Outstanding Scholarship in Philosophy of Science Recognized by the Philosophy of Science Association
The Philosophy of Science Association presented awards recognizing the outstanding scholarship of several young scholars at its recent Biennial Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, November 4-6, 2010. The PSA Graduate Student Essay Award for 2008 was presented to Adela Roszkowski of the University of Vienna for her essay, "Natural Selection and the Unity of Functional Analyses," while the PSA Graduate Student Essay Award for 2009 went to Rogier De Langhe of the University of Ghent for his essay, "A Unified Model of the Division of Cognitive Labor." Ms. Roszkowski's essay appeared in the October 2010 issue of Philosophy of Science, the official journal of the Philosophy of Science Association, and Mr. De Langhe's will appear in a future issue.
The Association also honored outstanding work published in Philosophy of Science by a scholar awarded the Ph.D. in the past five years, presenting the 2008 PSA Recent Ph.D. Award to Anna Alexandrova of the University of Missouri for her paper "Making Models Count" (published in the July 2008 issue of Philosophy of Science). Christian Wüthrich of the University of California—San Diego won the 2009 PSA Recent Ph.D. Award for "Challenging the Spacetime Structuralist," which appeared in the December 2009 issue of Philosophy of Science.
All award recipients receive a $250 prize and join a long list of highly accomplished philosophers and leading scholars in the field. PSA President Nancy Cartwright, of the London School of Economics and the University of California—San Diego, joined others in recognizing the extraordinary achievement of these young scholars. "These are among our very best philosophers, and it is a real pleasure to be able to recognize their work in a concrete and public way." "These contests are never easy to judge," added Gary Hardcastle, the PSA's Executive Secretary and Treasurer, "and I understand the competition was especially keen this year."
Winners of the PSA Graduate Student Essay Award and the PSA Recent Ph. D. Essay Award are selected by a committee of senior philosophers of science chaired by Jeffrey Barrett of the University of California-Irvine, the Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science. The Philosophy of Science Association Women's Caucus gave its inaugural award for the best published book, article, or book chapter, in English, in feminist philosophy of science. The 2010 Prize was shared by Sarah Richardson of Harvard University for her essay "Sexes, Species, and Genomes: Why Males and Females Are Not Like Humans and Chimpanzees" (Biology and Philosophy, 2010) and Elisabeth Lloyd of Indiana University for her book, The Case of the Female Orgasm (Harvard, 2005). Each recipient received a $250 cash prize, made possible by donations to the PSA Women's Caucus.
The Philosophy of Science Association is the premier professional association for philosophers of science. Founded in 1934, the PSA currently has over a thousand members, consisting primarily of faculty and students in universities in the North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and Australia. It meets biennially, jointly with the History of Science Society.