Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies

Philosophy and Philosophy of Science Philosophy and Philosophy of Science


20 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020
Conference directors:
Joseph Berkovitz, University of Toronto, Canada
David Davies, McGill University, Canada
Michel Ghins, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Dunja Jutronić, University of Split, Croatia
James McAllister, University of Leiden, Netherlands
Flavia Padovani, Drexel University, Philadelphia, United States
Zvonimir Šikić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Conference description:

Philosophy of science studies the foundations, methods, and implications of the sciences from a philosophical perspective. Classic topics in philosophy of science include the relation between theory and observation, the rational justification of scientific methods, the functions of experiment, and the interpretation of scientific theories such as quantum theory and evolution theory. Philosophers of science also frequently discuss such wider topics as cognition, the relation between science and the arts and culture, and the findings of history and social studies of science.

This annual international five-day conference is a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research in philosophy of science. Each year’s meeting focuses on three broad themes, but the organizers welcome papers in other topical areas of philosophy of science too. A session usually consists of a 45-minute paper followed by a 30-minute discussion period; extended lunch and coffee breaks are an important element of the programme. The atmosphere is informal and friendly. Whereas most participants are researchers in philosophy of science, the organizers encourage also scientists and scholars in history and social studies of science to participate.

Conference themes for 2020:

Philosophy of Biology

Cognitive Science

Feminism and Science

For students:

Advanced students in any of these fields are especially welcome: they may present a paper, benefit from informal discussion, or arrange with one of the organizers to write a report or an essay on the conference themes. Students may receive credit for their participation in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.

The conference will be held on the premises of the Inter-University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik.

For accommodation, see here or contact IUC office at for help.

Further information:

Please contact any of the following organizers for further information:

Dunja Jutronić:

James McAllister:

Zvonimir Šikić:


Joseph Berkowitz, University of Toronto

David Davies, McGill University, Montreal

Michel Ghins, Université Catholique Louvain

Dunja Jutronić, University of Split

James McAllister, University of Leiden

Flavia Padovani, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Zvonimir Šikić, University of Zagreb

Emeritus directors:

Lars Bergstrom, Stockholm University, Sweden

James Robert Brown, University of Toronto, Canada

Attached documents
Programme 2011
Programme 2012
Programme 2013
Programme 2014
Programme 2015
Programme 2016
Programme 2017
Programme 2018
Programme 2019