6th Ernst Mach Workshop
Location: Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague.
Date: June 29-30, 2017.

Keynote speakers:

Helen Beebee

Helen Beebee (The University of Manchester)

               Stathis Psillos

Stathis Psillos (University of Athens)

The cutting-edge research in the area of analytic metaphysics has been recently concerned with various metatheoretical issues. Our workshop will focus on the epistemology of metaphysics. Of our main interest is a set of issues that has to do with the relations between science and metaphysics. In particular, we aim to discuss whether metaphysics can be regarded as part of science or whether science simply replaces metaphysics. More fundamentally, however, there is a question whether metaphysics is best construed as aiming at knowledge in the first place.

Please send a proposal of up to 300 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30, 2017.

For those who contemplate coming with or without a paper, we would also like to point out that there is no registration fee for the workshop.


Beginning in Spring 2012, the Department of Analytic Philosophy of the Institute of Philosophy in Prague will host annual workshops on the current work in analytic philosophy - philosophy of science, mind and language, metaphysics as well as value theory. Each workshop will center on the work of a distinguished keynote speaker who will give a lecture and respond to presentations by a limited number of workshop participants. On occasion, the workshop may have the format of a symposium on a recently published book by the keynote speaker.

Department for Analytic Philosophy
Institute of Philosophy
Jilská 1, 110 00 Prague 1
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Prague Organizing Committee:
Vladimir Havlik, Tomas Hribek, Juraj Hvorecky, Ladislav Kvasz, Zuzana Parusnikova

International Advisory Board:
Tim Crane (Cambridge), Konrad Talmont-Kaminsky (Lublin), Friedrich Stadler (Vienna), Marián Zouhar (Bratislava), Zsofia Zvolenszky (Budapest), Hong Yu Wong (Tübingen)




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The workshop bears the name of an important local - Ernst Mach (1838-1916), a native of Brno and a longtime professor of physics at Charles-Ferdinand University (now Charles University) in Prague. In addition to his groundbreaking work in physics, Mach was one of the founders of philosophy of science. Since the early 1900s, in Austria, the United Kingdom and elsewhere philosophers respecting science and logic continued the legacy of Professor Mach. Alas, especially in the latter half of the last century, the tradition of rigorous philosophy flourished overseas rather than in the place of its origin. By paying homage to Professor Mach, we wish to rejuvenate this tradition here as well.