Call for Papers: Philosophy of Epidemiology, a Special Issue of Synthese


Guest Editors: Sean A. Valles (Michigan State University, USA) and Jonathan Kaplan (Oregon State University, USA)

Special Issue Description: Philosophy of epidemiology is a burgeoning subfield within the philosophy of science and medicine. This special issue will provide philosophy of epidemiology with a forum to develop this area and expand its boundaries. The guest editors seek both to help develop philosophy of epidemiology’s existing lines of research (e.g., models of causal analysis) and expand philosophy of epidemiology to include a broader community of contributors (e.g., philosophers of race) and a wider array of lines of research (e.g., concepts of epidemiological risk and human-ecosystem dynamics).

Appropriate topics for submission include, but are not limited to: the role(s) of values in epidemiology; the role(s) of formal models in epidemiology; concepts of risk in epidemiology; the relationship between philosophy of epidemiology and philosophy of ecology (and other branches of philosophy); the metaphysical and causal repercussions of epidemiological data on the environmental and social determinants of health.

For further information, please contact the guest editors:


Deadline for submissions is: October 9, 2017


DEADLINE 5 MAY: UJ Post doctoral fellow in IKS // African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science

You may have seen our recent announcement of the launch of the UJ African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (ACEPS). UJ has some funding for postdoctoral research fellows and we at ACEPS would like to put forward a strong candidate with specialism in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS). The candidate would be attached to ACEPS and would work alongside Professor Mongane Serote to develop our project and networks in IKS.

PLEASE NOTE THE VERY SHORT DEADLINE, and send materials to Prof Veli Mitova by the end of 4 May in order for us to write a letter of support in time for the final 5 May deadline. Note that anyone is allowed to apply directly to UJ for one of these postdoctoral awards, and ACEPS wishes to endorse at least one application with IKS specialism. ACEPS reserves the right not to endorse an application.