The 2011 EPISTEME conference will focus on the intersection of formal and social epistemology. The use of formal models in social epistemology is not a new development. Many philosophers have modeled concepts and ideas in social epistemology by using formal tools of various types (e.g., game theory, Bayesian decision theory, the theory of judgment aggregation, the recently developed theory of networks, multi-agent epistemic logic, social choice theory, etc.). This conference intends to explore the many fertile relations between various branches of formal epistemology and many sub-areas of contemporary social epistemology.

The 2011 EPISTEME conference will be hosted by the Center for Formal Epistemology in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. The topic of the conference is:

“Social Epistemology meets Formal Epistemology: Recent developments and new trends”

A selection of the conference papers, including, potentially, papers from the open sessions, will be published in a special issue of the journal EPISTEME. For more information about the journal, you can look here.

Date: 24-26 June 2011

Possible topics: The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible questions that open session papers might address.

Epistemic  foundations of game theory.

Peer disagreement.

Aumann’s `Agreeing to disagree’.

The modeling of  testimony in Bayesian epistemology.

Discrete pooling,  judgment aggregation and social choice.

Consensus of  probabilities: limit theorems and applications.

Dynamic logic meets  game theory.

Evolutionary game  theory, morality and the social contract.

The  program of social software.

Sociology of  science.

Diversity and  pluralism.

Social network  structure.

Learning in  networks.

Economic models of  theory choice.

There will be a number of open sessions as part of this conference, and the organizers would like to invite submissions. Papers addressing any aspect of the conference theme, broadly conceived, are welcome. Submissions from graduate students are also welcome.

Length and format: Submissions should take the form of a detailed abstract of 500-1000 words. All submissions must be made electronically. The papers should be suitable for a presentation of around 30 minutes with a 15 minute question-and-answer session.

Submission procedure and important dates: All submissions should be sent directly to Horacio Arló-Costa (hcosta@andrew.cmu.edu). The deadline for submissions is February 15th 2011 with authors notified of the results of this process by April 20th 2011. All enquiries about the call for papers should be addressed to the main organizers: Horacio Arló-Costa (hcosta@andrew.cmu.edu ) and Christian List (C.List@lse.ac.uk).

Journal special issue: Please note that there will be a special issue of the journal EPISTEME arising out of this conference, and this issue may include some of the papers from the open sessions. It is thus essential that the papers for the open sessions are not already published, or due to be published. To be eligible for consideration for inclusion in the special issue, complete written versions of the papers will have to be ready by the time of the conference.

Main organizers:

Horacio Arló-Costa (CMU)

Christian List  (LSE)

Program committee:

Alexandru Baltag (Oxford)

David Danks (CMU)

Igor Douven (Groningen)

Philip Kitcher (Columbia)

Klaus Nehring (UC Davis)

Eric Pacuit (Maryland and Tilburg)

Rohit Parikh (CUNY)

Gerhard Schurz (Dusseldorf)

Teddy Seidenfeld (CMU)

Brian Skyrms (CI)

Kai Spiekermann (LSE)

Johan van Benthem (Stanford, Amsterdam)

Kevin Zollman (CMU)

Local organizers:

Horacio Arló-Costa

Kevin Kelly