PSA Newsletter: Vol. 11 No. 1: January 2005

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  1. SUMMER SCHOOL: Chance and Necessity, July 18-29, 2005 -- Vienna, Austria Extended Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2005. http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU/
  2. CONFERENCE: Dutch Book Arguments, Aug. 2005 -- Prague, Czech Republic. Call for Papers, Deadline: March 31, 2005. www.flu.cas.cz/Logica/Aconf/col2005.html
  3. CONFERENCE: Scientific Understanding, Aug. 2005 -- Amsterdam, The Netherlands Call for Papers, Deadline: March 1, 2005. http://www.ph.vu.nl/~understanding
  4. SUMMER SCHOOL: Philosophy, Probability and Physics -- Konstanz, Germany Application Deadline: April 15 2005. www.uni-konstanz.de/ppm/summerschool2005/
  5. CONFERENCE: Bioethics, A Humanist Approach, April 22-3, 2005 -- New York City Call for Papers, deadline: March 1, 2005.
  6. JOB: Assistant Professor, Philosophy of Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz Deadline: Feb. 1, 2005.
  7. JOB: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (tenure track), Dept. of Philosophy, Otago University, N.Z. Deadline: March 25, 2005. www.otago.ac.nz/jobs
  8. JOB: Assoc. or Full Professor, History of Consciousness Department, UC Santa Cruz Deadline: Feb. 21, 2005, or until the position is filled.

1. SUMMER SCHOOL: Chance and Necessity, July 18-29, 2005 , Vienna , Austria . Extendedapplication deadline: Feb. 15, 2005 . http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU/

VIENNA INTERNATIONAL SUMMER UNIVERSITY

Chance and Necessity

Vienna , July 18-29, 2005

organized by the Universityof Viennaand the Institute Vienna Circle

A two-week high-level summer course on questions related to chance, probability, and necessity from a historical and systematic perspective.

Main Lecturers:

Theodore M. Porter ( University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Wolfgang Spohn (University of Konstanz, Germany)

Assistant Lecturers:

Franz Huber (University of Konstanz, Germany)
Deborah R. Coen( Cambridge, Mass., USA)

Applicants should go to http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU/and click on the Application link.


2. CONFERENCE: Dutch Book Arguments, Aug. 2005, Prague , Czech Republic . Call for Papers, deadline: March 31, 2005 . www.flu.cas.cz/Logica/Aconf/col2005.html

The Prague International Colloquium organized by The Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the Philosophy, Probability, and Modeling research group at the University of Konstanz to be held from AUGUST 23 TO 26 in PRAGUE at the Center for Higher Education Studies, U Luzického semináre13, Prague, Czech Republic.

The Colloquium continues the series of annual international meetings organized in Prague by the Department of Logic of the Instituteof Philosophy. This colloquium will be devoted to philosophical problems related to DUTCH BOOKS OF ALL TYPES, including synchronic and diachronic, and their relation to the justification of probability theory asa model of rational opinion.

The invited speakers include: BRAD ARMENDT ( Arizona State University ), COLIN HOWSON (London School of Economics), JAMES M. JOYCE ( Universityof Michigan, Ann Arbor ), PETERMILNE ( Edinburgh ).

The conference fee is EUR 150. (Participants unable to pay the conference feeare encouraged to apply for a reduction.) The official language ofthe symposium is ENGLISH.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the colloquium, please e-mail us a two-page abstract accompanied by a separate sheet with your name, contact address, and affiliation by MARCH 31, 2005. Submissions should be in one of the standard formats, i.e., MS Word, postscript, dvi , or pdf.

For up-to-date information visit : www.flu.cas.cz/Logica/Aconf/col2005.html or www.uni-konstanz.de/ppm/Events/DutchBooks

The conference is organized by TIMOTHY CHILDERS ( Prague ), ALAN HÁJEK (ANU), and FRANZ HUBER ( Konstanz ).

All correspondence concerning the symposium should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If this email address does not work, follow the instructions on the websites above.


3. CONFERENCE: Scientific Understanding, Aug. 2005, Amsterdam , The Netherlands . Call for Papers, deadline March 1, 2005 . http://www.ph.vu.nl/~understanding

PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING

Thursday 25 August - Saturday 27 August, 2005 Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam , The Netherlands

This conference centers around the theme of 'scientific understanding'. The notion of scientific understanding is closely related to that of scientific explanation, but while explanation is widely discussed in philosophy of science, not much work has focused explicitly on understanding. One reason is that traditional philosophers of science have long regarded it as 'merely' a psychological notion, and thereby as philosophically irrelevant. This attitude, however, is slowly disappearing, and interest in the topic of understanding is growing. With this conference we hope to stimulate the development of philosophical research into scientific understanding.

The conference is intended for philosophers of science working on the topic of scientific understanding itself, or on related topics such as explanation, modeling, representation, etc.; and for historians and sociologists of science, cognitive scientists, and others having an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific understanding.

INVITED SPEAKERS

Hasok Chang (University College London)
Peter Lipton (University of Cambridge)
Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto)

ORGANIZATION

Henk W. de Regt, Sabina Leonelli, and Kai Eigner(Faculty of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WEBSITE http://www.ph.vu.nl/~understanding

CALL FOR PAPERS: We welcome contributed papers, which will be programmed in parallel sessions (45-60 minute presentation including discussion). We aim at a varied programme, in which philosophical questions about the nature of scientific understanding will be approached in different ways. In addition to contributions of a general philosophical nature, we hope to be able to present studies focused on a wide range of sciences, both natural and social. Although the conference has a philosophical orientation, contributions by historians and sociologists of science, cognitive scientists, and others, are welcome, as long as they are relevant to the general philosophical theme.

Possible topics are:

  • The relation between explanation and understanding in science
  • Understanding and types of scientific explanation (causal, mechanistic, functional, unifying, etc.).
  • Is understandingepistemic, pragmatic, or both?
  • Models, analogies, and intelligibility
  • Cognitive science and scientific understanding
  • Is understandingindividual or social?
  • Understanding in the various sciences: similarities and differences
  • Case studies from the practice and history of science

Please send an abstract of 450 words, and full contact information, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2005 .

REGISTRATION INFORMATION Information about modalities of payment and the registration form are available at http://www.ph.vu.nl/~understanding.


4. SUMMER SCHOOL: Konstanz , Germany : Philosophy, Probability and Physics. Application deadline: April 15 2005 . www.uni-konstanz.de/ppm/summerschool2005/

International Summer School
Philosophy, Probability and Physics
University of Konstanz
August 7-13, 2005

Probability is not only a key concept in many branches of physics, but has also been attracting the attention from philosophers. For example, probabilities play a crucial role in quantum mechanics and its interpretations. Also, the concept of probability has continually been at the center of philosophical debate in the foundations of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Recent developments in quantum information theory have reinvigorated philosophical interest in probabilities.

This summer school is geared to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of probability, as well as philosophically minded physicists. We aim tobring this group together with leading experts on probability in physical theories. Our method will be to use probabilities as a leitmotif through different subjects in the philosophy of physics and to analyze the concept of probability from different theoretical viewpoints: probability in thermodynamics, statistical physics, quantum mechanics and quantum information theory, as well as space time theories. Experts will give lectures on each of these topics. Our mainlecturers are C. Callender, D. Dieks , D. Duerr, R . Frigg, C. Fuchs, T. Maudlin and I. Pitowsky .

The summer school is being organized by Claus Beisbart ( University of Konstanz) and Stephan Hartmann ( Universityof Konstanzand LSE).

For further details check the webpage: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/ppm/summerschool2005/

Applications must be received by April 15 2005.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


\ 5. CONFERENCE: Bioethics, A Humanist Approach, April 22-3, 2005, New York City . Call for Papers, deadline: March 1, 2005 .

IHEU - Appignani Humanist Center for Bioethics at the United Nations, New York City

Bioethics: A Humanist Approach. April 22 and 23, 2005.

The Inaugural Conference of the IHEU- Appignani Humanist Center for Bioethics will be held at 777 UN Plaza, New York cityon Friday 22 April and Saturday 23 April, 2005 .

Taking a broad and cross-disciplinary approach to addressing medical and bio-technological issues in contemporary society, conference topics include ethics and religion, humanist and ethical views on science and the public, the development of biotechnology and its ethical implications.

Papers might address such topics as euthanasia, abortion, organ procurement, therapeutic and human cloning, GMF, the HIV/AIDS epidemics, human genetic engineering and the global implications of these issues. Participants will include researchers, teachers and practitioners who work either in technical fieldsrelated to these issues or in related areas of the humanities.

Papers submitted for the conference proceedings will be fully peer-refereed and will be published in print and electronic formats. Virtual registrations will be also available fro those unable to attend -- this allows you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication.

The deadline for the first round papers is March 1, 2005. The registration fee for all participants will be $100, and for students who attend 20$ payable by 15 April. Refreshments are included. The address for the submission of papers and registration fees and inquiries is:

  • IHEU,
  • P.O. Box4104,
  • Grand Central Station
  • New York, NY 10162
  • Phone: (212) 687 3324

Registration forms and other details are posted on www.iheu.org

NB: Accommodation packages (book by March 15 th, 2005) are available from the Pickwick Hotel, E 51 stStreet and Second Avenue . Tel: 1 212 355 0300,e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please quote conference name when booking.

MilleniumUN Plaza Hotel New York, United Nations Plaza , 44th Street between First and Second Avenue , New York , NY , USA10017-3575 Tel: +1 212 758 1234 fax: +1 212 702 5051 reservation: +1 866 8668086 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please quote conference name when booking.

Hotel Bedford NY , 118 E 40 thSt. New York , NY , USA 10016, Tel :+1 212 697 4800, +1 800 221 6881, Fax: 1 212 697 1093 (Book by March 31, 2004 )


6. JOB: Assistant Professor, Philosophy of Biology, University of California , Santa Cruz . Deadline: Feb. 1, 2005 .

The Philosophy Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz announces a recruitment for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in one of the following areas: EITHERAOS: Philosophy of Science (with a strong preference for Philosophy of Biology), AOC: some area of the history and philosophy of science ORAOS: Ancient Philosophy orMetaphysics (broadly construed), AOC: Ancient Philosophy andMetaphysics (broadly construed). Four courses a year (over three quarters), and one course equivalent of academic service-related activities. Ph.D. or equivalent by June 30, 2005 ; proven abilities in teaching and demonstrated excellence in research. SALARY:$46,300-$51,700, commensurate with experience . EO/AAE. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, three recent (2003 or later) letters of recommendation (all letters of recommendation will be treated as confidential documents), a writing sample, and graduate school transcript to: Department of Philosophy, Stevenson College, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. Refer to position #515-05in all correspondence. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2005 . If you have applied to the Visiting Assistant Professor position (#T05-15) and would like to be considered for this tenured position also, please email the department ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to indicate this. Your materials will be considered for both positions.


7. JOB: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (tenure track), Dept. of Philosophy, Otago University , N. Z. Deadline: March 25, 2005. www.otago.ac.nz/jobs

UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO , Dunedin , New Zealand

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Philosophy (Tenure Track)

DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, to fill a vacancy arising from the retirement of a member of staff. The Department lies squarely in the tradition of analytic philosophy, broadly construed. It was the highest ranked department in New Zealand in the recent research assessment exercise. The field of the appointment is open, although preference may be given to candidates able to teach and conduct research in history of philosophy and/or philosophy of mind and language and/or logic.

Candidates should have demonstrated strengths in teaching and research, and have completed, or be about to complete, a PhD degree. The successful applicant will be required to teach three papers per year or the equivalent at various levels, to supervise research at honours and postgraduate levels, and to be actively engaged in research. An exceptionally well-qualified applicant may be appointed at a higher level.

For more information on the Department, including papers taught and staff research interests, see www.otago.ac.nz/philosophy

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Alan Musgrave, Head of Department, Department of Philosophy, Tel +64 (0)3 479 8723, Fax +64 (0)3 479 5035, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reference Number: A04/167. Closing Date: Friday 25 March 2005 .

APPLICATION INFORMATION

For application information and a full job description go to: www.otago.ac.nz/jobs Alternatively, contact the Human Resources Division, Tel 64 3 479 8269, Fax 64 3 474 1607, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.


8. JOB: Assoc. or Full Professor, History of Consciousness Department , UC, Santa Cruz . Deadline: Feb. 21, 2005 , or until the position is filled.

The History of Consciousness Department at the University of California , Santa Cruz , seeks a mid-career scholar with distinguished research, strong graduate teaching, and an interest in program development. This position carries a five-course-equivalency workload, which normally means teaching four courses over three quarters and carrying out other academic and service responsibilities. The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

Founded in 1967, the History of Consciousness Department is a widely recognized center for interdisciplinary research and teaching in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. A doctoral program pursuing many dimensions of cultural theory and historical studies, it emphasizes innovation, risk-taking, and flexibility.

Candidates should demonstrate all or most of the following strengths: breadth and originality in research with a significant record of publication; an ability to work across several disciplines and to combine theoretical and empirical perspectives; experience in doctoral level teaching and advising; interest and experience in planning and administration.

Academic areas of emphasis may include, but are not limited to: Literary and Film Theory, Social and Cultural Analysis, Political Economy, Science and Technology Studies, Social Geography, Critical Area Studies, Visual Theory, Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, Philosophy of Culture and History.

RANK: Advanced Associate Professor up to early career Full Professor

SALARY: $63,500 to $78,600, commensurate with qualifications and experience

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in relevant field; strong interdisciplinary publications and research record; university-level teaching experience; experience in graduate teaching and dissertation supervision preferred.

POSITION AVAILABLE: Fall 2005 or later

APPLY TO: Applicants should submit a letter of application specifying areas of teaching competence and outlining research accomplishments, future plans, and work in progress; a curriculum vitae; names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three referees; and one sample of published work to:

  • Professor James Clifford, Chair, Search Committee
  • Department of History of Consciousness
  • University of California
  • Santa Cruz , CA 95064

Please refer to position # 640-05 in your reply

CLOSING DATE: Consideration of applications will begin on February 21st, 2005 . Applications will be accepted after that date, and the position will remain open until filled.

Information about UC Santa Cruz is available on our website at http://www.ucsc.edu .

UCSC IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND MINORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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