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March 20-22, 2019 (starting on March 20 in the afternoon)
Deadline for Submissions
November 15, 2018
December 1, 2018
Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr-University Bochum

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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.

Call for Submissions

We invite submissions in the form of a short abstracts (≤ 150 words) and an extended abstract (≤ 1.000 words) to be sent via EasyChair by November 15.

We very much encourage graduate students to submit their abstracts (a financial support for graduate students might be possible, we will know more about this soon).

For any questions, please contact us at:

The conference is funded by a Sofja Kovalevskaja award of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research.

Author: Research Group for Non-Monotonic Logics and Formal Argumentation

Created: 2018-11-04 Sun 22:38