Third Joint ENPOSS/RT Conference,
August 30 – September 1, 2018

Organization: The European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ENPOSS) and the Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable (POSS-RT)

Local organizer: Prof. Dr. Uljana Feest

Location: Leibniz University, Institute of Philosophy, Im Moore 21 (Side Entrance), 3rd and 4th floor, 30167 Hannover, Germany


Program updated August 29, 2018

(available as a pdf)


Thursday, August 30

12:30-1:45: Registration

1:45-2:00: Welcome (B313) (Uljana Feest)

2:00-4:00: Parallel sessions, 40 minutes for each talk

Session 1 (B313)
Symposium. Understanding in a New Key (Chair: Paul Roth)

Symposium: Understanding in a New Key – Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury College Vermont), Karsten Stueber (College of the Holy Cross), Stephen Turner (University of South Florida).
Commentator: Chrysostomos Mantzavinos (University of Athens)

Session 2 (B410)
Social Ontology and Social Kinds (Chair: Alban Bouvier)

What is the Relevance of Social Ontology for Social Scientific Research? A Comparison of Little’s and Epstein’s Conceptions of Social Ontology – Jo-Jo Koo (Grinnell College)

Is Social Ontology Prior to Social Scientific Methodology – Richard Lauer (St. Lawrence University)

4:00-4:30: Coffee break

4:30-5:50: Parallel sessions

Session 1 (B313)
Philosophy of Social Science in/and Practice (Chair: Julie Zahle)

Social Practices as Biological Niche Construction – Joseph Rouse (Wesleyan University)

Session 2 (B410)
Well-Being and Romantic Love (Chair: Byron Kaldis)

Externalities and Human Well-being: An Environmental and Social Dilemma – Olga Kudryavtseva (Moscow State University) & Olga Malikova (Moscow State University)

The Paradox of Self-fulfillment in Romantic Love – Aaron Ben-Ze’Ev (University of Haifa)

5:50-6:15: Coffee break

6:15-7:45: First keynote (B313)
Maria Kronfeldner (Central European University) (Chair: Uljana Feest)

 Title: Explanatory looping effects


Friday, August 31

9:45-11:05: Parallel sessions

Session 1 (B313)
Mechanisms and (Higher-Level) Causation (Chair: Eleonora Montuschi)

A Framework for Theorizing Commensuration – Tuukka Kaidesoja (University of Helsinki)

Mechanistic Explanations in Agent-based Modeling – Martin Zach (Charles University)

Session 2 (B410)
Distrust and Cooperation (Chair: Byron Kaldis)

Distinguishing Sources of Public Distrust in Economists – Don Ross (University College Cork)

Deep Cooperation – David Strohmaier (The University of Sheffield)

11:05-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-12:50: Parallel sessions

Session 1 (B313)
Revealed Preference Theory (Chair: Jesus Zamora)

The ‚Argument From Small Improvement‘ and Revealed Preference Theory – Thomas Raleigh (Ruhr University, Bochum)

In Defence of Revealed Preference Theory – Johanna Thoma (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Session 2 (B410)
Causal Inferences and Theory Choice (Chair: Stephen Turner)

Causal Inferences in the Contemporary Economics – Mariusz Maziarz (Wroclaw University of Economics)

The Role of Social Mechanisms in Causal Inference – Maria Jimenez-Buedo (Uned) & Juan Carlos Squitieri (Universidad AutónomaMetropolitana de Mexico)

12:50-2:00: Lunch break

2:00-4:00: Parallel sessions

Session 1 (B313)
Rationality (Chair: Stephen Turner)

Formal versus bounded norms in the psychology of rationality: A relation more complex than you thought – Thomas Sturm (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Underdetermination, Methodology, and Normativity in Distinguishing Rational from Irrational Behavior – Patricia Marino (University of Waterloo)

Session 2 (B410)
Policy Evaluation and Values in Science (Chair: Eleonora Montuschi)

Policy Evaluation and Mixed Methods – Corrado Matta (Linnaeus University)

The „Value in Science“ Approach to Behavioral Policies – O. Caglar Dede (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

What’s wrong with Science as Placebo? – Charles Lowe (Osnabrück University)

4:00: Excursion to Herrenhäuser Gärten

7:30: Conference Dinner (preregistration required)


Saturday, September 1

9:30-10:50: Parallel sessions

Session 1 (B313)
Understanding and Intentions (Chair: David Henderson)

Social Kinds: Acceptance-Dependent and Causally Efficacious – Frank Hindriks (University of Groningen)

Is Understanding People Evaluative? – Rico Hauswald (TU Dresden)

Session 2 (B410)
Topics in Social Epistemology (Chair: Julie Zahle)

The Potential Epistemic Benefits of research Collaborations with Artists – Inkeri Koskinen (University of Helsinki)

10:50-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-12:45: Second keynote (B313)
Martin Kusch (University of Vienna) (Chair: Stephen Turner)

Title: George Simmel on the Relationship between Philosophy and Sociology


12:45-2:15: Lunch break

2:15-3:35: Parallel sessions

Session 1 (B313)
Philosophy of Archeology and Anthropology (Chair: Alban Bouvier)

Whatever Happened to the Azande? A Case Study on the Uses and Abuses of Anthropology in Philosophy – Mark Theunissen (The New School)

Interpreting Archeological Material: The Model of Evidential Reasoning Extended – Kristin Kokkov (University of Tartu)

Session 2 (B410)
Theory Choice (Chair: Jesus Zamora)

Theory Choice via Decision Theory – Kamilla Buchter (London School of Economics)

3:35-4:00: Coffee break

4:00-5:30: Book Symposium (B313) (Chair: Paul Roth)

Book symposium: Cognitive Science and the Social. A Primer (2018) – Stephen Turner (University of South Florida).
Discussants: Byron Kaldis (National Technical University, Athens) & Uljana Feest (Leibniz Universität Hannover)