CFP: "Discovery in the social sciences" - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - March 22-23, 2011 - Deadline: Dec. 31, 2010

WORKSHOP: Discovery in the social sciences: Towards an empirically-informed
philosophy of social science

Event Dates: 03/22/2011 - 03/23/2011
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Sponsor(s)/Host(s): Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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Abstract Deadline: 12/31/2010
Registration Deadline: 02/01/2011

Additional Information: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS WORKSHOP: Discovery in the social
sciences: Towards an empirically-informed philosophy of social science
University of Leuven, Belgium, March 22-23, 2011 Submission deadline for
abstracts: 31 December, 2010. Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2011.
Keynote speakers Alison Wylie (University of Washington): "transformative
criticism as a catalyst for discovery: Community Based Collaborative Practice
in archaeology" Jack Vromen (Erasmus University Rotterdam) website: Call for papers: The aim of
this workshop is to bring together scholars who are working in the philosophy
of the social sciences, especially those interested in scientific practice. The
theme is discovery in the social sciences. We invite submissions of extended
abstracts (about 1000 words), and we are especially eager to hear from young
researchers, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, tenure-track
professors and other recent PhDs, working in the philosophy of the social
sciences or related fields. We are interested in both case studies that examine
specific instances of discovery in social sciences, and in more theoretical or
methodological papers that are informed by scientific practice. We take
'discovery' in a broad sense, meaning discovery of empirical phenomena,
theories and laws. 'Social sciences' refers to a broad range of disciplines,
including (but not limited to) economics, anthropology, history, archaeology,
psychology (including neuroscience), linguistics, and sociology. Possible
topics (not an exhaustive list) include: - What is specific to discoveries in
the social sciences? - What is the epistemic role of artefacts in discovery,
for example in neuroscientific research? - Can we discern patterns in discovery
in the social sciences? - The discovery of laws in social sciences. -
Case-studies of discovery in specific social sciences. - Creativity in social
scientific practice. Please send your abstract, preferably as pdf or rtf to
Helen De Cruz, using the following e-mail address[at] by December 31 2010. Please also
indicate your position (e.g., graduate student, postdoc, assistant professor).
Scientific committee: Helen De Cruz (University of Leuven), Eric Schliesser
(Ghent University), Farah Focquaert (Ghent University), Raymond Corbey
(University of Leiden and Tilburg University). This workshop is supported by
funding from the University of Leuven and Ghent University. Dr. Helen De Cruz
Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy University of Leuven Dekenstraat 2
3000 Leuven Belgium