PSA Newsletter: Vol. 2 No. 4: September 1996
PSA Newsletter: Vol. 2 No. 4: September 1996
Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by:
Department of Philosophy
Washington University in St. Louis
- EDITOR'S NOTE
- Important Information about PSA 1996
- PSA Biennial Meeting Registration Form
- Hotel Registration Information
- Philosophy of Social Science Interest Group Meeting
- Conference on Naturalism, Theism, and the Scientific Enterprise
Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:
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2. Important Information about PSA 1996
Conference and hotel registration information for the upcoming PSA meeting was sent out under the cover of the History of Science Society. This may have caused some people not to take notice of this very time sensitive material. Accordingly, I have included the hotel informance and conference registration form below as items 3 and 4. They are also available on the PSA 1996 web page (where it is easy to print out just the relevant information), together with valuable information about Cleveland from Lindley Darden and Keith Benson.
The url for the PSA 1996 is: http://www.inform.umd.edu:8080/EdRes/Colleges/ARHU/Depts/chps This page is provided by the Center for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Maryland, and contains a direct link to the PSA pages. They in turn include a great deal of information about the upcoming conference, including the program.
3. PSA BIENNIAL MEETING REGISTRATION FORM
PSA BIENNIAL MEETING REGISTRATION FORM
If you have not already registered with the card you (as a PSA member) received in the mail, print out the following and mail to the address indicated.
PSA 1996 MEETING REGISTRATION FORM October 31-November 3, 1996 Category (please check one of the following): Full member: __ Associate: __ Student: __ Non-member: __ Exhibitor: _ Last name: _______________________ First Name: ______________________ Institutional Affiliation (for name tag): ___________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________ City: ______________________________ State: _________________________ or Country: ________________________ Postal Code: ___________________ Telephone: ___________________________ email: _______________________
Form and payment by check or money order payable in U.S. dollars and made payable to Philosophy of Science Association must be received by October 1, 1996 or late-registration rates will apply. Return to:
- PSA Executive Office, Attn: PSA Conference
- University of Washington
- Box 351330
- Seattle, WA 98195-1330
Please circle amount enclosed. Pre-registration costs are indicated first, then late-registration costs.
- $50, $70 PSA Full/Associate Member
- $30, $40 PSA Student Member
- $65, $85 Non-member
- $40, $50 Student/Retired Non-member
Conference registration begins Thursday evening, October 31.
4. Hotel Registration Information
Hotel Registration Information
Soon, PSA members will receive registration materials from the Seattle PSA office. Included is an envelope to return to the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel for reservations. More hotel registration information will be posted to this page soon.
Reservations must be received no later than September 30, 1996 in order to receive discounted group rates. Otherwise, full published rates may apply. Check-out time is noon, and rooms may not be available for check-in until 3:00 pm. Reservations can be made for as early as October 30, 1996. Registration begins the evening of Thursday, October 31. Sessions are from 9:00 am, Friday, November 1 until noon, Sunday, November 3.
PSA members may contact the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel at (216) 696-5600 or by mail at 14 Public Square Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
- $119, Single Room (1 Bed 1 Person)
- $119, Double Room (1 Bed 2 Persons)
- $129, Double/Double Room (2 Beds 2 Persons)
- $149, Triple (3 Persons)
- $169, Quad (4 Persons)
- $450, Suite (1 Bedroom)
5. Philosophy of Social Science Interest Group Meeting
6. Conference on Naturalism, Theism and the Scientific Enterprise
CALL FOR PAPERS
Naturalism, Theism and the Scientific Enterprise
An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Texas -- Austin
Feb. 20-23, 1997
Sponsored by the UT Philosophy Dept. Invited speakers include Michael Ruse (Philosophy, University of Guelph, author of Darwinism Defended), Alvin Plantinga (Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, author of Warrant and Proper Function), Frederick Grinnell (UT Southwestern Medical Center, author of The Scientific Attitude), and Phillip Johnson (Law School, UC-Berkeley, author of Darwin on Trial and Reason in the Balance).
The conference is dedicated to fostering dialogue between naturalists and theists on the impact of social and philosophical predispositions on the development, interpretation and presentation of scientific knowledge. Our goal is to have a program balanced between defenders and critics of naturalism in science.
We encourage submissions from all of the natural sciences, as well as from philosophy, history and sociology of science. Suggested topics:
- Does the scientific method exclude appeals to supernatural agency?
- Is there a distinction between methodological and ontological naturalism?
- What do case studies in the history of science reveal about the role of naturalism or theism in advancing or retarding the progress of science?
- Does the plausibility of Darwinism and of naturalistic theories of the origin of life depend on a prior commitment to naturalism? Can the scientific merits of naturalistic and theistic explanations be compared?
- Can theistic (directed) evolution or the appeal to cosmic design be testable scientific hypotheses? If so, does the available evidence weigh for or against such conjectures?
- Is there a demarcation line between science and theology? Are "natural theology" and "theistic science" oxymorons?
- What social, political and educational factors influence the direction of research and the presentation of science to the public?
- RTF or ASCII
- Nov. 1 -- submission of abstracts
- Dec. 1 -- notification of authors
- Jan. 15 -- submission of full papers
Abstracts, papers, and conference information will be posted on our web site:
Abstracts and inquiries can be sent to Prof. Robert Koons at:
John Forge is now editor of Metascience. Metascience is a review journal which covers the fields that comprise the disciplines of History and Philosophy of Science, and Technology and Science, Technology and Society. The scope of the journal is indicated by its contents and by the fields attributed to the members of the editorial board. If you are a publisher, or someone who has written a book which falls within the scope of the journal, we would welcome a copy for review. We cannot guarantee a full review, but every book received which comes within the scope of the journal will get some notice. Metascience does not accept unsolicited reviews; but if you would like to review for Metascience, please contact the editor. The normal procedure is for the members of the board to commission reviews, while the editor is responsible for overall organisation and for the final acceptance of material for publication.
For more information, please consult: http://www.sct.gu.edu.au/~sctforge/
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