PSA Newsletter: Vol. 9 No. 4: December 2003

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. ANNOUNCEMENT from PSA President Elliott Sober.
  2. Sixth Annual St. Louis PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE Roundtable. http://artsci.wustl.edu/~awylie/RoundtableIndex.html
  3. CALL for papers: COMPUTING and PHILOSOPHY, Italy. Deadline: Jan. 7, 2004. http://www.unipv.it/webphilos_lab/courses/progra2.html
  4. REMINDER, PSA 2004. CALL for Contributed Papers. Deadline: March 1, 2004. http://www.temple.edu/psa2004
  5. Call for ABSTRACTS: Southwest Colloquium in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. Deadline: January 1, 2004.
  6. Post-doctoral Fellowship, Duke University, Philosophy of Biology. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2004.
  7. CALL for papers: Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Engineering, Italy. http://www.unipv.it/webphilos_lab/courses/progra1.html
  8. First Announcement: A CONFERENCE to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Karl Popper (28.vii.1902-17.ix.1994). http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/staff/miller/phpar/
  9. CALL for papers: First Joint Conference of the Society for Philosophy & Psychology and the European Society for Philosophy & Psychology. July 3 - July 6 2004, Barcelona, Spain. Please see http://www.ub.es/grc_logos/spp_espp_04 for information and submission instructions. Submission deadline for papers, posters, and symposia is Feb. 20, 2004.

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1. ANNOUNCEMENT from PSA President Elliott Sober:

The Executive Committee of PSA voted to ask George Gale to stay on for a final term as Executive Secretary. George generously accepted. His last day in office will be April 30, 2008. George says it would be a good idea if his replacement were in place a year before, so that the transfer of power can be peaceful and smooth. On behalf of PSA, I want to express my gratitude to George for his hard work on behalf of the Association.


2. Sixth Annual St. Louis PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE ROUNDTABLE.

March 19-21, 2004 at St. Louis University.

This is the sixth annual working conference on topics in philosophy of the social sciences. It continues a tradition of meetings that bring together a diverse group of philosophers and social scientists to discuss a wide range of philosophical issues raised in and by social research. Keynote speakers this year will be: David Copp, Department of Philosophy, University of Florida, Alex Rosenberg, Department of Philosophy, Duke University

If you would like to be on an email distribution list for future mailings, send a note to this effect to Jim Bohman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). And be sure to check the Roundtable website for news and updates: http://artsci.wustl.edu/~awylie/RoundtableIndex.html


3. CALL for papers: COMPUTING AND PHILOSOPHY, Pavia, Italy.

EXTENDED Deadline for submission of 1,000 word ABSTRACT: Jan. 7, 2004.

The conference will be held at Pavia, Italy, Collegio Ghislieri, June 3-5, 2004. Further information about the conference is posted at: http://www.unipv.it/webphilos_lab/courses/progra2.html


4. PSA 2004. CALL for Contributed Papers, Deadline: March 1, 2004.

Members of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) are invited to submit papers to be presented at the PSA 2004 meeting in Austin, Texas, November 18-21. Contributed papers may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. The PSA 2004 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, 2004. Some papers will be accepted for both presentation at the PSA 2004 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, 2004. Final versions of all papers accepted for publication must be submitted by January 15, 2005.

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 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 http://www.temple.edu/psa2004

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.


5. Call for ABSTRACTS: Southwest Colloquium in the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. Deadline: January 1, 2004.

Sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin (Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy) and Arizona State University (Department of Biology, Program in Biology and Society).

This is the second year of the Southwest Colloquium in the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, an annual event that includes a one day Graduate Student Symposium and a one day Faculty/ Graduate Student Workshop devoted to a specific topic that will be held on alternating years at Arizona State University and the University of Texas, Austin.

The annual Graduate Student Symposium will take place on a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and will feature presentations by graduate students on any topic in the history and philosophy of the life sciences, although preference will be given to papers that are related to the topic of the Faculty/Graduate Student Workshop. All submissions will be subject to peer review. There will be a keynote address by an outstanding researcher Friday afternoon.

The Faculty/ Graduate Student Workshop will take place on Saturday afternoon and evening and will focus on a different topic in the history and philosophy of the life sciences each year. Workshop papers will be pre-circulated and each will have one or more commentators. The topic for next year's meeting, to be held at the University of Texas, Mar. 5 -6 is "Model Systems in Biology." The keynote address will be given by Dr. Patrick Suppes, Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus of Stanford University.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 1st, 2004. Abstracts can be submitted to either one of the organizers. Abstracts of graduate students will be considered for both events.

Limited Funds are available to support graduate student travel to attend the meeting. For more information please contact Manfred Laubichler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Sahotra Sarkar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


6. Post-doctoral fellowship, Duke Center for the Philosophy of Biology.

Post-doctoral fellowship for Academic Year 2004-2005. The Duke Center for the Philosophy of Biology invite applications from philosophers and biologists for its NSF sponsored post-doctoral fellowship in the philosophy of biology. This fellowship is intended for junior faculty who can secure research leaves from their universities and/or who will have completed their Ph.D.s immediately before taking up the fellowship. In addition to their research, fellows will participate in the Center's faculty research seminar, help organize the annual philosophy of biology conference, and teach one graduate seminar on their area of special interest. Applicants should submit vita, list of references, one or more sample papers, and a statement describing the area of research to which the candidate proposes to devote their fellowship period. Electronic submission of documents is encouraged. Consideration of candidates will commence on 1 February. Send material to Alex Rosenberg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Department of Philosophy, Box 90743, Duke University Durham, NC, 27516


7. CALL for papers: MODEL-BASED REASONING in Science and Engineering: Abduction, Visualization, and Simulation, Pavia, Italy.

Deadline for submission of 1,000-1,200 word ABSTRACT: May 1, 2004.

The conference will be held at Pavia, Italy, December 16-18, 2004. Current information about the conference is posted at: http://www.unipv.it/webphilos_lab/courses/progra1.html


 

8. First Announcement: A CONFERENCE to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Karl Popper (28.vii.1902-17.ix.1994).

PHILOSOPHY: PROBLEMS, AIMS, RESPONSIBILITIES.

September 16th-18th 2004, University of Warwick, England.

In recent years many philosophers of different persuasions have done their best to belittle the importance of philosophical problems, & even to deny their existence. Some have insisted on replacing them with historical & other factual questions that can be settled only empirically, while others have set out to unmask them as mere puzzles induced by the misuse of language, or even as rhetorical extravagances. The critical rationalism of Karl Popper has consistently dissented from all these anti-philosophical views. From The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1934) to All Life Is Problem Solving (1994) critical rationalism has emphasized the central place of problems, including philosophical problems, in the growth of knowledge.

Seventy years ago Popper put forward a provocative & workable alternative to the prevailing empiricist orthodoxy (positivism and inductivism) in the theory of knowledge, and in the next two decades made radical advances in social & political philosophy (especially in The Open Society & Its Enemies, 1945) and in a staggering number of other fields. His books in English have remained continuously in print since they were first published. Yet he never saw his ideas flourish as they deserved to. Critical rationalism must surely qualify as one of the greatest missed intellectual opportunities of the second half of the 20th century.

Through a consideration of some of the problems to whose solution or elucidation Popper contributed, especially the problem of induction and the problem of maintaining a free society, this conference will illustrate the value of philosophy as a discipline that is of abiding relevance to all intellectual and human endeavours.

The conference, to be held at the University of Warwick, will consist of invited lectures and a limited number of sessions of contributed papers. It is hoped that there will be plenty of overnight accommodation available in local hotels and guesthouses or those who book early. Those who wish to be kept on the mailing list should write to David Miller, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick, COVENTRY CV4 7AL, UK. E- mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/staff/miller/phpar

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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