2017 Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable

May 19-20, University of British Columbia, Vancouver


Friday, May 19

Registration (noon)

Session 1 (12:30 – 2:30)

A: Social Dimensions of Science

12:30 to 1:10: Fiona Jenkins (Australian National University), “Gendered Innovations and Changing Norms in Social Sciences”

1:10 to 1:50: Deepanwita Dasgupta (University of Texas, El Paso), “The Entry of Newcomers into a Scientific Community: The Social Dimensions of Scientific Research”

1:50 to 2:30: Marina Prazetina (Wirth Institute, University of Alberta), “Trustworthiness of Science in the Nexus between Science, Society and Policy”


B: Placing the Normative in the Physical World

12:30 to 1:10: Karsten Stueber (College of the Holy Cross), “Reasons, Causes, and the Norms of Rationality”

1:10 to 1:50: Claudine Verheggen (York University), “Semantic Norms and Social Norms”

1:50 to 2:30: Robert Myers (York University), “Davidson’s Account of Normative Reasons”


Coffee Break


Session 2 (3:00 – 5:00):

Symposium for Jim Bohman

3:00 to 3:25: Bert Kögler (University of North Florida)

3:25 to 3:50: Georgia Warnke (UC-Riverside)

3:50 to 4:15: Mark Warren (UBC)

4:15 to 4:45: Jim Bohman (University of St Louis)

4:45 to 5:00: Q&A


Keynote Lecture 5:15 to 6:30

Cristina Bicchieri, S. J. Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, University of Pennsylvania.


Reception 6:30 to 7:30


Dinner 7:30


Saturday, May 20

Session 3 (8:30 – 10:30):

A: Experiment, Explanation and Models

8:30 to 9:10: Jared Millson (Agnes Scott College), Kareem Kalifa (Middlebury College), Mark Risjord (Emory University), “Inference, Explanation, and the Improbable in Experimental Economics”

9:10 to 9:50: Jason Oakes (University of California, Davis), “Tracking Versions to Follow the Propagation of Models”

9:50 to 10:30: Paul Franco (University of Washington), “The Scientist is a Moralist: Interpreting the Side-Effect Effect”


B: Social Identity and Autonomy

8:30 to 9:10: Alex Madva (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona) and Shannon Doberneck (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “Duties of Social Identity? Intersectional Objections to Sen’s Identity Politics”

9:10 to 9:50: Derick Hughes (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), “Rational Autonomy and Irrational Bias: A Reply to Elizabeth Anderson’s Justification for Structural Reform”

9:50 to 10:30: Michael Katel (University of Washington), “The Normative Force of Quantified Reputation in the Information Society”


Coffee Break


Session 4 (11:00 – 12:20):

A: Well-Being

11:00 to 11:40: Tyler DesRoches (Arizona State University), “Nobody Needs a Theory of Human Well-Being”

11:40 to 12:20: Gil Hersch (George Mason University), “No Theory-Free Lunches in Well-Being Policy”


B: Qualitative Research Methods

11:00 to 11:40: Sharon Crasnow (Norco College), “Political Science Methodology: A Plea for Pluralism”

11:40 to 12:20: William Benton (College of William and Mary), “Chaotic Novelty: Beginnings as a Problem”


12:20 to 2:00   LUNCH


Session 5 (2:00 – 3:20):

A: Social Construction of Race

2:00 to 2:40: Harold Kincaid (University of Cape Town), “Debating the Reality of Race, Caste, and Ethnicity”

2:40 to 3:20: Kamuran Osmanoglu (University of Kansas), “A Debunking Account of Social Constructionism of Race: A Critique of Sally Haslanger’s Theory of Race”


B: Decision and Risk

2:00 to 2:40: Helena Hachman (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Social), “The Methodological Choices and Epistemic Norms in the Work of Economists: Different Perspectives on Financial Risk”

2:40 to 3:20: Ziming Song (University of Oklahoma), “Decision Theory and Risk Attitudes”


Coffee Break


Session 6 (4:00 – 6:00):

A: Social Kinds

4:00 to 4:40: Aaron Fichtelberg (University of Delaware), “Criminological Realism”

4:40 to 5:20: Garson Leder (University of British Columbia), “The Social Impact of the Metaphysics of Mental Health”

5:20 to 6:00:


B: Rationality and Culture

4:00 to 4:40: Martin Palecek (University of Hradec Kralove), “Culture Between Nature and Nurture”

4:40 to 5:20: Mark Theunissen (New School for Social Research), “Whatever Happened to the Azande? A Short History of Rationality between Anthropology and Philosophy”

5:20 to 6:00: Robert Feleppa (Wichita State University), “Rationality Assumptions and their Limits”



7:00 Drinks and Dinner