Twenty-Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association November 1 – November 4, 2018 Seattle, WA Submission is now open for abstracts for posters to be presented at the PSA2018 meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 1-4, 2018. The poster forum will be on the evening of November 2. This will be the 50th anniversary of the first biennial...
Richard M. Burian, PSA member and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy & Science Studies at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the 2017 David L. Hull Prize. The David L. Hull Prize is a biennial prize established in 2011 by the ISHPSSB to honor the life and legacy of David L. Hull (1935–2010). The David L. Hull Prize honors an extraordinary contribution t...
PSA member Emily C. Parke has been awarded the 2017 Marjorie Grene Prize for her essay, 'Experiments, Simulations, and Epistemic Privilege' (Philosophy of Science, 2014, 81(4), 516–536). The Marjorie Grene Prize is awarded by the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology and named in honor of Marjorie Grene (19...
PSA member Lynn Chiu has been awarded the 2017 Werner Callebaut Prize for her essay (co-authored with biologist Scott Gilbert), 'The Birth of the Holobiont: Multi-species Birthing Through Mutual Scaffolding and Niche Construction' (Chiu & Gilbert (2015) Biosemiotics, 8: 191-210). The Werner Callebaut Prize is awarded by the International Society fo...
Twenty-Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association November 1 – November 4, 2018 Seattle, WA Submission is now open for papers to be presented at the PSA2018 meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 1-4, 2018. This will be the 50th anniversary of the first biennial meeting of the PSA. The deadline for submitting a paper is March 1, 2...
Twenty-Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association November 1 – November 4, 2018 Seattle, WA Submission is now open for proposals for symposia to be presented at the PSA2018 meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 1-4, 2018. This will be the 50th anniversary of the first biennial meeting of the PSA. The deadline for submitting sympo...
Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture The 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal is awarded to Professor Michela Massimi, PSA member and former Governing Board Member, for her interdisciplinary interests in and communication of modern philosophy and science: particularly in relation to physics, and the thinking of Newton, Kant and Pauli. Professor Ma...
On behalf of the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association, it is my pleasure to announce the results of the 2017 PSA Election. Thanks to all those who voted. We had an excellent turnout of 54.9%. Alisa Bokulich of Boston University and Hasok Chang of the University of Cambridge were elected to the Governing Board of the PSA. Each wi...
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT Hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists Center for Science and Democracy View recording of the webinar here: https://ucsusa.adobeconnect.com/pae09j6wqa0k/ How can we understand and respond to “alternative facts” when they are presented as of equal value as scientific facts? The UCS Center for Sc...
The PSA is an official partner of the March for Science, and many of our members participated in marches all over the world, among them our President, Sandy Mitchell, and Past-President, Ken Waters.
Dear PSA Members, I am honored to be serving as the President of PSA (as of January 1, 2017) and want to take a moment to both look forward to new initiatives and opportunities and reflect back on what the organization has been doing. Most importantly, I want to invite you to participate in the activities of the PSA and in collectively considering...
Dear PSA Members, I am writing as Past President to report on what PSA has accomplished over the last two years. Let me begin by congratulating our new President, Sandy Mitchell, new Vice President/President-elect, Alison Wylie, and incoming Governing Board members Megan Delehanty and Edouard Machery. There have been two fronts of change for the PS...
PSA2016: Call for Symposium Proposals
Twenty-Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
November 3 – November 6, 2016
Please note that there will be morning sessions on November 3 beginning at 9 am.
Submission is now open for proposals for symposia to be presented at the PSA2016 meeting in Atlanta, GA on November 3-6, 2016. The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is January 6, 2016. Please note that there will be morning sessions on November 3 beginning at 9 am in response to feedback from our post-meeting survey. A call for contributed papers is being issued separately. PSA2016 will also include a poster session; the call for posters will be issued separately.
A symposium should involve several presenters, typically 4-5, organized around a topic of interest. Symposia may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. The PSA2016 program committee will strive for quality, variety, innovation, and diversity on the program; ideally the program will reflect the full range of current work in the philosophy of science. Symposia that make connections with, or include, working scientists, as well as symposia on topics in philosophy of science that also are of potential interest to members of the History of Science Society (HSS) and/or the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) – whose meetings will be held jointly with PSA2016 – are warmly invited. We will not be considering ‘Author Meets Critics’ sessions, but topical sessions that build upon recently published books are acceptable. Members of the PSA2016 Program Committee are listed at http://philsci.org/psa-biennial-meeting.
Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. Proposals for symposia should include:
- The title of the proposed symposium
- A short descriptive summary of the proposal (100-200 words)
- A description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (up to 1000 words)
- Titles and abstracts of all papers, with up to 500 words for the title and abstract of each paper
- A list of participants and either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical description (not to exceed 1 page) for each participant, including any non-presenting co-authors.
- Institutional affiliation and e-mail addresses for all participants, including any non-presenting co-authors.
The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is January 6, 2016. A selection of symposia will be accepted for presentation at the PSA2016 meeting. Symposium organizers will be informed of the program committee’s decision prior to the deadline for submitting contributed papers (March 1, 2016). Please see important information below on PSA policy regarding multiple submissions to PSA2016.
Proposals for symposia should be submitted to https://www.openconf.org/psa2016/, a US-based conference management system. To submit a symposium proposal, click on PSA2016 Symposia. This is where the entire symposium proposal should be submitted, per the instructions given there. In addition, each symposium participant must click on PSA2016 Symposium Author Information & Abstracts, where they will find some additional questions and, if they are the presenting author on a paper, must also provide a short abstract of no more than 100 words; the abstract will appear in a book of abstracts for the conference if the symposium is accepted.
After the conference, symposium presenters may submit their papers for review for publication in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science. The evaluation for publication will be of individual papers. Authors will be encouraged to post their symposium papers as PSA2016 Conference Papers at philsci-archive.pitt.edu (a publicly accessible digital archive) prior to the meeting. Authors who subsequently submit their paper for review for publication will also be encouraged to post their papers at philsci-archive.pitt.edu, whether or not they are accepted for publication. The submission deadline for symposium papers will be announced at a later date.
Please note that in accordance with current PSA policy:
- No previously published paper may be presented at the PSA meeting.
- No one will be permitted to present more than once at PSA2016. Thus, if a symposium proposal in which you are a presenting author is accepted, you cannot submit a contributed paper for which you are the presenting author. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at PSA2016 only once.
- Any individual can be part of only one symposium proposal in which he or she is a presenting author.
- If an accepted symposium subsequently loses participants, maintaining acceptance will become contingent upon the symposium organizer developing satisfactory alternatives to maintain the quality and coherence of the session.