Models and Simulations in the Sciences: Perspectives from Philosophy, History, and Policy

9-11 May 2014

University of Notre Dame

Plenary speakers

William Bechtel (University of California, San Diego)

Philip Mirowski (University of Notre Dame)

Andrea Woody (University of Washington)

Call for papers

MS6 is the latest in a series of international conferences dedicated to exploring the many philosophical issues arising from considerations of the construction, use, and epistemic status of models and computer simulations in the natural and social sciences. Previous meetings took place 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, 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 shorter 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, and then go to:

If you do not have an EasyChair account, you must create one upon 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.

Further inquiries may be addressed to Xavi Lanao (