PSA Newsletter: Vol. 8 No. 3: June 2002

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. IN MEMORIAM: James T. Cushing. Please see details below.
  2. INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL: Philosophy and Probability, University of Konstanz, Germany, September 15-22, 2002. The application DEADLINE is extended to July 31. See details below, or go to http://www.uni-konstanz.de/struktur/zwn/summerschool2002/.
  3. CALL FOR PAPERS: From Acta Biotheoretica (a journal). See details below, or go to http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/0001-5342/.
  4. CALL FOR PAPERS: New perspectives on the relation between history and philosophy of science, Joint Meeting of the Division of History of Science and the Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, Paris, 3-5 October 2002. DEADLINE for submissions is extended to June 30. See below, or go to http://www.cavailles.ens.fr/annonces.html for more information.
  5. PSA 2002, MILWAUKEE, November 7 to 10. The list of accepted contributed papers should be posted by June 17 at http://www.pitt.edu/~psa2002/.
  6. NEW JOURNAL: The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law is an interdisciplinary forum dedicated to examining issues in the intersection of applied philosophy, science, and the law. For further information, go to http://www.psljournal.com.
  7. CONFERENCE: Perspectives on Mathematical Practices Conference (PMP2002). October 24-26 2002, Brussels, Belgium. The aim: to contribute to the understanding of mathematical activity itself, as a process. For further information, visit http://www.vub.ac.be/CLWF/PMP2002/.

QUICK LINKS:

PSA 2002, Milwaukee: http://www.pitt.edu/~psa2002/
PhilSci Archives: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/
The Philosophy of Science Association: http://scistud.umkc.edu/psa/


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1. James T. Cushing. With deep sadness and regret, the University of Notre Dame's Program in History and Philosophy of Science, along with the Departments of Physics and Philosophy, and the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, announces the death on Friday, March 30, of our dear friend and colleague, James T. Cushing.

Jim's own important work in the history and philosophy of physics and his many contributions to the broader discipline of the history and philosophy of science, both here at Notre Dame and internationally, will be warmly remembered.

Jim's widow, Nimbi, asks that, in lieu of flowers or other such, donations be sent to:

  • Cushing Memorial Prize
  • c/o Program in History and Philosophy of Science
  • 346 O'Shaughnessy
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Notre Dame, IN 46556

This will be an annual prize for work in the history and foundations of physics. Further details will be announced in the near future.


2. INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL: Philosophy and Probability, University of Konstanz, Germany, September 15-22, 2002. The application deadline is extended to July 31.

No area of analytical philosophy has remained impervious to probability theory over the last decade. Metaphysicians share an interest in probabilistic causation with statisticians and computer scientists, philosophers of science construct Bayesian analyses of many of the standard puzzles in their field, political philosophers are being informed by work in rational choice theory, and even philosophers of religion are constructing probabilistic analyses of the argument of evil. And yet, the curricula of many philosophy departments have remained resistant to change and have not incorporated this new development at their own peril. We have invited Branden Fitelson (Stanford University, USA), Alan Hájek (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA), Christian List (Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK) and Jon Williamson (King's College London, UK), who are leading experts in the area of philosophy of probability, to come to teach during the summer school in the University of Konstanz. Topics covered include the role of probability in confirmation theory and epistemology, alternative interpretations of probability and the meaning of conditional probability, the role of probability and causation in artificial intelligence, and probability in social choice and democratic theory. We will start with an introductory lecture on probability for those who are in need of a refresher course.

We will also reserve some time slots for students who would like to make a presentation of their own research. Please indicate if you wish to do so in your application letter.

To apply to the summer school, please send us an e-mail explaining why you are interested in participating and attach a short CV. The application deadline is extended to July 31. The tuition fee is Euro 100 for early registration (before July 15) and Euro 125 for on-site registration. The costs for accommodation and travel are additional. We will facilitate accommodation arrangements. For details concerning the application procedure, visit the summer school's URL: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/struktur/zwn/summerschool2002/

The summer school is being hosted by the research group "Philosophy, Probability and Modeling" in the University of Konstanz and organized by Luc Bovens (University of Colorado at Boulder), Stephan Hartmann (University of Konstanz) and Nils Hesse (University of Konstanz).


3. CALL FOR PAPERS: Acta Biotheoretica is an international peer-reviewed journal on theoretical biology published since 1935. From the inception of the journal theoretical biology has been given a broad interpretation, as comprising both the mathematical and the philosophical foundations of biological science. Acta Biotheoretica is aimed at an interdisciplinary readership of biologists, mathematicians and philosophers of science. Currently the journal is published annually in four issues by Kluwer Academic Publishers. This year volume 50 will be published.

Acta Biotheoretica publishes articles on any topic in mathematical biology or philosophy of biology. The journal is also open for contributions from closely related fields, such as bioinformatics, and the mathematical and philosophical foundations of biomedical science. Acta Biotheoretica publishes regular articles reporting on original research (with a limit of 10,000 words), invited review articles, and three types of short contributions (with a limit of 2,000 words): discussion notes, Ideas in Theoretical Biology (short papers intended to serve as the upshot for discussion), and book reviews.

All submissions are welcome. The Managing Editor especially invites philosophers of biology/science to submit manuscripts for publication in Acta Biotheoretica. Researchers in the early stages of their careers are also encouraged to submit contributions.


4. CALL FOR PAPERS: New perspectives on the relation between history and philosophy of science, Joint Meeting of the Division of History of Science and the Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, Paris, 3-5 October 2002. Philosophers and historians of science, as well as scientists, ethicists and others interested in the interrelation between history and philosophy of science, are invited to submit

  • contributed papers
  • contributed symposia on any topic related to the theme of the meeting, details of which are to be found in the attached document.

Papers and symposia bearing on one of the topics outlined in the second part of the announcement, "Some suggestions for contributed papers/posters and/or sessions" are especially welcome. Submissions from non-Western scholars are strongly encouraged.

Confirmed plenary speakers as of this date include: Stefan AMSTERDAMSKI, Marjorie GRENE, Helge KRAGH, Everett MENDELSOHN, Rashed ROSHDI.

All submissions should include the author's or authors' full name, postal and e-mail addresses, institutional affiliation(s), telephone number and a 100-word abstract. Submitted papers may take the form of either an extended abstract, of maximal length 1000 words, or of a full, preliminary or final, version, of maximal length 5000 words. Submitted symposia should include a detailed presentation of the theme, of maximal length 1000 words, and extended abstracts of each of the individual presentations, again of maximal length 1000 words; alternatively, the symposium can take the form of a round-table, with a brief presentation of the main topic developed by each of the participants. The names and affiliations of all the participants in the symposium should be included.

Submissions by e-mail are strongly advised: the mailbox of the conference is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The subject field should read "Submission Joint Session", the body of the message should include the factual information indicated above and the short abstract; extended abstracts or full papers should be sent as attached documents. Postal submissions will also be accepted; they should be sent to the address below.

Accepted papers will be approved for either a 20-minute oral presentation or a poster. If the author has a preference, she should indicate it. Accepted symposia will take the form of a 90-minute session, the format being left to the discretion of the organizer(s).

Submissions should reach the Local Committee by June 30. Please direct all requests for information to the conference administrative assistant, Mrs Laure Cartron: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; tel : + 33 (0)1 5359 3280 (afternoons only) / fax : + 33 (0)1 5359 3299 Postal address: Institut Jean-Nicod ,1 bis, avenue de Lowendal, 75007 Paris, France


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