Modes of Explanation: Spring 2013Please visit http://modesofexplanation.org to learn about our Spring 2013 event in Paris.
Call for Papers
Because Modes of
Explanation is a discussion conference, the
actual presentations of attendee's work will
occur on-line and only a five minute or less
synopsis will precede the discussion session
during which the work is discussed.
Initial submittals can take the form of extended abstracts, powerpoints, or full papers. Final submittals are asked to be videos of the presentation BUT if that is not possible for you then we will ask for BOTH a powerpoint AND a full paper.
The challenge to
prospective attendees is to prepare a
presentation which can evoke meaningful
discussion amongst the attendees. One's
presentation could, for example, focus on:
1) how we go about explaining and the limitations/strengths of our approach,
2) what kinds of explanations "work" and which kinds "fail"
3) the context dependency of explanatory form
4) the differences in use between "good enough explanation" and "truth claims"
5) the need for/use of mechanisms and “narratives” as a meaning of “explaining” (making understandable in a coherent way) some aspect of complexity or of a real in life complex system
6) how a reliance on sameness or of category as a simplifying reduction was inadequate to the situation being examined or
7) how modes of explanation vary by discipline.
The link below goes
to the attendee submission site
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