Conference (Programme): Models and Simulations 6, May 9th-11th, 2014 (Notre Dame, Indiana, USA)

MS6 is the latest in a series of international conferences dedicated to exploring the many philosophical issues arising from considerations of the construction, use, and epistemic status of models and computer simulations in the natural and social sciences. Previous meetings took place in Paris, Tilburg, Charlottesville, Toronto, and Helsinki.

This conference is not focused only on philosophy of economics, but some presentations of this conference may be of interest to the network members:

Matti Heinonen (Helsinki), “A Model Based Approach to Collective Intentional Action”,
Jaakko Kuorikoski (Helsinki) & Samuli Pöyhönen (Helsinki), “Computer Simulations as Tools for Data Integration in the Social Sciences: An Inferential Approach”,
Philippe Verreault­‐Julien (Erasmus Rotterdam), “Understanding through Counterfactual Analysis Modeling”,
Roberto Fumagalli (LSE/Bayreuth), “No Learning From Minimal Models”,
Philip Mirowski (Notre Dame), “Information in Economics: a Fictionalist Account”.

The complete programme is available here.

Further information concerning this conference:

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Job/Position: Professor of Social and Moral Philosophy (Helsinki, Finland)

The Department of Political and Economic Studies of the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of Professor of Social and Moral Philsophy for a fixed term (locum tenens) from 1 September 2014 to 31 December 2017.

The field of the position is the philosophy of the social sciences.
The position is in a close connection to the Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences and its research themes <>.

More information:

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PhD Workshop: 17th Summer School on History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History, September 1st – 7th, 2014 (Zaragoza, Spain)

The Summer School on History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History was established in 1998. In 2014, it is organised by the University of Zaragoza, (Spain) and PHARE, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France) in Zaragoza (Spain). This summer school aims::

  • To provide a thematic and specialised formation to PhD students in these fields of study;
  • To guarantee the diffusion and scientific assessment of their work;
  • To provide new approaches and enhance knowledge in contemporary economic analysis;
  • To introduce PhD students to trans-disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences.

In line with this general approach, the Summer School is organized as follows:

  • Seminars presented by invited professors and researchers on the topic “Unemployment and the Social Question”;
  • Workshops where PhD students present their work as written contributions to the debate, discussing them with senior scholars;
  • Tutorials aim at helping PhD students with preparation of their work with a view to its further diffusion and publication.

About 30 PhD students and young scholars make up the usual attendance at the Summer School, joined by about 15 senior scholars. The working language is English.

Call for papers :

Date: Zaragoza (Spain), 1st -8th September 2014

Participants: PhD students and young scholars (PhD degree after January 2013).

Fields: History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History (approx. 30 proposals will be selected for presentation).

Deadline for abstract submissions: May 4th, 2014.

Abstracts must be sent to Alfonso Sánchez:

Decision on papers accepted: mid-June 2014

Further information available here :

Download Application Form

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Workshop: Experimental Social Science, April 28th, 2014, TINT (Helsinki, Finland)

On April 28th, a workshop on “Experimental Social Science” will be organised by the research centre Trends and Tensions in Intellectual Integration (TINT) of the Univeristy of Helsinki (from 9.00am to 4.00pm, University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies, Unioninkatu 40, lecture room 2).


9:15-10:00: Topi Miettinen, “Contest Games and Behavioral Economics”,

10:00-10:45: Martin Weinel, “The Imitation Game”,

10:45-11:30: Anssi Peräkylä et al., “Social Interaction and Psychophysiology: (Quasi) Experimental Study”,

11:30-13:00: Lunch

13:00-14:00: Robert Evans, “Experimenting with Sociology: The Imitation Game as Methodological Innovation”,

14:00-14:45: Petri Ylikoski, “Good and Bad Reasons for Doing Experimental Social Science”,

14:45-16:00: Final discussion

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Seminar: Jean Cartelier, April 29th, 2014, EconomiX (Paris, France)

On April 29th, Jean Cartelier (EconomiX) will present one of his works in the seminar Economie et Philosophie de l’Exploitation organised by Economix and Sophiapol (from 3.00 pm to 5.00, Université Paris Ouest, Nanterre – La Défense, 200, Avenue de la République, G Building, room D201b). The title of his presentation will be Exploitation et relation salariale .

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Seminar: Benjamin Bewersdorf, April 28th, 2014, EIPE (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

On April 28th, Benjamin Bewersdorf (University of Groningen) is invited in the research seminar of the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (from 5.00 to 6.30 pm, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Campus Woudestein, H-building). The title of her presentation will be “Garber and Field Conditionalization”.

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Seminar: Jean-Philippe Cobbaut, May 7th, 2014, LIP (Lille, France)

On May 7th, Jean-Philippe Cobbaut is invited in the LIP’s seminar, Catholic University of Lille (from 10.00 am, LIP, 270 rue nationale and 85 boulevard Vauban, Lille). The title of his presentation will be “co-design, intelligence collective et éthique de la discussion“.

Two points have to be noted:
- First, this presentation will be preceded by a collective working session organised on April 24th on the same topic (from 2.00 pm, LIP, 270 rue nationale and 85 boulevard Vauban, Lille);
- Second, the presentation will air on the web-radio of the Université Catholique de Lille:

For more information concerning the co-design, this seminar or the ADICODE project in which it takes place, you can have a look here.

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Journal: Journal of Economic Methodology, Vol. 21/1 (March 2014)

The lastest issue of the Journal of Economic Methodology was published recently. It is a special issue with some “Papers from the IX INEM Conference” that held in Helsinki (Finland). You can find herein the table of contents (Vol. 21/1):

Aki Lehtinen, Uskali Mäki & Caterina Marchionni, Introduction to the special issue: papers from the IX INEM Conference in Helsinki“,
Brian Epstein,Why macroeconomics does not supervene on microeconomics“,
Petri Ylikoski& N. Emrah Aydinonat, “Understanding with theoretical models“,
Silvia Lerner, “A non-monotonic intensional framework for framing effects“,
Alessio Moneta & Federica Russo, “Causal models and evidential pluralism in econometrics“,
Carlo Martini, “The role of experts in the methodology of economics“.

Book Reviews:
Floris Heukelom,Mainstream Behavioral Economics” (on A course in behavioral economics, by Erik Angner, 2012; Behavioral economics, by Edward Cartwright, 2011; and An introduction to behavioral economics, by Nick Wilkinson and Matthias Klaes, 2012),
David Teira, Philosophy of economics [Handbook of the philosophy of science, vol. 13], by Uskali Mäki“,
Stefan Mendritzki,Philosophy of economics for real” (on Economics for real: Uskali Mäki and the place of truth in economics, edited by A. Lehtinen, J. Kuorikoski, & P. Ylikoski).

Further information on this issue of Journal of Economics Methodology:

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Conference (Call for papers): Ethics of Economic Institutions, January 8th-10th, 2015, DPRS (Utrecht, Netherlands)

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of the Utrecht University (Netherlands) will organize an international conference on Ethics of Economic Institutions on January 8th and 10th, 2014. You will find herebelow the call for papers:

“Our economic institutions are never merely economic institutions; they are always at the same time also moral statements about the good or right ways in which we produce, exchange, consume, distribute and ultimately live together. This includes both the public and private part of economic life. This prompts many questions, such as the following:

  • What kind of taxes should we have, and on which purposes should we spend public revenues?
  • Which markets are to be prohibited, and how should markets be regulated?
  • What would a just financial sector require? Which kinds of relations should prevail between debtors and creditors?
  • What is the purpose of corporations, and what are the implications for corporate governance?
  • Should citizens have a right and/or a duty to work and how to theorize moral obligations to appropriate workplace conditions?

This conference is meant to stimulate reflection about the ethical sides of these questions. Which moral ideals should animate our economic institutions, and what are the implications in practice? We seek contributions from moral, social and political philosophy, but also from a wide range of other disciplines (economics, history, sociology, law, etc.) that may shed light on these questions. Contributions may address a particular author (e.g. Rawls on property-owning democracy, Mill on the stationary state), ethical theory (e.g. a Kantian view on financial markets, a utilitarian view of labour markets), or a particular economic institution (from basic income schemes to ecological markets). We are particularly interested in contributions addressing the methodology of ethical evaluations of economic institutions: How do we (and should we) evaluate institutions from a moral point of view? How does this focus on institutions relate to ethical evaluations of individual actions (as is typical in business ethics)? How does this type of reflection relate to economic, sociological and political evaluations of the same institutions?

We are pleased to announce that the following speakers will give keynote lectures (titles are provisional; biographies can be found at the end of this document):

  • Boudewijn de Bruin (University of Groningen): “The Ethics of Money and Debt”
  • Joseph Heath (University of Toronto): “On the Very Idea of a Just Wage”
  • Miriam Ronzoni (University of Manchester): “Global Labour Justice”
  • Erik Schokkaert, (KU Leuven): “Solidarity and Innovation in Health Care: Principles and Taboos”
  • Lea Ypi (London School of Economics): “Exploitation in the Market”

The conference is organized with financial support from the Strategic Theme “Institutions”, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Utrecht University, and by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).


Dates: January 8-10, 2015.

  • Location: Hotel Mitland, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Conference fee: 200 euro. The fee includes lunches (on 9 and 10 January) and diners (on 8 and 9 January). Hotel accommodation and travel has to be arranged on an individual basis. Hotel rooms are reserved at a special conference price at Hotel Mitland. These will be held available until October 1st.
  • Conference organization: Rutger Claassen & Ingrid Robeyns, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University. For all questions, please email to

Abstract submission and deadline

Please send a Word document with your abstract (300-500 words plus up to 5 references) and your full contact details to The deadline for abstract submissions is July 1st, 2014. Submitters will be notified of acceptance or rejection by August 1st at latest. The deadline for registration is September 15st.”

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Conference (programme): Philosophical and Political Tribulations of the notion of General Interest (1755-2013), April 24th-25th, 2014, Grenoble (France)

From April 24th to 25th, the Department of philosophy of the University Pierre Mendès France will organize an international conference dedicated to the “Philosophical and Political Tribulations of the notion of General Interest (1755-2013)” (University Pierre Mendès-France, Amphitheâter MSH-Alpes, 1221 av. centrale, 38400 Saint Martin d’Hères, Tram B, stop “bibliothèques universitaires”). See the call for papers.

Organisers: Blaise Bachofen, Pierre Crétois, Éric Dufour, Édouard Jourdain, Claire Pignol, Stéphanie Roza

 “Jeudi 24 avril

 10h00 – Accueil des participants. Introduction Pierre Crétois/Édouard Jourdain/Stéphanie Roza

Session 1 – Présidence Philippe Saltel (Université Pierre Mendès-France). Intérêt général et services publics

10h30-11h00 – Thomas Boccon-Gibod (Sophiapol, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) : Le droit républicain classique : service public et représentation nationale 

11h00-11h30 – Cédric Rio (Université Paris 8) : Environnement commun et coopération entre les générations

11h30-12h00 – Pierre-André Juven (Centre de sociologie de l’innovation) : L’intérêt général se mesure-t-il ? L’arrêt de la convergence tarifaire entre hôpitaux publics et cliniques privées 

12h00-12h30 – discussion

12h30-14h00 – pause déjeuner

Session 2 – Présidence Édouard Jourdain (IHEJ). Conceptions contemporaines, conceptions critiques de l’intérêt général

14h00-14h25 – Nicolas Piqué (ENS Lyon) : La chair du social. Éléments pour une critique de l’intérêt général

14h25-14h50 – Sébastien Bauvet (Université Paris 8) : Production sécuritaire symbolique et substantialisation de l’intérêt général 

14h50-15h15 – Isabelle Aubert (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme) : La formulation de l’intérêt général inclut-elle tout le monde ?

15h15-15h45 – discussion

15h45-16h00 – pause

16h00-16h25 – Enzo Lesourt (Université Pierre Mendès-France) : Élargissement du bien public ou mort de la société, Une écologie politique républicaine est-elle possible ?

16h25-16h50 – Thierry Ménissier (Université Pierre Mendès-France) : Les dilemmes du commun et du général

16h50-17h15 – Charles Girard (Université Paris IV) : La définition problématique du bien commun dans les démocraties contemporaines 

17h15-1745 : discussion

Vendredi 25 avril

Session 3 – Présidence Stéphanie Roza (Université Pierre Mendès-France). Aux origines du débat : rousseauisme et libéralisme

9h30-9h55– Florence Perrin (EHESS, Lycée A. Boulloche) : La formulation libérale de l’intérêt général à partir des droits et intérêts particuliers

9h55-10h20 – Théophile Pénigaud (ENS Lyon) : Intérêt commun ou intérêt général ? De l’enjeu d’une décision terminologique chez Rousseau 

10h20-10h55– Pierre Crétois (Université François Rabelais) : Repenser l’intérêt général par l’intérêt commun, de Lemercier de la Rivière aux solidaristes 

10h55-11h20 – discussion

11h20-11h35 – pause

11h35-12h30 – Grande Conférence – André Tosel (Université de Nice) : Intérêt général et bien(s) commun(s). Pour une critique de la raison procédurale

12h30-14h15 – pause déjeuner

Session 4 – Présidence Pierre Crétois (Université de Tours). Intérêt général ou intérêt de classe au XIXe siècle

14h25-14h50 – Gilles Jacoud (Université de Saint-Etienne) : Économie politique et nouvelle organisation industrielle. La priorité à l’intérêt général dans l’analyse des Saint-Simoniens

14h50-15h15 – Édouard Jourdain (IHEJ) : Intérêt général, intérêt individuel et raison collective : Proudhon 

15h15-15h40 – discussion

15h40-16h00 – pause

16h00-16h25 – Emmanuel Jousse (Sciences-po Paris) : L’État et l’intérêt général chez Lassalle

16h25-16h50 – Stéphanie Roza (Université Pierre Mendès-France) : Intérêt général, intérêt de classe et intérêt humain chez Marx

16h50-17h15 – Jean-Christophe Angaut (ENS Lyon) : Critique des parlements et critique de l’intérêt général dans la Théologie politique de Mazzini de Bakounine

17h15-18h30 – discussion générale”

Scientific Committee: Thierry Ménissier, Frédéric Brahami, Francine Markovits, Emmanuel Picavet, Bertrand Binoche, Stéphane Haber et Philippe Saltel.

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