IHPST Tenth International Conference, June 24-28, 2009
(March 23 submission date)

The University of Notre Dame’s HPS Graduate Program and Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values will host the 2009 Tenth biennial IHPST meeting June 24-28, 2009 on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana. It will continue the IHPST tradition of sustained and serious research being discussed in a collegial and convivial atmosphere.

Proposals are welcomed in all areas and periods of history and philosophy of science with implications for theoretical and pedagogical issues in science and mathematics teaching. Philosophers of Education are also invited to contribute to these same issues.

Proposals (250words) should be submitted by email as an attached file (MS Word, or RTF) to :
[email protected] by March 23rd.

Please name the submitted file with the surname of the first author (For Example: bergmann_proposal.doc. Panel discussion or symposia proposals are encouraged. Symposium proposals should include a general description of the symposium topic together with brief abstracts of the individual contributions to the symposium.

Proposals should follow format and conventions used in ‘Science & Education’ journal. Capital letters for Author, with full mail and email address, title in bold with upper and lower case used, 12pt font preferred.

Poster proposals are also welcome. Substitute poster in above directions.

Limited funding might be available to support the participation of scholars from depressed economies.

The Springer Lecture will be given by Robert T. Pennock who is an associate professor in the Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Computer Science at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. Pennock’s research focuses on epistemic and ethical values as they relate to scientific methodology, and also on using the behaviour of artificial life to examine processes of evolutionary change. He is the author of Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism (MIT Press, 1999), which provides a critical analysis of the significant developments in the creationist movement in the 1990’s, and editor of Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics (MIT Press, 2001).
Among Pennock s 2007 publications are articles on Investigating the Emergence of Phenotypic Plasticity in Evolving Digital Organisms , Learning Evolution and the Nature of Science using Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life , Models, Simulations, Instantiations and Evidence: The Case of Digital Evolution , God of the Gaps: The Argument from Ignorance and the Limits of Methodological Naturalism and Biology and Religion the last in the Cambridge Companion toPhilosophy of Biology.
Apart from scholarly pursuits, Pennock is a staunch defender of proper and sound science education. He was an expert witness in the critical Kitzmiller et al v. Dover Area School Board trial of 2005; he is president of Michigan Citizens for Science; and chair of the Education Committee of
the Society for the Study of Evolution; he has long been on the Editorial Committee and a reviewer for Science & Education.

For more information about IHPST 2009, please visit the conference website:

Questions may be directed to the special conference email address: [email protected] or to:

Don Howard, Philosophy Department, University of Notre Dame. Email: [email protected]