PSA Newsletter: Vol. 9 No. 3: October 2003

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by Malcolm Forster,


  1. REMINDER, PSA 2004. Deadline for Symposium and Workshop Proposals: Nov 1, 2003.
  2. CALL for papers: "Philosophical Issues in Medical Science", Deadline: Feb 2, 2004.
  3. JOB: CRC, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Selection Begins: Dec 1, 2003.
  4. JOB: HPS Dept., University of Pittsburgh. Selection Begins: Jan. 2004.
  5. Post-doctoral Fellow, Science in Human Culture Program, Northwestern University.
  6. JOB: Program Director for Science and Technology Studies, NSF.
  7. CONFERENCE: Announcing the Second Reichenbach Conference, titled "Fashioning a Mechanistic Philosophy of Science," to be held at Washington University in St. Louis, November 7-9, 2003. The conference unites several strands of recent historical and philosophical work on mechanisms, mechanistic explanation and the mechanical philosophy. A conference description can be accessed via Queries should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  8. The European Science Foundation (ESF) Network for Philosophical and Foundational Problems of Modern Physics is organizing a number of forthcoming conferences. Their website is at
  9. Visiting Fellows Program, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Philosophy of Science: Application deadline for the 2004-05 academic year is Dec. 15. See


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1. PSA 2004. CALL for Symposium and Workshop Proposals, Deadline: Nov. 1, 2003.

Philosophy of Science Association Nineteenth Biennial Meeting: November 18-21, 2004

Austin, Texas

Members of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) are invited to submit proposals for symposia and workshops to be presented at the PSA 2004 meeting in Austin, Texas, November 18-21. 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 a new format, established at PSA 2002, and extended 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. Titles and abstracts of papers
  4. A list of participants and either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical description for each
  5. Addresses of each participant, with the institutional affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers.
  6. Clear statement of the name of the organizer (who may or may not be a proposed speaker) for the purposes of communication with the Program Committee.

The PSA 2004 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. Some suggestions for new topics for symposia or workshops:

  1. How should philosophy of science be socially relevant?
  2. Risk and emerging diseases (SARS, West Nile Virus, Bioterrorism)
  3. Connections (or lack thereof) between philosophy of physics/biology/chemistry
  4. Teaching philosophy of science
  5. Social dynamics of decision making
  6. Quantum information (cryptography, teleportation and computation)
  7. Varieties of theoretical mediators (models, structures, processes, idealizations)

The deadline for Symposium and Workshop proposals is November 1, 2003. Decisions about acceptance will be made by mid-January, 2004.

Submissions may be sent EITHER by e-mail as an attachment in Word or PDF to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR electronically at an interactive web site at

IMPORTANT: 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.

2. CALL for papers: "Philosophical Issues in Medical Science", Deadline: Feb 2, 2004.

May 13th-15th, 2004, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Featured speakers:

  • Clark Glymour, Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Paul Thagard, Philosophy, University of Waterloo
  • Miriam Solomon, Philosophy, Temple University
  • Allen Buchanan, Philosophy, Duke University
  • Dan Brock, Philosophy, Brown University
  • Jonathan Kaplan, Philosophy, Oregon State University
  • George Graham, Philosophy, Wake Forest University
  • Lennart Nordenfelt, Health and Society, Linkvping Univ., Sweden
  • Allan Horwitz, Sociology, Rutgers University
  • Alice Dreger, Science & Technology Studies, Michigan State Univ.

This conference aims at a philosophical examination of medicine that goes beyond the traditional applied-ethics model, using the tools of epistemology, philosophy of science, metaphysics, political philosophy, and other disciplines to explore a broad range of health-related issues, as well as the theoretical bases and foundational controversies of medical science. Key issues include: the nature medical theories and evidence, the objective reality of medical concepts, the nature of disease, the social process in producing medical knowledge, the nature of mental health and illness, the concept of personhood in medical and mental health settings, health and normality, the role of values in medical research and practice, distributive justice and health care, the role of medicine in a liberal democracy, and the role clinical trials in medical research.

Submissions: Two copies of your paper of no longer than 3000 words and an abstract of no more than 200 words. Papers on various philosophical topics relevant to medical science are welcome.

Send to:

  • Jennifer McKitrick
  • UAB Department of Philosophy
  • 900 13th Street South, HB 414A
  • Birmingham, AL, 35294-1260

Email submissions are welcome. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Submissions must be received by February 2, 2004. Notification will occur by early March, 2004.

3. JOB: Canada Research Chair, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

The Department of Philosophy invites applications or nominations for the Rotman Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Philosophy of Science to begin July 1, 2004. The Canada Research Chair program has been established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as world-class centers of research. Further information on the program is available on the CRC web site at

We are seeking an innovative leader and established scholar in any area of Philosophy of Science, broadly construed. The position represents an exciting opportunity for experienced individuals who are recognized internationally as leaders in their field and who are currently in the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2003 and will continue until the position is filled.

All Chairs are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. Applications including a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a teaching dossier and a description of a 5-7 year research plan and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three potential referees to: Professor Samantha Brennan, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Talbot College, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7; Fax (519) 661-3922.

Positions are subject to budget approval. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. Applicants should have fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

4. JOB: History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Tenured/tenure stream faculty position in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science beginning September 1, 2004, pending budgetary approval.

Area of Specialization: Areas that naturally complement departmental strengths. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in general philosophy of science, the philosophy of the cognitive/neurosciences or the philosophy of the social sciences. The successful candidate will need to have an historical dimension to her/his research.

Rank: Open

Responsibilities: A balance of undergraduate and graduate teaching; regular department duties.

Salary: dependent on qualifications. Ph.D. or equivalent and significant publications required.

Applicants must submit the following materials, which will not be returned: curriculum vitae, at least three confidential letters of reference, evidence about teaching ability, and samples of recent writing. The department regrets that it cannot solicit missing materials from applicants, or return any materials.

Please direct all inquiries and application materials regarding this position to:

  • The Appointment Committee,
  • Department of History and Philosophy of Science,
  • 1017 Cathedral of Learning,
  • University of Pittsburgh,
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline for Applications: Review of applications will begin in January 2004 and continue until the position is filled.

5. Post-doctoral Fellow, Science in Human Culture Program, Northwestern University.

Northwestern University's Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, and/or medicine, to run September 2004 - August 2006. We will be making two appointments. We seek applicants in the history of science/medicine/technology, the philosophy of science, and the sociology/anthropology of science. Each 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 annual stipend is $33,500 per year, with $1000 to cover moving expenses, plus $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. Phyllis Siegel, Program in Science in Human Culture, 20 University Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-2245. The due date for all materials is January 15, 2004. The SHC website is Questions about administrative matters may be addressed to Ms. Siegel 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.

6. JOB: Program Director for Science and Technology Studies, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

The National Science Foundation invites applications for the position of Program Director, to begin preferably in August 2004. This position may be appointed on a one or two year Visiting Scientist Appointment or under the terms of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Program.

The Program Director for Science and Technology Studies (STS) represents STS to colleagues in the NSF and other Federal science agencies and to the Administration. STS encompasses history, philosophy, and social science studies of science, engineering and technology. The Program Director provides intellectual leadership and is responsible for all aspects of program Administration and development. He or she administers the review of research proposals submitted to NSF in this field and is responsible for recommending and documenting actions on the proposals reviewed, for dealing with administrative matters relating to active NSF grants, and for maintaining regular contact with the relevant research communities and providing advice and consultation to persons requesting them. Program Directors are also expected to engage in NSF-wide initiatives and interagency collaborations.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, and must be active in research in some area covered by the program. They should show evidence of initiative, administrative skill, and ability to work well with others. Six or more years of research experience beyond the Ph.D. are required for appointment as Program Director. The salary range, which includes a locality pay adjustment is from $81,602-$127,158 per annum depending on qualification and experience, and is comparable with academic salaries at major US institutions.

Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to Dr. Richard O. Lempert, Division Director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, phone: (703) 292-7391; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Dr. Keith Benson, Program Director, Science and Technology Studies, phone: (703) 292-8763, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Mrs. Bonney Sheahan, coordinator of the cluster housing the STS program, phone: (703) 292-8764, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are located in Suite 995, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, fax: (703) 292-9068.

Qualified persons who are women, ethnic/racial minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Hearing impaired individuals should call TDD: 703-292-8044.

The National Science Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

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