PSA Newsletter: Vol. 8 No. 5: December 2002

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by Malcolm Forster,


  1. Richard C. Jeffrey (1926 - 2002): Tribute, by Brian Skyrms.
  2. Funding at NSF. Target date: Feb. 1, 2003.
  3. Lorenz Krueger postdoctoral fellowship: Deadline Jan. 31, 2003.
  4. CONFERENCE on Scientific Evidence, 11-13 April 2003.
  5. Graduate Student CONTEST for 2002. Deadline: December 31, 2002.
  6. Recent Ph.D. CONTEST for 2002. Deadline: December 31, 2002.
  7. NEWS: Nancy Nersessian elected Chair of the Cognitive Science Society.
  8. POSITION: University of Pittsburgh, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science.
  9. Philosophy of Science journal is now ONLINE:

1. Richard C. Jeffrey (1926 - 2002): Tribute, by Brian Skyrms.

Richard Jeffrey died at home on November 9, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 76. Jeffrey's 1952 PhD thesis at Princeton explored the treatment of uncertain evidence that later became famous as Jeffrey Conditioning. In 1963, while he was a visiting faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study, he developed the main ideas of a novel theory of decision in which both probability and value attach to each proposition describing the world. This theory, together with Ethan Bolker's representation theorem for it, are contained in Jeffrey's 1965 The Logic of Decision. Both Jeffrey Conditioning and The Logic of Decision were motivated by deep epistemological concerns, which formed the core of a philosophy that Jeffrey called "Radical Probabilism." This was developed in a series of articles and in Probability and The Art of Judgment (1992).

Jeffrey had a magic touch that produced enjoyable exposition of usually dry subjects, which is evident in his Formal Logic, Its Scope and Limits and in the more advanced text, Computability and Logic (1974), which he coauthored with his good friend, George Boolos. At the time of his death he had just completed the manuscript for a new book, Subjective Probability: The Real Thing!

Richard Jeffrey taught at Stanford University, City College of New York, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University. In recent years he spend part of his time in Princeton and part as Visiting Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994, and was president of the Philosophy of Science Association from 1999-2000. He was the recipient of a number of international awards and medals.

Dick Jeffrey was a delight to all who knew him. Everything was viewed with an irrepressible sense of humor. He was without pretense, and when he ran across it he was able to demolish it with a well-aimed quip. Acute philosophical insights came out as jokes. His good humor prevailed over everything, even the cancer. He lived his final years full of good spirits, kindness, and zest for life.

2. Funding Opportunities at NSF. Target dates: Feb. 1, 2003; Aug. 1, 2003.

Funding Opportunities in Science, Technology, Society at the U.S. National Science Foundation

The next target date for submitting proposals to the Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (SDEST) program is February 1, 2003. Societal Dimensions considers a wide variety of proposals for research and education about the interactions of engineering, science, technology, and society. The Ethics and Values Studies (EVS) component supports examinations of the ethical and value dimensions in those interactions. The Research on Knowledge, Science and Technology (RST) component supports research on the implications of social and strategic choices that influence knowledge production and innovations.

The program's home page is at; check out the links to other related sites and the assistance on "Preparing a Proposal, What You Should Know!!!!!!!!"

Information about submission procedures and the kinds of awards the program makes, including professional development and graduate training efforts, is in the program announcement, at

You can reach the SDEST program director Rachelle Hollander at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone: 703-292-7272. Program director John Perhonis handles dissertation proposals; he can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone: 703-292-7279.

Special Opportunities:

International: The US and UK programs on science, technology and society announce a unique opportunity to support US-UK collaboration in research on: science in governance and the governance of science, science communication, science in the economy and the economics of science, science and globalization, and science and gender, ethnicity, and the lifecycle.

Researchers wishing to cooperate must submit separate proposals to their own national funding bodies. In the U.K., that is the Science in Society Programme of the UK Economic and Social Research Council - Science in Society Programme. In the U.S., the Science and Technology Studies program and the Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology program are both encouraging submissions.

Proposals should identify the collaborating project in the other country, explain the value added by transatlantic cooperation, and request coordinated review. For further information on specific submission requirements, US researchers should contact Rachelle Hollander, or Keith Benson at the STS program; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone: 703-292-7283. UK researchers will find information at

NSF Wide Competitions: The National Science Foundation has numerous special competitions; many occur yearly. Three areas of special interest to researchers investigating issues in science, technology, and society are: Biocomplexity and the Environment, Information Technology, and Nanotechnology. All three can consider research proposals on social dimensions of relevant scientific and engineering activities. The information technology announcement is at: The relevant contact for research on social and ethical dimensions is James Granato in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, phone: (703) 292-8762; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The nanotechnology announcement is at:, and the relevant contact is Rachelle Hollander in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, phone: (703) 292-7272; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The most relevant section of the biocomplexity announcement is Coupled Natural and Human Systems; the announcement is at The relevant contact for further information about the CNH section is Thomas Baerwald, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , in the Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences; phone: 703-292-7301.

Rachelle D. Hollander, SDEST-EVS&RST, NSF Room 995, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. 703-292-7272 -9068 fax. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,. . After Oct. 1, 2002, all proposals must address both NSF review criteria in the project summary and description. See the NSF Grant Proposal Guide,

3. Lorenz Krueger postdoctoral fellowship: Deadline for application Jan. 31, 2003.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin announces the Lorenz Krueger postdoctoral fellowship for 2003/05 for an outstanding junior scholar whose current research combines perspectives from the history of science with those of the philosophy of science and/or the history of philosophy. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Professor Lorenz Krüger, of the University of Göttingen, whose work sought to connect philosophy with the history of science. The Lorenz Krüger Fellowship is awarded for a two year stay at the Institute in Berlin, beginning 1 October, 2003.

The fellowship is open to scholars of all nationalities who have completed their Ph.D. no earlier than 1998 and no later than September 2003. The stipend for applicants from abroad is Euro 1,841 per month. Women are encouraged to apply. Qualifications being equal, precedence will be given to candidates with disabilities. Applicants are invited to send a curriculum vitae, a brief research proposal (maximum 1000 words), and two letters of recommendation by 31 January, 2003.

4. CONFERENCE on Scientific Evidence, 11-13 April 2003, sponsored by the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Johns Hopkins University (Homewood Campus), Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, including the program and various links to helpful information including email addresses of persons to contact, please visit the following Web site:

5. Graduate Student Contest for 2002.

Essays may be on any topic in the philosophy of science and should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science before December 31, 2002. The prize-winning essay will be published in Philosophy of Science and the author will receive $250. The essay must be accompanied by a letter from the graduate department certifying that the author is a student in good standing. Co-authored papers are not eligible. Previously published papers are not eligible unless they are scheduled to appear in Philosophy of Science during the calendar year 2002. Authors are encouraged to format their essays in accordance with the Instructions for Authors found on the Philosophy of Science web site (see Authors’ names will be removed and the essays will then be judged by a committee of three senior members of PSA.

6. Recent Ph.D. Contest for 2002.

A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best article in Philosophy of Science written by someone who received the Ph.D. within the last five years. To be eligible for the contest, the paper must have a publication date during the year 2002. Papers in the four regular issues or the special September Proceedings Supplement qualify. To have an article entered into the competition, the author must supply proof that the Ph.D. Degree was formally awarded between December 1997 and December 2002. The deadline for receipt of the affidavit in the Editorial Office is December 31, 2002. A reprint of the article will then be automatically forwarded to the judges.

7. Nancy Nersessian has been elected Chair of the Cognitive Science Society. She will serve 2002-3 as Chair-elect and 2003-4 as Chair. The Cognitive Science Society brings together researchers from many fields who hold a common goal of understanding the nature of cognition. The Society promotes scientific interchange among researchers in disciplines constituting the field of Cognitive Science, including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Anthropology, Sociology, and Learning Sciences. The Society has approximately 1200 members, and the annual conference draws over 500 participants. Nancy was elected twice a member of the Governing Board of the PSA, is on the Editorial Board of Philosophy of Science, and has served on several committees, including the Program Committee for the 2000 PSA meeting.

8. POSITION: University of Pittsburgh, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Tenure/tenure stream faculty position in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science beginning September 1, 2003, pending budgetary approval.

Area of Specialization: History and Philosophy of Seventeenth Century Science.

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 March 2003 and continue until the position is filled.


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