Cambridge Early Career Workshop in the Philosophy of Measurement

19-21 April 2023

On 19-21 April 2023, the research group Measurement Therapy, based at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge) will be hosting the first Early Career Workshop in the Philosophy of Measurement. The philosophical study of measurement has a rich tradition in physics, mathematics, and the social and human sciences, and now constitutes a very active field within the philosophy of science. Its growing importance is reflected in the recent foundation of the international Society for the Study of Measurement (SSM), promoting renewed attention to the philosophical foundations of measurement across the sciences. As founding members of SSM, we hope to use this momentum to promote and discuss excellent research done by early career scholars. To make the workshop as accessible as possible, we have decided to hold it entirely online.

The event is aimed at graduate students and researchers within three years of submitting their PhD dissertation, working on philosophical issues in scientific measurement. Every presenter will receive detailed commentary from established senior scholars in the field, joining us from Cambridge and other universities worldwide. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

    • the epistemologies of measurement in the physical, social, life, and human sciences

    • philosophical issues in metrology

    • formal measurement theory

    • the metaphysics of quantitative and non-quantitative attributes

    • the ethics and politics of measurement

    • the history of philosophy of measurement

The deadline for submitting an abstract (max 700 words) is 1 Nov 2022, while full papers (5000-7000 words incl. references) need to be submitted by 1 March 2022. All submissions are made via email to mo459@cam.ac.uk.

Click here to download the full CfP

If you have any questions about the event, do not hesitate to get in touch with the organisers (Miguel Ohnesorge mo459@cam.ac.uk / Cristian Larroulet Philippi cl792@cam.ac.uk).