10th Biennial Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Philosophy of Science Association (APPSA)

Conference Venue

College of Arts and Sciences, VinUniversity, Hanoi, Vietnam

Conference Date

21-22 July 2023

Topic Areas

·       Philosophy of Science

·       Philosophy of Technology

·       Historical and Sociological Studies of Science and Technology


The Asia-Pacific Philosophy of Science Association (APPSA) invites papers for its upcoming 10th biennial meeting to be held at VinUniversity, Hanoi, Vietnam. The theme of the conference is “Philosophical Challenges at the Frontiers of Science and Technology”. Papers can cover any theme from the philosophy of science and technology, and we particularly welcome approaches situated in the Asian context, whether that is from philosophy, history or the sociological study of science and technology.

Tentative Agenda

Time Room C401 Room C402
Friday 21st July
8.00am Registration + Coffee
8.30am Opening Ceremony
9.00-11.00am AI and Robotics I: Epistemology and Metaphysics

Chair: Billy Wheeler

Metaphysics in Science I

Chair: Michael Clark

An Embodied-Cognitive Approach to Robot Deception – Young E. Rhee Function and Equilibrium – Jia Li
Can we Trust Lying Robots – Callum Whittle Can Solitarily Trapped Quantum Objects Have Identity and Individuality?: A Critical Examination of the Experimental Realization Conception of Individuality – Keigo Imai
Toward an AI Epistemology – Jun Otsuka Causation and Two Types of Dependence – Murali Ramachandran
From Chalmers’ Singularity to Bergson’s Creative Evolution – Pham Minh Duc Type Causation, Underdeterministically – Tom Wysocki
11.00am Tea/Coffee Break
11.30-1.00pm General Philosophy of Science

Chair: Nguyen Quang Minh

Buddhism, Science & Technology

Chair: Soraj Hongladarom

Patient Involvement in Psychiatry – Mitsue Sugimoto A Buddhist take on Mathematical Realism – Aditya Jha
The Intertwined relationship of knowledge and values in shared decision making – Yun-Ying Kuo Buddhist Emptiness in Biological Systems: from an Individual, Cellular, and Molecular Perspective – Nguyen Hoang Hai
Climate Denialism Bullshit is Harmful – Joshua Luczak Resonance, Return, and the Receding Dharma:

The Three Teachings’ Perspectives of Nature and

The Place of Vietnamese Millenarianism in

Addressing the Environmental Exigencies of the Mekong Delta – Hoai Tran

1.00-2.00pm Lunch in Canteen
2.00-4.00pm Realism and Antirealism I

Chair: Jonathan Hricko

Science, Technology and Society

Chair: Callum Whittle

Can There be Practical Differences between Scientific Realists and Anti-realists? – Dong Wook Jung Outside in: An External Approach to Technologically Moral Enhancement – Ching Hung
Two Approaches to Underdetermination – Yick-Hei Chan Marxist viewpoint on personality in the face of challenges

posed by modern scientific and technological achievements – Pham Trang

The Legitimacy of the Selectionist Antirealism – Min OuYang Hiromatsu’s Philosophy of Science – Katsumori Makoto
The Dilemma of the Upward Path to Structural Realism and the MR Principle – Lee Hanseul Is Science Multicultural? Should it Be? – Jeongmin Lee
4.00pm Tea/Coffee Break
4.30-5.30 Keynote: Soraj Hongladarom

Title: Towards Virtuous AI

Chair: Michael Clark

5.30pm Dinner
Saturday July 22nd
8.30-10.30am Metaphysics in Science II

Chair: Pham Minh Duc

AI and Robotics II: Society and Human Values

Chair: Jun Otsuka

Formalizing Historical Causal Conceptions: A Causal Modelling Account – Richard Hou The Dynamics of Personal Autonomy: A Comprehensive Framework for Evaluating Human-Carebot Interactions – Linus Huang
The Metaphysics of Mechanisms: An Ontic Structural Realist Perspective – Yihan Jiang Rethinking AI: Exploring the Recent Controversy over AI from the perspective of Stiegler’s Philosophy of Technology – In Kim
The Principle of the Identity of Indiscernible (PII):

An Example of Organizing Principles – HU Xiaoqian (Lara)

Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Meaningful Work – Lucas Scripter
Grounding and Brute Contingency: Resurrecting and Old Problem for Field’s Demathematisation of Science – Michael Clark Ethical Rationality of Artificial Agents from a Multicultural Point of View – Guihong Zhang
10.30 Tea/Coffee Break
11.00 Modelling, Analogies and Scientific Reasoning

Chair: HU Xiaoqian (Lara)

Relevance of Non-Epistemic Values in Epidemic Modelling – Joby Varghese
Analogical Reasoning in Traditional Mathematics of East and South-East Asia – Alexei Volkov
Tool-Afforded Causal Reasoning in Neurophysiology – Karen Yan
12.30 Lunch in Canteen
2.00-4.00 Realism and Antirealism II

Chair: Dong Wook Jung

Scientific Explanation

Chair: Ching Hung

Can a conspiracy theory be a legitimate alternative hypothesis? An Exercise in applied philosophy of science – Tetsuji Iseda When Interest-Based Explanations Succeed – Yuichi Amitani
Empirical Adequacy and Scientific Practice – Jonathon Hricko The Dual Nature of Explicability – Hyundeuk Cheon
Scientific Conceptual Revision and Race – Tim Fuller The Counterfactual Contextualist Account of Explanatory Understanding – Byeongho Lee
In what sense was Reichenbach’s philosophy of space and time “empirical”, not “conventional”? – Hyeong-gu Kang Towards a Cognitive Approach to Scientific Explanation – An Soyeong
4.00-4.30 Tea/Coffee Break
4.00 (APPSA Committee Meeting)
4.30 Closing Comments Roundtable + Group Photograph
5.00 Beach BBQ


Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special edition of the Asian Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 2731-4642 Springer). Those wishing to be considered for publication in the conference proceedings must be prepared to submit a blind manuscript of around 8000 words by the end of October 2023.

Keynote Speaker

·       Prof. Soraj Hongladarom

Soraj Hongladarom is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has published books and articles on such diverse issues as bioethics, computer ethics, and the roles that science and technology play in the culture of developing countries. His books include Information Technology Ethics: A Cultural Perspective (2006), The Online Self: Externalism, Friendship and Games (2016), A Buddhist Theory of Privacy (2015), and The Ethics of AI and Robotics: A Buddhist Viewpoint (2021).


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