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Dear participants of the Second Congress of Russian Society for History and Philosophy of Science!

The Program and Organizing committees of Congress are concerned about the risks associated with the current epidemic situation in Russia and in the world.

However, we hope on a successful resolution of this situation before the end of summer. Therefore, we still plan to hold the Congress in September 2020, and we continue to prepare it. Currently, we make our best to hold the offline Congress on the indicated dates, and editorial preparations are underway for the publication of Congress materials.

The order of SPbU on holding the Congress has already been issued. We will continue to send invitations after the decision of the St Petersburg administration on holding public events.

We would like to do our best to minimize uncertainty and possible threats to the participants. We recommend buying refundable air and train tickets to St Petersburg.

The January HPS&ST Newsletter

The January HPS&ST Newsletter is on the web at:


# Introduction

# Australian Bushfires: A Personal Report

# Fourth International Conference on History of Physics, Trinity College, Dublin, 17-19 June 2020.

# Biographical Memoirs of the Royal Society

# 4th International Conference on Science and Literature, University of Girona, Spain, 2-4 July 2020

# Fellowships

# Feng Shui Project: Historical, Philosophical, Scientific, Medical, Cultural and Educational Considerations

# Narrative in Science Project

# Opinion Page: Science + Religion

Tom McLeish, Department of Physics, University of York

# PhD Theses in HPS&ST Domain

# Recent HPS&ST Research Articles 

# Recent HPS&ST Related Books 

# Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

# HPS&ST Related Organisations and Websites

The Table of Contents of the HPS&ST Newsletter is sent monthly to about 8,500 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.  The newsletter is readable and downloadable from the website above.

The newsletter is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists. 

The newsletter seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns. 

Please do feel free to forward this email to any local, national or international lists whose members you think would appreciate knowing of the newsletter and its web location.  Forwarding the notification email is a very easy and efficient way of multiplying the readership and so increasing awareness of HPS&ST matters.

Contributions to the newsletter (publications, thematic issues, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor: 

Michael R. Matthews, UNSW, . 

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