PSA Newsletter: Vol. 7 No. 2: May 2001

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. Wesley C. Salmon
  2. PSA 2002: Call for Symposium Proposals and Workshop Proposals
  3. PSA 2002: Call for Papers
  4. PROGRAM COMMITTEE for PSA 2002
  5. NEW: PHILSCI ARCHIVE
  6. NEW JOURNAL: Semiotics, Evolution, Energy, Development
  7. WORKSHOP ON QUANTUM GRAVITY, July 4, 2001
  8. REASON PARK: Deadline May 15th, 2001
  9. RESOURCES in History and Philosophy of Science

ENDNOTES:

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

1. Wesley C. Salmon

(Editor's note: This obituary was written by Adolf Grünbaum, the Andrew Mellon Professor of Philosophy of Science at Pitt.)

On Sunday, April 22, 2001, Wesley C. Salmon, University Professor Emeritus of philosophy, and professor emeritus of the history and philosophy of science at the University, was killed instantly in an automobile accident.

His wife, Merrilee Salmon, Pitt professor emerita of the history and philosophy of science, and of anthropology, was in the vehicle with him but survived uninjured.

An eminent, internationally renowned philosopher of science, Wesley Salmon was a much beloved colleague, teacher and friend whose premature death is a grievous loss to the local, national and international academic community.

Born in 1925, he earned his doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1950 under Hans Reichenbach, one of the towering figures of 20th-century philosophy of science, whose collection is part of the Archives of Scientific Philosophy at the University's Hillman Library.

He held appointments at several universities before serving as Norwood Russell Hanson Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University (Bloomington) from 1963 to 1973. He was at the University of Arizona (Tucson) from 1973 to 1981.

Salmon joined the Pitt faculty in 1981 as professor and chairman of philosophy, professor of history and philosophy of science, as well as resident fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Science. From 1983 until his retirement in 1999, he held the rank of University Professor of Philosophy, filling the post in which Carl G. Hempel, a major figure in 20th-century philosophy of science, had preceded him.

His visiting professorships include appointments at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Minnesota (1963 and fall 1985), the University of Pittsburgh (1968-1969), the University of Melbourne, Australia (1978), and at the University of Konstanz, Germany (1995-1996). His last visiting appointment was in 2000 at Kyoto University in Japan, where Merrilee Salmon had a like appointment.

After giving a series of four lectures in 1988 on "Four Decades of Scientific Explanation" at the University of Bologna in Italy, on the occasion of its 900th anniversary, Salmon acquired mastery of Italian by taking courses at Pitt, and subsequently gave professional lectures in that language at several universities in Italy. To honor the work of both Merrilee and Wesley Salmon, the Florentine Center for History and Philosophy of Science hosted a workshop on "Experience, Reality, and Scientific Explanation" in May 1996.

Wesley Salmon's books and articles have ranged broadly over the theory of scientific explanation, causality, probability, scientific confirmation and induction, and the philosophy of physical science. After Hempel's pioneering models of scientific explanation, which featured the expectability of phenomena, Salmon developed influential rival models abjuring expectability in favor of providing causally relevant factors.

His well-known books include "The Foundations of Scientific Inference" (1967), "Scientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World" (1984), "Four Decades of Scientific Explanation" (1990), and "Causality and Explanation" (1998), a collection of essays spanning several decades. He was also the editor or co-editor of five volumes.

Recently, he was working on a pedagogical book (with Pitt faculty member Dennis Looney) on Italian science from Dante to Fermi, based on a unique interdisciplinary Pitt honors course that they had co-taught. He also was well along toward completing another collection of his essays, entitled "Reality and Rationality."

Salmon's career was distinguished by the high professional offices he held, the fellowships in learned societies to which he was elected, and by an array of other academic recognitions. They include the presidencies of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division, 1977-78), the Philosophy of Science Association (1971-72), the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (1998-1999), and its Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (1996-99). He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Salmon's contributions were recognized by two Festschrift books in his honor: the inaugural volume of the series "Australasian Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science," entitled "What? Where? When? Why?, Essays on Induction, Space and Time, Explanation" (1982, edited by Robert McLaughlin), followed by "Probability and Causality: Essays in Honor of Wesley Salmon" (1988, edited by James Fetzer).

Besides earning a Humboldt Foundation Award for 1995-1996, he had received a Ford Foundation Faculty Fellowship (1953-54), a Creative Teaching Award from the University of Arizona (1977), and a University of Pittsburgh President's Distinguished Research Award (1990), in addition to a number of Research Grants from the National Science Foundation.

His service to the profession was marked by membership of national and international committees, and of the editorial boards of a number of journals. Furthermore, he served on several major committees at Pitt.

Besides his wife Merrilee Salmon, he is survived by a daughter, Victoria (Tori) Gardner of Bloomington, Indiana; a stepdaughter, Charlotte Broome of Pittsburgh; a stepson, Bruce Ashby of Reston, Virginia, and five grandchildren.

Burial was private, and the family requests that no flowers be sent. A memorial fund for graduate education in the philosophy of science is being established in Salmon's memory. Contributions should be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh, specifying the Wesley C. Salmon Memorial Fund, and sent to 1017 Cathedral of Learning.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.


2. PSA 2002: Call for Symposium Proposals and Workshop Proposals.

Philosophy of Science Association Eighteenth-Biennial Meeting, 7-10 November 2002 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Philosophy of Science Association Eighteenth-Biennial Meeting, 7-10 November 2002 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Members of the PSA are invited to submit proposals for symposia and workshops to be presented at the PSA 2002 meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin November 7-10. Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium or workshop. The proposal should include:

  1. The title of the proposed symposium or workshop.
  2. A description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (about one or two pages).
  3. Titles and abstracts of papers.
  4. A list of participants and either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical information file for each.
  5. Addresses of each participant, with the institutional affiliation, postal and email addresses, and telephone numbers.

Please indicate clearly the name of the organizer or contact person for the purposes of communication with the Program Committee.

In addition to inviting proposals in traditional areas of the philosophy of science, the Program Committee wants also to encourage the submission of proposals that involve participation of working scientists.

New Format
This year there are two changes to note:

  • New type of session - the workshop;
  • Web archiving of papers prior to meeting.

In addition to invited symposia sessions and contributed papers sessions, PSA 2002 will feature workshops. The symposia will follow the traditional format, whereby the papers presented will be submitted for consideration to be published after the meeting in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science. The evaluation for publication will be on entire sessions, that is, all papers in the session will be published together. All papers presented at PSA2002 will be electronically archived, including those accepted for publication and those not accepted for publication in the Journal.

Workshops will follow a new format, whereby there is no expectation that the papers presented will be submitted for review for publication. Authors may choose to have them archived in electronic form. This format may be more attractive to sessions involving participants from outside the philosophical community. For example, informational sessions on new developments in an area of science or an area of philosophy of science may want to adopt the workshop model.

We are going totally electronic for this meeting. That means that the abstracts for the symposia and workshops will be available on-line prior to the meeting. If participants in symposia or workshops would like to make the texts of their presentations available on-line, we will also publish them at the web site. It also means that all submissions must be sent by email as attachments or uploaded at our interactive web site.

UNTIL 15 JUNE 2001 Submissions are to be sent by email as attachments in Portable Document Format (pdf), PostScript (ps), Plain Text (ASCII) Word (doc) or HTML (html) to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. AFTER 15 JUNE 2001 Submissions may be sent EITHER by email as described above OR by means of an interactive web site at www.pitt.edu/~psa2002

Symposium proposals should reach the chair of the Program Committee no later than 1 NOVEMBER 2001.


3. PSA 2002: Call for Papers

Philosophy of Science Association Eighteenth-Biennial Meeting, 7-10 November 2002 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Members of the PSA are invited to submit papers to be presented at the PSA 2002 meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin November 7-10, 2002. Contributed papers may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2002. Some papers will be accepted for both presentation at the PSA 2002 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 decisions by 1 June 2002. Final versions of all papers accepted for publication must be submitted by 15 January 2003.

New Format:
This year there is an important change to note: We will be web archiving accepted papers and their abstracts prior to meeting. We are going totally electronic for this meeting.

UNTIL 15 JUNE 2001 Submissions are to be sent by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The following information must appear in the email body:

  1. Your name and institutional affiliation,
  2. Your surface address,
  3. Your email address,
  4. Your telephone number,
  5. The 100-word abstract.

Your submitted paper should be sent as an attachment in Portable Document Format (pdf), PostScript (ps), Plain Text (ASCII) or Word (.doc) or HTML (.html).

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.

AFTER 15 JUNE 2001 Submissions may be sent EITHER by email as described above OR by means of our interactive web site at www.pitt.edu/~psa2002

The maximum recommended 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 a recent issue for details).

Authors of accepted papers are expected to present abbreviated versions of their papers, with a time limit of approximately twenty minutes (plus discussion).


4. The PROGRAM COMMITTEE for PSA 2002 is as follows:

  • Robert Batterman (Ohio State University)
  • Harvey R. Brown (University of Oxford)
  • Craig Callender (University of California, San Diego)
  • Malcolm Forster (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Helen Longino (University of Minnesota)
  • Mohan Matthen (University of British Columbia)
  • Sandra D. Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh), Chair
  • Alexander Rosenberg (Duke University)

All questions about submissions should be directed to:

  • Sandra D. Mitchell, Chair
  • PSA 2002 Program Committee
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • 1017 Cathedral of Learning
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15260

5. NEW: PHILSCI ARCHIVE

Now philosophers of science have an on-line pre-print archive: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu

This is an important development! If you haven't visited the site, please do so and consider uploading one of your pre-prints.


6. NEW JOURNAL: Semiotics, Evolution, Energy, Development

The first issue of a new interdisciplinary journal, Semiotics, Evolution, Energy, Development is now on line.

The URL is http://www.library.utoronto.ca/see/pages/SEED_Journal.html

The journal is refereed and has an ISSN number. Instructions for contributors are on the web page. The Journal covers Physics, Energy and Symmetry, Semiosemiotics, Cognition, Computers and Robotology, and Economic, Management and Social Development. Articles that emphasize processes that permit the formation of connections through non-linear processes are preferred, but arguments that such processes are not required are also welcome.


7. WORKSHOP ON QUANTUM GRAVITY, July 4, 2001

One Day Workshop: Philosophical Reflections on Quantum Gravity Wednesday, July 4th, 12.00 - 6.30

Division of History and Philosophy of Science, School of Philosophy, University of Leeds

Speakers: Jeremy Butterfield, Chris Isham, David Wallace, Joy Christian.

Details available at: http://www.personal.leeds.ac.uk/%7Ephldpr/frameset.html or on request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8. REASON PARK: Deadline May 15th, 2001

REASON PARK: First INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL on "REASONing under PARtial Knowledge" Foligno (Perugia), ITALY. 27th August - 6th September 2001

http://www.dipmat.unipg.it/reasonpark

REMINDER: the deadline for application is May 15th, 2001


9. RESOURCES in History and Philosophy of Science

Do you or your students need a free user-friendly guide to virtual resources in history & philosophy of science, technology and medicine? If so you can now find one at: http://www.humbul.ac.uk/vts/hps/index.htm

This is the recently launched on line tutorial 'Internet for History and Philosophy of Science' prepared by James Sumner, a PhD student at the University of Leeds, as one of 29 new such 'virtual training suites' supported by the Resource Discovery Network for HUMBUL in a wide range of disciplines. A complete list of these suites with hyperlinked gateways can be found at http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/

The complete range humanities suites - including specialist tutorials for History and for Philosophy - can also be accessed at http://www.humbul.ac.uk/vts/

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ENDNOTES:

A. The purpose of this newsletter

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