CfP: Reasoning and Argumentation in Science (LMU Munich, May 31 – June 2, 2017)

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann, MCMP, LMU Munich.

Call for Papers
Reasoning and Argumentation in Science
Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich
31 May – 2 June 2017


Progress in science is not only a matter of new models and theories, but also of new ways of reasoning and arguing for specific conclusions. In this conference, we focus on these epistemological features of science and consider the following questions: Which new reasoning and argumentation schemes do contemporary scientists use­­? How are these schemes justified, and how can they be assessed? Is it possible to come up with a unified normative theory of reasoning and argumentation in science? The conference focuses on reasoning and argumentation in the sciences in general, but there will also be a special focus on reasoning in specific natural and social sciences.
Topics of the conference will include, but are not limited to:

  1. The general classification and analysis of patterns of reasoning and argumentation used in contemporary science.
  2. The philosophical and formal investigation of specific instances of the application of non-standard forms of reasoning and argumentation in the natural and social sciences.
  3. The application of logical and probabilistic methods to the study of scientific reasoning and argumentation.

Keynote Speakers

  • Catarina Dutilh Noaves (University of Groningen)
  • Christian List (London School of Economics)
  • Wayne Myrvold (University of Western Ontario)

We invite submissions for presentations on any topic relating to reasoning and argumentation in science, broadly construed. Submissions should include both a short abstract (max. 100 words) and an extended abstract (500-1000 words), and should be made through our automatic submission system by 1 March, 2017. To submit, please prepare your abstract for blind review and follow the instructions on the webpage.