Change of dates of the 2nd Congress of RSHPS

Dear Participants of the Congress. Because of COVID restrictions the dates of the Congress have been changed and are now set for 27-29 November 2020. The event will take in part on campus and in part online via Zoom. The organisers ask express their apologies for the late notice. All Congress participants will be contacted by email. For further information do not hesitate to contact us via congress20 (at) rshps (dot) org.

The Second Congress of Russian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (RSHPS) entitled “Science as a public good”, to be held on September 25-27, 2020, in Saint Petersburg, Russia


Science as a Public Good

The Second Congress of Russian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (RSHPS)

 September 25-27, 2020, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The Organizing Committee cordially invites historians, philosophers and all scientists interested in HPS from all over the world to participate at the Second Open Congress of Russian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (RSHPS) entitled “Science as a public good”, to be held on September 25-27, 2020, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The Congress will be organized by the Russian Society for History and Philosophy of Science

The Congress covers all areas of HPS & STS, which are present today in Russia, including new emerging areas, which only begin to develop in this country. With the theme “Science as a public good” the Second Congress will emphasize the issues in relationships between philosophical, scientific, technological research and society in the modern times and historical perspective. Among them are the connection of scientific activity with significant public purposes, the place of scientific expertise in topical public discussions, the ability of scientific knowledge to respond to the big challenges of our time.

The working languages of the Congress are Russian and English

Keynote speakers

Plenary speakers
Annemarie Mol, Professor Anthropology of the Body, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Good for what? On scientific worth in practice
John Duprė, the director of the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society and professor of philosophy at the University of Exeter, UK. Genome modification: What is it, what can it do, and when should we do it
Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the Department of sociology at University of Warwick, UK. If Science Is a Public Good, Why Do Scientists Own It?
Abdusalam A. Guseinov, Prof. Dr., Full Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia, Principal Adviser for Academic Affairs, RAS Institute of Philosophy. Science and Morality
Ilya T. Kasavin, Prof. Dr., Chair in Social Epistemology, Correspondent Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RAS Institute of Philosophy. Science as a Public Good

Invited Lecturers
Otávio Bueno, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami. Editor-in-Chief of Synthese. Evidence, Objectivity, and Styles of Scientific Reasoning
Vladislav A. Lektorsky, Prof. Dr., Full Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia, RAS Institute of Philosophy. Technologization of Science as an Existential Challenge

Invited Speakers
Anjan Chakravartty – Appignani Foundation Professor Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, USA. Scientific Knowledge in the Public Sphere
Jean-Yves, Beziau – Prof. Dr., Department of Philosophy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, President of the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy. Brazil. What is an Axiom?
Nathalie Gontier – Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, Center for Philosophy of Sciences; RG 1: Epistemology & Methodology Department for History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Science as a public good: Lessons from Mutual Aid and Symbiology
Thomas Henry Bristol – President, Institute for Science, Engineering and Public Policy Portland State University, USA. Rethinking the History of Science


Potential contributors are asked to send abstracts up to 10 000 character or up to 1500 words by October 15, 2019 to congress20 (at) rshps (dot) org as attachments in RTF or DOC format (or PDF in case of complex formulas and graphs). In the beginning of the abstract please specify your full name, affiliation, email and the name of section or round table you prefer to participate in. Then add a short abstract (up to 100 words) and the main body of the submission. Please use automatic endnotes rather than footnotes.

Note that each person (or group of co-authors) may submit only one abstract. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Congress Proceedings. The Organizing Committee reserve the right to offer a contributor a plenary or section time slot, participate in a round table or make a poster presentation. Abstracts must not be or have been published, presented at or submitted to any other meeting prior to the Congress.

Important dates:

Dates of the Conference ……………………….September 25-27, 2020

Deadline for Abstract Submission …………..October 15, 2019

Notification of Acceptance……………………..December 1, 2019

Early-bird Registration ends…………………..December 31, 2019

Late Registration ends………………………….March 1, 2020

Contact Information:

Office 22, 5 Mendeleevskaya Liniya, 199034, St. Petersburg, Russia

Tel: +7 (812) 328 94 21 (1846)

ladaship(at)gmail(dot) com (for questions) – Lada Shipovalova, deputy head of the Congress organizing committee

Call for papers Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Max Weber’s “Science as a Vocation”

Call for papers

 Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Max Weber’s “Science as a Vocation”

 The Russian Society for History and Philosophy of Science and the journal “Epistemology & Philosophy of Science” announce a contest among young researchers, graduate and undergraduate students and call for papers directly or indirectly related to Max Weber’s seminal “Science as a Vocation”.

 The winners will be announced in four nominations:

 – epistemology

– history of science

– ethics of science

– sociology of science and scientific knowledge

 Three prizes will be given in each nomination:

 1st prize: 50,000 rubles and a certificate

2nd prize: 20,000 rubles and a certificate

3rd prize: a certificate

 All winning papers will be published in “Epistemology & Philosophy of Science”

 The age of participants must be less than 40 years on May 14, 2019. No restrictions by citizenship or affiliation of participants, as well as by their gender, sexual orientation, political or religious views apply.

 All participating papers must be formatted according to the guidelines of “Epistemology & Philosophy of Science” ( and sent to The subject of the email must say “Contest 2019”.

 Submission deadline: April 15, 2019

The winners will be announced on May 14, 2019