Values and Pluralism in the Environmental Sciences: From Inferences to Institutions

Call for papers

Call for Papers for Special Issue in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and
Biomedical Sciences
Due June 15th, 2020
Philosophers of science continue to enrich our understanding of the roles that values play in the
reasoning, practice, and institutions of science. This special issue will focus on the environmental
sciences, a mosaic of fields ranging from restoration ecology to forestry to climatology, unified
by their attention to the relationships between humans and their habitats. It is a field that revolves
around understanding environmental systems and ameliorating environmental problems, aiming
to support the provision of natural goods and provide guidance to policymakers deciding how to
regulate individuals and industries. Environmental sciences and management are pervasively
laden with non-epistemic values, and so provide fertile ground for analyses of coupled epistemic
and ethical values. A sustained survey of the field can surface a number of paradigmatic
questions with implications for science and values more generally. How, for instance, should
environmental scientists define the boundaries of an ecosystem under investigation? Through
what processes and practices can we determine which and whose values ought to inform
environmental science, and at what stage in scientific practice? How should we manage conflicts
between different values? And how could or should the institutions supporting environmental
sciences and environmental management be organized to adequately represent divergent values?
Contributors are welcome to explore other questions that will advance scholarship on how the
ethical, social, and political do and should inform environmental science, management, and
associated institutions and industries, as well as general questions on doing science in a
pluralistic society that can shed light on environmental sciences.
We encourage philosophical as well as social scientific investigations of the roles that values do
and should play in the environmental sciences. Interested authors should prepare full manuscripts
for blind review according to the author guidelines established by Studies in History and
Philosophy of Biology and Biomedical Sciences and available here. During the submission
process, please select “VSI: Values in Env Sciences” as the Issue Type.
The special issue is in part a compilation of invited papers from Doing Science in a Pluralistic
Society, a colloquium hosted by the University of Dayton in March 2020. Information about the
colloquium is available online, and though not required to contribute to the special issue, we
welcome potential contributors to attend the colloquium. If you have any questions about either
the colloquium or the special issue, or would like us to review a 300-word abstract before you
prepare your manuscript for submission, please contact the editors:
Zachary Piso Viorel Pâslaru
University of Dayton University of Dayton

Deadline: June 15, 2020

Posted: June 26, 2020