2010-05-15 | Hermeneutics & Science Conference 2010 (Viena)

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 28 abr 2010, 3:56 por Lola Fernández Santos   [ actualizado el 7 sept 2010, 2:26 ]

Call for Papers

The birth of hermeneutic (or hermeneutic phenomenological) philosophy of science was a result of the so-called "hermeneutic turn" of philosophy of science in the 60's. Arriving at different consequences of the critique of the traditional positivist philosophy of science almost the same transformation is called as social or sociological turn. In these years Apel, Hanson, Heelan, Ihde, Kisiel, Kockelmans, Markus, Follesdal, and others started to apply Heidegger's and Gadamer's views to depict the science and technology from a non-positivist position. As a consequence of these attempts for the 80's - 90's a relatively well-identifiable trend was emerged in philosophy of science: the hermeneutics of science, or hermeneutic philosophy of science and technology.

Heidegger's and Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics provides an opportunity for developing a hermeneutic alternative to the analytic philosophy of science. This intellectual adventure has significant outcomes.Hermeneutics of science scrutinized the life world of scientists, the process of discovery, the structure of perception, scientists' relatedness to the world, experimentation, scientific and technological tools, scientific debates, the reconstruction of scientific texts, and many others topics.

It shed new light e.g. on the issues about the philosophical foundations of Psychoanalysis. Heideggerian hermeneutics is also the basis of well known results in the Dasein analysis targeted the openness included in human Dasein, and aims to widen it via the analysis and develop self understanding and identity.

Taking the problems of hermeneutic philosophy of science into a broader philosophical context some fundamental epistemological problems can be identified. These dilemmas yield to the identification of the unnecessary domination of the so-called scientism in culture and provide a possibility to its critique.

It would be interesting to disclose the appearance the different forms of these problems in the practice of social and natural sciences, humanities, psychology, informatics and other forms of technology. This would be also an opportunity to confront philosophical ideas with everyday scientific and technological practice. 


The aim of this conference is to provide an open and inspiring atmosphere to discuss all of these and related issues.

Possible topics for discussion includes:

  • Reflections of scientists on their own praxis
  • Creativity, innovation and re-interpretation
  • Interpretation in History of Philosophy of Science
  • Science as human enterprise/praxis
  • Information and meaning: the question of interpretation.
  • Open world hermeneutics: go beyond the "two cultures".
  • Life-world, systems and institutions
  • Institutions, organisations and relationships
  • What does it mean to live a fulfilled life?
  • How to cope with uncertainty? Challenges of uncertainty in everyday life and science.
  • Philosophical background of Dasein analysis
  • Life technologies and human survival: human-environment relations.
  • Varieties of relatedness to the world.
  • Tools, toolmaking and technologies
  • Embodiment and thinking.
  • Scientific knowledge and experties


Contributed papers are invited in all topics related to the scope of the conference.


Please, send a one page abstract of your planned presentation to
ropolyi@ishs.hu and kissolga@ishs.hu by 15 May 2010.

The Scientific Commitee will decide about the acceptance of papers by the end of May 2010.

The accepted abstracts will be published in the book of abstracts distributed at the beginning of the meeting.