Models and Simulations 2 CFP


Three-day conference at the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science
11-13 October 2007


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Ronald Giere (University of Minnesota), Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto), Stathis Psillos (University of Athens) and Paul Teller (UC Davis)

ORGANISERS: Roman Frigg (LSE), Stephan Hartmann (LSE/Tilburg [from May 2007]), and Cyrille Imbert (IHPST/Paris I)

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE: Robert Batterman (Western Ontario), Jacques Dubucs (IHPST/CNRS), Roman Frigg (LSE), Stephan Hartmann (LSE/Tilburg [from May 2007]), Paul Humphreys (University of Virginia), Cyrille Imbert (IHPST/Paris I), and Eric Winsberg (University of South Florida)

PUBLICATION:  Revised versions of selected papers will be published in a special issue of Synthese. The deadline for submission of the final version of the paper is 1 March 2008.

The conference is generously supported by the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science and the IHPST, Paris.

The conference language is English.

Computer simulations play an important role in many scientific contexts, and they are often based on a particular model of the phenomenon under investigation. This raises questions both about the nature and methodology of simulations themselves, as well as their relations to models. These issues have recently attracted some attention, and were also discussed at the ‘Models and Simulations’ conference in Paris in June 2006. The aim of the present conference is both to provide a forum to continue ongoing debates and to try to slightly shift the focus of attention. So far case studies played an important role in the debates over models and simulations and a lot has been learned from them. We are now also interested in theoretical approaches that attempt to rationalize these cases and help furthering our philosophical understanding of how models and simulations explain, how they are confirmed, how they relate to theories and other models, and how they represent.

Please submit extended abstracts of 1000 words through our abstract submission system (see website) by 15 April 2007; decisions will be made by 15 May.

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