Special Issue "Meta-Philosophy of Science"

A special issue of Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert Rynasiewicz

Department of Philosophy, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 281 Gilman Hall, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
Website | E-Mail

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

How should we conceive of science as an historical entity over time? Is it typically a cumulative, progressive process, as various forms of scientific realism might suggest? Does it display cyclic developmental patterns with radical discontinuities, as Kuhn famously argued? Is it just one thing after another subject to historical contingency and perhaps methodological anarchy, as Feyerabend appears to have advocated? What categories are proper and adequate to describe its development? Or is the very idea of theoretical history of science misguided to begin with?

We invite papers that address these questions and related issues, including but not limited to the following. Is theory change continuous or discontinuous, or does it depend on the level of resolution? Are there micro-patterns and macro-patterns? Should particular phases in the history of science traditionally regarded as paradigmatic or revolutionary be reevaluated and reclassified? Can resources from evolutionary biology be tapped to explain scientific development or change? Are theories, hypotheses and concepts proliferated and then winnowed by a form of natural selection? If so, should we expect to find those resources in population genetics, or in the approach combining evolution and development known as evodevo, or in both? We also encourage submissions illuminating the emergence of historical views concerning the theory of science in the historical sense going back at least through Whewell, to Kant and other Enlightenment thinkers.

Prof. Dr. Robert Rynasiewicz
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Philosophies is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • comparative methodologies
  • theoretical history of science
  • scientific progress
  • Kuhn
  • paradigms
  • normal science
  • anomalies
  • scientific revolutions
  • Lakatos
  • research programs
  • Feyerabend
  • methodological anarchy
  • theory change
  • continuity
  • evolution

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

Journal Contact

Philosophies Editorial Office
St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 683 77 34
Fax: +41 61 302 89 18
Editorial Board
Contact Details Submit to Special Issue Edit a special issue Review for Philosophies
Back to Top