Call for Papers: Reduction and Emergence in the Sciences

Posted: 25 de March de 2013 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event, News

Call for Papers: Reduction and Emergence in the Sciences

Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy &
Center for Advanced Studies, LMU

Deadline: 15 May 2013

Reduction and emergence play a central role in the relations of
scientific theories and disciplines. For instance, a reducible theory
is in some sense replaceable but also supported by its reducing
theory. In contrast, a theory that describes emergent phenomena
arguably stands alone in both respects. Unfortunately, the discussion
about reduction and emergence suffers from two uncertainties at once.
On the one hand the concepts of reduction and especially emergence are
not precisely defined, on the other hand there are few if any
uncontentious cases of reduction or emergence in the sciences. This
stalemate can be overcome by a thorough analysis of relations between
and within scientific theories. These relations can then serve as a
basis for explications of reduction and emergence that are applicable
in the sciences. In this vein, we invite proposals for talks that
address the inter- or intratheoretic relations of specific theories or
provide precise notions of such relations for the application in the

The submissions should consist of both a short abstract (max. 100 words) and an extended abstract
(500-1000 words). To submit, please prepare your abstracts for blind review, and save your extended
abstract as a PDF file. Then use our automatic submission system at The deadline for submission is 15 May 2013.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 June 2013, and the conference will take place 14-16
November 2013. If you have further questions, please refer to the conference website at or contact Sebastian Lutz (sebastian.lutz@lrz.uni-

Submission deadline: 15 May 2013
Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2013
Registration deadline: 14 October 2013
Conference: 14-16 November 2013
Conference website:

INVITED SPEAKERS: Patricia S. Churchland (UC San Diego), Kevin Hoover (Duke), Margaret Morrison
(Toronto), Samir Okasha (Bristol)

ORGANIZERS: Stephan Hartmann, Sebastian Lutz, Karim Thébault

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