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 promotes history and philosophy of science in the broader academic community and beyond.

SLAPSA Conference

SLAPSA sponsors an annual conference on philosophy and history of science. SLAPSA X will be held on 24 March 2018. Download the program here (includes directions).
  • Peck Hall, Room 3117
    Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • 8:30–9:00
    Coffee and general congregation
  • 9:00
    Rick Shang (WUStL, PNP)
    Exploratory invention: the pre-history of positron emission tomography 1950s–1975
  • 10:00
    William (Skip) Larkin (SLU)
    Formal practical knowledge: science, engineering, and mechanism
  • 11:00
    Luis Salas (WUStL, Classics)
    Galen’s wounds: the social function of wounds and nosological taxonomy in Galen
  • 12:00–1:30
    See program for recommendations.
  • 1:30
    Lindsay Brainard (WUStL, PP)
    Modular unification: how computer simulations reveal a new explanatory virtue
  • 2:30
    Alexander Schumm (SLU)
    Composition as trans-scalar identity
  • 3:30
    Coffee and pastries
  • 3:45
    Ben Henke (WUStL)
    Actual difference making and causal selection
  • 5:30
    Post-Conference Gathering at Recess Brewing
    307 North Main Street Edwardsville IL 62025
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.
Program for the 2017 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). See the St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 1.20

HPS events in &
around St. Louis

  • 24 Mar, SIUE
    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).