Emerita Quito: The greatest forgotten Filipino philosopher
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Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:03 PM
Subject: [PHILOS-L] Fwd: Call for papers: Explanation in Science
Call for Papers
Explanation in science
Explanation is one of the most controversial issues in contemporary philosophy
of science. Over the last decade, a causal approach to explanation has been
favoured, under different guises, e.g. interventionist, mechanistic, etc.
However, these are not the only options available, since unificationist,
pragmatic and probabilistic accounts point at the limits of the causal
perspective. Furthermore, options developed initially as part of the causal
approach are now keeping some distance from their origins. It is debatable, for
instance, whether inter-level mechanistic explanations really are causal
explanations. In addition to this, explanation is usually invoked as a target
for scientific theories/models and, according to some authors, explanation
should inform scientific inference (i.e.: inference to the best explanation).
However, although what scientific explanation is and what makes explanation
valuable in science are different questions, it seems that their respective
answers should be related somehow. But, should a philosophical theory of
scientific explanation justify why explanation is valuable in science; or
rather, should our evaluative criteria concerning scientific explanation inform
what scientific explanation is?
teorema invites submissions for a special issue on explanation in science. The
following is a non-exhaustive list of suggested topics for contributions:
• Is the relation between causal and non-causal approaches to scientific
explanation one of conflict or one of complementarity?
• What are the prospects for extending causal approaches to the sciences that
are in principle more opposed to them, such as economics and the social
• To what extent is actual explanatory practice in science a benchmark for
philosophical theories of explanation?
• What is the relation between the properties that define scientific
explanation and the properties that make an explanation preferable, qua
explanation, to a rival option?
Articles must be written in Spanish or English and should not exceed 6,000
words. For the presentation of their articles, authors are requested to take
into account the instructions available
at:<http://www.unioviedo.es/Teorema/English/Authors.html>. Submissions must be
suitable for blind review. Both a DOC and a PDF document must be sent to the
Editor indicating “Monograph on Explanation in Science” in the subject heading.
Closing date is May 31st, 2018. Notification of intent to submit, including
both a title and a summary of the content, will be greatly appreciated, as it
will assist with the coordination and planning of the special issue.
Guest Editor for this issue will be Prof. Valeriano Iranzo, University of
Contact details for queries and submissions:
Prof. Luis M. Valdés Villanueva
Editor of teorema
Deadline for submissions: May 31st, 2018.
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