 3. H-8236 Tihany Hungary Tel: +36-87-448114, +36-87-448244 Fax: +36-87-448006


The participants generally will reside in double rooms of the Guesthouse of the Institute, where three-bed rooms and apartments are also available. The breakfast will be served there. Take a virtual tour at the Guesthouse at If you want to stay in Tihany or in Budapest before or after the conference please contact the organizers for assistance.

Travel and transportation

You can reach Tihany by bus from Budapest. (Details: For those who arrive by plane or train to Budapest, a conference bus will leave to Tihany on 7th of June and will return from Tihany to Budapest on 11th of June.

Participation fees

* Participant: 400 USD/EUR (reduced fee: 350 USD/EUR) covers accommodation with full board, the Book of Abstracts and social programs. * Accompanying person: 300 USD/EUR (reduced fee 250 USD/EUR) covers accommodation with full board and social programs. * Student: 350 USD/EUR. (reduced fee 250 USD/EUR) covers accommodation with full board, the Book of Abstracts and social programs.

In each cases the registration fee covers:the transport between Budapest and Tihany at the beginning and the end of the conference.

Notice: update of reduced fee is 15 May 2003

A very limited amount of grants for undersupported participants will be available.

Methods of payment

You can prepay by bank transfer to: SWIFT: BIC OTP V HUHB – OTP Bank Rt Bank Address: 1221 Budapest XXII. ker., Kossuth u. 31., HUNGARY Account number: IBAN HU17 1172 2003 2013 9421 0000 0000

Cash will be accepted on site by the Conference Office.

We are looking forward to meeting you in the beautiful Tihany!

The organizers:

László Ropolyi ([email protected]) Department of History and Philosophy of Science Eötvös University H-1518 Budapest, Pf 32 Hungary tel: +36-1-3722949 fax: +36-1-3722924

Gábor Zemplén ([email protected], or [email protected]) Dept. of Philosophy and History of Science Budapest University of Technology and Economics H-1111 Budapest, Stoczek u. 2-4. Hungary

Olga Kiss ([email protected]) Department of Philosophy Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Administration H-1093 Budapest, Fo~vám tér 8 Hungary

Webpage of the conference: