Twenty-Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

November 3 – November 6, 2016

Atlanta, GA

Please note that there will be morning sessions on November 3 beginning at 9 am.

Submission is now open for proposals for symposia to be presented at the PSA2016 meeting in Atlanta, GA on November 3-6, 2016. The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is January 6, 2016Please note that there will be morning sessions on November 3 beginning at 9 am in response to feedback from our post-meeting survey. A call for contributed papers is being issued separately. PSA2016 will also include a poster session; the call for posters will be issued separately.

A symposium should involve several presenters, typically 4-5, organized around a topic of interest. Symposia may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. The PSA2016 program committee will strive for quality, variety, innovation, and diversity on the program; ideally the program will reflect the full range of current work in the philosophy of science. Symposia that make connections with, or include, working scientists, as well as symposia on topics in philosophy of science that also are of potential interest to members of the History of Science Society (HSS) and/or the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) – whose meetings will be held jointly with PSA2016 – are warmly invited. We will not be considering ‘Author Meets Critics’ sessions, but topical sessions that build upon recently published books are acceptable. Members of the PSA2016 Program Committee are listed at

Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. Proposals for symposia should include:

  1. The title of the proposed symposium
  2. A short descriptive summary of the proposal (100-200 words)
  3. A description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (up to 1000 words)
  4. Titles and abstracts of all papers, with up to 500 words for the title and abstract of each paper
  5. A list of participants and either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical description (not to exceed 1 page) for each participant, including any non-presenting co-authors.
  6. Institutional affiliation and e-mail addresses for all participants, including any non-presenting co-authors.

The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is January 6, 2016. A selection of symposia will be accepted for presentation at the PSA2016 meeting. Symposium organizers will be informed of the program committee’s decision prior to the deadline for submitting contributed papers (March 1, 2016). Please see important information below on PSA policy regarding multiple submissions to PSA2016.

Proposals for symposia should be submitted to, a US-based conference management system. To submit a symposium proposal, click on PSA2016 Symposia. This is where the entire symposium proposal should be submitted, per the instructions given there. In addition, each symposium participant must click on PSA2016 Symposium Author Information & Abstracts, where they will find some additional questions and, if they are the presenting author on a paper, must also provide a short abstract of no more than 100 words; the abstract will appear in a book of abstracts for the conference if the symposium is accepted.

After the conference, symposium presenters may submit their papers for review for publication in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science. The evaluation for publication will be of individual papers. Authors will be encouraged to post their symposium papers as PSA2016 Conference Papers at (a publicly accessible digital archive) prior to the meeting. Authors who subsequently submit their paper for review for publication will also be encouraged to post their papers at, whether or not they are accepted for publication. The submission deadline for symposium papers will be announced at a later date.

Please note that in accordance with current PSA policy:

  1. No previously published paper may be presented at the PSA meeting.
  2. No one will be permitted to present more than once at PSA2016. Thus, if a symposium proposal in which you are a presenting author is accepted, you cannot submit a contributed paper for which you are the presenting author. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at PSA2016 only once.
  3. Any individual can be part of only one symposium proposal in which he or she is a presenting author.
  4. If an accepted symposium subsequently loses participants, maintaining acceptance will become contingent upon the symposium organizer developing satisfactory alternatives to maintain the quality and coherence of the session.

All questions about submissions should be directed to the chair of the program committee for PSA2016, Wendy Parker, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..