PSA Newsletter: Vol. 11 No. 4: November 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 CONTRIBUTED PAPERS. Deadline: March 1, 2006. http://philsci.org/PSA06/
  2. JOB: Dean of Humanities, University of California, Santa Cruz. Deadline: Dec. 2, 2005.
  3. CALL for Applications: Summer School, Philosophy and Economics, Vienna, July 17-28 2006. Deadline: January 30, 2006. http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU
  4. CALL for Applications: Summer University, Central European University, Hungary. Summer 2006. Deadline: February 14, 2006. http://www.ceu.hu/sun
  5. POSTDOC: Science in Human Culture, Northwestern University. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2006.
  6. JOURNAL: ILAR special issue, "Serendipity, Science, and Animals". http://www.nationalacademies.org/ilarjhome
  7. JOURNAL: L&PS - Logic and Philosophy of Science. http://www.units.it/~episteme/
  8. REMINDER: Symposium and Workshop Proposals, PSA 2006. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2005. http://philsci.org/PSA06/

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 Contributed Papers. Deadline: March 1, 2006.

Members of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) are invited to submit papers to be presented at the PSA 2006 meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 2-5. Contributed papers may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. The PSA 2006 Program Committee will strive for quality, variety, innovation and diversity on the program. We encourage papers in both traditional and novel areas of philosophy of science.

The deadline for paper submissions is March 1, 2006. Some papers will be accepted for both presentation at the PSA 2006 meeting and publication in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science; other papers will be accepted just for presentation. Both types of accepted paper will be electronically published prior to the meeting. In each case, the Program Committee expects to make its decision by mid-June, 2006. Final versions of all papers accepted for publication must be submitted by January 15, 2007.

The maximum manuscript length is 5,000 words, including footnotes and references. If the text includes tables or figures, an appropriate number of words should be subtracted from the limit. Submissions must include a 100-word abstract and a word count. Format and citation style should match those of the journal Philosophy of Science (see http://www.indiana.edu/~philsci/submit.html#finalts for details). Submissions should be prepared for blind review, with no identifying information in the body of the paper or abstract. Your identifying information can appear in the body of an e-mail (where the paper is an attachment file) or will be requested online if you submit at the program website.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to present abbreviated versions of their papers, with a time limit of twenty minutes.

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

N.B. Any submission accepted for publication in Philosophy of Science will have to be ultimately submitted in a Word-compatible format. We encourage you to submit in such a format initially, if at all possible.

The program committee for PSA 2006 will take on a different form than in the past. Instead of a single, relatively small, committee responsible for referring all submissions, this year the program committee shall consist of 35 individuals, divided into a number of subcommittees based on area of expertise. Each paper will be refereed by the appropriate subcommittee. The program committee for PSA 2006, chaired by Cristina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania) and J. McKenzie Alexander (London School of Economics), is as follows:

  • Horacio Arlo-Costa (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Brad Armendt (Arizona State University)
  • Robert Batterman (Ohio State University)
  • William Bechtel (University of California, San Diego)
  • Craig Callender (University of California, San Diego)
  • David Christensen (University of Vermont)
  • John Dupre (University of Exeter)
  • Branden Fitelson (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Patrick Grim (SUNY, Stony Brook)
  • Francesco Guala (University of Exeter)
  • Hans Halvorson (Princeton University)
  • William Harper (University of Western Ontario)
  • Stephan Hartmann (London School of Economics)
  • Gary Hatfield (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Alan Hájek (The Australian National University)
  • Nicholas Huggett (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Kevin Kelly (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Noretta Koertge (Indiana University)
  • Elisabeth Lloyd (Indiana University)
  • Penelope Maddy (University of California, Irvine)
  • Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech)
  • Ned McClennen (Syracuse University)
  • Wayne Myrvold (University of Western Ontario)
  • John Norton (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Samir Okasha (University of Bristol)
  • David Papineau (King¹s College, London)
  • Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund University)
  • Alex Rosenberg (Duke University)
  • Sherri Roush (Rice University)
  • Sahotra Sarkar (University of Texas, Austin)
  • Kristin Shrader-Frechette (University of Notre Dame)
  • Wolfgang Spohn (University of Konstanz)
  • Paul Weirich (University of Missouri)
  • Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Scott Weinstein (University of Pennsylvania)

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. JOB: Dean of Humanities, University of California, Santa Cruz. Deadline: Dec. 2, 2005.

The University of California, Santa Cruz seeks a Dean of Humanities. The UC Santa Cruz campus is recognized as an outstanding research university, combining innovative research and multidisciplinary scholarship with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. The Dean provides intellectual, academic, and administrative leadership in the instructional and research missions of the Division of Humanities. The Division of Humanities is a leading force in interdisciplinary research, recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and student populations, and excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching. The division houses nine academic departments and a number of interdisciplinary research centers and initiatives. Collaborations forged within the division and throughout the campus optimize the excellent teaching, research, and public service that make UC Santa Cruz a unique institution of higher education. We seek an individual whose qualifications include demonstrated academic administrative leadership, an interest in fostering interdisciplinary research, an appreciation for the mission and responsibilities of a university serving a multi-ethnic state, a demonstrated commitment to diversity, and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement that is appropriate for appointment as full Professor in the UC system. Detailed position description and application information are available at http://www2.ucsc.edu/ahr/HumDean.pdf. Review of applications and nominations will begin December 2, 2005, and continue until the position is filled. UCSC is an EEO/AA employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


3. CALL for Applications: Summer School, Philosophy and Economics, Vienna,

July 17-28 2006. Deadline: January 30, 2006. http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU

VISU Vienna International Summer University

SWC Scientific World Conceptions

Since 2001 the University of Vienna and the Institute Vienna Circle have been holding an annual two-week summer program dedicated to major current issues in the natural and social sciences, their history and philosophy. The title of the program reflects the heritage of the Vienna Circle which promoted interdisciplinary and philosophical investigations based on solid disciplinary knowledge.

As an international interdisciplinary program, VISU-SWC will bring graduate students in close contact with world-renowned scholars. It will operate under the academic supervision of an International Program Committee of distinguished philosophers, historians, and scientists. The program is directed primarily to graduate students and junior researchers in fields related to the annual topic, but the organizers also encourage applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all stages of their career who wish to broaden their horizon through crossdisciplinary studies of methodological and foundational issues in science.

The summer course consists of morning sessions, chaired by distinguished lecturers which focus on readings assigned to students in advance. Afternoon sessions are made up of tutorials by assistant professors for junior students and of smaller groups which offer senior students the opportunity to discuss their own research papers with one of the main lecturers.

Philosophy and Economics, Vienna, July 17-28, 2006, organized by the University of Vienna and the Institute Vienna Circle together with the University of Bayreuth, Philosophy & Economics

A two-week high-level summer course on questions related to fundamental problems of philosophy and economics, spanning a wide range of topics from ethics to methodology and addressing both substantial and formal, historical and topical issues.

Main Lecturers:

Geoffrey Brennan (Duke University, USA)
Hartmut Kliemt (University of Duisburg, Germany)

Guest Lecturer:

Rainer Hegselmann (University of Bayreuth, Germany)

International Program Committee

John Beatty (Vancouver), Martin Carrier (Bielefeld), Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara (Florence), Maria Carla Galavotti (Bologna), Malachi Hacohen (Durham/Raleigh), Rudolf Haller (Graz), Rainer Hegselmann (Bayreuth), Michael Heidelberger (Tübingen), Elisabeth Leinfellner (Vienna), James G. Lennox (Pittsburgh), Paolo Mancosu (Berkeley), Paolo Parrini (Florence), Friedrich Stadler (Vienna), Roger Stuewer (Minneapolis), Thomas Uebel (Manchester), Jan Wolenski (Cracow), Anton Zeilinger (Vienna).

Michael Stöltzner (Secretary of the PC, Vienna)

Karoly Kokai (Secretary of the VISU, Vienna)

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Philosophy and Economics

The course will deal with some fundamental problems of philosophy and economics, spanning a wide range of topics from ethics to methodology and addressing both substantial and formal, historical and topical issues. This approach will show how broad the field of "Philosophy, Politics, and Economics" has become, as is also reflected in our present interests as philosopher-economists. Alluding to one of John Broome's titles, we could say that we will have both "economics out of philosophy" and "philosophy out of economics". The course will be genuinely interdisciplinary. In addition to material assigned for each lecture, general background material (as a sort of introductory course to "philosophy and economics") will be provided in electronic form to facilitate an inter-disciplinary discussion.

The lectures will deal with the following topics:

  • The economic approach to ethics.
  • Discounting the future.
  • Rational choice from a participant's and from the objective point of view.
  • Arrow and the economic approach.
  • Sen and Coase.
  • Trust, its role and its evolution.
  • Economising on virtue.
  • The economy of virtue.
  • David Hume's theory of government.
  • Esteem: conceptual and analytic.
  • No theory of justice.
  • Expressive voting
  • Public and private responsibility in health care and the limits of state action.

Cost of the program: EUR 880,-

Lodging in student dormitories is available at approximately EUR 250,- for the whole duration of the course.

Applicants should submit:

  • A short educational curriculum vitae.
  • A list of most recent courses and grades or a copy of your diplomas.
  • A one-page statement (in English), briefly outlining your previous work and your reason for attending the VISU-SWC.
  • A (sealed) letter of recommendation from your professor, including some comment on your previous work. This letter may also be sent directly by your professor.
  • A passport photo.

Please make sure that all documents arrive in time because we can process only complete applications. Application form (available on our web site: http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU) may be sent in advance.

Application deadline: January 30, 2006 (Later applications may be considered if space is still available.)

A letter of admission together with a detailed syllabus will reach successful applicants by mid-February, 2006.

The administration of VISU-SWC at the University of Vienna can assist the candidates admitted in applying for funds and in the accreditation of the course, but unfortunately, cannot offer financial assistance. However, for a few gifted applicants who can demonstrate that, despite serious documented efforts, they have not been able to obtain any financial support, in particular due to economic difficulties in their own country, a tuition waiver grant, awarded by the Institute Vienna Circle and the University of Vienna, will be provided.

Applications should be sent to

  • Professor Friedrich Stadler,
  • c/o Institute Vienna Circle
  • University Campus, Spitalgasse 2-4, Court 1, A-1090
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Fax: +43-1-4277 41297

For further inquiries, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or consult the IVC's Web site http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU


4. CALL for Applications: Summer University, Central European University, Hungary.

Summer 2006. Deadline: February 14, 2006. http://www.ceu.hu/sun

The CEU Summer University (SUN) program hosts high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary and innovative academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development in the social sciences and the humanities. The one- or two-week long courses involve distinguished international faculty (including CEU professors), and advanced doctoral students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals as participants. Financial aid is available (see further details on the web site).

Please find enclosed the joint course flyer for the courses entitled "Descrying the World in Physics " and "Philosophy and Science in the Greco-Roman World".

The application deadline is February 14, 2006, unless stated otherwise in the announcement of a particular course.

For further information applicants can visit our WEB site (http://www.ceu.hu/sun), where they can find the application form and the description of each course, or contact the SUN office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or write to our automatic e-mail account to receive an application form (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Applicants are encouraged to apply online at https://online.ceu.hu/osun and send the attachments via regular mail by the application deadline.


5. POSTDOC: Science in Human Culture, Northwestern University. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2006.

Northwestern University's Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the contextual study of science, technology, and/or medicine, to run September 2006 - August 2008. We seek applicants in the history of science/medicine/technology, the philosophy of science, and the sociology/anthropology of science. The fellow will be affiliated with both the SHC program and an appropriate disciplinary department (History, Philosophy, Sociology, etc). Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach two one-quarter courses a year: a seminar and a lecture course. They will also help organize the SHC weekly faculty seminar series, and give a talk each year. Applicants must have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. before beginning their fellowship. The starting annual stipend is $33,500 per year, plus help with moving expenses, and $2100 per year to fund research and conference travel.

Applicants should send the following materials directly to the SHC office: 1) a cover letter and full curriculum vitae, 2) a four-page fellowship proposal, 3) a writing sample consisting of either a dissertation chapter or published paper, and 4) a graduate school transcripts. They should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation, at least one commenting on teaching qualifications, sent directly to the office. Office address: Ms. Barbara Phelan, Program in Science in Human Culture, 20 University Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-2245. The due date for all materials is January 15, 2006. The SHC website is http://www.shc.northwestern.edu/ Questions about administrative matters may be addressed to Ms. Barbara Phelan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about the content and goals of the program to Ken Alder, program director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. AA/EOE: applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.

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