For full consideration, applications must be received by 15 February 2017 

2017 Calgary Summer Institute 
Practices of Individuation and Classification in Science 017-calgary 

Scientific metaphysics is based on the idea that metaphysics—the study of what the world is ultimately like—should be informed by the remarkable success of science. The approach advanced in this institute involves analyzing what kinds of scientific practices are successful in science, and then asking what the world might ultimately be like such that these kinds of practices are successful. The 2017 institute will examine practices of individuation and classification. We will begin by investigating how scientists actually individuate and classify entities and processes and considering what purposes these practices are designed to serve. Then we will ask what metaphysical conclusions might be drawn from these practices. 

Facilitators: Alan Love (University of Minnesota), Ken Waters (University of Calgary), Marcel Weber (University of Geneva), and Bill Wimsatt (University of Chicago/University of Minnesota) 

Invited Speakers: Marc Ereshefsky (University of Calgary), Kathrin Koslicki (University of Alberta), and Andrea Woody (University of Washington) 

Dates: June 18–July 1, 2017 

Location: Alberta, Canada 

Venue: Banff Park Lodge (

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· This is the second of three summer institutes sponsored by the project: From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics that advances a new approach for scientific metaphysics. Instead of focusing attention on the fundamental theories of science, this project analyzes successful scientific practices that depend on modest theoretical claims but nevertheless undergird advances across sciences that deal with complexity, especially in biology. This approach probes the metaphysical implications of stable forms of successful practice in situations where local, partial theories of complex phenomena do not yield integrated, comprehensive outlooks across different levels of organization. 

· The primary emphasis of the 2017 Summer Institute will be the professional development of junior scholars, especially graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. It will offer an opportunity for graduate students and recent PhDs to gain knowledge of important bodies of philosophical literature on metaphysics, scientifically informed metaphysics, and scientific practice. It will provide opportunities for participants to develop current research projects and identify new ones. The Summer Institute will also help participants make connections with researchers who share interests in philosophy of science, philosophy of scientific practice, and metaphysics. The program will be structured to provide opportunities for collaboration. 

· Accepted participants will receive generous stipends to offset expenses associated with travel to and attending the Summer Institute. 

· Questions about the 2017 Summer Institute can be addressed to Ken Waters (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)