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Computer modeling in Philosophy

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Published on Friday, June 29, 2018


Open Philosophy invites submissions for the topical issue “Computer modeling in Philosophy,” edited by Patrick Grim (Stony Brook/University of Michigan).



Computational modeling opens new prospects for philosophical exploration and argument. The role played by logic in 20th century philosophy, it can be argued, will be played by computational modeling in the 21st. This special issue is devoted first and foremost to examples of computer-aided or computer-instantiated modeling across the discipline, including but not limited to philosophy of science, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, theory of evolution, logic, philosophy of language, epistemology, and social and political philosophy. Computational techniques range from agent-based modeling to neural networks and data mining. Results can expand the role of intuition pumps and thought experiments, can be used to measure the robustness and parameter-sensitivity of basic models, can put techniques from other disciplines to work in philosophical analysis, can track unexpected consequences of basic assumptions, and can force philosophical assumptions to be made explicit. Beyond new answers, computational techniques can highlight new questions, including questions regarding model validation, complexity, computability, representation, and reality.

Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter's e-technology,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions,
  • no publishing fees.

How to submit

Submissions will be collected from October 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.

There are no specific length limitations. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Philosophy, authors are asked to access the on-line submission system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/opphil/

Please choose as article type: “Topical Issue Article: Computer Modeling in Philosophy”

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: https://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s25438875_Instruction_for_Authors.pdf

All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Patrick Grim at patrick.grim@stonybrook.edu. In case of technical questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com.


  • Graham Harman, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, USA

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Frank Ankersmit, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen – KNAW), Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Harald Atmanspacher, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Babette Babich, Fordham University / The Jesuit University of New York City, USA
  • Renaud Barbaras, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
  • Seyla Benhabib, Yale University, USA
  • Johan van Benthem, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands / Stanford University, USA / Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Robert Bernasconi, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Richard Bett, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University, USA
  • Susanne Bobzien, University of Oxford, UK
  • Stephen Bronner, Rutgers University, USA
  • Mario Bunge, McGill University, Canada
  • Panayot Butchvarov, University of Iowa, USA
  • Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Adriana Cavarero, University of Verona, Italy
  • Ruth Chang, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
  • Arthur Fine, University of Washington, USA
  • Bas van Fraassen, Princeton University / San Francisco State University, USA
  • Harry Frankfurt, Princeton University, USA
  • Paul Franks, Yale University, USA
  • Jacob Golomb, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Alastair Hannay, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Stephen Hicks, Rockford University, USA
  • Ingvar Johansson, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Dorthe Jørgensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Mark Kingwell, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Philip Kitcher, Columbia University, USA
  • Brian Klug, Oxford University, UK
  • Hans Koechler, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Sandra Laugier, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
  • John Marenbon, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Uskali Mäki, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Alfred Mele, Florida State University, USA
  • John J McDermott, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Timothy Morton, Rice University, USA
  • Nel Noddings, Stanford Graduate School of Education, USA
  • John Perry, University of California, Riverside, USA
  • Gualtiero Piccinini, University of Missouri – St. Louis, USA
  • Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Amelie Rorty, Harvard Medical School / Tufts University, USA
  • Roger Scruton, University of Buckingham, UK
  • John Searle, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Peter Simons, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University, USA
  • Peter Unger, New York University, USA



  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019


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