PSA Newsletter: Vol. 7 No. 1: March 2001

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. EDITORIAL: HOW TO IMPROVE THIS NEWSLETTER
  2. RESULTS OF PSA ELECTIONS
  3. CONFERENCE CALENDAR
  4. INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, MEMBERSHIPS IN THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES for the academic year 2002-2003
  5. VIENNA INTERNATIONAL SUMMER UNIVERSITY SCIENTIFIC WORLD CONCEPTIONS
  6. UC-DAVIS, POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (Deadline, April 15, 2001)
  7. SCIENCE & EDUCATION, Volume 9 No. 6 November 2000.

ENDNOTES:

  1. The purpose of this letter
  2. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS (please read!)
  3. DIRECTIONS FOR SUBSCRIBING OR UNSUBSCRIBING

1. EDITORIAL: HOW TO IMPROVE THIS NEWSLETTER by Malcolm R. Forster

Having edited this newsletter for a while, I have some ideas about how to improve it.

  1. In the age of the Internet, it is appropriate that the DETAILS of any lengthy communication with PSA members should be published on a webpage. The function of the PSA newsletter would be to advertise the link. In that way, the newsletter would easier to read, easier to edit, and able to include a more comprehensive and reliable range of items of interest to PSA members.
  2. The most essential piece of information for me, as well as for you, is the DEADLINE associated with a news item (as in the case of calls for papers, grant and job applications, and so on) . If this were stated in the subject line (title) of every item emailed to me for publication, it would be easier for me to keep track, and less likely that some items with short deadlines are not published in time (my apologies in the cases where this has happened).
  3. Every PSA member could provide an important service to other PSA members by emailing links to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (putting PSA, deadline month/day/year in the title). It is easy for me to copy and paste a brief description of the link directly from a webpage.

2. RESULTS OF PSA ELECTIONS

Elliott Sober: pres-elect

Newly Elected Board members:

  • Jeremy Butterfield
  • David Malament
  • Margaret Morrison
  • Jim Woodward

Board members rotating off are:

  • Bob Brandon
  • Alan Franklin
  • Paul Humphreys

Continuing Board Members are:

  • Hal Brown
  • Jeffrey Bub
  • Elizabeth Lloyd
  • Sandra Mitchell

3. CONFERENCE CALENDAR

April 20, 2001.
Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science Lecture Series.
Theme: A Topos Perspective on Quantum Theory.
Contact: Center for Philosophy of Science, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15260, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.pitt.edu/~pittcntr.

September 28-30.
Graduate Student Conference on Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, and Cognitive Science, Carleton University (papers due: May 1, 2001).
Contact: Alex Wong, Philosophy, Carleton Univ., Ottawa K1S 5B6, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.carleton.ca/iis/PHICS.


4. INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, Princeton, New Jersey

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MEMBERSHIPS IN THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES for the academic year 2002-2003

THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY was founded in 1930 as a community of scholars in which intellectual inquiry can be carried out in the most favorable circumstances. It provides Members with libraries, offices, seminar and lecture rooms, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities and some secretarial and word-processing services.

THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, including the history and philosophy of science, among the School's principle areas of interest. Fields of primary interest also include the history of western and near eastern civilization, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe, the Islamic world, and the history of art. For the first time the School is also pleased to announce the Edward T. Cone Membership in Music Studies, to be offered each year from now on. In addition to these fields, in the academic year 2002-2003 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support three Members in East Asian Studies, including linguistics, translation studies, cultural history, and the emergence of East Asian vernaculars. Qualified candidates of any nationality are invited to apply for memberships. Apart from residence in Princeton during term time, the only obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. If they wish, however, Members may participate in seminars and meetings both within the Institute and at nearby universities, and there are ample opportunities for contacts with other scholars.

Approximately forty Members are appointed for either one or two terms each year. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required of all candidates at the time of application. Member awards are funded by the Institute for Advanced Study or by other sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, whose support will enable three scholars (either U.S. citizens, or three-year residents in the U.S.) to take up full-year memberships, and the Thyssen Foundation which will support two German citizens.

APPLICATION may be made for one or two terms (September to December, January to April). Further information and application materials may be found on the School's web site, www.hs.ias.edu, or they can be obtained from the Administrative Officer, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 (electronic mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Completed applications must be returned to the Administrative Officer by 15 November 2001.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

MELLON FELLOWSHIPS FOR ASSISTANT PROFESSORS are also offered each year to two qualified Assistant Professors. These full-year memberships are designed specifically for assistant professors at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada to support promising young scholars who have embarked on professional careers. Applicants must have served at least two, and not more than four years as assistant professors in institutions of higher learning in the United States or Canada and must have approval to return to their institution following the period of membership. Stipends will match the combined salary and benefits at the Member's home institution at the time of application, and all the privileges of membership at the Institute for Advanced Study will apply. Qualified applicants may apply for one type of membership only. No dual applications will be accepted. For additional information and application forms contact the Administrative Officer at the address above.

ACLS/FREDERICK BURKHARDT FELLOWSHIPS FOR RECENTLY TENURED SCHOLARS: In the academic year 2002/2003 the Institute for Advanced Study will again take part in a program sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowships. With the goal of supporting more adventurous, more wide-ranging, and longer term patterns of research, the ACLS will provide funding for up to eleven recently tenured faculty in the Humanities and related Social Sciences, most of whom will spend a year at one of several residential research centers, including the Institute for Advanced Study. A scholar applying for the academic year 2002-2003 must normally have begun her/his tenured contract at a U.S. or Canadian institution no earlier than October 1, 1997. Applicants must submit a research plan, typically covering a three to five year period; one of the first three years of research could be spent as a Member at the Institute, either in the School of Historical Studies or the School of Social Science. Qualified candidates who would like to apply for affiliation with the School of Historical Studies under the auspices of this program should contact the ACLS, Fellowships Office, 228 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3398 or E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for application materials and a more detailed description of the terms of the fellowship. Applications for this program should be submitted directly to the ACLS no later than October 1, 2001.


5. VIENNA INTERNATIONAL SUMMER UNIVERSITY SCIENTIFIC WORLD CONCEPTIONS

Beginning in 2001 the University of Vienna and the Institute Vienna Circle will hold an annual two-week summer program dedicated to major current issues in the natural and the social sciences, their history and philosophy. The title of the program reflects the heritage of the Vienna Circle which promoted interdisciplinary and philosophical investigations based on solid disciplinary knowledge.

As an international interdisciplinary program, VISU-SWC brings graduate students in close contact with world-renowned scholars. It operates under the academic supervision of an International Program Committee of distinguished philosophers, historians, and scientists. The program is directed primarily to graduate students and junior researchers in fields related to the annual topic, but the organizers also encourage applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all stages of their career who wish to broaden their horizon through cross-disciplinary studies of methodological and foundational issues in science.

The first topic is:

Unity and Plurality in Science

16-28 July 2001

Don Howard (University of Notre Dame) and

Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin)

A Two week high-level summer course on questions about unity and plurality In science from am variety of philosophical, historical and institutional perspectives.

Organized by the University of Vienna and the Institute Vienna Circle


6. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

FACULTY POSITION IN PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY

Tenure-track professor, Associate or beginning Full Professor, beginning Fall 2001 or 2002. Area of Specialization: Philosophy of biology with some expertise in philosophy of mind. Duties include research, graduate supervision, committee service, and a teaching load of four quarter courses per year. A successful candidate must have Ph.D. and show strength in research and teaching. EO/AAE. Send CV, three letters of reference and a sample of written work. Application deadline: April 15, 2001. Send application to Professor James Griesemer, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8673. 530/752-1068. FAX: 530/752-8964, E- mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For administrative questions contact Lesley Byrns, 530/752-1291, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For further information about the department, please check our home page at http://hume.ucdavis.edu.


7. SCIENCE & EDUCATION, Volume 9 No. 6 November 2000

CONSTRUCTIVISM AND SCIENCE EDUCATION

Contents:

PHILIP MATTHEWS / Learning Science: Some Insights from Cognitive Science

STUART ROWLANDS / Turning Vygotsky on his Head: Vygotsky's Scientifically Based Method and the Socioculturalist's Social Other.

ANTON E. LAWSON / How Do People Learn? And What Does That Imply About the Nature of Knowledge?

EDGAR JENKINS / Constructivism in School Science Education: Powerful Model or the Most Dangerous Intellectual Tendency?

PETER DAVSON-GALLE / Contra Garrisonian Social Constructivism

JIM GARRISION / Deweyean Constructivism Defended: A Reply to Davson-Galle

GUROL IRZIK / Back to Basics: A Philosophical Critique of Constructivism

Because of the importance of the topic, and the calibre of the contributions, the issue has been overprinted and is available through the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPSTG) to non-subscribers.

The cost is USD25 (AUD40), air mail included. To request an order form, email Michael Matthews at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ENDNOTES:

A. The purpose of this newsletter

The PSA Newsletter is published electronically on an "as needed" basis by the Philosophy of Science Association to disseminate information. The newsletter is moderated and is restricted to information pertinent to members of the Association (e.g., official business of the Association, information about upcoming meetings or other information likely to be of interest to a broad range of membership). It is NOT intended for ongoing discussions of intellectual topics within philosophy of science.

B. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS

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