The final PDF of Abstracts for PSA2016 is below.

PSA2016 Abstracts (PDF)

All PSA2016 participants are encouraged to post preprints of their papers on PhilSci-Archive, under the designated PSA2016 conference heading [[2016] PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (Atlanta, GA; 3-6 Nov 2016)]. This allows you to share more details of your work despite limited presentation times, and your paper can be updated later with new drafts and links to published versions. Note, however, that PhilSci-Archive can only accept paper preprints, not journal-paginated PDFs or slides. For instructions on how to post a conference paper, see:

Once posted, papers will be available under the PSA2016 conference heading, at A preprint volume, which includes all posted PSA2016 papers in one PDF with a linked table of contents, will be available for download there before the meeting.

Post PSA2016 Papers on PhilSci-Archive

View PSA2016 Papers on PhilSci-Archive

Download PhilSci-Archive Preprint Volume -- This will be available closer to the meeting.


Centennial Olympic Park

265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA
0.6 miles from Conference hotel (8 minute walk)

Home of the 1996 Olympic Games the Centennial Olympic Park is a 21-acre public park located in downtown Atlanta. The park provides year-round entertainment including concerts, festivals and family activities.

Atlanta BeltLine

The BeltLine is a redevelopment of a former railway corridor that runs for 22 miles, circling downtown Atlanta. While some portions are already developed as a multiuse trail, other portions are still in a rough state but hikeable. The BeltLine plan was originally developed in 1999 as a Master’s Thesis by Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel. It links city parks and neighborhoods, but has also been used for temporary art installations.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA
2.6 miles from the Conference hotel

The Atlanta Botanical Garden includes 30 acres of outdoor, display gardens. It is located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta.

Piedmont Park

The park runs along 10th Street (a block west of 10th & Monroe Avenue to a block east of 10th & Piedmont Avenue) and Piedmont Avenue (12th & Piedmont to just before 15th & Piedmont) in midtown Atlanta. Piedmont Park has miles of walking and jogging paths with water fountains scattered along the way.

2 miles from Conference hotel

Piedmont Park is a 189-acre (76 ha) urban park in Atlanta.

Grant Park

840 Cherokee Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA
3.6 miles from Conference hotel

Grant Park is a 131-acre green space and recreational area, and the oldest city park in Atlanta. In addition to the Atlanta Cyclorama and a zoo, the park offers a wide range of amenities including picnic facilities, historical structures, athletic fields, children's play areas, and natural areas.


Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
2.3 miles from Conference hotel

The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum houses U.S. President Jimmy Carter's papers and other material relating to the Carter administration and the Carter family's life. The library also hosts Carter's Nobel Peace Prize and a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, including a copy of the Resolute Desk.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA
0.6 miles from Conference hotel by car (11 minute walk)

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement. Located in downtown Atlanta, the museum opened to the public on June 23, 2014. The Center has a substantial collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s papers and personal effects.

Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site

450 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA
1 mile from conference hotel by car (23 minute walk)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site consists of several buildings including Martin Luther King, Jr.'s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King was baptized and both his father Martin Luther King, Sr., and he were pastors. These places, critical to the interpretation of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy as a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, were included in the National Historic Site when it was established on October 10, 1980.

William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum

1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA
3 miles from conference hotel

The largest museum of its kind in the Southeast, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum (the Breman) has two core galleries: Atlanta’s Jewish Heritage and The Holocaust.


Margaret Mitchell House

990 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
1.7 miles from conference hotel

Locates in the heart of Midtown, the Margaret Mitchell House is a three-story Tudor revival home that includes parlor rooms, covered porches, and two lawns. While living there, Mitchell wrote the bulk of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone with the Wind. The house also contains a visitor center, and a portion of the museum is wholly devoted to the making of the 1939 film based on the book.


Atlanta History Center

130 West Paces Ferry Road
9 miles from conference hotel

The Atlanta History Center (AHC) in Buckhead features the Atlanta History Museum, as well as 22 acres of historic garden and woodland trails. The AHC holds one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the United States.”

High Museum of Art 

1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
2.4 miles from conference hotel

The High Museum of Art houses European and American paintings, special exhibits, African decorative, folk, and twentieth-century art, photography, and an interactive gallery.


The Goat Farm Arts Center

1200 Foster Street, Atlanta, GA
3.3 miles from conference hotel

The Goat Farm is a Creative Industrial Complex that has re-positioned an unproductive 19th century factory into one of Atlanta’s largest Centers for vanguard fields, contemporary thought, art, and performance. The Goat Farm represents over a quarter of a million square feet of space.

The Center houses entities in the applied sciences and natural sciences, new media, contemporary movement and dance, sound-based work, architecture and design computation, small manufacturing, and more.



Fox Theater

660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia
1 mile from Conference hotel by car (20 minute walk)

This 1929 Moorish/Egyptian/Art Deco fantasy includes a lavish movie theater and hosts a wide range of live performances.


Alliance Theater

1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
2.4 miles from Conference hotel

The Alliance Theatre is a theater company in Atlanta. It offers 10 productions annually, with performances in the 770-seat Alliance Stage and the 200-seat Hertz Stage (formerly Studio Theatre). Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 80 original productions including Tony Award winners The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, Aida, by Elton John and Tim Rice, and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo. The Alliance has a reputation for developing important American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring, and subsequent productions.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
2.4 miles from Conference hotel

The Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a variety of Classical, Pop, Family and Holiday concerts year-round.


Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA
2.7 miles from conference hotel

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to the art form of puppetry. The Center focuses on three areas: performance, education and museum. It houses a collection of puppets, books, posters and videos from around the world. The Center is the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to puppetry.



Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
0.8 miles from conference hotel (10 minute walk)

The Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta. It houses thousands of animals, representing several thousand species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons (38,000 m3) of marine and salt water. It is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere. On a global scale, the Georgia Aquarium supports, conducts and leads research on environmental and conservation issues.


Children’s Museum of Atlanta

275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta, GA
0.5 miles from conference hotel (7 minute walk)

Children’s Museum of Atlanta is the only educational venue of its kind in Atlanta, presenting educational programs and exhibits designed for young children ages 0-8. The Museum features bright, creative, hands-on exhibits designed to promote inventive problem solving, creative thinking and artistic expression. It often hosts field trips from schools and learning centers throughout north Georgia. The Imaginators, the Museum's troupe of professional actors, guide field trip groups through the Museum, invent fun hands-on activities for children, and create terrific programming, including original and lively 20-minute mini-musicals, which are frequently themed to tie in with the featured traveling exhibit.


Fernbank Museum of Natural History

767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA
4.3 miles from conference hotel

Fernbank Museum of Natural History presents exhibitions and programming about natural history that are meant to entertain as well as educate the public. Its mission is to encourage a greater appreciation of the planet and its people. It is home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen, and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States.




Charis Books

1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA
3 miles from Conference hotel

The South’s oldest independent feminist bookstore. From their website: “If you're pro-peace, progressive, radical, "part of the left," liberal, or anything in between. If you love to read, know the danger of corporate domination and support independent businesses. If you're an activist, anti-war, anti-violence, and anti-hate. If you're a woman, lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans, queer or support those who are. If you've ever been ashamed of our government. If you support a woman's right to choose safe birth control, abortion, or access to reliable reproductive health information. If you're an artist. If you know Bush was selected. If you believe everyone deserves health care. If you're pro-environment, put people before profit and are working for social justice. If you're trying to raise a strong girl or a non-violent boy. If you're a person of color. If you value independent voices and know that they are silenced every day. If you know that books can change lives. If you want more... Welcome to Charis Books.”











Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) buses and trains serve the Airport, Downtown, Buckhead, Perimeter, Lenox, and other popular destinations. Trains operate Monday through Friday (4:45am to 1am) with 15 minute service until 7 pm (and every 10 minutes from 6 to 9am, and 3 to 7pm); night service after 8:30 pm is every 20 minutes. On weekends and Holidays trains operate with 20 minute service on all lines, from 6am to 12:13 am. Bus schedules vary by neighborhood. One-way fare for bus and rail is $2.50 cash, or $2.00 with the purchase of a $2 breeze card. For maps and other information click here.

Atlanta Streetcar

The Atlanta Streetcar operates in downtown Atlanta, running in a loop from Centennial Olympic Park to the heart of the Old Fourth Ward. The Streetcars operate Monday through Thursday from 6am to 11pm, Friday from 6am to 1am, Saturday from 8:30am to 1am, and Sunday from 9am to 11pm. Streetcars run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes. One-way fare is $1.00 (children up to 2 years of age ride free). A $3.00 day pass is also available. For more information, click here.