PSA Newsletter: Vol. 13 No. 1: February 2007

************************************************************************** PSA Newsletter: Volume 13 : Number 1: February 2007 **************************************************************************

Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by Malcolm Forster

IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. PSA Election Results
  2. LAST CALL: 13th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. http://www.clmps2007.org Deadline for Abstracts, March 1-20, 2007.
  3. CALL for ABSTRACTS: Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) First Biennial Conference, August 23-25, 2007. University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, http://www.gw.utwente.nl/spsp/ Deadline: March 1, 2007.
  4. CALL for ABSTRACTS: Models and Simulations 2. Conference, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 11-13 October 2007. http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/fww/tilps/MS2/ Deadline: April 15, 2007.
  5. VISITING FELLOWSHIPS: Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science. http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/fww/tilps/
  6. CALL for PAPERS: EPSA07: 1st Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association. http://www.ucm.es/info/epsa07/ Deadline for ABSTRACTS: May 1, 2007.
  7. PODCAST SITE: The Biohumanities Project at the University of Queensland. http://www.representinggenes.org/biohumanities/podcasts/
  8. CONFERENCE: The War on Induction, The Johns Hopkins Center for History and Philosophy of Science, March 23-24, 2007.
  9. CONFERENCE on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge (TARK XI) June 25-27, 2007. Brussels, Belgium. http://www.tark.be

PSA LINKS:

PSA 2006: http://philsci.org/PSA06/
PSA website: http://philsci.org/
PhilSci Archives: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/
Philosophy of Science journal: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/PHILSCI/home.html

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1. PSA Election Results:

Congratulations to Nancy Cartwright, President-Elect, and to newly elected Governing Board members, Heather Douglas, Sandra Mitchell, John Norton, and Kyle Stanford. Your elected officials are now:

  • President: Larry Sklar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (term ends 31 Dec 08)
  • Pres.-elect: Nancy Cartwright This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Past-president: Brian Skyrms This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GOVERNING BOARD:

Continuing members:

  • Ken Schaffner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (final term ends 31 Dec 07)
  • Alan Hajek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (first term ends 31 Dec 07)
  • Craig Callender This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (first term ends 31 Dec 07)
  • Laura Ruetsche This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (first term ends 31 Dec 07)

Newly elected members:

  • Heather Douglas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (first term ends 31 Dec 08)
  • Sandra Mitchell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (first term ends 31 Dec 08)
  • John Norton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (first term ends 31 Dec 08)
  • Kyle Stanford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (first term ends 31 Dec 08)

2. LAST CALL: 13th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science.

http://www.clmps2007.org Deadline for Abstracts, March 1-20, 2007.

LMPS 2007
Beijing, China, August 9 - 15, 2007

13th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science is held for the first time in Asia. It is organized by the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science, Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS/DLMPS), and Tsinghua University, Beijing. The congress features plenary speakers, invited speakers in 16 sections, a number of special symposia, and contributed papers in each section. The sections are:

  • A LOGIC
  • A1 Mathematical logic
  • A2 Philosophical and applied logic
  • A3 Logic and computation
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  • B GENERAL PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
  • B1 General problems of methodology and scientific reasoning
  • B2 Formal approaches to methodology
  • B3 Historical and sociological aspects in the philosophy of science
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  • C PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES OF PARTICULAR SCIENCES
  • C1 Philosophy of mathematics and logic
  • C2 Philosophy of physics
  • C3 Philosophy of biology
  • C4 Philosophy of cognitive science, psychology and linguistics
  • C5 Philosophy of economics, theories of rationality, decision theory, game theory
  • C6 Philosophy of social sciences
  • C7 Philosophy of medicine
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  • D SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
  • D1 Ethical issues in scientific practice and technology
  • D2 Bioethics
  • D3 Science and education

For information about organizers, invited speakers, symposia, registration, submission of abstracts, accommodation, travel, excursions, etc. visit http://www.clmps2007.org or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some main points:

  • Register on-line now; the (regular) fee should be paid by May 15, 2007.
  • The full participation fee is US $ 250, and $ 125 for students and accompanying persons.
  • A limited number of grants are available.
  • The abstracts review process will start on March 1 and will end around April 10. Contributors are urged to submit their abstracts (1 page) as early as possible, preferably by March 1 in order to receive early notification of acceptance/rejection, but in no case later than March 20.
  • Invited papers will be published in proceedings. Proceedings from the previous LMPS Congress are in P. Hajek, L. Valdes-Villanueva, D. Westerstahl (eds.), Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (London: King's College Publications, 2005), available in internet bookstores.

3. CALL for ABSTRACTS: Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) First Biennial Conference, August 23-25, 2007. University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, http://www.gw.utwente.nl/spsp/ Deadline: March 1, 2007.

Please send an abstract of 500 words, and full contact information to Katinka Waelbers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for submission: 1 March 2007.

The Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) aims to bring together a community of scholars that approach topics in the philosophy of science from the perspective of scientific practice. For further details on our objectives, see our mission statement at http://www.gw.utwente.nl/spsp/

The first SPSP biennial conference is intended as a broad agenda-setting forum for scholars who are committed to making detailed and systematic studies of scientific practice without dismissing concerns about truth and rationality, or ignoring contextual and pragmatic factors. We welcome contributions from not only philosophers, but also historians and sociologists of science, pure and applied scientists, and any others with an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific practice.

In addition to keynote lectures by invited speakers, the conference will feature parallel sessions in which contributed papers will be presented. In this first biennial conference, we are aiming for a broad and diverse programme that will demonstrate the range of already existing work; subsequent conferences may be organised around more focused themes.

We particularly welcome contributions on the following list of interconnected topics; however, other topics are by no means excluded.

  • Problem-solving and scientific research
  • The role of models in scientific practice
  • Instruments in relation to theory and experiment
  • Computer experiments and simulations
  • Explanation and understanding in scientific practice
  • Epistemology, ethics, and theory of action
  • Values in science, technology and medicine
  • Methodology in various sciences: similarities and differences
  • Historical development of scientific practices

INVITED SPEAKERS

  • Nancy Cartwright (London School of Economics, UK)
  • Hasok Chang (University College London, UK)
  • John Dupré (Exeter University, UK)
  • Joseph Rouse (Wesleyan University, USA)

ORGANIZATION

Mieke Boon (University of Twente, The Netherlands), Rachel Ankeny (University of Adelaide, Australia), Marcel Boumans (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Hasok Chang (University College London, UK), Henk de Regt, ( VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Nancy Nersessian (Georgia Institute of Technology), Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto). Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

The registration fee is 200 euros (90 euros for PhD students) when paid before June 1st, 2007; 250 (100 for PhD students) when paid after June 1st, 2007. The fee includes abstract booklet, welcoming reception on Thursday, coffee/tea and lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the conference dinner. Information about modalities of payment and the registration form are available on our website. http://www.gw.utwente.nl/spsp/


4. CALL for ABSTRACTS: Models and Simulations 2. Conference, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 11-13 October 2007. http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/fww/tilps/MS2/ Deadline: April 15, 2007.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Ronald Giere (University of Minnesota), Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto), Stathis Psillos (University of Athens) and Paul Teller (UC Davis)

ORGANISERS: Roman Frigg (LSE), Stephan Hartmann (LSE/Tilburg [from May 2007]), and Cyrille Imbert (IHPST/Paris I)

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE: Robert Batterman (Western Ontario), Jacques Dubucs (IHPST/CNRS), Roman Frigg (LSE), Stephan Hartmann (LSE/Tilburg [from May 2007]), Paul Humphreys (University of Virginia), Cyrille Imbert (IHPST/Paris I), and Eric Winsberg (University of South Florida)

PUBLICATION: Revised versions of selected papers will be published in a special issue of Synthese. The deadline for submission of the final version of the paper is 1 March 2008.

The conference is generously supported by the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science and the IHPST, Paris.

The conference language is English.

Computer simulations play an important role in many scientific contexts, and they are often based on a particular model of the phenomenon under investigation. This raises questions both about the nature and methodology of simulations themselves, as well as their relations to models. These issues have recently attracted some attention, and were also discussed at the 'Models and Simulations' conference in Paris in June 2006. The aim of the present conference is both to provide a forum to continue ongoing debates and to try to slightly shift the focus of attention. So far case studies played an important role in the debates over models and simulations and a lot has been learned from them. We are now also interested in theoretical approaches that attempt to rationalize these cases and help furthering our philosophical understanding of how models and simulations explain, how they are confirmed, how they relate to theories and other models, and how they represent.

Please submit extended abstracts of 1000 words through our abstract submission system (see website) by 15 April 2007; decisions will be made by 15 May.


5. VISITING FELLOWSHIPS: Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science. http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/fww/tilps/

The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science invites applications for three- to nine-months visiting fellowships in the academic year 2007/2008 intended for advanced Ph.D. students or faculty. Candidates should work in one of the areas the Center covers and have a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative work. Candidates are requested to send a hardcopy of their application package to Fellowships Committee, c/o Ms Monique van Alphen, Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Candidates should include a letter of interest, a CV, a project outline of no more than 1000 words and one letter of recommendation. Senior candidates should supply three names of references. Applications must be submitted at least three months before the planned beginning of the fellowship.

Senior visiting fellows are awarded a stipend of 1200 Euro per month and junior visiting fellows (i.e. advanced PhD students) are awarded a stipend of 750 Euro per month. Both fellowships include a travel allowance of maximally 500 Euro for trips to and from Tilburg.

For more information about the Center, visit http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/fww/tilps/


6. CALL for PAPERS: EPSA07: 1st Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association. http://www.ucm.es/info/epsa07/ Deadline for ABSTRACTS: May 1, 2007.

Contributed papers are invited to the 1st Conference of the newly founded European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA). The conference will take place at Complutense University, Madrid, from 15-17 November 2007.

For details of the Association (EPSA) and the Conference (EPSA07) see:

Papers are welcome in any of the five different sections of the conference as follows:

  1. General Philosophy and Methodology of Science
  2. Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
  3. Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  4. Formal Methods in Philosophy of Science
  5. Historical, Social and Cultural Studies of Philosophy of Science

Abstracts of contributed papers should be submitted directly to the Programme Committee through the webpage http://www.easychair.org/EPSA07

Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, should start with the number and title of the relevant section, followed by the title of the paper, the author's name, address, and email address. For example:

  • Section 5. Historical, Social and Cultural Studies of Philosophy of Science
  • THE NOTION OF EMERGENCE IN CARNAP'S AUFBAU
  • Moritz Schlick Jnr.,
  • University of Logical Positivism,
  • 1925 Carnapstrasse, Twin Vienna, Otherland.

The allocated time for delivering contributed papers at the conference will be 30 minutes, including discussion.

Abstracts received by the deadline (1st May 2007) will be refereed by the Conference Programme Committee. Status of acceptance will be communicated to authors by 1st July 2007.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 1st May 2007.


7. PODCAST SITE: The Biohumanities Project at the University of Queensland. http://www.representinggenes.org/biohumanities/podcasts/

The Biohumanities Project at the University of Queensland announces its revamped podcast site http://www.representinggenes.org/biohumanities/podcasts/

Including the proceedings of:

  • 4th Queensland Biohumanities Conference: Evidence-based medicine. January, 2007. Keynote Speaker: Jerry Ravetz
  • 3rd Queensland Biohumanities Conference: Idealisation, Mechanism and Reduction: New Directions in the Philosophy of Proximal Biology. December, 2006. Keynote speakers: William Bechtel, Marcel Weber, Alexander Rosenberg.
  • 2nd Queensland Biohumanities Conference: Philosophy of Ecology. June, 2006. Speakers include Mark Colyvan, Jay Odenbaugh, Kim Sterelny, Hugh Possingham, Greg Mikkelsen
  • 1st Queensland Biohumanities Conference: The Conceptual Impact of the Genomic Revolution. October 2005. Keynote addresses: Paul Griffiths & Karola Stotz, John Dupré & Maureen O'Malley, Kenneth Schaffner.

Other speakers featured on the site include Samir Okasha, Jonathan Kaplan and Robert Solomon.


8. CONFERENCE: The War on Induction, The Johns Hopkins Center for History and Philosophy of Science, March 23-24, 2007.

Location: The Space Telescope Institute Auditorium, Baltimore, Maryland
Contacts: Victor Di Fate: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /> Peter Achinstein: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. />

Session 1: Friday, March 23, 9AM-10:35AM
"The War on Induction: Whewell takes on Newton and Mill"
Peter Achinstein, Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University
Commentator: Richard Richards, Philosophy, University of Alabama

Session 2: Friday, March 23, 11AM -12:35PM
"Induction without Probabilities"
John Norton, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Commentator: Fred Kronz, Philosophy, University of Texas

Session 3: Friday, March 23, 2PM-3:35PM
"Goodman's and Dorr's Riddles of Induction"
Frank Arntzenius, Philosophy, Rutgers University
Commentator: Michael Weisberg, Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Session 4: Friday, March 23, 4PM-5:35PM
"Three Battle Periods in the Statistics Wars"
Deborah Mayo, Philosophy, Virginia Tech
Commentator: Kent Staley, Philosophy, St. Louis University

Session 5: Saturday, March 24, 9AM-11:10AM
"Philosophical Morals about Induction from Statistical Leaning Theory"
Gilbert Harman, Philosophy, Princeton University
Commentators: Michael Williams, Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University John Roberts, Philosophy, University of North Carolina

Session 6: Saturday, March 24 11:30AM-12:30PM General Discussion.


9. CONFERENCE on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge (TARK XI) June 25-27, 2007. Brussels, Belgium. http://www.tark.be

About the Conference

The mission of the TARK conferences is to bring together researchers from a wide variety of fields, including Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Distributed Computing, Economics and Game Theory, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology, in order to further our understanding of interdisciplinary issues involving reasoning about rationality and knowledge. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, semantic models for knowledge, belief, and uncertainty, bounded rationality and resource-bounded reasoning, commonsense epistemic reasoning, epistemic logic, knowledge and action, applications of reasoning about knowledge and other mental states, belief revision, and foundations of multi-agent systems.

Registration fees

Early registration (before 30th April 2007): 260 EUR (100 EUR for students). Late registration (from 1st May 2007): 350 EUR (150 EUR for students). The Registration fee includes: a reception at the Roy d'Espagne (http://www.roydespagne.be/index.html), three lunches, a gala dinner at the Hotel Metropole (http://www.metropolehotel.com/EN/home.cfm?Lang=EN), morning and afternoon coffee breaks, one copy of the proceedings.

Accommodations: see http://www.tark.be.

Sponsors

University of Namur, CORE - University of Louvain, CEREC - Facultés
Universitaires Saint-Louis, and National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)

Key Dates

Submission of Abstracts: February 14, 2007
Notification of Authors: March 28, 2007
Camera ready copy of accepted papers: April 30, 2007
Conference: June 25-27, 2007

Program Chair

  • Dov Samet,
  • Faculty of Management
  • Tel Aviv University
  • phone: +972 3 640 6999

Program Committee:

  • Sergei Artemov, CUNY
  • Vincent Conitzer, Duke University
  • Lance Fortnow, University of Chicago
  • Aviad Heifetz, The Open University, Israel
  • Franz Huber, California Institute of Technology
  • Adam Kalai, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ron Lavi, Technion
  • Jerome Lang, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT)
  • Martin Meier, Instituto de Analisis Economico
  • Dov Samet (chair), Tel Aviv University
  • Burkhard Schipper, University of California, Davis
  • Robert Stalnaker, MIT
  • Marc Pauly, Stanford
  • Muhamet Yildiz, MIT

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