CFP: Call for Symposium Proposals for PSA 2014

Twenty-Fourth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

November 6-9, 2014
Chicago, IL

Call for Symposium Proposals for PSA 2014

Submission is now open for proposals for symposia to be presented at the PSA 2014 meeting in Chicago, IL on November 6-9, 2014. Symposia may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. The PSA 2014 Program Committee will strive for quality, variety, innovation and diversity on the program. Members of the PSA 2014 Program Committee are listed at

The deadline for Symposium proposals is January 6, 2014. Symposium organizers will be informed of the Program Committee’s decision prior to the deadline for submitting contributed papers (March 1, 2014).

Symposia should involve several presenters, typically 4-5, organized around a topic of interest. A selection of symposia will be accepted for presentation at the PSA 2014 meeting. Symposium presenters may submit their papers, after the conference, for review for publication in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science. The evaluation for publication will be of individual papers. Symposium papers may be posted as a PSA 2014 Conference Paper at (a publicly accessible digital archive) prior to the meeting. All symposium papers submitted for review after the meeting may be electronically archived, whether or not they are accepted for publication. The submission deadline for symposium papers will be announced at a later date.

The Committee aims to prepare a program that reflects the full range of current work in the philosophy of science. Symposia that make connections with, or include, working scientists, as well as symposia of potential interest to members of both the Philosophy of Science Association and the History of Science Society are warmly invited. We will not be considering ‘Author Meets Critics’ sessions (but topical sessions that build upon recently published books are acceptable).

Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. Proposals for symposia should include:

1. The title of the proposed symposium

2. A short descriptive summary of the proposal (100-200 words)

3. A description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (up to 1000 words)

4. Titles and abstracts (up to 500 words) of all papers

5. A list of participants and either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical description (not to exceed 1 page) for each participant

6. Institutional affiliation and e-mail addresses for all participants

7. Full contact information for the organizer (who may or may not be a proposed speaker), to be used for communication with the Program Committee

Submissions must be electronically submitted through the Philosophy of Science Editorial Manager at First time users must register on Editorial Manager.

Please note that in accordance with current PSA policy, (1) No previously published paper may be presented at the PSA meeting, and (2) No one will be permitted to appear more than once in a substantive role on the program. (A “substantive role” is the presentation of a paper either in a symposium or in a contributed papers session. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may only present once.) Symposium participants are, therefore, encouraged to notify their symposium organizers if they submit a contributed paper or are involved in more than one symposium proposal. If an accepted symposium subsequently loses participants due to multiple submissions, acceptance of the symposium proposal will become contingent upon the symposium organizer developing satisfactory alternatives to maintain the quality and coherence of the session.

All questions about submissions should be directed to the chair of the program committee for PSA 2014, Chris Smeenk, at Mailing address:

Department of Philosophy
Rotman Institute of Philosophy
1151 Richmond St.
Western University
London, ON N6A 5B8


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