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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation", 21-22 October 2011, GERMANY

PSX2 - Second International Workshop on the Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation University of Konstanz

Experiments play an essential part in science. Not only are they used to test theories but they
are also key to exploring new phenomenological realms, discovering new effects and phenomena. 
Nevertheless, experiments are still an underrepresented topic in main stream philosophy of science.
The PSX workshop series therefore wants to give a home to philosophical interests in and concerns 
about experiment. Among the questions we want to discuss are the following: How is experimental 
practice organized, around theories or around something else? How independent is experimentation 
from theories? Does it have a life of its own? Can experiments undermine the threat posed to the
objectivity of science by the thesis of theory-ladenness, underdetermination, or the Duhem-Quine 
thesis? What are the important similarities and differences between experiments in different 
sciences? What are the experimental strategies scientists use for making sure that their experiments
work correctly? How are phenomena discovered or created in the laboratory? Is experimental knowledge
epistemically more secure than observational knowledge? Can experiments give us good reasons for 
belief in theoretical entities? What role do computer simulations play in the assessment of experimental
background noise? How trustworthy are they? Do they warrant the same kind of inferences as experimental

Keynote speakers:
Deborah Mayo, Virginia Tech
Wendy Parker, Ohio University

We invite submissions of extended abstracts (1000 words) of papers of 
approximately 30 minutes presentation time. Please include your name, the title 
of the paper, your academic affiliation and your e-mail address in the 
submission. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2011. Please direct your 
submissions to The decisions 
will be announced by July 15, 2011.

Organizing Committee: Samuel Schindler (chair), Allan Franklin, Deborah Mayo, 
John D. Norton, Wendy Parker, Slobodan Perovic, Marcel Weber.

Questions can be directed to