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Scientific Perspectivism

GUEST EDITOR: Michela Massimi

TITLE: Perspectivism in science. Metaphysical and epistemological reflections.

SYNOPSIS: The European Journal for the Philosophy of Science is delighted to announce a Call for Papers for a topical collection dedicated to Scientific Perspectivism. The goal and rationale for this topical collection is to explore a variety of metaphysical and epistemological issues arising from perspectivism in science.  For example, topics we are interested in exploring (but not exclusively) include: what kind of ontology does perspectivism license? How to rethink entities and natural kinds along perspectival lines?  How to understand the nature of evidence and scientific facts along perspectival lines?

The epistemological issues we are interested in exploring concern the prospects of perspectivism in modelling and representing, the nature of measurement, pluralism, realism, and interdisciplinarity more in general. For example, what kind of pluralism does perspectivism license? Can perspectivism vindicate realist commitments borne out of a suitable notion of explanation? Or does it sit more comfortably with a kind of non-factive understanding of phenomena?

This topical collection is meant to address some of these open questions and to offer a better understanding of the philosophical view called “perspectivism” and its relevance to science. We particularly encourage submissions from non-mainstream areas of philosophy of science and/or from underrepresented groups.

  • WHEN: The CfP will become active from 1 June 2019 until 31 August 2019. Please note: Only papers submitted between 1 June and 31 August 2019 will be considered for publication in the topical collection.
  • WHERE: Submit your paper through the EJPS Editorial Manager under a dedicated heading entitled Perspectivism.  Please select this heading when submitting the manuscript (Note: the heading will be active only from 1 June 2019).
  • HOW: Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed as per usual journal practice. Typically, two reviewers will be assigned to each paper and final decisions will be taken by EJPS Editors in Chief, following the recommendation of the Guest Editor, which is based on the reviewers’ reports. Please prepare papers for masked reviews.
  • WHO: If you have any question about this Topical Collection or would like to know more about its scope and remit, please feel free to email


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