PSA Newsletter: Vol. 7 No. 1: March 2001
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:
- EDITORIAL: HOW TO IMPROVE THIS NEWSLETTER
- RESULTS OF PSA ELECTIONS
- CONFERENCE CALENDAR
- INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, MEMBERSHIPS IN THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES for the academic year 2002-2003
- VIENNA INTERNATIONAL SUMMER UNIVERSITY SCIENTIFIC WORLD CONCEPTIONS
- UC-DAVIS, POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (Deadline, April 15, 2001)
- SCIENCE & EDUCATION, Volume 9 No. 6 November 2000.
- The purpose of this letter
- INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS (please read!)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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.
Graduate Student Conference on Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, and Cognitive Science, Carleton University (papers due: May 1, 2001).
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.
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.
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
7. SCIENCE & EDUCATION, Volume 9 No. 6 November 2000
CONSTRUCTIVISM AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
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.
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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
C. DIRECTIONS FOR SUBSCRIBING OR UNSUBSCRIBING
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