Special Issue "Problems and Challenges in Synthetic View of Reality"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2016).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Marcin J. Schroeder
Guest Editor
IEHE (Institute for Excellence in Higher Education), Global Learning Center, Tohoku University, 41 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8576, Japan
Interests: philosophy of information and computation; philosophy and history of science and logic; foundations of physics and mathematics; mathematical formalization of scientific theories
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal Philosophies is being launched with the mission of integrating scientific research and philosophical reflection on themes at the intersection of philosophical, scientific, technological, and cultural studies. This is more than a call for mutual recognition of the importance and mutual understanding between C. P. Snow’s Two Cultures. The goal is to develop a consistent platform for synthetic inquiry, drawing from resources developed in studies currently fragmented by disciplinary divisions.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to employ the collective wisdom of all active, experienced researchers and philosophers who are willing to make contributions in setting a more specific program for such synthetic inquiry.

There are probably many old problems and questions related to the methods of synthetic inquiry that require revisiting. Without doubt, there are many relevant questions never asked and problems never presented for consideration. Maybe there are unresolved problems and unanswered questions within more specific domains, which, when solved or answered, open the way to a unifying view of reality.

We invite papers in which such open problems and unanswered questions are presented. Of course, as with every type of valuation, the judgment of importance of these problems and questions is relative to the perspective of the person making such judgement. Thus, papers should present the reasons for more universal recognition of importance. Authors are asked to provide, not only a presentation of the problems or questions, possibly with their history, but also some explanation or vision as to how solving or answering them can contribute to achieving a synthetic view of reality.

Please note: This is a call for open problems and unanswered questions. Papers presenting solutions of problems or definite answers to questions should be submitted for the regular process of publication in Philosophies.

The papers can be in short format (ca. 4000–5000 words) presenting one particular problem or question, or in full size with an extensive study of one or more problems. In addition, extensive reviews of larger format are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Marcin J. Schroeder
Guest Editor

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  • Open problems in philosophy of science
  • Science for philosophy
  • Synthesis of knowledge
  • Synthesis of research and reflection

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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