Saint Louis Area
Philosophy of Science


SLAPSA is an organization intended to promote collaboration and cooperation among St. Louis area philosophers of science. It hosts an annual workshop for graduate students and faculty. It encourages the development and exchange of educational materials and curricula for the history and philosophy of science. It exhibits the relevance of history and philosophy of science to the broader academic community and to communities beyond.

SLAPSA Conference

SLAPSA sponsors an annual conference on philosophy and history of science. SLAPSA Nine will be held on 11 March 2017. Download the program here.
  • Room T1312
    University of Missouri, Saint Louis
  • 9:30
    Coffee and general congregation
  • 9:45
    Sonya Bahar (UMSL)
    The essential tension: from cooperation and competition to multi-level selection
  • 11:00
    Dan Haybron (SLU)
    The secret of happiness
  • 12:00–1:30
  • 1:30
    Joseph McCaffrey (WUStL)
    Cognitive inferences in multivariate neuroimaging
  • 2:30
  • 2:45
    Dane Muckler (SLU)
    It might as well be value-free: a defense of Boorse’s biostatistical theory
  • 3:45
  • 4:00
    Emily Prychitco (WUStL)
    Establishing constitutive relevance in mechanisms
  • 5:00
  • 5:15
    Caroline Stone (WUStL)
    Do stingrays self-recognize?: construct validity in comparative cognition
  • 6:30
    After hours at Olio, 1634 Tower Grove Avenue St Louis (314-932-1088)
Registration is not required.

SLAPSA Coordinators

The coordinators for SLAPSA are:

SLAPSA Archive

Program for the 2009 SLAPSA Conference.
Flyer for the 2012 SLAPSA Conference.
Program for the 2015 SLAPSA Conference.

About the flag

The flag used on this page is the Saint Louis City flag.
The design was submitted by Prof. Emeritus Theodore Sizer, Pursuivant of Arms at Yale. It symbolizes the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Over the point of confluence a round golden disk upon which is the fleur-de-lis of France (blue) calls attention to the French background of the city and to Saint Louis, King of France, for whom the city is named.
The flag’s colors recall those of Spain (red and gold), Bourbon France (white and gold), Napoleonic and Republican France (blue, white and red), and the United States of America (red, white, and blue). (Ord. 52322 § 2, 1964: 1948 C. Ch. 1 § 5: 1960 C. § 6.020.) See the St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 1.20

HPS events in &
around St. Louis

  • 11 Mar, UMSL
    SLAPSA Conference
    See the schedule at left.
  • If you would like to add a St. Louis HPS event to this list, send the information (date, place, time, series, speaker, affiliation, title, and abstract, if there is one) to Carl Craver (Wash U).