ENPOSS 2016 Helsinki

The Fifth Conference of the European Network
for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ENPOSS)

University of Helsinki, Finland
24-26 August 2016

Registration | Program | Practicalities | Organisers

Book of Abstracts (PDF)

Keynote Speakers

  • Helen Longino (Stanford University)
  • Brian Epstein (Tufts University)
  • Christian List (LSE)

Registration for non-speakers

Registration is required for participants who do not present a paper at the conference. Please register by 1 August at the latest to pekka.tolvanen@helsinki.fi and let us know if you will be attending the conference dinner. Dinner tickets can be bought for cost price during the registration. More detailed information will follow.

There is no registration fee for conference participation. The conference lunches are at participants' own expense.


Downloadable PDF version of the program
Book of Abstracts

Please note that the program may be subject to minor changes.

Wednesday, August 24

12:00-13:45 Registration (Metsätalo lobby, Unioninkatu 40)
13:45-14:00 Opening words
14:00-15:30 Invited talk: Helen Longino (Stanford): Scale Matters — In Epistemology and in Social Analysis (room 6)
15:30-16:00 Coffee
16:00-18:00 Parallel sessions

A1 (room 8)
Lorenzo Casini & Gianluca Manzo: Agent-based Models and Causality: A Methodological Appraisal
Luis Mireles-Flores: Causal inference and the empirical evidence on the benefits of free trade

B1 (room 12)
Esa Diaz Leon: Kinds of Social Construction
Jaana Virta: Social Construction of Gender in the Theory of Gender Performativity
Tuomas Vesterinen: The Kinds of Looping Effects

Thursday, August 25

9:30-11:30 Parallel sessions
A2 (room 8)
Roberto Fumagalli: How 'Thin' Rational Choice Theory Explains
Kate Vredenburgh: The Explanatory Problem for Classical Rational Choice Theory
Richard Lauer, André Ariew & Randall Westgren: Microfoundations in Strategy and Explanatory Reductionism
B2 (room 12)
Michiru Nagatsu & Mikko Salmela: Emotional nudges: theoretical and ethical challenges
Elina Vessonen: RTM and psychometrics as partial approaches to measurement
Anna Michalska: Pathology as a social scientific concept
11:30-12:00 Coffee
12:00-13:20 Parallel sessions
A3 (room 8)
Corinna Elsenbroich & Harko Verhagen: "Is it just me?": Mechanisms, Agent-Based Modelling and Methodological Individualism
Tuukka Kaidesoja: Three types of causal mechanisms
B3 (room 12)
Inkeri Koskinen & Kristina Rolin: Social Epistemology of Scientific/Intellectual Movements: The Case of Indigenous Studies
Pierre Willaime: Expertise in Online Epistemic Communities
13:20-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Invited talk: Brian Epstein (Tufts): What are social groups? Their metaphysics and how to classify them (room 6)
16:00-16:30 Coffee
16:30-17:50 Parallel sessions
A4 (room 8)
N. Emrah Aydinonat & Emin Koksal: Explanation Paradox Resolved
Aki Lehtinen & Jaakko Kuorikoski: DSGE models and Ad Hocness
B4 (room 12)
Mikolaj Ratajczak: Philosophy of Language and Critique of Political Economy: An Account from the Perspective of the Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy
Enrico Terrone: The Band of Theseus. Social Ontology and Mental Files
19:00- Conference Dinner

Friday, August 26

10:00-12:00 Parallel sessions
A5 (room 8)
Laura Valentini: When in Rome Do as the Romans Do: Respect, Positive Norms, and the Obligation to Obey the Law
Joonas Ottman: The Epistemic Conditions for Successful Norm-Induced Behavioral Interventions
Thomas Noah: On The Failure of Separating Customs from Moral Norms in the Theory of Social Norms
B5 (room 12)
Kaisa Kärki: The Problem of Activity and Passivity of Intentional Omissions
Eivind Balsvik: Interpretation and the problem of confabulation
Julius Elster: Reflections on reflexivity in everyday life - rapprochement between intra-activity and social embeddedness
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Parallel sessions
A6 (room 8)
Hardy Schilgen: Integrative Pluralism in the Social Sciences
Mark Theunissen: Naturalism, Pluralism and the Interests of Social Inquiry
B6 (room 12)
Matteo Bianchin: Social Cognition and Hypothetical Contracts
Jaana Eigi: Would you remake science under the philosopher's guidance? On philosophical proposals and political motivation
15:00-15:30 Coffee
15:30-17:00 Invited talk: Christian List (LSE): What is it like to be a group agent? (room 6)
17:00-17:10 Concluding words
17:10-17:30 Coffee



Conference Site

The congress venue is located in the city centre in the Forest House (Metsätalo) at Unioninkatu 40 (map). There is also another entrance on the side of Fabianinkatu. All the conference rooms (6, 8 and 12) are located on the third floor.


August is a popular tourist season in Helsinki, so it is recommended that you book your accommodation as early as possible to ensure the availability of accommodation. Below you can find a compiled list of nearby hotels in aplhabetical order.

  • Cumulus Kaisaniemi Helsinki
  • Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi is a decent mid-priced hotel in the Helsinki city centre, just a few blocks from the conference venue.

    Distance from the conference venue: 190 m, 2 min walk.

  • GLO Hotel Kluuvi
  • GLO Hotel Kluuvi is a good hotel located in the commercial center of Helsinki, right by the main shopping street Aleksanterinkatu.

    Distance from the conference venue: 550m, 7 min walk.

  • Hostel Academica
  • Hostel Academica is a low-priced environmentally-friendly, central hostel that offers a free morning sauna, as well as rooms with a private kitchenette, toilet, and shower.

    Distance from the conference venue: 1,8 km, 23 min walk.

  • Hotel Arthur
  • Hotel Arthur is a modest hotel located in the Helsinki city centre next to the conference venue.

    Distance from the conference venue: 200 m, 3 min walk.

  • Hotel Haven
  • Hotel Haven is a new, high-class 77-room boutique hotel with Scandinavian design, located by the seaside next to the Market Square.

    Distance from the conference venue: 700 m, 9 min walk.

  • Hotel Seurahuone Helsinki
  • Hotel Seurahuone Helsinki is a high class, tasteful business hotel in the heart of Helsinki. Historically over 180 years old, Seurahuone is one of the most traditional hotels in Finland. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, near shopping, main attractions and cultural events.

    Distance from the conference venue: 700 m, 9 min walk.

  • Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Plaza is an upscale hotel near the conference venue.

    Distance from the conference venue: 350 m, 4 min walk.

  • Sokos Hotel Helsinki
  • Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki is located on the pulse of the city, between Ateneum Art Museum and Senate Square in the centre of the capital with its busy shopping area. All hotel rooms have a youthful Scandinavian theme.

    Distance from the conference venue: 400 m, 5 min walk.


If you are arriving to Helsinki by plane, from the airport you can either take a bus or a train to the Main Railway Station in the city centre or a taxi straight to your place of stay.

The taxi costs something between 40-50 euros and takes about 20 minutes. During rush hour (7-9 in the morning, 15-18 in the afternoon) this can be closer to 40.

The train costs about five euros and takes about 30 minutes. Timetable

The Finnair City Bus costs about seven euros and takes about 30 minutes. Timetable

The public transport bus costs the same as the train, about five euros. Timetable

Helsinki is also easily reached by overnight ferries from Stockholm or a day ferry from Tallinn (duration 1,5-3,5 hours). There is also a direct train connection from St. Petersburg (duration about four hours).

Transportation in Helsinki

You can find information about timetables and routes of public transport in the Helsinki Journey Planner.

The easiest way to get a taxi in Helsinki is to walk to the nearest taxi pole or call +358 100 0700 at any time. There are numerous taxi poles in the city centre, the closest being at the railway station.

Conference Publication

Selected papers from the conference will be published in an annual special issue of the journal Philosophy of the Social Sciences.



For more information about the European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, see www.enposs.eu.

For more information about TINT, see www.helsinki.fi/tint

Local Organisation Committee (University of Helsinki)

Jaakko Kuorikoski, Caterina Marchionni, Uskali Mäki, and Petri Ylikoski (chair)

ENPOSS Steering Committee

Alban Bouvier (Paris), Byron Kaldis (Athens), Eleonora Montuschi (Venice), Julie Zahle (Copenhagen), and Jesús Zamora-Bonilla (Madrid).

Scientific Committee

Daniel Andler, Erik Angner, Richard Arena, Sharon Crasnow, Igor Douven, Dave Elder-Vass, Brian Epstein, Uljana Feest, José Luis Ferreira, Juan Carlos García-Bermejo, Frank Hindriks, Todd Jones, Hans-Herbert Kögler, Arto Laitinen, Daniel Little, Chrysostomos Mantzavinos, Lee McIntyre, Emmanuel Picavet, Stéphanie Ruphy, Eric Schliesser and Karsten Stueber.