- 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
- 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.
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: 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.