Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Eighth Biennial Conference 2020

July 7-10, 2020 | Michigan State University

SPSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who approach the philosophy of science with a focus on scientific practice and the practical uses of scientific knowledge. For further details on our objectives, see our mission statement.

Due to global concerns about the novel coronavirus, we are postponing the start of registration from March 16 to April 16. Please view the organizing committee’s communication.

The SPSP conferences provide a broad forum for scholars committed to making detailed and systematic studies of scientific practices — neither dismissing concerns about truth and rationality, nor ignoring contextual and pragmatic factors. The conferences aim at cutting through traditional disciplinary barriers and developing novel approaches. We welcome contributions from not only philosophers of science, but also philosophers working in epistemology and ethics, as well as the philosophy of engineering, technology, medicine, agriculture, and other practical fields. Additionally, we welcome contributions from historians and sociologists of science, pure and applied scientists, and any others with an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific practice.

Keynote speakers

  • Karen Barad, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Till Grüne-Yanoff, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm

Keynote MSU panel on “Epistemologies of Science”

  • Kristie Dotson (Philosophy and African American and African Studies)
  • Sean A. Valles (Lyman Briggs College and Philosophy)
  • Kyle Whyte (Philosophy and Community Sustainability)

In collaboration with the biennial meeting of the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE) 

Submissions and contact information

The window for proposals has passed.

Main Contact: Alan C. Love,