The History of Chemistry and Scientific Realism (Call for Papers)

This is a call for papers for a 2-day workshop on the theme of the history of chemistry and scientific realism, to be held at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 6th-7thDecember 2014.

Keynote Speakers: Robin Hendry (Durham), William B. Jensen (Cincinnati), Alan Rocke (CWRU), Eric Scerri (UCLA)

Themes of the Meeting

* Shedding light on episodes in the history of chemistry (both distant and recent) which currently have received little attentionin the scientific realism debate.Especially cases where historical actors had significant explanatory/predictive successes with a theory now rejected..

* Bringing historical case studies from the history of chemistry to bear on philosophical positions, especially those coming under the broad heading of ‘scientific realism’.We especially welcome papers which engage with ‘selective’ or ‘divide et impera’ realism.

This event will comprise roughly equal numbers of historians and philosophers of science.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be emailed to, by September 20th2014 at the latest. Decisions will be made very soon thereafter.Some of the travel/accommodation costs of accepted speakers will be covered, but speakers should expectto cover some of the costs through their home institution. Please email you require further details.