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: Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Im Moore 21 (Hinterhaus), 30167 Hannover, Germany


Preliminary program updated June 18, 2018

(available as a pdf)


Thursday, August 30

1:00-2:00:Registration and Welcome

2:00-4:00: Parallel sessions (40 minutes each)

Session 1: Symposium. Understanding in a New Key

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: Social Ontology and Social Kinds

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)

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

4:00-4:30: Coffee break

4:30-5:50: Parallel sessions

Session 1: Philosophy of Social Science in/and Practice

On the Evolutionary Synthesis of the Social Sciences: A Philosophy of Social Science in Practice Perspective – Simon Lohse (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

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

Session 2: Well-Being and Romantic Love

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: Snacks

6:15-7:45: First keynote: Maria Kronfeldner (Central European University)


Friday, August 31

9:15-11:15: Parallel sessions

Session 1: Mechanisms and (Higher-Level) Causation

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

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

Higher-level Causation Revisited – Horia Tarnovanu (University of St. Andrews)

Session 2: Distrust and Cooperation

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

Deep Cooperation – David Strohmaier (The University of Sheffield)

10:15-11:40: Coffee break

11:40-1:00: Parallel sessions

Session 1: Revealed Preference Theory

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: Policy Evaluation and Values in Science

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

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

1:00-2:00: Lunch break

2:00-4:00: Parallel sessions

Session 1: Rationality

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

Can the Rationality Principle be Understood as a Functional A Priori Principle – Cathrine Herfeld (University of Zürich)

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

Session 2: Causal Inferences and Theory Choice

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)

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

4:00: Excursion to Herrenhäuser Gärten

7:00: Conference Dinner


Saturday, September 1

9:30-10:50: Parallel sessions

Session 1: Understanding and Intentions

Intentions in the Reasoned Action Approach – Marie Barnett (University of Pennsylvania)

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

Session 2: Topics in Social Epistemology

The Potential Epistemic Benefits of research Collaborations with Artists – Inkeri Koskinen

UK Austerity and Epistemic Exclusion – Leonie Smith

10:50-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-12:45: Second keynote: Martin Kusch (University of Vienna)

12:45-2:15: Lunch break

2:15-3:35: Parallel sessions

Session 1: Philosophy of Archeology and Anthropology

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:

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

Skepticism, Realism and Values in Social Science and Morality – Richard Boyd (Cornell University)

3:35-4:00: Coffee break

4:00-5:30: Book Symposium

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)