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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Reduction and Emergence in the Sciences, 14-16 Nov 2013, Munich, GERMANY


Reduction and emergence play a central role in the relations of scientific 
theories and disciplines. For instance, a reducible theory is in some 
sense replaceable but also supported by its reducing theory. In contrast, 
a theory that describes emergent phenomena arguably stands alone in both 
respects. Unfortunately, the discussion about reduction and emergence 
suffers from two uncertainties at once. On the one hand the concepts of 
reduction and especially emergence are not precisely defined, on the other 
hand there are few if any uncontentious cases of reduction or emergence in 
the sciences. This stalemate can be overcome by a thorough analysis of 
relations between and within scientific theories. These relations can then 
serve as a basis for explications of reduction and emergence that are 
applicable in the sciences. In this vein, we invite proposals for talks 
that address the inter- or intratheoretic relations of specific theories 
or provide precise notions of such relations! for the application in the 

We invite submissions of extended abstracts of 1000 words by 15 May 2013. 
Decisions will be made by 15 June 2013.

INVITED SPEAKERS: Patricia S. Churchland (San Diego), Kevin Hoover (Duke), 
Margaret Morrison (Toronto), Samir Okasha (Bristol)

ORGANIZERS: Stephan Hartmann, Sebastian Lutz, Karim Thbault