Call: Models and Simulations 6

Models and Simulations 6
9-11 May 2014
University of Notre Dame

The Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, and Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, are delighted to host the sixth Models and Simulations conference (MS6) at Notre Dame.

Plenary speakers

William Bechtel, University of California, San Diego
Philip Mirowski, University of Notre Dame
Andrea Woody, University of Washington

Call for abstracts

MS6 is the latest in a series of international conferences to explore philosophical issues arising from the construction and use of models and computer simulations in the natural and social sciences, after meetings in Paris, Tilburg, Charlottesville, Toronto, and Helsinki.

Papers are invited from both philosophers and practicing scientists. Sample topics include (but are not limited to):  Models, simulations, and…

  • Scientific representation
  • Scientific explanation
  • Scientific reasoning
  • The nature of: abstraction; approximation; idealization
  • The nature of their construction and confirmation
  • Their use in: prediction; heuristics; articulating theory; experimentation
  • The role of desiderata such as simplicity, unifying power, and robustness
  • Their use and functions across disciplinary boundaries
  • Their use in the domain of public policy setting
  • Their use in the design and application of technologies
  • Broader implications for science and/or philosophy

Abstract submission deadline: 22 November 2013

Please submit a short abstract of 100 words and an extended abstract of 800-1000 words. Abstracts will be refereed blind and results communicated to authors by mid-January 2014.

Abstract submission is electronic. Please prepare a PDF file of your extended abstract, appropriate for blind review, then go to:

If you do not have an EasyChair account, you must create one on entering the site. After logging in, click the ‘New Submission’ link. Add your 100 word abstract and upload the PDF file of your extended abstract. You can revise your submission any number of times before the deadline.

Registration, travel, accommodation, further information: all conference-related information will be posted on the MS6 website:

Further inquiries may be addressed to Xavi Lanao at

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