PSA Newsletter: Vol. 10 No. 3: September 2004

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

THIS ISSUE:

  1. Biennial Meeting: PSA 2004 will be meeting in Austin, Texas, from November 18-20. It is important to register and make hotel reservations as soon as possible. Full details of the program and links to registration and hotel reservations are at http://www.temple.edu/psa2004 .
  2. CALL for PAPERS: Seventh Annual Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable, Columbia University, March 11-13, 2005. One-page abstract deadline: Dec. 15, 2004. See 2 below for details.
  3. NEWSLETTER: History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS): http://scistud.umkc.edu/hopos Also see 3 below.
  4. CALL for PAPERS: Episteme Annual Conference, June 24-25, 2005. Deadline Jan. 31, 2005. See 4 below for details.
  5. Post-doctoral FELLOWSHIP in Philosophy of Biology, Duke University. See 5 below for details.
  6. Inaugural Cushing Memorial Prize Awarded to Hans Halvorson. See 6 below for details.
  7. Cushing Memorial Prize Nominations, 2004-2005. See 7 below for details.
  8. CONFERENCE: International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (IHPST). Deadline for 500 word abstracts: January 2005. Link: www.ihpst.org Also see IHPST Newsletter: http://ihpst.arts.unsw.edu.au/sept2004newsletter.html
  9. CONFERENCE: Synthesis and the Growth of Knowledge: This conference will examine the role of the history of science in the history of philosophy, and vice versa, in the context of Michael Friedman's work in philosophy and the history of philosophy of science. It will take place October 1-3 on the campus of the University of South Carolina. Please visit http://www.friedmanconference.net for details.

PSA LINKS:

PSA 2004 Biennial Meeting: http://www.temple.edu/psa2004
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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2. CALL for PAPERS: Seventh Annual Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable, Columbia University, March 11-13, 2005. One-page abstract deadline: Dec. 15, 2004.

Abstracts on any topic in philosophy of the social sciences are welcome. We will assemble a two-day program of papers to be presented in workshop format so that intensive discussion can be the focus of the meeting. We choose papers with the aim of ensuring a broad mix of topics and of presenters from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and we particularly welcome contributions from junior colleagues and colleagues new to the area.

Send a one-page abstract to any of the organizers by December 15, 2004.

James Bohman: Department of Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63156-0907 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..<br /> Paul Roth: Department of Philosophy, University of California - Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..<br /> Alison Wylie: Department of Women's Studies, Barnard College/Columbia University, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Roundtable website: http://bc.barnard.columbia.edu/~awylie/RoundtableIndex.html

Call for papers: http://bc.barnard.columbia.edu/~awylie/roundtable05_call.html

Alison Wylie
Women's Studies/Barnard College
Philosophy/Columbia University
Acting Director, Barnard Center for Research on Women
http://bc.barnard.columbia.edu/~awylie/


3. NEWSLETTER: History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS): http://scistud.umkc.edu/hopos

The new edition of the HOPOS Newsletter is now online. This edition features reviews of the following books:

  • Butterfield and Pagonis (eds.), From physics to philosophy (2000).
  • Yeo, Encyclopædic Visions: Scientific Dictionaries and Enlightenment Culture (2001).
  • Berggren and Jones, Ptolemy's Geography: An Annotated Translation of the Theoretical Chapters (2001).
  • Harkness, John Dee's Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy and the End of Nature (2000).
  • Lange, Natural Laws in Scientific Practice (2000).
  • Poggi, Introduzione a Il Positivismo. 3rd edition (1999).
  • Anstey, The Philosophy of Robert Boyle (2000).
  • Fetzer (ed.), Science, Explanation, and Rationality: Aspects of the Philosophy of Carl G. Hempel (2000).
  • Stoffel, Bibliographie d'Alexandre Koyré (2000).

Please visit the webpage of HOPOS, The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, at: http://scistud.umkc.edu/hopos On the Newsletter page, you will find the current edition (Volume VIII, Number 1) on the right-hand side. You will need Adobe Reader to read and print the Newsletter.

*About HOPOS and the HOPOS Newsletter*
HOPOS, The International Society for History Of Philosophy Of Science is dedicated to the study of historical topics in philosophy of science, from Aristotle to the very recent past. Our most recent scholarly meeting took place in San Francisco, California in June, 2004. The HOPOS Newsletter is published electronically two to three times a year and features reviews of books on topics related to the history of the philosophy of science.


4. CALL for PAPERS: Episteme annual conference, June 24-25, 2005.

Episteme (A Journal of Social Epistemology; http://www.episteme.us.com) will be holding its second annual conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on June 24-25, 2005. The theme of the conference is "rationality" and a special issue of Episteme, containing a selection of the conference papers, will be released in conjunction with the conference. Miriam Solomon (Temple University) will be the Guest Editor of this journal issue and Hilary Kornblith (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is making the local arrangements. Papers of approximately 5000 words on the theme of rationality and social epistemology should be submitted by (postmarked) January 31, 2005 to Professor Miriam Solomon, Philosophy Department, Temple University 022-32, Philadelphia PA19122. Electronic submission (as a Word or PDF attachment) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is preferred, and papers should be prepared for blind refereeing. For further details, contact Miriam Solomon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


5. Post-doctoral FELLOWSHIP in Philosophy of Biology, Duke University.

Duke University invites applications for its one year NSF post-doctoral fellowship for scholars who are completing their doctorates or have pretenure research leaves. NSF fellows pursue their own research, teach one graduate seminar on a topic of their choice, organize the annual Center for Philosophy of Biology conference, and participate in the philosophy of biology faculty seminar. 10 month Salary $30,000 plus fringe benefits. Send vita, names of three referees, a sample of written work and a description of proposed research focus to Alex Rosenberg, Center for Philosophy of Biology, Box 90743, Duke University, Durham, NC. 27708, USA., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Electronic submission welcome.


6. Inaugural Cushing Memorial Prize Awarded to Hans Halvorson.

The Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame and the Cushing Memorial Prize Advisory Committee are pleased to announce the award of the first Cushing Memorial Prize to Professor Hans Halvorson of the Department of Philosophy, Princeton University, for his paper:

"Reeh-Schlieder Defeats Newton-Wigner: On Alternative Localization Schemes in Relativistic Quantum Field Theory." Philosophy of Science 68 (2001), 111-133.

The $1,000 prize was awarded on Friday, September 3, 2004 in conjunction with Professor Halvorson's delivering at Notre Dame an invited lecture under the title, "No Eliminative Materialism, No Quantum Measurement Problem."

Professor Halvorson was the Selection Committee's strong and unanimous choice. It is noteworthy that Professor Halvorson was independently nominated by several different people. Those who nominated him had the highest praise for his scholarship.


7. Cushing Memorial Prize Nominations, 2004-2005.

The family, students, friends, and colleagues of Jim Cushing are pleased once again to solicit nominations for the James T. Cushing Prize in the History and Philosophy of Physics.

This annual prize is intended to recognize and reward the work of younger scholars. The next winner will receive $1,000 and an invitation to deliver a paper in Notre Dame's History and Philosophy of Science Colloquium series during the 2005-2006 academic year. Eligible are all papers in the history and philosophy of physics published by a younger scholar within the three years prior to the nomination (e.g., for the 2004-2005 competition, no earlier than September, 2001). Work is eligible only by nomination. While we offer no explicit definition of the term "younger scholar," our intention is to favor work produced by scholars who are no more than about five years past the completion of the Ph.D. or, in a comparable way, new to the fields of the history and philosophy of physics, in recognition of Jim's well-known role as a nurturer of younger talent in the profession.

A nomination should consist of a brief description of the significance of the nominated work and such information about the author as the nominator might think helpful to the evaluation committee, such as an abbreviated c.v. The deadline for receipt of nominations is January 15, 2005.

Nominated work will be evaluated by a committee of three people drawn from the members of the Advisory Committee. The winner will be announced in April 2005.

Nominations will be accepted by mail, fax, email.

By mail:

  • Cushing Memorial Prize Nominations
  • History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program
  • 346 O'Shaughnessy
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Notre Dame, IN 46556
  • By fax: 574-631-7418

Please be sure to include the following information:

  1. The name, institutional affiliation, phone number, fax number (if available), mailing address, and email address for both the nominator and the nominee.
  2. A full reference to the published work (i.e., journal name, volume, page numbers, URL if available, etc.).

The Cushing Memorial Prize honors the memory of the late James T. Cushing (1937-2002), long-time professor of physics, philosophy, and the history and philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame. The prize is administered by Notre Dame's Graduate Program in the History and Philosophy of Science with the assistance of a distinguished international advisory committee composed of Professor Cushing's students, friends, and professional colleagues. The members of the Advisory Committee are:

  • Yuri Balashov (University of Georgia)
  • Mara Beller (Hebrew University)
  • Darrin Belousek (Lithuania Christian College)
  • Alisa Bokulich (Boston University)
  • Gary Bowman (Northern Arizona University)
  • Jeremy Butterfield (Oxford University)
  • Michael Dickson (University of South Carolina)
  • Arthur Fine (University of Washington)
  • Don Howard (Notre Dame)
  • Ernan McMullin (Notre Dame)
  • Michael Redhead (London School of Economics)

For further information, please visit the website for the Cushing Memorial Prize: http://www.nd.edu/~cushpriz/

or contact:

  • Professor Don Howard, Director
  • History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program
  • 346 O'Shaughnessy Hall
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Notre Dame, IN 46556
  • 574-631-7547 (Private Office)
  • 574-631-5015 (HPS Program)

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