- March 20-22, 2019 (starting on March 20 in the afternoon)
- Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr-University Bochum
- Call for submissions
- Corinna Elsenbroich (University of Surrey)
- Rainer Hegselmann (University of Bayreuth, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)
- Cailin O’Connor (University of California, Irvine)
- Samuli Reijula (University of Tampere)
- Daniel Singer (University of Pennsylvania)
- Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Eckhart Arnold (Bavarian Academy of Sciences)
- Shahar Avin (University of Cambridge)
- AnneMarie Borg (Ruhr-University Bochum)
- Justin Bruner (University of Groningen)
- Patrick Grim (Stony Brook, University of Michigan)
- Johannes Marx (University of Bamberg)
- Conor Mayo-Wilson (University of Washington)
- Aydin Mohseni (UC Irvine)
- Ryan Muldoon (University of Pennsylvania)
- Rush Stewart (LMU Munich)
- Johanna Thoma (London School of Economics)
- Gregor Betz (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
- Dunja Šešelja (LMU Munich, Ruhr-University Bochum)
- Christian Straßer (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Conference Theme
Over the last decade agent-based models (ABMs) have become an increasingly popular method across philosophical disciplines: from ethics and political philosophy to philosophy of science and social epistemology. They have been used to investigate the evolution of social norms, the efficiency of scientific inquiry, opinion dynamics, networks of epistemic trust, argumentation strategies, etc. At the same time, a precise, widely agreed-upon methodology of agent-based modeling in philosophy is lacking. In fact, how ABMs should be constructed and used is controversially discussed in philosophy and beyond. While some argue that ABMs require empirical calibration, others emphasize the virtue of simplicity typical for abstract, highly idealized models. These issues have been closely related to a variety of epistemic functions ABMs are designed to perform: from providing normative generalizations to offering only ‘how-possibly’ explanations.
This conference provides a forum for discussing the proper role and the limits of ABMs proposed in the philosophical literature, novel application contexts of ABMs, as well as their relation to other philosophical methods (e.g., case studies, formal models of scientific inference, conceptual analysis). It aims to bring together experts with practical modeling expertise from social sciences and philosophy and scholars who engage in methodological reflections of this method.
This is the second edition of the conference series on Formal Models in Philosophy. For our 2017 conference see link.
In order to register for the conference, please fill out the registration form. There is no registration fee.
Venue and how to get there
From Bochum Hauptbahnhof (central station) take the U35 towards Bochum Querenburg (Hustadt) and get out at stop “Ruhr Universität”. (Ticket needed: Preisstufe A, €2,70). On weekdays the subway U35 leaves every 5 minutes and reaches the university within 9 minutes.
Getting from the U-Bahn stop “Ruhr Universität” to Beckmanns Hof
From the train station of the U35 (“Ruhr-Universität”) go up the pedestrian bridge, turn right from the exit and walk towards the university. Your route takes you directly to the building of the university library. Keep walking till you pass the University library on your right, and continue until you reach the University “Mensa” building. Pass by the “Mensa” by walking down stairs, cross a campus street and a parking lot, and further walk down to the Beckmanns Hof.
Travel recommendations for long-distance and air travellers
Bochum Hauptbahnhof (central station) is served by ICE, IC, EC, regional and suburban trains at a high frequency. From there, you can reach the University easily by taking underground line U35 straight to the stop Ruhr-Universität. Four airports - Dortmund, Münster/Osnabrück, Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf - are within a reasonable distance of the Ruhr-Universität. Düsseldorf Airport, however, is not only the largest, but also the most easily accessed: there are direct connections between the airport and Bochum’s main train station up to eight times per hour, and the journey only takes a good half an hour.
Getting from Düsseldorf Airport to Bochum Hauptbahnhof
Upon arriving at the airport follow the signs to the DB (Deutsche Bahn) train station. Buy your train ticket to Bochum (Ticket needed: Preisstufe D, €15,00) at the airport before boarding the monorail which takes you to the train station. There are trains travelling directly to Bochum Hauptbahnhof frequently and the trip takes about 35 to 45 minutes depending on which train you take. The ticket Preisstufe D is a ticket provided by the public transportation system VRR and it is only valid in regional trains and S-Bahn. If you take an ICE, IC or EC you need a more expensive ticket for long-distant trains.
Getting from Dortmund Airport to Bochum Hauptbahnhof
Take the shuttle bus from the Airport Terminal to Holzwickede train station. From Holzwickede you take the train to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof (central station) and then change trains to Bochum Hauptbahnhof.
Since both the city centre and the conference venue are easy to reach from Bochum Central Station (Bochum Hauptbahnhof), we suggest booking an accommodation in that area.
Call for Submissions
For any questions, please contact us at: ABMphil2019@gmail.com.
The conference is funded by a Sofja Kovalevskaja award of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research.