PSA Newsletter: Vol. 1 No. 4: October 1995

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by:

William Bechtel
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program
Department of Philosophy
Washington University in St. Louis

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CONTENTS:

  1. EDITOR'S NOTE
  2. Next PSA Meeting and Call for Papers
  3. Web Site for PSA 1996
  4. Joint NEH and NSF Summer Institute
  5. Net Discussion on Sociology of Scientific Validity
  6. NSF Grant Opportunities in Science and Technology Studies

Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:

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 of the Association, and information about other meetings likely to be of interest to a broad range of the membership). It is NOT intended for ungoing discussions of intellectual topics within philosophy of science. If you have information that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in a future issue of the newsletter, please send it to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Subject 2. Next PSA Meeting and Call for Papers

PSA96

The Fifteenth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association will be held November 1-3, 1996, at the Stouffer Renaissance Cleveland Hotel at Tower City Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

                           CALL FOR PAPERS

                 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE ASSOCIATION

                     FIFTEENTH BIENNIAL MEETING

Contributed papers may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. Maximum length is 5000 words, counting footnotes and references. If the text includes tables or figures, an appropriate number of words should be subtracted from the limit. Two copies, each including a 100 word abstract and a word count should be submitted in double-spaced typescript. Format and citation style should match those of Philosophy of Science. (See a recent issue for details.) If the paper is too long or the references incomplete, the paper will be returned to the author. Papers will be blind refereed; therefore, the author's name, institutional affiliation, surface and email addresses, and fax and telephone numbers should appear on a separate page. Hard copy of submissions must reach the chair of the program committee by November 15, 1995. Accepted papers will be published prior to the meeting in a supplemental issue of the journal Philosophy of Science. Notification about the status of submissions will be mailed in late January or early February. A finished manuscript (one hard copy and one on floppy disk, the latter in IBM or Macintosh format, using a standard word processor) must be submitted by March 1, 1996. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present abbreviated versions of their papers, with a time limit of 20 minutes (plus discussion).

Address program inquiries and paper submissions to:

  • Lindley Darden, Chair 1996 PSA Program Committee
  • Department of Philosophy
  • 1125A Skinner Building
  • University of Maryland
  • College Park, MD 20742 USA
  • 301-405-5699 (office)
  • 301-474-0037 (home)
  • 301-405-5690 (fax)

The Program Committee consists of: Lindley Darden, Chair (University of Maryland, College Park), Ron Amundson (University of Hawaii-Hilo), John Earman (University of Pittsburgh), Daniel Hausman (University of Wisconsin), Tim Maudlin (Rutgers University), W. H. Newton-Smith (Oxford University), Rose-Mary Sargent (Merrimack College), Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo).


3. Web Site for PSA 1996

The Program Committee for the 1996 PSA meeting has established a Web page that contains information about the upcoming meeting. In the near future it will contain information about the invited symposia. The addresss for this page is: http://www.inform.umd.edu:8080/EdRes/Colleges/ARHU/Depts/chps/PSA


4. Joint NEH and NSF Summer Institute

This summer there will be a special joint NEH and NSF Summer Institute on the Scientific, Ethical, and Social Challenges of Contemporary Genetic Technology

Dates: July 7-Aug.2, 1996
Location: University of Puget Sound

The institute is sponsored by the University of Puget Sound and is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. Application Deadline: March 1, 1996. For more information, contact:

  • David Magnus, Institute Director
  • Phibbs Prof. of Ethics and Science
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Tacoma, Wa 98416
  • Tel: (206)756-3508
  • Fax: (206)756-3500

5. Net Discussion on Sociology of Scientific Validity

SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENTIFIC VALIDITY DISCUSSION GROUP

Do you believe that in some historical periods some scientific communities have improved the "competence of reference" or "validity" of some of those beliefs on which they have achieved a new consensus?

IF SO, THIS WAS A SOCIAL SYSTEM PRODUCT, DUE TO PERSUASION AND DISCRETIONARY JUDGEMENTS, I.E. WITHOUT ENTAILING PROOF.

Do you believe that the achievement of new consensual beliefs of improved validity happens more frequently in science than in other belief-sharing and belief-transmitting social systems?

IF SO, THIS MAY WELL BE DUE TO DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE SOCIAL SYSTEM OF SCIENCE, EVEN THOUGH NOT EPISTEMOLOGICALLY PRIVILEGED.

As a field, "The Sociology of Scientific Validity" would attempt to delineate those social system features which may help optimize the production of new consensuses of improved competence. It might be envisaged as a second phase of the social-contructivist, relativist, interest-oriented, symmetrical sociology of scientific knowledge. It could be in part a comparative sociology, comparing for example the social system of astrology at various historical periods with that of astronomy. It could study differences in the valid productivity of different laboratories and national styles.

There would be externalist principles: What kind of socio-political structures optimize validity-seeking science. There would be internalist principles: patterns of communication, rules of persuasion, norms, the degree to which norms are lived up to, and the sanctions imposed when violated. Also relevant are sociological speculations as to the effect of current features of scientific institutions on the selection of beliefs for competence of reference: e.g. requirements for the achievement of tenure, the effects of tenure once awarded, editorial review processes, research funding, etc. Some of these may have negative effects.

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    21 Sept 1995

P.S. At the 4S-SHOT meetings, Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday Oct 21, 11:30-1:00, there will be a meeting of this interest group. The final program will give the location. An opportunity to purchase a $10.00 box lunch will be available at the registration desk.


6. NSF Grant Opportunities in Science and Technology Studies

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY STUDIES PROGRAM

Science & Technology Studies (STS) considers proposals for research on the intellectual and social contexts that govern the development and use of science and technology. Besides traditional historical and philosophical modes of analysis, this research may use theories and methods from the social sciences and humanities, and information and analysis from the natural and physical sciences and engineering.

STS supports research on the nature and processes of development in science and technology (past and present) and the differences in the nature of theory and evidence in various scientific and technological fields. It also supports research on the interactions between science and technology and their impact on society, and on the interactions of forces that influence science or technology. It examines such topics as the construction of scientific and technological knowledge and institutions; the relations between science, government and other social institutions and groups; and processes of scientific and technological innovation and change.

Researchers whose projects are expected to contribute to understanding the ethical and social values, policies, and obligations and responsibilities that arise in the interactions of science, technology and society should contact the Ethics and Values Studies Program of NSF.

Except for doctoral dissertation research, STS studies of medicine, public health and society are not normally supported by NSF. Researchers should contact the National Institutes of Health and/or the National Endowment for the Humanities for support of research in these fields.

MODES OF SUPPORT

Support for STS projects is available through grants including:

1) STS Scholars Awards. These normally support individual researchers for part or all of an academic year, for summer research, or for some combination of academic year and summer. Awards allow up to $15,000 for partial support of full time summer research and/or related costs or up to $55,000 for partial support of one or more semesters (or quarters) of full time academic year release time and related expenses. Summer support is limited to no more than 2/9ths academic year salary. Applicants may apply, where appropriate and justified in the proposal, for a maximum of up to three summers' ($15,000*3) support and an academic year ($55,000) for up to $100,000. Some graduate (max. $12,000/year including indirect costs) or undergraduate (max. $6,000/year including indirect costs) research assistance, if justified, may be included within these requests; investigators may also request support for a designated postdoctoral researcher (max. $32,000 including fringe benefits and indirect costs).

STS Scholars Awards are normally made to institutions. PI's who cannot apply through an appropriate institution, however, may apply as individuals. In the latter case, the applicant must be a US citizen, national, or long-term resident (i.e. have permanent resident status).

2) Grants for collaborative research or infrastructure projects. STS can also consider research projects which require several investigators, or investigators and advisors, or collaboration among principal investigators (PIs). In preparing the budget for such collaborative projects, program limits as described for scholars awards for salaries, etc. for PI's should be followed: $55,000 maximum including fringes and indirect cost for full-time academic year research and $15,000 maximum per summer for each PI. For projects that also require postdoctoral researchers or graduate student assistants, see "Small Grants for Training and Research" below. Infrastructure projects may involve preparation of reference works, editions of scientific papers, development of data bases and graphics resources for public use, etc. Electronic dissemination of the results of such infrastructure projects should be the norm in STS projects.

3) Professional Development Fellowships (PDF) for researchers who wish to improve and expand their skills in the areas of STS (for physical and natural scientists and engineers) or in areas of science or engineering (for researchers trained in ethics, history, philosophy, or social science of science). For example, historians, philosophers and social scientists may use this award to work with a scientist or engineer to learn the technical details of research in their area. Alternatively, scientists or engineers may use this award to work with a historian, philosopher or social scientist to learn the methods of research in STS. These awards provide as much as $50,000 (depending on the current salary of the applicant) for support of a full-time academic year of study and research in a field outside the applicant's current area of expertise. They also provide up to $3,000 for travel (moving expenses could be taken from this travel allowance if so desired, but there is no separate moving allowance) and $3,000 for US host institution allowance. There is no dependents allowance.

PDFs must contain both a training and a research component. Letters from host scholars, describing their plans to work with the applicants, and from the host institutions, agreeing to provide appropriate space and facilities, must accompany these proposals.

4) Post-doctoral Fellowships for STS researchers within 5 years of receipt of Ph.D. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the methodological skills of researchers in STS. Consequently, applications must contain both a training and a research component and the site for the fellowship must be different from the institution where the fellow received the Ph.D. degree. These awards provide $32,000 per year for up to two years for support of full-time academic year of study and research. They also provide up to $3,000/year for travel and expenses and $3,000/year for U. S. host institutions (a postdoc may hold the fellowship outside of the US, but the NSF cannot pay institutional fees to non-US institutions). There are no dependents allowances and moving expenses must be paid from the travel allowance. Letters from host scholars (i.e. mentors) describing their plans to work with applicants, and from the host institutions agreeing to provide appropriate space and facilities, must accompany these proposals. Letters of recommendation from the fellow's dissertation supervisor must also be provided. No fellowship may begin until the Ph.D. granting institution has certified that the fellow has completed all requirements for the degree. STS Professional Development and Postdoctoral Fellowships provide a stipend and travel allowance to the fellow and an activities support allowance to the host institution. The amount of the PDF stipend depends on the fellow's prior earnings and work history; it can range from $30,000 to $55,000. The activities support allowance can be used to cover direct or indirect costs associated with the fellowship. To assure appropriate processing, the cover sheet for these proposals should indicate "STS Professional Development Fellowships" or "STS Postdoctoral Fellowship" in the upper left hand box. The individual applying answers the questions and fills in the signature blocks at the bottom of the page.

Applicants for STS Professional Development and Postdoctoral Fellowships must be US citizens, nationals or long term residents (i.e. have permanent resident status).

5) Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants provide funds for research expenses not normally available through the student's university. More information on applying is available in "Grants for Improving Doctoral Dissertation Research" (NSF 92-114). The dissertation advisor is the principal investigator on these applications; the doctoral student should be listed as co-principal investigator. No indirect costs are allowed; and the usual limit on an award is $7,000 for research in North America and $12,000 for work abroad. The proposal should include a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor evaluating the student's promise as a researcher and the value and status of the proposed research. If the doctoral student will use the award for travel expenses to work with a specialist, the proposal should provide a justification for this choice and a letter from the specialist agreeing to work with the student. The proposal should include a statement indicating whether the student has passed the preliminary qualifying exams and all course work required for the dissertation. These requirements must be met before an award will be made.

6) Small Grants for Training and Research: "SGTR" awards are intended to provide sustained research opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows on important issues in STS. One or more senior investigators may propose a sustained course of study, research and training (for from one to three years) on a subject of significance. These training programs should have a specific research theme and the proposal should indicate how the training will be organized around the theme. The grants can provide a maximum of $100,000 support for one postdoctoral fellow and up to three graduate students to participate each year. For projects of more than one year, PIs may retain or change the postdoc and graduate students. In addition to providing a research theme and plan, applicants should also indicate the efforts that will be made to recruit women and minority students into the programs. The budget for training support belongs in the participant support costs section of the budget form, and no indirect costs can be applied to these budget items. Note: SGTR proposals will only be considered in the Fall of each year. The target date for submission of these proposals is August 1. Within the available funds, STS may only fund 2 or 3 of these SGTR's each year. While these grants provide no support for the principal investigators, PI's may be supported under existing grants or may concurrently submit a regular research proposal.

7) Conferences and Workshops: STS can help to support national or international conferences, symposia, and research workshops that enable leading scientists, engineers, researchers in STS areas of support, policy makers, and representatives of interested groups to develop, evaluate, and share new research findings. Proposals for conference or workshop support should describe the need for the gathering, the proposed date and location, topics and persons who will be involved, prior related meetings, publicity, and expected outcomes. These activities may, where justified, be carried out as special sessions in regular meetings of professional societies. STS gives priority to those conferences and symposia that promote interactions between researchers in STS and scientists and engineers. Concomitant support by several Federal agencies or private organizations is encouraged. Unless there is a very strong justification, STS normally limits support for conferences and workshops to $10,000. Other grant opportunities include support for instrumentation. Proposals can include requests for instrumentation costs. Supplements to existing awards may be requested for instrumentation such as CD-ROM readers, portable computers for research in archives and libraries, etc. Priority will be given to requests that involve use by all faculty and graduate students in a department. The NSF does not normally support the purchase of personal computers. GRANT ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATION OF FIXED AMOUNT AND FELLOWSHIPS AWARDS STS Scholars Awards are fixed amount awards. They will be made on a fixed amount basis subject to the conditions of the grant instrument and this Announcement. A fixed amount award represents a predetermined amount for NSF support of the proposed research without regard to the subsequent costs of the project. Note to Institutional Research Administrators: grants awarded on a fixed amount basis are not subject to Federal cost principles as contained in OMB Circular A-21. As part of the final report required by the grant general conditions, the grantee will be requested to certify that the level of effort funded was actually expended. Grants awarded as a result of this announcement are administered in accordance with the terms and conditions of NSF GC-1, "Grant General Conditions," or FDP-II, "Federal Demonstration Project General Terms and Conditions," depending on the grantee organization. Copies of these and other NSF publications are available at no cost from the NSF Forms and Publications Unit, phone (703) 306-1130, or via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Internet). More comprehensive information is contained in the NSF Grant Policy Manual (NSF 88-47, July 1989), for sale through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The telephone number at GPO is (202) 783-3238 for subscription information.

If the submitting institution has never received an NSF award, it is recommended that appropriate administrative officials become familiar with the policies and procedures in the NSF Grant Policy Manual which are applicable to most NSF awards. If a proposal is recommended for an award, the NSF Division of Grants and Contracts will request certain organizational, management, and financial information. These requirements are described in Chapter III of the NSF Grant Policy Manual.

Upon completion of the project a Final Project Report (NSF Form 98A), including the Part IV Summary, will be required. NSF will send the form with Part I information preprinted to the Principal Investigator (Project Director) approximately one month prior to the grant's expiration date. Applicants should review the sample form in the GPG prior to proposal submission so that appropriate tracking mechanisms are included in the proposal plan to ensure that complete information will be available at the conclusion of the project.

When to Submit

Except for the SGTR program, which is limited to August 1 of each year (see previous page) formal proposals should be sent to NSF by February 1 and August 1. Express mail service is not necessary. Generally, proposals are reviewed and the results communicated to applicants within six months of those target dates. Until a decision is announced, no information can be provided on the probability of support.

What to Submit

For the STS program, 20 copies (19 to the "PPU," one to the Program Director of STS) of proposals should be submitted. Except as may be modified by this Announcement, all applicants should follow the standard NSF guidelines in the NSF Grants Proposal Guide (the "GPG"--NSF 94-2). All proposals should contain the sections outlined in GPG in the order indicated. GPG contains all of the forms needed for formal submissions. It is available from Forms and Publications Unit, NSF, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22230; 703-306-1130, and can be requested electronically via Internet: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on application procedures for the STS program, contact:

  • Science & Technology Studies Program
  • National Science Foundation, Room 995
  • 4201 Wilson Blvd.
  • Arlington, VA 22230
  • Tel: 703-306-1743
  • Fax: 703-306-0485 or 0486

19 copies of each proposal, including one copy bearing original signatures, should be mailed to:

  • Announcement No. 95-92
  • National Science Foundation
  • 4201 Wilson Blvd. Room P60
  • Arlington VA 22230

Only one (1) copy of NSF Form 1225, Information about Principal Investigator/Project Director, should be sent, attached to the original signed proposal. One additional copy of the proposal should be sent directly to the STS Program in Room 995 of NSF.

Proposal Review

Proposals will be reviewed in accordance with established Foundation procedures and the four general criteria described in GPG. Normally, proposals are submitted to a two stage review process: merit review from knowledgeable researchers followed by review by a panel made up of historians, philosophers and social scientists who study science and technology. In preparing a proposal, PI's should recognize the differences in these two kinds of review: merit review from specialists and panel review by researchers who look at the contribution the project may make to questions of interest to the broader STS community. PI's are welcome to suggest a list of merit reviewers. The PI may also request that the proposal not be sent to certain reviewers (no explanation is needed for such a request). These suggestions should be sent in a letter separate from the formal proposal. The STS program will do its best to use some (but not all) of the suggested reviewers and avoid if possible those who the PI asks not to review. It is not always possible, however, to use suggested reviewers or to avoid others.

The National Science Foundation provides awards for research in the sciences and engineering. The Awardee is wholly responsible for the conduct of such projects and for preparation of the results for publication. The Foundation, therefore, does not assume responsibility for such findings or their interpretation.

The Foundation welcomes proposals on behalf of all qualified scientists, engineers, and science educators, and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in any of the research and research-related programs described in this document.

In accordance with Federal statutes and regulations and NSF policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from the National Science Foundation.

Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities provides funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities (investigators and other staff, including student research assistants) to work on an NSF project. Contact Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities, Directorate for Education and Human Resources (703) 306-1636. The Foundation has TDD (Telephonic Device for the Deaf) capability, which enables individuals with hearing impairment to communicate with the Foundation for information relating to NSF programs. The number is (703) 306-0090. PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENTS

[For Privacy Act Information, please see printed version or STIS version of this announcement.]

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PSA Newsletter: Vol. 1 No. 3: September 1995

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by:

William Bechtel
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program
Department of Philosophy
Washington University in St. Louis

Send submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONTENTS:

  1. EDITOR'S NOTE
  2. Next PSA Meeting and Call for Papers
  3. Matchette Lectures in Philosophy, Science, and Mathematics
  4. Special Journal Issue on Scientific Discovery

Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:

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 of the Association, and information about other meetings likely to be of interest to a broad range of the membership. It is NOT intended for ungoing discussions of intellectual topics within philosophy of science. If you have information that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in a future issue of the newsletter, please send it to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Directions for subscribing and unsubscribing: Send an emailmessage with NO subject to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To subscribe, include the following as the ONLY line: SUBSCRIBE PSA-NEWS <your name> To unsubscribe, include the following as the ONLY line: UNSUBSCRIBE PSA-NEWS


Subject 2. Next PSA Meeting and Call for Papers

PSA96

The Fifteenth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association will be held November 1-3, 1996, at the Stouffer Renaissance Cleveland Hotel at Tower City Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

                           CALL FOR PAPERS

                 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE ASSOCIATION

                     FIFTEENTH BIENNIAL MEETING

Contributed papers may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. Maximum length is 5000 words, counting footnotes and references. If the text includes tables or figures, an appropriate number of words should be subtracted from the limit. Two copies, each including a 100 word abstract and a word count should be submitted in double-spaced typescript. Format and citation style should match those of Philosophy of Science. (See a recent issue for details.) If the paper is too long or the references incomplete, the paper will be returned to the author. Papers will be blind refereed; therefore, the author's name, institutional affiliation, surface and email addresses, and fax and telephone numbers should appear on a separate page. Hard copy of submissions must reach the chair of the program committee by November 15, 1995. Accepted papers will be published prior to the meeting in a supplemental issue of the journal Philosophy of Science. Notification about the status of submissions will be mailed in late January or early February. A finished manuscript (one hard copy and one on floppy disk, the latter in IBM or Macintosh format, using a standard word processor) must be submitted by March 1, 1996. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present abbreviated versions of their papers, with a time limit of 20 minutes (plus discussion).

Address program inquiries and paper submissions to:

  • Lindley Darden, Chair 1996 PSA Program Committee
  • Department of Philosophy
  • 1125A Skinner Building
  • University of Maryland
  • College Park, MD 20742 USA
  • 301-405-5699 (office)
  • 301-474-0037 (home)
  • 301-405-5690 (fax)

The Program Committee consists of: Lindley Darden, Chair (University of Maryland, College Park), Ron Amundson (University of Hawaii-Hilo), John Earman (University of Pittsburgh), Daniel Hausman (University of Wisconsin), Tim Maudlin (Rutgers University), W. H. Newton-Smith (Oxford University), Rose-Mary Sargent (Merrimack College), Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo).


3. Matchette Lectures in Philosophy, Science, and Mathematics

The Philosophy Department, Purdue University, is pleased to announce the 1996 Matchette Lectures in Philosophy, Science, and Mathematics. James Robert Brown (University of Toronto) will deliver three public lectures, "Pictures and Proofs," at Purdue on February 20, 21, and 22. These lectures are made possible by a grant from the Franklin J. Matchette Foundation. For further information, phone 317-494-4275 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


4. Special Journal Issue on Scientific Discovery

		     CALL FOR PAPERS

		 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
	 Special Journal Issue on Scientific Discovery

Editors:  Herbert Simon      (Carnegie Mellon)
          Derek Sleeman      (Aberdeen)
          Raul Valdes-Perez  (Carnegie Mellon)

Advisory Editors: Bruce Buchanan (Pittsburgh), Lindley Darden
(Maryland), Gerd Grasshoff (Hamburg), Pat Langley (ISLE & Stanford),
Jan Zytkow (Wichita State)

Submissions:  Nov 1, 1995
Appearance:   Scheduled for early 1996

In recent years, a substantial number of programs have been built and studied that perform nonroutine tasks in scientific discovery. Work on machine discovery is aimed at exploring and enlarging the scope of computing within science (scientific inference). Many of us believe that the potential for computers in this domain is very extensive, but there are also rational skeptics. An excellent way to resolve this issue is to produce programs that perform scientific work competently, and to characterize these programs in terms of general architectural features. A recent AAAI Spring Symposium on scientific discovery included both types of contributions.

We seek submissions that address these fundamental issues, especially descriptions of working programs that achieve some form of creativity. Such programs may, for example, analyze data to discover descriptive or explanatory laws, conduct laboratory procedures automatically, plan experiments and experimental strategies, design instruments and research procedures, discover or revise appropriate problem representations, search for relevant data, draw inferences and make predictions from existing theories. That is, they participate in the numerous activities that are involved in scientific discovery. (Programs that perform in areas where computers are already main players are only relevant for this special issue, if they display the sort of creativity listed above.)

Other appropriate submissions, not based on the description of a new program, might draw on the accumulated experience already reported in the literature to make more general statements about the scope of computing in science, about how best to extend its scope, or how to enhance existing programs. Such submissions, while more theoretical, should be based on the properties of working programs, should be rooted in empirical evidence, and should bear on scientific practice.

All submissions should discuss the basic AI techniques which they have used in the course of building their Discovery System. Given the maturity of the Scientific Discovery field, we would not expect to publish, in this special issue, papers whose basic approach is regression analysis or simple curve fitting.

Where all this may lead was foreseen by Allen Newell [quoted by D.G. Bobrow and P.J. Hayes in "Artificial Intelligence - Where Are We?" Artif.Intell.; 25(3), 1985]:

We should, by the way, be prepared for some radical, and perhaps surprising, transformations of the disciplinary structure of science (technology included) as information processing pervades it. In particular, as we become more aware of the detailed information processes that go on in doing science, the sciences will find themselves increasingly taking a metaposition, in which doing science (observing, experimenting, theorizing, testing, archiving, ...) will involve understanding these information processes, and building systems that do the object-level science. Then the boundaries between the enterprise of science as a whole (the acquisition and organization of the knowledge of the world) and AI (the understanding of how knowledge is acquired and organized) will become increasingly fuzzy.

If you intend to make a submission, please send a brief description well before the deadline to Raul Valdes-Perez (Computer Science Department; Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh, PA 15213; USA). Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is preferred.

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PSA Newsletter: Vol. 1 No. 1: May 1995

Enclosed is the first issue of the newly reborn PSA Newsletter. This newsletter is being created to provide timely distribution of information relevant to members of the Philosophy of Science Association. This issue, for example, contains the call for papers for the next biennial meeting. The newsletter is moderated, and I will restrict what appears in the newsletter to maintain as high a content-to-noise ratio as possible.

Subscription issues will be sent only to those who subscribe. If you do not want to receive subsequent issues of the PSA Newsletter, do nothing. You will not be bothered again. If you do want to receive subsequent issues, follow these directions to subscribe:

Send an email message, with NO subject to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The message should have one line SUBSCRIBE PSA-NEWS <your name>

If you have difficulties with subscribing, or have comments or suggestions as to the format of this newsletter, please contact me directly.

William Bechtel
Newsletter Editor
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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by:

William Bechtel
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program
Department of Philosophy
Washington University in St. Louis

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CONTENTS:

  1. EDITOR'S NOTE
  2. CALL FOR PAPERS FOR 1996 PSA MEETING
  3. CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS FOR 1996 PSA MEETING
  4. 1995 PSA ELECTION RESULTS
  5. DONATIONS TO PSA

1. EDITOR'S NOTE

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 of the Association, and information about other meetings likely to be of interest to a broad range of the membership. It is NOT intended for ongoing discussions of intellectual topics within philosophy of science. If you have information that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in a future issue of the newsletter, please send it to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Directions for subscribing and unsubscribing: Send an email message with NO subject to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To subscribe, include the following as the ONLY line: SUBSCRIBE PSA-NEWS <your name> To unsubscribe, include the following as the ONLY line: UNSUBSCRIBE PSA-NEWS


2. CALL FOR PAPERS for 1996 PSA MEETING

			   CALL FOR PAPERS

		 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE ASSOCIATION

		     FIFTEENTH BIENNIAL MEETING

The Fifteenth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association will be held in the Fall of 1996 at a date and location to be announced. Contributed papers may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. Maximum length is 5000 words, counting footnotes and references. If the text includes tables or figures, an appropriate number of words should be subtracted from the limit. Two copies, each including a 100 word abstract and a word count should be submitted in double-spaced typescript. Format and citation style should match those of Philosophy of Science. (See a recent issue for details.) If the paper is too long or the references incomplete, the paper will be returned to the author. Papers will be blind refereed; therefore, the author's name, institutional affiliation, surface and email addresses, and fax and telephone numbers should appear on a separate page. Hard copy of submissions must reach the chair of the program committee by November 15, 1995. Accepted papers will be published prior to the meeting in a supplemental issue of the journal Philosophy of Science. Notification about the status of submissions will be mailed in late January or early February. A finished manuscript (one hard copy and one on floppy disk, the latter in IBM or Macintosh format, using a standard word processor) must be submitted by March 1, 1996. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present abbreviated versions of their papers, with a time limit of 20 minutes (plus discussion).

Address program inquiries and paper submissions to:

  • Lindley Darden, Chair 1996 PSA Program Committee
  • Department of Philosophy
  • 1125A Skinner Building
  • University of Maryland
  • College Park, MD 20742 USA
  • 301-405-5699 (office)
  • 301-474-0037 (home)
  • 301-405-5690 (fax)

The Program Committee consists of: Lindley Darden, Chair (University of Maryland, College Park), Ron Amundson (University of Hawaii-Hilo), John Earman (University of Pittsburgh), Daniel Hausman (University of Wisconsin), Tim Maudlin (Rutgers University), W. H. Newton-Smith (Oxford University), Rose-Mary Sargent (Merrimack College), Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo).


3. CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS FOR 1996 PSA MEETING

		 CALL  FOR  SYMPOSIUM  PROPOSALS

		PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE ASSOCIATION

		    FIFTEENTH BIENNIAL MEETING

Members of the PSA are invited to submit proposals for symposia to be presented at the 1996 PSA meeting. Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. The proposal should include: (1) a description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (about one or two pages); (2) titles and abstracts of papers; (3) a list of participants and either vitae or short biographical information for each; (4) addresses for each participant, with their institutional affiliation, surface and email address, fax and telephone numbers; also indicate who is the organizer to be the contact person for communication with the committee.

The version of symposium papers accepted for publication will be restricted to 5000 words and will appear in a supplemental issue of Philosophy of Science in 1997. Organizers should make it clear to philosophers that by accepting the invitation to participate in a symposium they agree to participate in the meeting and to deliver a manuscript for consideration for publication soon after the meeting. Symposium organizers who wish to invite scientists who would not submit a manuscript for publication should make that status clear in their symposium proposal.

Symposium proposals should reach the chair of the program committee by June 30, 1995.

The Program Committee consists of: Lindley Darden, Chair (University of Maryland, College Park), Ron Amundson (University of Hawaii-Hilo), John Earman (University of Pittsburgh), Daniel Hausman (University of Wisconsin), Tim Maudlin (Rutgers University), W. H. Newton-Smith (Oxford University), Rose-Mary Sargent (Merrimack College), Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo).

For submissions and inquiries:

  • Lindley Darden, Chair
  • 1996 PSA Program Committee
  • Department of Philosophy
  • 1125A Skinner Building
  • University of Maryland
  • College Park, MD 20742 USA
  • 301-405-5699 (office)
  • 301-474-0037 (home)
  • 301-405-5690 (fax)

4. 1995 PSA ELECTION RESULTS

The following members of the Association were elected to office:

President:           Michael Friedman

Governing Board:     John Beatty
                     Helen Longino
                     Jane Maienschein
                     Nancy Nersessian

The Association wishes to express thanks to all nominees for having indicated their willingness to be of service to the Association. The services provided to the Association by the retiring Governing Board members William Bechtel, Paul Horwich, and Past President Bas van Fraassen are also appreciated.


5. DONATIONS TO PSA

PSA would like to thank the following members who have made donations to the Association.

  • Theodore D. Foster
  • Charles Lombardo
  • Deborah G. Mayo
  • Alexander Rosenberg
  • Abner Shimony
  • Theo Siegert

These contributions will help to support the continuation of PSA activities. All donations made to the Association are U.S. tax deductible as PSA is a 501(C)3 organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code.

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PSA Newsletter: Vol. 1 No. 2: May 1995

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by:

William Bechtel
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program
Department of Philosophy
Washington University in St. Louis

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CONTENTS:

  1. EDITOR'S NOTE
  2. NOTICE REGARDING FUNDING FOR HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE From Ron Giere
  3. STS (FORMERLY HPS) PROGRAM OFFICER AT NSF

Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:

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 of the Association, and information about other meetings likely to be of interest to a broad range of the membership. It is NOT intended for ungoing discussions of intellectual topics within philosophy of science. If you have information that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in a future issue of the newsletter, please send it to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Directions for subscribing and unsubscribing: Send an email message with NO subject to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To subscribe, include the following as the ONLY line: SUBSCRIBE PSA-NEWS <your name> To unsubscribe, include the following as the ONLY line: UNSUBSCRIBE PSA-NEWS


2. NOTICE REGARDING FUNDING FOR HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Many members of PSA may have heard about proposals in the US Congress for eliminating funding for the social sciences within NSF. Such proposals would eliminate funding for history and philosophy of science within the NSF. Inquiries by some officers of PSA have determined that this is indeed a real possibility and, moreover, that this might happen quite quickly within the budget process now in progress, and continuing into the summer. The legal status of PSA prohibits the organization from engaging in political lobbying. Of course, members as individuals may take whatever actions they deem appropriate. Organizations, such as The Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, are urging their members immediately to contact their own representatives and senators regarding this matter. More information can be obtained from The Federation: e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; fax (202) 336-6158; telephone (202) 336-5920.

Ronald Giere
Past President
PSA


3. STS PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT NSF

Ron Overmann, who has been program officer for STS (previously HPS) at NSF, will soon be retiring. The position will be filled with a "visiting scientist." This is a one-year appointment, possibly renewable for up to three years. This is an extremely important position. It requires someone who can work effectively and fairly with philosophy, history, and social studies of science and technology and to be an advocate for these areas of study. What follows is the announcement of this position from NFS.

National Science Foundation: The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Program is searching for a new Program Director. The position is for a visiting scientist from an academic or research setting who is challenged by the opportunity to advance STS research in all the disciplines including history, philosophy and social science of science and technology. The term would start no later than January, 1996. The responsibilities include evaluating research proposals, representing the STS disciplines within the National Science Foundation, and representing NSF in the STS research community. Broad knowledge of the field, at least six years of research experience, administrative skills, and the ability to communicate effectively are required. Salary ranges from $60,925 to $94,953 annually (locality pay included). For more information, please contact Director, Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research at 703-306-1760 or Dr. Rachelle Hollander, Acting Program Director for Science and Technology Studies, at 703-306-1743. Send vita and letter of interest to Division Director, Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd. Suite 995, Arlington VA 22230 to arrive no later than June 30, 1995.

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PSA Newsletter: Vol. 2 No. 5: December 1996

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by:

William Bechtel
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program
Department of Philosophy
Washington University in St. Louis

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CONTENTS:

  1. EDITOR'S NOTE
  2. Philosophy of Science Syllabus Sampler
  3. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in History of Science
  4. Mellon Fellowships for Assistant Professors
  5. Dubrovnik Philosophy of Science Conference
  6. Conference on Naturalism, Theism and the Scientific Enterprise
  7. Computing and Philosophy Conference
  8. Medicine and Health Care Conference
  9. Conference on Unscientific Psychology
  10. New Ph.D. Programme in Philosophy and Economics

Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:

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 of the Association, and information about other meetings likely to be of interest to a broad range of the membership. It is NOT intended for ungoing discussions of intellectual topics within philosophy of science. If you have information that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in a future issue of the newsletter, please send it to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Directions for subscribing and unsubscribing: Send an email message with NO subject to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To subscribe, include the following as the ONLY line: SUBSCRIBE PSA <your name> To unsubscribe, include the following as the ONLY line: UNSUBSCRIBE PSA


2. Philosophy of Science Syllabus Sampler

Call for Syllabi:

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
SYLLABUS SAMPLER

This assemblage of selected syllabi in philosophy of science will serve as a guide for novice teachers and a reference for more experienced teachers (much like the History of Science Society's 1992 publication). Syllabi will be selected for their clarity and completeness and to convey a diverse cross-section of perspectives and pedagogical strategies. An introductory essay will distill the most frequent topics and texts.

The sampler hopes to incorporate several thematic foci:

  • General Survey I: Metaphysics & Core Concepts
  • General Survey II: Science Studies Orientation
  • Race, Gender and Science
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy of Physics
  • Philosophy of Psychology & the Social Sciences
  • Special Topics

A complete syllabus must contain the following information:

  1. description of the course's primary objectives and/or its framework and main themes
  2. topic outline and weekly schedule
  3. complete reading list (with full citations)
  4. instructor's name, institution, address, and phone or e-mail

Any additional commentary on the context or design of the course is welcome.

Please send syllabi for consideration to:

  • Douglas Allchin
  • Dept. of Biology
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • El Paso TX 79968

If you are interested in helping to review the syllabi, contact Douglas A. Review of syllabi will begin February 1, 1997. Further updates will appear in the PSA Newsletter.


3. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in History of Science

The University of Oklahoma announces a junior- or senior-level Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science for the 1997-1998 academic year. The fellowship will be awarded for research and teaching that explore the intersections of the biological and social at the borders of science and culture, with a strong preference given to historical projects situated at the crossroads of human science, life science, and culture. The Fellowship is open to candidates with doctorates in history, the history of science, science studies, or related fields. The Mellon Fellow will have residence with the University's History of Science Department and the University Libraries' History of Science Collections. The Fellow will teach one undergraduate or graduate course in the Fellow's area of interest during the academic year. The fellowship carries a stipend up to $30,000, with benefits including a budget for travel and research expenses.

Applications should be postmarked by January 15, 1997. Contact: Dr. Gregg Mitman; Department of History of Science; The University of Oklahoma; 601 Elm, Rm. 622; Norman, OK 73019-0315; Tel. 405-325-6476; Fax 405-325-2363; E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.


4. Mellon Fellowships for Assistant Professors

THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES at the Institute for Advanced Study, with the support of the Andrew Mellon Foundation, has established a program of one year memberships for assistant professors at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada to support promising young scholars who have embarked on professional careers. While at the Institute they will be expected to engage exclusively in scholarly research and writing.

Two appointments will be made for 1997-98.

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS in areas represented in the School of Historical Studies (Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe, Islamic culture, the history of modern international relations, and the history of art) may apply, provided at the time of their arrival they will 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 provided they can return to their institution.

APPOINTMENTS will be for one full year (July 1 through June 30 with the option of staying through the second summer until August 15) and will carry all the privileges of Membership at the Institute for Advanced Study. The stipend will match the combined salary and benefits at the Member's home institution.

APPLICATION FORMS may be obtained from the Administrative Officer, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 and should be returned to the Administrative Officer by January 30, 1997. Applicants should submit a c.v., a bibliography of publications, a concise account (not more than three pages) of the work to be performed during the tenure of the membership, and three letters of recommendation. Copies of published writings should be submitted and additional documentation (such as a copy of the thesis) may be requested. As part of the selection process short-listed applicants will be requested to come to the Institute for an Interview in early March. Awards will be announced by April 1.


5. Dubrovnik Philosophy of Science Conference

The annual Philosophy of Science Conference held each April in Dubrovnik will have two themes next year. (They should be understood very broadly).

  1. Freud
  2. Empiricism

Date: April 7-11, 1997

For further information contact me at address below, or by email.

  • James Robert Brown
  • Department of Philosophy
  • University of Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • CANADA M5S 1A1
  • Office phone: (416) 978-1727
  • Home phone: (519) 439-2889
  • FAX (office): (416) 978-8703

International Studies in the Philosophy of Science home page: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca:8080/~jrbrown/ISPS.html


6. Conference on Naturalism, Theism and the Scientific Enterprise

Naturalism, Theism and the Scientific Enterprise
An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Texas -- Austin
Feb. 20-23, 1997

Invited speakers:

  • 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)
  • Philip 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 metaphysical and methodological ideas on the development, interpretation and presentation of scientific knowledge. The program is balanced between defenders and critics of methodological naturalism, and includes a wide variety of scientific and scholarly disciplines, including philosophy, history of science, biology, geology, anthropology and mathematics.

Contributed papers by: K. Abney, J. Baird, M. H. Barnes, R. Bishop, Thomas J. Burke, Jr., John A. Campbell, Andrew N. Carpenter, M. A. Corey, W. Dembski, Michael Dickson, J. Earley, G. Eichhoefer, W. Elsberry, B. Fitelson, A. Foerst, J. Haas, Donavan Hall, Hummon, K. Kemp, Lillegard, Marinucci, Steven Meyer, D. Nartonis, Paul A. Nelson, A. Newman, R. O'Connor, T. Pearson, V. Pence, R. Pennock, S. Schafersman, J. Schloss, Jeremy Sherman, J. Still, J. Sennett, T. Shanahan, Vuletic, P. Wason, Jonathan Wells.

Hotel Accommodations: The NTSE Conference will be held at the Austin Chariot Resort and Conference Center . A block of rooms has been secured, consisting of both single and double rooms at a group rate of $54 plus tax per night. To reserve a room, contact the Austin Chariot Resort Inn by January 25. Reservations may be made by calling direct at (800) 432-9202 and referring to Group Number 10678, or a request for reservation may be faxed to (512) 452-5079. The room reservation may be secured by Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover or Diner's cards.

Registration: must be postmarked by January, 25, 1997.

For more information, contact Prof. Robert Koons: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.dla.utexas.edu/depts/philosophy/faculty/koons/ntse/ntse.html


7. Computing and Philosophy Conference

The Twelfth Annual Conference on Computing and Philosophy (CAP) will be held at Carnegie Mellon University on August 7th - 9th, 1997.

This conference, which is co-sponsored by the APA Committee on Philosophy and Computers and the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon, has become the central meeting place for all aspects of computing and philosophy. This year's meeting will feature a special series of sessions dealing with the impact of computers on teaching, research and the profession as a whole.

Further information regarding the conference, including on-line registration, can b e found at the CAP Rome Page (http://www.Icl.cmu.edu/CAAE/CAP/CAPpage.html). This year's conference coordinator is Robert Cavalier (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


8. Medicine and Health Care Conference

11th annual conference of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care. Theme: Research in health care - philosophical, ethical and historical aspects.

Date: August 21-23, 1997. Place: Padova, Italy.

Please send abstracts (max. 500 words; as well on diskette in Word Perfect or Dos/Sc) before March 1, 1997 to prof.dr. Henk ten Have, secretariat ESPMH, Dept. of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Catholic University of Nijmegen, PO Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Fax. 024-3540254, from abroad: ++31-24-3540254.


9. Conference on Unscientific Psychology

Unscientific Psychology: Conversations With Other Voices
A two day conference on progress and possibilities in creating a cultural, relational and performatory approach to understanding human life

June 14-15, 1997
Edith Macy Conference Center
Briarcliff Manor, New York

Sponsored by the Center for Developmental Learning of the East Side Institute for Short Term Psychotherapy

With each passing day, psychology's inability to provide solutions to critical questions history has raised as we approach the 21st century becomes more apparent. Just about everyone -- theoreticians, practitioners, policy makers, consumers and the general public - - is growing more and more disillusioned with psychology, as it fails to understand or deal successfully with pressing issues such as the nature of human sociality and anti- socialness, emotional pain, violence, identity, sexuality, prejudice and bigotry, creativity, depression, learning and educational failure, memories false and true, to name just a few.

From the postmodern vantage point, the current crisis in psychology and the related fields of psychotherapy and education is rooted in misguided efforts to emulate the natural sciences: Human-social phenomena simply cannot be understood with the tools and conceptions that are used to study nature.

Subjecting psychology to postmodern deconstruction, contemporary psychologists and philosophers find it to be a complex interweaving of the modern science paradigm with centuries-old philosophical presuppositions. Psychology's core conceptions -- such as development, behavior, the individual, the self, stages and patterns, rationality and irrationality, normality and abnormality -- are themselves rooted in philosophical- scientific assumptions about what it means to understand and to know. The challenge to psychology is equally a challenge to the modernist conception of understanding and knowing and its commitment to deeply-rooted methodological-philosophical biases, such as truth, objectivity, causality, duality and linearity. Understanding human life, some leading postmodern voices argue, demands a new epistemology.

Creating a new epistemology -- an unscientific psychology -- is the activity of making new meaning. It is an emergent conversation created by and out of diverse voices who speak more poetically, culturally and historically than analytically and taxonomically. It is a conversation about persons (not minds), about relationships and relationality (not environmental influences on self-contained individuals), about human activity (not behavior), about narratives and stories (not Truth), about creating new forms of life (not adapting to forms of alienation). What is emerging is an approach to understanding human life as semergent, activisitic, relational and performatory.

The invited presenters are leading voices in this conversation. The combination of rigor and creativity in their scholarship and practice is a provocative challenge to orthodox psychology.

  • Erica Burman
  • Lenora Fulani
  • Kenneth Gergen
  • Mary Gergen
  • Lois Holzman
  • John R. Morss
  • Fred Newman
  • Ian Parke
  • John Shotter

The conference is designed to be informal and in-depth, with ample opportunity for participants to explore issues with the presenters.

Participants: The conference should be of interest to a wide range of people, including university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students; clinicians, social workers, educators, health and mental health workers.

Costs: Conference registration: $100
Accommodations and meals: $215 (double occupancy Saturday night, 3 meals on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday)

For information and/or to register, contact:

  • East Side Institute
  • 500 Greenwich Street
  • New York, New York 10013
  • Phone: (212) 941-8906
  • Fax: (212) 941-8340
  • On the Internet: www.castillo.org

10. New Ph.D. Programme in Philosophy and Economics

Erasmus University is launching a new Ph.D. Programme in Philosophy and Economics in 1997. Thanks to recent appointments, Erasmus University has created a unique centre devoted to the combined study of philosophy and economics. The Ph.D. programme exploits the expertise of specialists such as Uskali Maki, Arjo Klamer, Maarten Janssen, Jack Vromen, and Albert Jolink at the Erasmus Institute of Philosophy and Economics.

The Ph.D. Programme consists of one year advanced course work and two years of research within the broad framework of the Erasmus Institute Research Programme 'Institutions'. The advanced courses will go into topical issues in the philosophy of economics, microeconomics and game theory, evolutionary and new institutional economics, history of economic thought, and the rhetoric and culture of economics. The Research Programme is organized under four headings: 'Economics of Institutions', 'Institutions of Economics', 'Economics in Philosophy' and 'Philosophy in Economics' (a detailed description of the research programme is available upon request).

The Ph.D programme is open to all candidates who have a completed Master's degree in economics, in philosophy, or in the philosophy of economics, and who have a strong interest in subjects falling within any or all of the themes of the Research Programme. (Those who are within 3 months of completion of their Master's may also apply.) The tuition for the first year is Dfl. 10.000. After the first year, students can apply for a fellowship of approximately Dfl. 24.000 per year for the second and third year.

The deadline for applications is 15 February 1997. Subject to the availability of positions, applications received before 31 July 1997 may be considered. The Programme will start in September 1997.

For information and application forms please contact:

  • Erasmus Institute of Philosophy and Economics
  • att. dr Albert Jolink
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Postbus 1738
  • 3000 DR Rotterdam
  • The Netherlands
  • fax.: +31-10-2120448

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