Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Sixth Conference

17–19 June 2016

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Keynote speakers: Alan Love (University of Minnesota), Julie A. Nelson (University of Massachussetts, Boston), Miriam Solomon (Temple University), and Andrea Woody (University of Washington).

Conference updates and all information on local arrangements can now be found on the dedicated conference website SPSP 2016.

Conference Program: 

SPSP2016 Program (May 26 draft) (225.7 KB)

Pre-conference Workshop and SRPoiSE Symposium

There will be a workshop on June 16 on empirical methods and a symposium session on “Race and Inclusion in Science and Science Policy” co-sponsored with The Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE) during the conference on Sunday, June 19. 

Details about the workshop can be found here: SPSP 2016 pre-conference workshop (Please Note: Registration is required.)

Details of the SRPoiSE symposium can be found in the conference program.

Call for papers (now closed)

Abstract submission deadline: 11 January 2016
Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2016

Main contact: Joe Rouse,

The Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who approach the philosophy of science with a focus on scientific practice and the practical uses of scientific knowledge. For further details on our objectives, see our mission statement on our website at

The SPSP conferences provide a broad forum for scholars committed to making detailed and systematic studies of scientific practices — neither dismissing concerns about truth and rationality, nor ignoring contextual and pragmatic factors. The conferences aim at cutting through traditional disciplinary barriers and developing novel approaches. We welcome contributions from not only philosophers of science, but also philosophers working in epistemology and ethics, as well as the philosophy of engineering, technology, medicine, agriculture, and other practical fields. Additionally, we welcome contributions from historians and sociologists of science, pure and applied scientists, and any others with an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific practice.

We welcome both proposals for individual papers, and also strongly encourage proposals for whole, thematic sessions with coordinated papers, particularly those which include multiple disciplinary perspectives and/or input from scientific practitioners. You may wish to involve other members of SPSP (a listing is available on our website) or post a notice to the SPSP mailing list describing your area of interest and seeking other possible participants for a session proposal. (To post to this list or to receive updates on the conference, please subscribe via

Submission procedures for SPSP 2016

All proposals should be submitted online at the conference website,

Individual paper or poster proposals must include a title and an abstract of 500 words, along with full affiliation details and contact information for the author(s)/speaker(s). Proposals for poster presentations should put “(poster)” at the end of the title.

Session proposals must be made in the following format:

Rules governing multiple submissions

Individuals should only appear on the program once as presenters, and at most one additional time as commentator or co-author. If in doubt, please contact the organizers in advance about your anticipated submissions.