Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
May 18th-20th, 2016

The Models and Simulations 7 conference (MS7) will take place in Barcelona, May 18th-20th, 2016, co-organized by the University of Barcelona and UNED  (Madrid).
The Models and Simulations conference series is devoted to exploring philosophical issues arising from the construction and use of models and computer simulations in the natural and social sciences. Previous meetings took place in Paris, Tilburg, Charlottesville, Toronto, Helsinki and Notre Dame.
MS7 Plenary Speakers

     Anjan Chakravartty (Univ. Notre Dame)
     Roman Frigg (LSE)
     Sabina Leonelli (Univ. Exeter)
Call for Contributed Papers

Contributing papers are invited from both philosophers and practicing scientists. Sample topics include (but are not limited to):
 - Models and simulations, their construction and their use in: prediction; heuristics; theorizing; experimentation; confirmation
- Scientific representation; scientific explanation; scientific reasoning
- The nature of: abstraction; approximation; idealization
- Desiderata (simplicity, unifying power, robustness, …) for modeling and simulating
- Their use and functions: across disciplinary boundaries; in designing and applying technologies; in public policy setting.

Contributed papers sessions will last 45 minutes: 30 minutes presentation and 15 minutes discussion.
Please submit a short abstract of 100 words and an extended PDF abstract of 600-700 words to:

If you do not have an EasyChair account, you must create one on entering the site. After logging in, click the ‘New Submission’ link. Add your 100 word abstract and upload the PDF file of your extended abstract. You can revise your submission any number of times before the deadline.

Abstract submission deadline: 22 December 2015.
Abstracts will be refereed blind and results communicated to authors in February 2016.
Registration, travel, accommodation and conference-related information will be available in the MS7 website:
Further inquiries may be addressed to:



Seminario del Dpto. de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la ciencia (UNED)


LUNES 23 DE NOVIEMBRE, 16.00 (Sala 06 de Filosofía, UNED)
Álvaro Moreno (UPV/EHU)"Reflexiones sobre el concepto de individualidad en Biología"
Desde Darwin, la Biología se ha articulado sobre la idea de la evolución por selección natural, que ha influido profundamente en la comprensión científica y filosófica de los fenómenos biológicos y de nuestro lugar en la naturaleza. En esta conferencia argumentaré que la biología actual debe construir una idea de individualidad articulada en torno a un principio más fundamental que el de la evolución, el de la autonomía. La autonomía biológica describe a los organismos vivos como sistemas organizados, que son capaces de auto-producción y auto-mantenimiento como entidades integradas, para establecer su propios objetivos y normas, y promover las condiciones de su existencia a través de su interacciones con el medio ambiente. Primero mostraré como esta idea ha sido introducido en la biología a finales del s XX y luego revisaré críticamente sus limitaciones y equívocos, tratando de reformularla para poder dar cuenta de las formas complejas y paradójicas de individualidad y colaboración que la historia evolutiva ha generado.
Davide Vecchi (CFCUL)"Autopoiesis or symbiopoiesis?"
Symbiosis can be characterised as an aggregative force whereby physiologically and reproductively autonomous biological individuals progressively associate by sharing, for example, a metabolic fate. The strength of the association varies from a partial, reversible and transitory association to an obligate, irreversible and permanent one. The strength of the association is inversely proportional to the degree of autonomy of the biological individuals involved. Symbiosis therefore poses a potential problem for those accounts of biological individuality that are based on a static characterisation of autonomy. In fact, the existence of various degrees of physiological and reproductive integration implies the relinquishment of biological autonomy on the part of the host and symbiont, the interpenetration between living systems and the environment as well as the ontogenetic and phylogenetic negotiability of their relationship. In this talk I shall attempt to show in what sense the connected concepts of autopoiesis and organisational closure are challenged by evidence for developmental symbiosis.


THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science 30/3 (2015)


MONOGRAPHIC SECTION: History and Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics
Guest Editor’s Introduction
Gabriel Uzquiano
On the Essence and Identity of Numbers
Mario Gómez-Torrente
Non-Representational Mathematical Realism
Maria Jose Frapolli
Essence Without Fundamentality
Agustin Rayo
Truth, Demonstration and Knowledge. A Classical Solution to the Paradox of Knowability
Elia Zardini
La argumentación abstracta en Inteligencia Artificial: problemas de interpretación y adecuación de las semánticas para la toma de decisiones
Gustavo Adrián Bodanza
The Eleatic and the Indispensabilist
Russell Marcus
Why Pursue Unification? A Social-Epistemological Puzzle
Randall Harp, Kareem Khalifa
On the Social Nature of Objectivity: Helen Longino and Justin Biddle
Jaana Eigi
González, ed. 2014. Bas van Fraassen’s Approach to Representation and Models in Science
Xavier de Donato


Special issue on 'Doing internet governance: practices, controversies, infrastructures, and institutions'

Call for papers of the Internet Policy Review


Internet governance is gaining attention in the post-Snowden era, which increased distrust of formal government institutions and their ‘dangerous liaisons’ with the private sector. User-driven, technology-embedded, decentralised approaches keep on seeing the light: in contracts, currency, privacy protection, just to name a few. Politics and traditional purveyors of authority negotiate ways of readjusting to the changing environment. Thus, investigating the “ordering” (Flyverbom, 2011) and governing processes as they relate to the network of networks is both timely and important.Traditionally, when talking about Internet Governance researchers and practitioners refer to the new organisations and institutions that have been explicitly established to regulate, discuss, and negotiate issues of internet governance (e.g. ICANN, WSIS, IGF). Recently, authors have criticised this institutional focus, arguing the need for a more comprehensive conceptualisation of internet governance (DeNardis, 2012; Eeten/Mueller, 2013; Musiani, 2014; Hofmann et al., 2014). Among these recent developments, a small set of publications has drawn on perspectives from Science and Technology Studies (STS) to rethink and substantiate questions of ordering and governing the net. These contributions highlight the day-to-day, mundane practices that constitute internet governance, take into account the plurality and ‘‘networkedness’’ of devices and arrangements involved, and investigate the invisibility, pervasiveness, and apparent agency of the digital infrastructure itself (Musiani, 2014). Internet governance, in this view, is not only negotiated in dedicated institutions; the doing of internet governance more broadly consists in practices and controversies of the design, regulation, and use of material infrastructures. In this way, STS-informed perspectives are increasingly instrumental for challenging and expanding our understanding and for informing our examination of ordering and governing processes in the digital realm.


We invite papers that share a strong conceptual interest in understanding processes of ordering and governing the internet as a core infrastructure of our daily lives. More focused paper topics may include, but in no way are limited to, the following:

  • Internet governance theory: how can STS inform theoretical perspectives on internet governance?

  • Controversies: how do socio-technical internet-related controversies reveal tensions and critical junctures of internet politics?

  • Privatisation: what are the practices of internet governance privatisation? What does it mean for the internet as a socio-technical phenomenon?

  • Unintended consequences: what are the examples of unintended consequences of technology regulation and design that affect the openness, security, and stability of the internet?

  • Re-intermediation and delegation: what are the forms of re-intermediation of the “decentralised” system that is the internet? How can we study them?

  • Participatory governance: how can STS help unpack the practices of “multistakeholderism” and their potential effects (or lack thereof)?

  • Infrastructures and architectures as governance arrangements: how can STS-informed approaches help us unveil the power and control structures embedded in internet architecture?

Submissions must be in clearly-written English. The Internet Policy Review is an open access, short-form journal. Full papers are requested to be around 30,000 characters (5,000 words) in length, to encourage concise and parsimonious discussion of core issues.



12 November 2015: Release of the Call for papers

25 January 2016: Deadline for expression of interest and abstract submissions (500 word abstracts) via the form on the IPR website.

15 February: Feedback / Invitation to submit full text submissions

25 April: Full text submissions deadline. All details on text submissions can be found under: http://policyreview.info/authors

13 June: Comprehensive peer review and feedback

11 July: Re-submission deadline

5 September: Publication of the special issue


Dentro de las actividades del seminario permanente de la red “Epistemología y sociedad” se celebrará la siguiente conferencia:

David Pérez Chico (Universidad de Zaragoza)
La verdad en el escepticismo: Wittgenstein y Cavell sobre la certeza


18 de noviembre de 2015 (12:00-14:00)
Sala de Juntas, Módulo VII, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


Seminario del Dpto. de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la ciencia (UNED)

MARTES 10 DE NOVIEMBRE, 12.00 (Sala de grados, edificio de Humanidades, UNED)
Andrés Rivadulla (UCM)"Meta, método y mito en ciencia"
En Meta, Método y Mito en Ciencia se suceden ordenadamente cuestiones de metodología de la ciencia y de epistemología. Los capítulos dedicados a metodología tienen por objeto principal reivindicar la importancia del contexto de descubrimiento científico, haciendo hincapié en el papel del razonamiento abductivo en ciencias observacionales y teóricas de la Naturaleza, así como en el de la preducción, una nueva forma de creatividad deductiva en ciencias teóricas que introduzco en metodología de la ciencia. Los capítulos dedicados a epistemología se centran en el debate realismo-instrumentalismo. En el libro, siguiendo las líneas que ya había desarrollado en Éxito, Razón y Cambio en Física, 2004, me decanto por una posición instrumentalista. Un argumento central al respecto lo constituye el de la incompatibilidad interteórica, que supera en eficacia a otros presentados hasta el momento en la filosofía actual de la ciencia.


Cancer patienthood in the post-genomics era


Research Fellow (two posts) Vacancy Ref:034697 
Closing Date:20-Nov-2015 https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/
Working under the direction of Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley to
support an exciting programme of work funded through a Wellcome Trust
Senior Investigator Award held jointly with Professor Anne Kerr at the
University of Leeds. These posts are based at the University of Edinburgh
but you will work closely with the research team at Leeds.

These posts provides an excellent career opportunity for early career
researchers. You will contribute to the empirical and analytical phase of
the programme, designing and conducting a range of
qualitative/ethnographic research in different sites (clinics,
laboratories, on-line), with different groups (patients, families,
publics, scientists and clinicians) and about different cancers. You will
contribute to a series of publications and engagement activities arising
from the empirical analysis.

You will have a PhD in a relevant social science discipline, experience
in qualitative research methods and peer reviewed publication.
Demonstrating evidence of an ability to collect and analyse complex data
with sophistication and sensitivity, together with a strong grasp of
relevant conceptual and analytical approaches, you will possess excellent
communication skills and the ability to deal with a variety of tasks to
set deadlines. The ability to work independently is essential, along with
strong organisational and team working skills.

The posts are offered as full-time (35 hours although 28 hours could be
considered if requested) and is Fixed Term until 31st December 2018.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley by
email sarah.c.burley@ed.ac.uk in first instance, or Kay.Lindsay@ed.ac.uk


Workshop ‘Abstract Objects: from Explanation to Existence’

University Of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

January 2016, 19-20


The question whether we should believe in the existence of abstract objects like numbers, sets, propositions, thoughts and others is still a lively topic in metaphysics and epistemology. According to a tradition going back to Quine and Putnam, we should accept the existence of numbers and other abstract mathematical entities for the same reason as we should accept electrons and other unobservable entities in our ontology: because our best scientific explanations entail that they exist. A similar argument can in principle be used to support the view that other abstract objects exist. According to a different approach, going back to Carnap, the question whether numbers and other abstract objects exist makes sense only relative to the adoption of a linguistic framework and, properly understood, has an uncontroversial positive answer. Developments of both the Quinean and the Carnapian approaches to ontology can be found in recent work on the metaphysics and epistemology of abstract objects, along with alternative ones, like various fictionalist or nominalistic strategies rejecting any commitment with the existence of abstract objects.The workshop ‘Abstract Objects: from explanation to existence’ will provide an opportunity to explore different accounts of the role of abstract objects in our scientific theorizing and their metaphysical and epistemological status.



The workshop will include two sessions for submitted papers by postgraduate students and early career philosophers (no more than 3 years from PhD). Selection will be based on double blind review of long abstracts (max. 1000 words). If you would like to apply, please submit your abstract, anonymized, to plebani.matteo@gmail.com  by November 30th, 2015.  Abstracts should be suitable for a 35-45 minutes presentation. Notifications of acceptance:  Before December 20th 2015.