Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 259–261 | Cite as

Introduction: On the Philosophy of Science in Practice

  • Marcel Boumans
  • Sabina Leonelli

This issue contains a selection of five papers that were presented at SPSP 2011, the third biennial conference of the Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice held at the University of Exeter, UK. The conference was hosted by Egenis (, a leading centre for the study of the life sciences which strongly supports collaborations between philosophers, social scientists and biologists.

In the mission statement of SPSP (see one find expressed the original motivation of the founding team: a philosophy of science “based on an analytic framework that takes into consideration theory, practice and the world simultaneously” and which is “concerned with not only the acquisition and validation of knowledge, but its use” (see also Ankeny et al. 2011). However accurate this expression may be to the original position of the SPSP founders, it is important to see what contributors to the SPSP...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Sociology, Philosophy and AnthropologyUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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