Thanks for coming!

Papers from the Conference

Participants are welcome to post their papers to the MPSC2011 area at the Pitt PhilSci Archive. This area remain open indefinitely. Other papers may be found linked to the Program.

Photos from the Conference

See also photos by Tuomas Tahko here.

If you took any photos you'd like to add to this gallery, please email Matthew Slater.

Conference Theme

The philosophy of science has an illustrious history of attraction and antipathy towards metaphysics. The latter was famously exemplified in the Logical Positivist contention that metaphysical questions are meaningless, but in the wake of the demise of Positivism, metaphysics has found its way back into the philosophy of science. Increasingly, questions about the nature of natural laws, kinds, dispositions, and so on have taken a metaphysical cast. The metaphysics of science commands significant attention in contemporary philosophy.

This conference will examine ground-level debates about metaphysics within the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of biology as well as broader methodological questions about the role of metaphysics in the philosophy of science. Participation is open and welcome from all parties to these questions: from those who hold that metaphysics must have a place within the philosophy of science, to those who hold it should not.


Chris Haufe (University of Chicago) 
Matthew H. Slater (Bucknell University)
Zanja Yudell (California State University, Chico)

Presented by the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto and the Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine, University of Chicago