Sydney-Tilburg conference on


TilburgCenter for Logic and Philosophy of Science
14-16 April 2010


Philosophy of science deals with the foundations and the methods of science.
While the scope of philosophy of science is rather uncontroversial, there is
considerable disagreement about its methodology. A look into the relevant
journals reveals that there is a plurality of approaches. Some researchers
use the traditional method of conceptual analysis, other engage in formal
modeling, conduct case studies and — more recently — experiments, or
consult the history of science in considerable detail. Despite the
differences in these approaches, there also seem to be undeniable trends in
our discipline, such as the increasing specialization, and the increasing
co-operation with empirical scientists. This conference will explore the
future of philosophy of science. In particular, we are interested in how the
different methods philosophers of science use relate to each other, whether
they can fruitfully complement each other, and whether current trends allow
predictions about the development of our field. We invite contributions that
combine cutting-edge individual research with a general perspective on the
methods and future of philosophy of science.

We invite submissions of extended abstracts of 1000 to 1500 words by 15
November 2009. Decisions will be made by 15 December 2009.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Michael Friedman (Stanford), Christopher Hitchcock
(Caltech), Hannes Leigeb (Bristol), and Samir Okasha (Bristol)

ORGANISERS: Mark Colyvan (Sydney), Paul Griffiths (Sydney), Stephan Hartmann
(Tilburg) and Jan Sprenger (Tilburg)

PUBLICATION: Selected papers will be published in a special issue of
European Journal for the Philosophy of Science (subject to the usual
refereeing process). The submission deadline is 1 July 2010. The maximal
paper length is 7000 words.

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS: A few travel bursaries for graduate students are
available (up to 200 Euro). If you wish to be considered please submit a CV
and a travel budget in addition to your extended abstract.

The conference language is English.