Philosophy of Science in the 21st Century – Challenges and Tasks (philo-sci21)

Organization: Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon

Venue: Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon

Location: Lisboa, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Dec 04, 2013 / 10:00 am - (GMT) End Date/Time: Dec 06, 2013 / 7:00 pm - (GMT)
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 15, 2013 Time: 12:00:00(GMT)
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The Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL), the only Portuguese research unit exclusively dedicated to the Philosophy of Science, is completing its first decade of existence. In order to commemorate this symbolic date, the CFCUL will organize the Second Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science:¬†Philosophy of Science in the 21st¬†Century ‚Äď Challenges and Tasks. This conference will be held in December 4th to 6th 2013, at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. As the title indicates, the conference intends to identify and question the main research lines and problems of the philosophy of science in the present and in the oncoming future.


The Call for Abstracts for oral presentations and symposia for the International Conference ‚ÄúPhilosophy of Science in the 21st century ‚Äď Challenges and Tasks‚ÄĚ closes on 15th September.

We welcome submissions on topics that address emerging research issues in current Philosophy of Science. We have identified the following topics but we are open to considering your own proposals:

- New Cartographies of Knowledge; - The Metaphysics of Science; - New arguments in the Realism/Anti-realism controversy; - Image and Visualization; - Models and Fiction; - Science and Democracy; - Science, Ethics and Bioethics; - Philosophy of Technology; - Argumentation, Decision and Action; - Humanities and Cognitive Sciences; - Current debate on Emergence and Reductionism; - Philosophy and Complexity; - Philosophy of Science and Post-human question; - Philosophy of Science and the Internet; - Philosophy of Biodiversity; - Science and Art; - Others…

(The proceedings of the Conference will be published in a special issue of an international journal.)

Please find more information about the submission procedure in our website (


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Additional Information

So far, the following speakers are confirmed:

- Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen‚Ä®(University of Helsinki, Finland) - Byron Kaldis‚Ä®(Hellenic Open University, Greece) - Claude Imbert‚Ä®(√Čcole Normale Sup√©rieure, France) - Daniel Andler‚Ä®(Universit√© Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, France) - Jan Sebest√≠k‚Ä®(Institut d‚ÄôHistoire et de Philosophie des Sciences, Paris, France) - John Symons‚Ä®(University of Kansas, USA) - Luciano Boi‚Ä®(√Čcole des Hautes √Čtudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France) - Marcelo Dascal‚Ä®(Tel-Aviv University, Israel) - Maria Jos√© Frapolli‚Ä®(Universidad de Granada, Spain) - Shahid Rahman‚Ä®(Universit√© Lille 3, Paris, France)


So far, the following symposia are confirmed: 

- ‚ÄúDiagrammatic Logic‚Äú, organized by Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (University of Helsinki, Finland) - ‚ÄúNew philosophical and scientific issues in the life sciences: the ‚Äėrevolution‚Äô of epigenetic in our representation of living beings‚ÄĚ, organized by Luciano Boi (Centre de Math√©matiques, EHESS, Paris, France) - ‚ÄúBioethics: Myth and Reality‚Äú, organized by Ant√≥nio Barbosa (Centre of Bioethics, FMUL, Lisbon, Portugal)


Springer prize for the most adventurous talk by a junior Philosopher of Science: 

Springer-Verlag will kindly offer a collection of books to the most adventurous talk presented by a junior Philosopher of Science.