PSA Newsletter: Vol. 11 No. 3: October 2005

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by Malcolm Forster, http://philosophy.wisc.edu/forster

IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. PSA 2006: Call for Symposium Proposals and Workshop Proposals. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2005. http://philsci.org/PSA06/
  2. ANNOUNCEMENT for Memberships in the School of Historical Studies, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. Application Deadline: November 15, 2005.
  3. CALL FOR PAPERS: First Symposium on Philosophy, History, and Methodology of E.R.R.O.R. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, June 2-5, 2006. Deadline: November 30, 2005, to January 6, 2006.
  4. CALL FOR PAPERS: HOPOS 2006. Deadline: December 15, 2005.
  5. CONFERENCE: "Scientific Images" Mini-conference in conjunction with the APA Pacific Division Meeting, March 21-26, 2006, Portland Hilton, Portland, Oregon.
  6. CONFERENCE: Dispositions and Causes. University of Bristol, UK, 2-4 December 2005.
  7. JOB: EAST TENNESSEE STATE University, Tenure-track. Deadline: November 15.
  8. JOB: ARIZONA STATE University, Tenure-track. Deadline: November 10.
  9. SPECIAL Journal Issue: "Mechanisms in Biology".
  10. Two-year philosophical and interdisciplinary MSc in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS). Go to http://www.psts.utwente.nl/
  11. CALL FOR PAPERS: EPISTEME (http://www.episteme.us.com), a journal of social epistemology, invites the submission of papers to be considered for publication in the next two GENERAL issues of the Journal - October 2005, February 2006. Please address all inquiries to Leslie Marsh: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PSA LINKS:

PSA 2006: http://philsci.org/PSA06/
PSA website: http://philsci.org/
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 2006: Call for Symposium Proposals and Workshop Proposals. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2005.

Philosophy of Science Association

Nineteenth Biennial Meeting: November 2-5, 2006

Vancouver, British Columbia

Members of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) are invited to submit proposals for symposia and workshops to be presented at the PSA 2006 meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 2-5. Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium or workshop.

Symposia will follow the traditional format, whereby the papers presented will be submitted for consideration for publication in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science. The evaluation for publication will be on entire sessions, that is, all papers in the session will be published together. All contributions for symposia will be electronically archived, whether or not they are accepted for publication.

Workshops follow the same format as used for PSA 2004. There is no expectation that the papers presented will be submitted for review for publication. This format may be more attractive to sessions involving participants from outside the philosophical community, and/or for exploratory-stage research. Authors may choose to have their papers archived in electronic form. Some workshops may take the form of lunch roundtables or mentoring sessions.

Proposals for both symposia and workshops should include:

  1. The title of the proposed symposium or workshop
  2. A description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (about one or two pages)
  3. A short descriptive summary of the proposal (100-200 words)
  4. Titles and abstracts of all papers
  5. A list of participants and either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical description for each
  6. Institutional affiliation and e-mail addresses for all participants
  7. Full contact information for the organizer (who may or may not be a proposed speaker), to be used for communication with the Program Committee

The PSA 2006 Program Committee will strive for quality, variety, innovation and diversity on the program. We encourage proposals in both traditional and novel areas of philosophy of science.

The deadline for Symposium and Workshop proposals is December 1, 2005. Decisions about acceptance will be made by mid-February, 2005.

Proposals must be electronically submitted at http://philsci.org/PSA06/submit

All questions about submissions should be directed to:

  • J. McKenzie Alexander, Co-Chair
  • PSA 2006 Program Committee
  • Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
  • London School of Economics
  • London WC2A 2AE
  • United Kingdom

2. ANNOUNCEMENT for Memberships in the School of Historical Studies, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. Deadline: 15 November 2005.

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY

Princeton, New Jersey

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MEMBERSHIPS IN THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES for the academic year 2006-2007

THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY was founded in 1930 as a community of scholars in which intellectual inquiry can be carried out in the most favorable circumstances. It provides Members with libraries, offices, seminar and lecture rooms, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities and some secretarial and word-processing services.

THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and far eastern civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, the history of art, and modern international relations. The School also offers the Edward T. Cone Membership in Music Studies. Qualified candidates of any nationality are invited to apply for memberships. Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. If they wish, Members may participate in seminars and meetings both within the Institute and at nearby universities, and there are ample opportunities for contacts with other scholars.

Approximately forty Members are appointed for either one or two terms each year. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required of all candidates at the time of application. Member awards are funded by the Institute for Advanced Study or by other sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Thyssen Foundation.

APPLICATION may be made for one or two terms (September to December, January to April). Further information and application materials may be found on the School's web site, www.hs.ias.edu, or they can be obtained from the Administrative Officer by electronic mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or inquiries can be sent by post to: School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. Completed applications must be returned to the Administrative Officer by 15 November 2005.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

MELLON FELLOWSHIPS FOR ASSISTANT PROFESSORS are also offered each year to two qualified Assistant Professors. These full-year memberships are designed specifically for assistant professors at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada to support promising young scholars who have embarked on professional careers. Applicants must have served at least two, and not more than four years as assistant professors in institutions of higher learning in the United States or Canada and must have approval to return to their institution following the period of membership. Stipends will match the combined salary and benefits at the Member's home institution at the time of application, and all the privileges of membership at the Institute for Advanced Study will apply. Application materials are the same as for membership, and can be obtained from the web at www.hs.ias.edu, or by contacting the Administrative Officer at the address above.

ACLS/FREDERICK BURKHARDT FELLOWSHIPS FOR RECENTLY TENURED SCHOLARS:

In the academic year 2006-2007 the Institute for Advanced Study anticipates it will again take part in a program sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowships. These fellowships support more adventurous, more wide-ranging, and longer-term patterns of research than are current in the humanities and related social sciences. Depending on the availability of funds, ACLS will provide fellowships for up to eleven recently tenured faculty, most of whom will spend a year at one of several residential research centers, including the Institute for Advanced Study. A scholar applying for the academic year 2006-2007 must normally have begun her/his tenured contract at a U.S. institution no earlier than the fall 2001 semester or quarter. Applicants must submit a research plan, typically covering a three to five year period; one of the first three years of research could be spent as a Member at the Institute, either in the School of Historical Studies or the School of Social Science.

Qualified candidates who would like to apply under the auspices of this program should visit the ACLS website, http://www.acls.org/burkguid.htm, for a more detailed description of the terms of the fellowship and information about how to apply. Applications for this program must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA) no later than 9 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, September 28, 2005. OFA is accessible at http://ofa.acls.org or through the ACLS website. Information about this program may also be obtained from the ACLS Fellowships Office, 633 Third Avenue, 8th floor, New York, NY 10017-6795.


3. CALL FOR PAPERS: First Symposium on Philosophy, History, and Methodology of E.R.R.O.R. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, June 2-5, 2006. Deadline: November 30, 2005 to January 6, 2006.

First Symposium on Philosophy, History, and Methodology of E.R.R.O.R* *Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, Objectivity & Rationality: Induction, Statistics, & Modeling

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia June 2-5, 2006

We learn from our mistakes. But are we learning enough? Contributions to this conference, whether philosophical, historical, statistical, and/or methodological will all in some way reflect an aspect of "learning from error," conceiving "error" very broadly, (e.g., mistakes of inference, flawed methods, statistical errors, misspecified models, anomalous results, erroneous verdicts, deceptions in nature, biases and fallacies). What kinds of errors seem to matter most in improving method, advancing reliability, avoiding threats (natural and man-made). How do/can we make progress in building a "repertoire of errors" and techniques to circumvent, or capitalize upon them?

Special Invited Speakers (thus far): Peter Achinstein (Johns Hopkins), Alan Chalmers (Adelaide), Sir David Cox (Oxford), Clark Glymour (Carnegie Mellon), Henry Kyburg (Rochester), Larry Laudan (UNAM), Alan Musgrave (Otago), John Worrall (LSE).

Executive Committee: A. Chalmers, D.R. Cox, C. Glymour, A. Spanos Program/Planning/Publicity Committee: C. Glymour, D. Mayo, C. Pinnick, D. Rudge, K. Staley

We would like to invite suggestions for workshops** and contributed papers in the form of Poster sessions directly presenting a mixture of a brief paper, tables, graphs, pictures, and other formats. **one will be "Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge---10 Years On"

Directions for submissions will be posted laterin July at www.econ.vt.edu/error06

Inquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Program Committee will begin reviewing submissions: November 30; final date to receive submissions: January 6, 2006. All accepted contributors will have accommodation and partial travel expenses covered.


4. CALL FOR PAPERS: HOPOS 2006. Deadline: December 15, 2005.

The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) will hold its sixth international congress in Paris, France, in cooperation with the Société de Philosophie des Sciences (SPS).

Dates: June 14-18, 2006
Location: École normale supérieure, Paris
Conference languages: English and French

The Congress invites contributions to the history of philosophy of science from all time periods and from all scholarly approaches.

Program Committee:

  • Jean Gayon, Co-Chair, Université Paris I
  • Doug Jesseph, Co-Chair, North Carolina State University
  • Roger Ariew, University of South Florida
  • Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Université Paris X
  • Joël Biard, Université François-Rabelais-Tours
  • Janet Folina, Macalester College
  • Dan Garber, Princeton University
  • Don Howard, University of Notre Dame
  • Paolo Mancosu, University of California at Berkeley
  • Marco Panza, CNRS (RESHEIS) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Warren Schmaus, Illinois Institute of Technology

Local Organizing Committee :

  • Anastasios Brenner, Chair, Université Montpellier III
  • Daniel Andler, Université Paris IV and École normale supérieure
  • Anouk Barberousse, CNRS (IHPST)
  • Michel Bourdeau, CNRS (IHPST)
  • Frédéric Fruteau de Laclos, Université Paris I
  • Jean Gayon, Université Paris I
  • Michaël Heidelberger, Universität Tübingen
  • Thierry Martin, Université de Franche Comté
  • Pierre Wagner, Université Paris I

Submission guidelines

  1. Symposia: Symposia will comprise 3-4 papers, each 30 minutes (including 10 minutes discussion) on a given theme.
  2. Individual papers (20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion).

The Program Committee will decide on acceptance of proposals for symposia and individual papers, and assign the place of individual papers within the program. Proposals may be submitted in English or French and must reach the Program Committee by December 15, 2005 at the latest. Submissions should be sent via email (RTF or Word format), with "HOPOS Submission" in the "Subject" line, to Jean Gayon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Doug Jesseph (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If email is not possible, please direct submissions by regular post to: Société de philosophie des sciences (SPS), 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris, France. Notification of acceptance will be provided by the Program Committee by February 15, 2006.

Proposals for symposia should include:

  • title of symposium;
  • symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words);
  • abstracts (maximum 500 words for each paper);
  • address of each participant including email, phone and institution;
  • identification of symposium organizer, who will serve as contact with the Program Committee.

Proposals for individual papers should include:

  • title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words)
  • address of the participant including email, phone and institution.

Inscription fee 40 € for HOPOS members and for SPS members (20 € if student or unemployed); 85 € for non members.

Registration and further information details regarding registration, housing, etc. will be provided at a later date on the HOPOS 2006 conference website, at http://www.sps.ens.fr/activites/hopos2006/indexhopos.html.

If you have further questions, contact Anastasios Brenner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Marthe Tournou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); please refer to "HOPOS 2006" in your mail.

The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) is an international society of scholars with special interest in research on the history of philosophy of science and related topics in the history of natural and social sciences, logic, philosophy, and mathematics. This shared interest includes all historical periods, geographical regions, and diverse methodologies. The activities promote historical work in a variety of ways, including the sponsorship of meetings and conference sessions, the publication of books and special issues of journals, maintaining an e-mail discussion group, and the dissemination of information about libraries, archives and collections, and bibliographic information. For further information, please go to http://www.umkc.edu/scistud/hopos.

The Société de philosophie des sciences (SPS) was founded in Paris in 2003, following broad consultations among French-speaking philosophers of science and logicians. Its purpose is to promote philosophy of science. While its geographic and linguistic anchoring is French, it aims at an international constituency, hoping to attract colleagues from everywhere. The focal discipline is philosophy of science, with a privileged connection to other areas in philosophy, but historical and other approaches of science are taken in, and the contribution of the sciences themselves is deemed essential. Finally, although academic research constitutes the core of its activities, the Society hopes to attract professionals from other areas, such as secondary school teachers, journalists and other media specialists, science museum personnel, industrial researchers and engineers, and workers in the medical and legal professions. For further information, please go to http://www.sps.ens.fr.


5. CONFERENCE: "Scientific Images" Mini-conference in conjunction with the APA Pacific Division Meeting, March 21-26, 2006, Portland Hilton, Portland, Oregon.

Images are a prominent feature of contemporary science, but philosophers are still at an early stage in understanding their epistemic contributions to scientific practice. This mini-conference aims to advance understanding of scientific images by pulling together approaches from several relevant disciplines, such as the study of non-linguistic models by philosophers of science, the debate over the nature of depiction or pictorial representation by philosophers of art, and work on perception and perceptual knowledge in philosophy of mind and epistemology.

Volunteers to serve as chairs or commentators-at-large are welcome. For information contact Dominic McIver Lopes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


6. CONFERENCE: "Scientific Images" Mini-conference in conjunction with the APA Pacific Division Meeting, March 21-26, 2006, Portland Hilton, Portland, Oregon.

Dispositions and Causes. A conference supported by the Mind Association and the British Academy, University of Bristol, UK, 2-4 December 2005. Speakers: Helen Beebee, Alexander Bird, Simon Blackburn, Nancy Cartwright, Sungho Choi, Alice Drewery, Toby Handfield, Jennifer McKitrick, Stephen Mumford, Claudine Tiercelin, Ann Whittle, Stephen Yablo. Further information is available from: http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Philosophy/Events/Dispositions/ email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


7. JOB: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY, Tenure-track. Deadline: November 15.

Tenure-track position, Assistant Professor level, to begin Fall 2006: AOS: Philosophy of Science, AOC: Open, but successful candidate will give evidence of strong undergraduate teaching, and ability to teach a large introductory level course in the history and philosophy of science.

We seek colleagues who highly value, and have the ability to engage in, conversation across philosophical and cultural traditions. Ph.D. must be completed by time of appointment. Evidence of strong research and strong teaching are required. Send letter of application, CV, three letters of reference, evidence of teaching excellence, and a brief representative writing sample (preferably of published work) to Search Committee-Philosophy. of Science.: Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Box 70656, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, 37614-0656. Applications received by November 15 receive first consideration. Interviewing at Eastern APA. East Tennessee State University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer.


8. JOB: ARIZONA STATE University, Tenure-track. Deadline: November 10.

Arizona State University
Philosophy of Biology/Epistemology

The School of Life Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will participate in teaching and research in interdisciplinary programs in History and Philosophy of Science and related areas. Candidates must (1) exhibit potential for a distinguished record of scholarship, through publications and professional presentations; (2) demonstrate teaching experience and promise for excellence in teaching; (3) show potential for participating in funded research; and (4) show potential for collaborations with individuals doing research in the life sciences; and (5) applicants must hold a doctorate with specialization in philosophy of science or history and philosophy of science, especially the life sciences.

A successful candidate will be a broadly trained philosopher of science with special expertise in epistemology, philosophy of evolutionary biology and/or complex systems, history of science and substantive grounding in the life sciences. Salary and start up support are competitive, commensurate with experience, and appropriate to research area.

The School of Life Sciences is richly interdisciplinary, with programs throughout the range of life science fields as well as in History and Philosophy of Science, and in Bioethics, Policy and Law. Research and outreach in the Human Dimensions areas are coordinated through the Center for Biology and Society. Faculty members interact with ongoing ASU major initiatives including the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity Biodesign Institute with a focus on the application of biotechnology and nanotechnology to human health issues; Center for Environmental Studies; Center for Law, Science, and Technology; Center for Religion and Conflict; Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity; Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics; Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes; and Arizona Consortium for Medicine, Society, and Values.

To apply, submit a cover letter outlining career goals, your curriculum vitae, a statement of current research experience and future interests, and a statement detailing teaching philosophy, interests and experience, and request 3 letters of recommendation to be sent. Letters of reference, but not application materials, may be sent by email. Send material to: Chair, Philosophy of Biology/Epistemology Search Committee, School of Life Sciences, PO Box 874501, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-4501. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Initial closing date for applications, including letters, is November 10, 2005; if not filled, weekly thereafter until search closed. Anticipated start date is August 16, 2006. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


9. SPECIAL Journal Issue: "Mechanisms in Biology".

Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences announces the June 2005 special issue dedicated to "Mechanisms in Biology," with guest editors Carl F. Craver and Lindley Darden.

Philosophers of biology increasingly recognize that explanations in many areas of biology describe mechanisms. Yet there are disputes about what mechanisms are, how mechanistic explanations differ from other explanations, which areas of biology use or require mechanistic explanations, and how the current enthusiasm in biology for mechanisms relates to historical forms of mechanism in biology and elsewhere. This issue combines historical and philosophical perspectives on these and related questions. Some earlier versions of the papers were presented at the Second Reichenbach Conference, "Fashioning a Mechanistic Philosophy of Science," held at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 7-9 November, 2003. Other papers were solicited to round out the focus on specifically biological mechanisms.

Topics include comparison of historical and contemporary ideas about mechanisms (Carl Craver and Lindley Darden); seventeenth century views of mechanisms (Dennis Des Chene); nineteenth and early twentieth century views of mechanism (Garland Allen); Darwin's non-use of the term "mechanism" in the Origin but his use in describing contrivances in orchids (Michael Ruse); mechanisms of speciation and the possible adaptedness of isolating mechanisms (Jason Baker); analysis of natural selection as a mechanism (Rob Skipper and Roberta Millstein); interfield relations, not reduction, between mechanisms in classical genetics and molecular biology (Lindley Darden); multifield, multilevel descriptions of mechanisms, not reduction, in neuroscience (Carl Craver); critique of the regularity view of causation in favor of the productivity view and an assessment of the roles of generalizations in neuroscience (Jim Bogen); a critique of nomological explanations and the advantages of mechanistic explanations (William Bechtel and Adele Abrahamsen); the nature of mechanical models and their testing (Stuart Glennan).

Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, V. 31, No. 2, June 2005

Special Issue: Mechanisms in Biology

Contents

Introduction, "Mechanisms Then and Now" Carl F. Craver and Lindley Darden

Mechanisms of life in the seventeenth century: Borelli, Perrault, Régis Dennis Des Chene, Washington University, St. Louis

Mechanism, vitalism and organicism in late nineteenth and twentieth century biology: The importance of historical context Garland Allen, Washington University, St. Louis

Darwinism and mechanism: metaphor in science Michael Ruse, Florida State University

Adaptive speciation: The role of natural selection in mechanisms of geographic and non-geographic speciation Jason M. Baker, Indiana University

Thinking about evolutionary mechanisms: Natural selection Robert A. Skipper, Jr. and Roberta L. Millstein University of Cincinnati and California State University, East Bay

Relations among fields: Mendelian, cytological and molecular mechanisms Lindley Darden, University of Maryland, College Park

Beyond reduction: Mechanisms, multifield integration and the unity of neuroscience Carl Craver, Washington University, St. Louis

Explanation: A mechanistic alternative William Bechtel and Adele Abrahamsen, University of California, San Diego

Regularities and causality; Generalizations and causal explanations Jim Bogen, University of Pittsburgh

Modeling mechanisms Stuart Glennan, Butler University

For information on purchasing this individual issue Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, V. 31, No. 2, June 2005 http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journalconditionsofsale.cws_home/600658/conditionsofsale#conditionsofsale

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