CONF: “Epistemic groups and collaborative research in science”

Posted: 10 de May de 2012 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event, News

Conference annoucement and call for abstracts

Call for Abstracts: Epistemic groups and collaborative research in science

Nancy, France, 17-19 December 2012


A large part of scientific research is now done in a collaborative way or within groups, from small local collaborations to international teams. More generally, many epistemic activities need to be analyzed in the context of the group or community in which they take place. The conference is devoted to a philosophical analysis of collaborative research and of group epistemic life in general.

It is open to various approaches, in particular philosophical and epistemological ones. Case-studies as well as formal studies are welcome, insofar as they serve a philosophical thesis.


Invited speakers

Denis Bonnay (University Paris Ouest Nanterre, France)

Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA)

Christian List (London School of Economics, UK)

Erik J. Olsson (Lund University, Sweden)

Jan Sprenger (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

K. Brad Wray (State University of New York, Oswego, NY, USA)


Scientific committee

Anouk Barberousse (University of Lille 1, France)

Mikael Cozic (University of Paris 12, France)

Paul Égré (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France)

Ryan Muldoon (University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA)



Thomas Boyer (Archives Henri Poincaré and MSH Lorraine, Nancy)

Cyrille Imbert (CNRS, Archives Henri Poincaré, Nancy)


All inquiries should be sent to


Questions of interest include but are not limited to:

– What types of collaborative work should be distinguished, and why? What types of epistemic groups should be distinguished, and why?

– What are (or should be) propositional attitudes in (epistemic, scientific) groups, and how are epistemic decisions taken?

– What kinds of epistemic commitments are required in collaboration and group activity?

– To what extent does collaborative research and the activity of epistemic groups require collective/common/distributed knowledge?

– How does opinion dynamics works in scientific and non-scientific communities?

– Why do scientists collaborate and in which circumstances should they?

– Are the scientific practices of groups different from those of individual scientists?

– How do scientific groups interact, if they do?

– Do groups work similarly in various fields of science? Do theoretical and experimental groups work in the same way?

– To what extent is the epistemic activity of scientific groups different from the epistemic activity of other groups?



We invite submissions of extended abstracts of 1000 words, plus a short abstract of 150 words. Abstracts should be anonymous and suitable for blind refereeing. They should be sent to, by 20 June 2012. Preferred formats for submission are .odt, .doc or .docx. Notifications of acceptance will be made by 10 July 2012. The conference language is English.


Dates and deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 June 2012

Notification of acceptance: 10 July 2012

Date of the conference: 17-19 December 2012


Place of the conference

Nancy (France), MSH Lorraine

Web page:


Financial support is provided by the Archives Henri Poincaré and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Lorraine.

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