The organizers wish to thank all participants for a great conference. For recorded material, please see the TINT website media section. For results of the conference feedback questionnaire, please see here.

The Fourth Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) will be organized and hosted by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland, 28-31 August 2013.

For questions and further information please contact epsa-13@helsinki.fi or see www.helsinki.fi/tint.

The conference book of abstracts is now downloadable here (Updated 30.8.2013 at 16:05.)

The conference has eight sections:

  1. General philosophy of science
  2. Philosophy of the physical sciences
  3. Philosophy of the life sciences
  4. Philosophy of the cognitive sciences
  5. Philosophy of the social sciences
  6. Philosophy of technology and applied research
  7. Formal philosophy of science
  8. Historical, social and cultural studies in
    philosophy of science



Keynote talks

Alison Wylie
(University of Washington)

"Epistemic Diversity: The Advantages of Collaborative Practice"

Hannes Leitgeb
(University of Munich)

"The Logic of Belief and the Stability of Reasoning"

Martin Kusch
(University of Vienna)

"Scientific Pluralism and the Chemical Revolution"

Pre-conference symposium

The Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences organizes a pre-conference symposium on the subject 'Towards Philosophies of Interdisciplinarity' in Helsinki on 27 August 2013.

Participation is free, but registration is required via email to the address epsa-13@helsinki.fi.

Date and time: 27.8.2013 at 10-18.
[Download calendar link]

Venue: University of Helsinki Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, room 5, Helsinki, Finland.

Download presentation abstracts here.


  10:15 - 10:30 Opening
Ilkka Niiniluoto
  10:30 - 11:15 "Philosophy of interdisciplinarity: A Manifesto"
Uskali Mäki
  11:15 - 11:30 Break & coffee
  11:30 - 12:15 "Model exchanges and their interdisciplinary success"
Till Grüne-Yanoff
  12:15 - 13:00 “Neuroeconomics as triangulation”
Jaakko Kuorikoski and Caterina Marchionni
  13:00 - 14:15 Lunch
  14:15 - 15:00 "Interdisciplinarity at the grassroots level: The modeling practice of synthetic biology"
Tarja Knuuttila and Andrea Loettgers
  15:00 - 15:45 "Transdisciplinary problem-solving: Emerging modes in integrative systems biology"
Miles MacLeod
  15:45 - 16:15 Break & refreshments
  16:15 - 17:00 “On the kinds and roles of non-academic knowledges in transdisciplinarity"
Inkeri Koskinen and Uskali Mäki
  17:00 - 18:00 Panel: Observations from scientific practice and research funding
Ilkka Hanski (Ecology)
Matti Sintonen (Philosophy)
Barry Gills (Development studies)


Call for Papers

Downloadable version of the CfP

EPSA invites contributed papers and proposals for symposia.

Submission deadline: 15 January 2013

Contributed papers: Please submit an abstract of 1000 words prepared for blind review. Abstracts should start with the number and title of the relevant section. The allocated time for delivering contributed papers at the conference will be 30 minutes, including discussion.

Symposium proposals: Please submit a full proposal that includes the number and title of the relevant section, the title of the proposed symposium, a general description of the topic and its significance (up to 1500 words), and titles and abstracts of all papers (up to 300 words for each paper). The symposium proposals should be prepared for blind review, but make sure that you provide separately a list of all participants (including the chair) and their contact information (institutional affiliation and e-mail addresses), and indicate the organizer(s) of the symposium proposal (who may or may not be a proposed speaker). Accepted symposia will be allocated 120 minutes, including discussion. They can have any format but the maximum number of speakers is 5. Symposium proposals that explore connections between different areas or research programs in philosophy of science or between philosophy of science and sciences are encouraged.

Please note that no one will be permitted to present more than one paper (either a symposium paper or a contributed paper including papers jointly authored with others) on the EPSA 13 program. All submissions will be reviewed, but in case both a symposium paper and a contributed paper by the same author(s) are under consideration for the program, the priority will be given to the symposium paper. Symposium participants are kindly asked to inform their symposium organizers if they are involved in more than one symposium proposal. Similarly, co-authors of papers are kindly asked to inform their co-authors if they are authors in other papers.

All questions about submissions should be directed to the co-chairs of the Program Committee for EPSA 13: Stéphanie Ruphy (stephanie.ruphy@wanadoo.fr) and Gerhard Schurz (gerhard.schurz@phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de). Members of the Program Committee and Local Organizing Committee for EPSA 13 are listed at http://www.helsinki.fi/epsa13/.

All submissions have to be made electronically through the EasyChair system at


Please notice that first time users have to register as users of the EasyChair conference system.


Important dates

15 January 2013: Submission deadline (contributed papers and symposia)
15 April 2013: Notification of acceptance
15 June 2013: Early registration deadline
25 August 2013: Online registration closes
28-31 August 2013: Conference