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 Seven will be held on 28 February 2015. Download the program (with abstracts).
  • Adorjan Hall (formerly the Humanities Building)
    Room 142
    Saint Louis University
    3800 Lindell Blvd.
    St Louis, MO 63108
  • 9:30
    Coffee and general congregation
  • 10:00
    Eric Hochstein (WUStL)
    Dimensions of explanation
  • 11:00
  • 11:15
    Alison Reiheld (SIUE)
    Beyond mere risk: the medicalization of obesity and ontological creep
  • 12:15
  • 1:30
    Mark Povich (WUStL)
    Cognitive models, mechanism sketches, and realization
  • 2:30
  • 2:45
    André Ariew (Missouri (Columbia))
    Four Pillars of Statisticalism
  • 3:45
  • 4:00
    Robert Strikwerda (SLU)
    Analogies, Representations, and Morphological Explanation in Durkheim’s Research Program
  • 5:00
  • 5:15
    Irina Mikhalevich (WUStL)
    Starting Simple: Rethinking the Default Hypothesis in Experimental Comparative Cognition
  • 6:30
    After hours TBD
Registration is not required.

SLAPSA Coordinators

The coordinators for SLAPSA are:

SLAPSA Archive

Program for the 2009 SLAPSA Conference.

About the flag

The flag used on this page is the Saint Louis City flag.
The design was submitted by Professor Emeritus Theodore Sizer, Pursuivant of Arms at Yale University. 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) calling attention to the French background of the early city and more particularly to St. Louis of France for whom the City is named.
The flag’s colors recall those of Spain (red and yellow or 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;
for the City Seal see Chapter 1.16.

HPS events in &
around St. Louis

  • 28 Feb, all day, SLU
    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).