CFA: Scientific Knowledge Under Pluralism

Posted on October 11, 2016 by

Below is a call for abstracts for a conference concerning the consequences of pluralism for scientific knowledge.  The deadline is November 20th.  Looks to be a timely topic given the nature of research occurring at UCalgary and elsewhere.  Check it out!


Scientific Knowledge Under Pluralism

31 March – 1 April 2017
Center for Philosophy of Science
817 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA


Pluralism – about scientific methods, modeling, theorizing, explanation, and perspective – has drawn significant recent attention. This conference aims to consider not the fact of pluralism in scientific practice, but the consequences of pluralism for scientific knowledge. Pluralists often contend that scientific knowledge is irreducibly plural: that pluralism is not merely characteristic of the developing state of knowledge in some domain, but that pluralistic knowledge is, in principle, all there is; that the contrasting ideal of ultimately combining perspectives and unifying knowledge is somehow confused. But what picture of knowledge does this offer instead? Is it compatible with realist hopes of describing a mind-independent world, or must it be understood in a pragmatic, or neo-Kantian, or constructivist way? Some pluralist allusions to incommensurable approaches, theories, and models suggest the latter. On this view, can pluralism avoid collapsing into relativism about scientific knowledge? The aim of the conference is to target and clarify the epistemological implications of pluralism.

Abstract submission deadline: November 20, 2016

Please submit a short abstract of 250-300 words.
Abstracts will be refereed blind and results communicated to authors by mid-January 2017.

Abstract submission is electronic. Please go 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 and add your abstract. You can revise your submission any number of times before the deadline.

Registration, travel, accommodations, and further information will be posted on the conference website:

Further inquiries may be addressed to Haixin Dang (

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