PSA Newsletter: Volume 11 No. 2: March 2005
PSA Newsletter: Vol. 11 No. 2: March 2005
IN THIS ISSUE:
- PSA Election results (details below).
- CALL FOR PAPERS: Quantum Information, Epistemological and Logical Lessons. Lisbon, Portugal, August 29-30, 2005. Deadline: March 15, 2005. http://www.uni-konstanz.de/ppm/events/LisbonPhysics2005/
- NOMINATIONS for the 2005 Lakatos Award. Deadline: April 19, 2005.
- JOB: Postdoctoral Fellow, Amherst College, Law and Science. Deadline: March 25, 2005.
- CONFERENCE announcement: Norms, Reasoning and Knowledge in Technology. June 3-4, 2005, Boxmeer, the Netherlands. http://www.tm.tue.nl/capaciteitsgroep/aw/philosophy/NiK-conf.html.
- CALL FOR PAPERS: Interactivist Summer Institute 2005, September 19-23, 2005. Madren Conference Center Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.
- CONFERENCE: 7th Annual Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable: March 11-13, Barnard College, Columbia University. PROGRAM available at: http://bc.barnard.columbia.edu/~awylie/RoundtableIndex.html
PSA website: http://philosophy.wisc.edu/PSA/
Philosophy of Science journal: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/PHILSCI/home.html
PhilSci Archives: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/
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1. PSA Election results.
The votes from the recent election have been tabulated, with the following results President: Lawrence Sklar, Michigan
- Mary Morgan, London School of Economics (re-elected)
- Ellery Eells, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Noretta Koertge, Indiana University
- Wolfgang Spohn, Universität Konstanz
The slate this year was very competitive and the results were quite close. I congratulate the new officers, and thank all of the candidates for their participation: the PSA completely depends upon its elected officers to keep it running well and truly. It's not the easiest thing in the world running for office, but it's an essential part of our Association's well-being.
2. CALL FOR PAPERS: Quantum Information, Epistemological and Logical Lessons. Lisbon, Portugal, August 29-30, 2005. Deadline: 15 March 2005.
A Special 2-day Workshop The European Conference for Analytic Philosophy (ECAP5) Lisbon, Portugal, August 29 - 30, 2005.
- Dorit Aharonov, HUJI (To be confirmed)
- William Demopoulos, UCI (To be confirmed)
- Andrew Hodges, Oxford
- Huw Price, USYD
We invite submissions for contributed talks to this workshop. Papers should deal with epistemological and logical lessons philosophers can draw from the science of quantum information. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) interpretations of quantum mechanics in light of quantum information, interpretations of probabilities, computability and randomness, and meta-philosophical questions about the relations between physics and epistemology. Each contributed paper will have twenty minutes for presentation and additional ten minutes for discussion.
Amit Hagar and Stephan Hartmann
PPM Group, Konstanz.
3. NOMINATIONS for the 2005 Lakatos Award. Deadline: April 19, 2005.
The Lakatos Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. The Award is in memory of Imre Lakatos and has been endowed by the Latsis Foundation. It is administered by the following committee: the Director of the London School of Economics (Chairman), Professor John Worrall (Convenor), and Professors Hans Albert, Nancy Cartwright, Adolf Grünbaum, Philip Kitcher, Alan Musgrave, and Michael Redhead. The Committee makes the Award on the advice of an independent and anonymous panel of selectors. The value of the Award is £10,000.
To take up an Award a successful candidate must visit the LSE and deliver a public lecture. The Award has so far been won by Bas Van Fraassen and Hartry Field (1986), Michael Friedman and Philip Kitcher (1987), Michael Redhead (1988), John Earman (1989), Elliott Sober (1991), Peter Achinstein and Alexander Rosenberg (1993), Michael Dummett (1994), Lawrence Sklar (1995), Abner Shimony (1996), Jeffrey Bub and Deborah Mayo (1998), Brian Skyrms (1999), Judea Pearl (2001) Penelope Maddy (2002), Patrick Suppes (2003), and Kim Sterelny (2004).
Nominations for the 2005 Lakatos Award
Nominations can now be made for the 2005 Lakatos Award, and must be received by Monday 19th April 2005.
The 2005 Award will be for a book published in English with an imprint from 1999-2004 inclusive. A book may, with the permission of the author, be nominated by any person of recognized standing within the profession.
Convenor, Lakatos Award Management Committee
4. JOB: Postdoctoral Fellow, Amherst College, Law and Science. Deadline: March 25, 2005.
Amherst College seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a two-year appointment as a visiting assistant professor in the field of law and science. The fellow will teach one course per semester, and the rest of the time will be divided between curricular development and his/her own research. We welcome inquiries from candidates who have done graduate work in the social, historical, or philosophical studies of science and technology, as well as from scientists or legal scholars with special expertise in the role of science in law or the role of law in science. We are interested, among other things, in how knowledge practices in law are shaped by science and in the ways knowledge practices in the sciences are shaped by law. In addition, we are interested in how scientific institutions incorporate, respond to, and resist the external constraints imposed by law. Examples of courses that might be taught include: DNA: Scientific Revolution and Its Legal Impact; The Science of Forensics; Evidentiary Processes in Law and Science; Intellectual Property, Biotechnology, and Society; and Privacy and Property in the Internet Age.
Candidates should submit a letter of application explaining the relation of their research and teaching interests to this position, a curriculum vitae, sample syllabi for undergraduate courses, and a sample of written work (an article or chapter, e.g.). Candidates should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Search Committee. All application materials should be sent to Professor John W. Servos, Search Committee in Law and Science, Department of History, Amherst College, Amherst MA 01002. Closing date for applications is March 25, 2005.
Amherst College is an undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,600 students and 190 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The administration, faculty, and student body are committed to attracting qualified candidates from groups presently under-represented on our campus.
5. CONFERENCE announcement: Norms, Reasoning and Knowledge in Technology June 3-4, 2005, Boxmeer, the Netherlands.
Norms, Reasoning and Knowledge in Technology
June 3-4, Boxmeer, the Netherlands
Norms in Knowledge NWO Project
Section of Philosophy and Ethics of Technology
Technical University of Eindhoven
As part of our continuing investigation in the epistemological features of normative claims and their role in technological setting, we present a conference on Norms, Reasoning and Knowledge in Technology. Invited speakers will discuss the relationship between various facets of technological knowledge and reasoning and related norms, with special emphasis on the relationship between practical reasoning and functional ascriptions.
The conference features a diverse and distinguished panel of speakers interested in the normative aspects of technological knowledge and the relationship between practical reasoning and artifactual knowledge.
- Brown, Mark A., Syracuse University
- Hanson, Sven Ova, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
- Horty, John F., University of Maryland
- Hughes, Jesse, Technical University of Eindhoven
- Koen, Billy V., University of Texas
- Pollock, John, University of Arizona
- Vaesen, Krist, Technical University of Eindhoven
- Vermaas, Pieter, Technical University of Delft
- Walton, Douglas, University of Winnipeg
For more information: http://www.tm.tue.nl/capaciteitsgroep/aw/philosophy/NiK-conf.html
6. CALL FOR PAPERS: Interactivist Summer Institute 2005, September 19-23, 2005. Madren Conference Center Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.
Join us in exploring the frontiers of understanding of life, mind, and cognition. There is a growing recognition - across many disciplines - that phenomena of life and mind, including cognition and representation, are emergents of far-from-equilibrium, interactive, autonomous systems. Mind and biology, mind and agent, are being re-united. The classical treatment of cognition and representation within a formalist framework of encodingist assumptions is widely recognized as a fruitless maze of blind alleys. From neurobiology to robotics, from cognitive science to philosophy of mind and language, dynamic and interactive alternatives are being explored. Dynamic systems approaches and autonomous agent research join in the effort.
The interactivist model offers a theoretical approach to matters of life and mind, ranging from evolutionary- and neuro-biology - including the emergence of biological function - through representation, perception, motivation, memory, learning and development, emotions, consciousness, language, rationality, sociality, personality and psychopathology. This work has developed interfaces with studies of central nervous system functioning, the ontology of process, autonomous agents, philosophy of science, and all areas of psychology, philosophy, and cognitive science that address the person.
The conference will involve both tutorials addressing central parts and aspects of the interactive model, and papers addressing current work of relevance to this general approach. This will be our third Summer Institute; the first was in 2001 at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA, and the second was in 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The intention is for this Summer Institute to become a traditional biennial meeting where those sharing the core ideas of interactivism will meet and discuss their work, try to reconstruct its historical roots, put forward current research in different fields that fits the interactivist framework, and define research topics for prospective graduate students. People working in philosophy of mind, linguistics, social sciences, artificial intelligence, cognitive robotics, theoretical biology, and other fields related to the sciences of mind are invited to send their paper submission or statement of interest for participation to the organizers.
Mark H. Bickhard
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