CfA: 2nd Young Scholars Pragmatism Conference: Inquiry, Science, Truth (11-12 October 2021, Cambridge)

Keynote speakers: Prof. Cheryl Misak (University of Toronto) and Prof. Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge)

 We invite submissions of abstracts for the second edition of the Young Scholars Pragmatism Conference. It will be a hybrid event with online and in-person talks (20-mn presentation / 35-mn discussion). 

While pragmatist ideas and methods are present in a great variety of academic fields and subfields, pragmatism started as a theory of meaning and inquiry (Peirce, James, Dewey), and became (in)famous as a theory of truth. This conference seeks to explore these fundamental themes running from the beginnings of pragmatism to the present. Possible topics for submission include (but are not limited to): 

·  Meanings and concepts: what are our concepts for? How should we construe the meaning of our terms? How are concepts formed, and how do they evolve? 

·  The theory of inquiry and scientific or logical methods: is there a scientific method? What is (or are) the method(s) of inquiry? How do we evaluate these methods? 

·  Scientific practice: what does the study of scientific practice teach us about traditional issues in philosophy of science and about the theory of inquiry?

·  Values: is there a fact/value dichotomy? What role do values, purposes and normative assessments play in epistemic practices? 

·  Truth and warranted assertibility: can truth be a goal of inquiry? How should it be defined? Can truth transcend experience or inquiry? 

·  (Anti-)realism and (anti-)representationalism: do ideas and theories purport to represent the world? How should global expressivists or anti-representationalists think about theories of inquiry and the philosophy of science?


We welcome presentations of various forms, such as: theoretical papers defending pragmatist accounts of X; historical, sociological or philosophical case studies from a pragmatist perspective; studies of classical pragmatist answers to contemporary problems in philosophy of science, epistemology, or philosophy of language; exploration of pragmatist themes present in the philosophy of science of non-(explicitly) pragmatist authors; critical assessments of the scope and limits of pragmatism. 


Submission guidelines:

·  Conditions for submission: graduate (masters and doctoral) students and early career scholars (up to 5 years after the completion of the PhD)

·  Word limit: 500 words

·  Format: PDF prepared for blind review

·  Include a separate document with your name, contact information, title of your abstract, and current academic position. You are also welcome to state your preference for presenting online or in person.

·  Deadline for submission: 15 May 2021

·  Notification of acceptance: 7 June 2021

Please send your documents to Céline Henne  and Oscar Westerblad by 15th May 2021, with subject line “YSPC Abstract”.


The organizing committee:

Céline Henne (Cambridge), Oscar Westerblad (Cambridge), Bobby Vos (Cambridge)


The scientific committee:

Miguel Ohnesorge (Cambridge), Sarah Hijmans (Paris 7 Diderot)