PSA Newsletter: Vol. 9 No. 1: February 2003

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by Malcolm Forster,


  1. PSA Election Results, reported by George Gale.
  2. XII International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. Deadline for the submission of abstracts extended until March 10, 2003.
  3. JOB: Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine. Deadline March 15, 2003.
  4. BSPS Call for Papers. Abstracts due by February 14, 2003.
  5. BSPS Textbook Prize. Nominations due by June 30, 2003.
  6. CONFERENCE: Quantum Theory: Reconsideration of Foundations-2. Abstracts due by April 1, 2003.
  7. International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Conference. Paper proposals deadline: April 1, 2003.
  8. GRADUATE PROGRAM in philosophy and economics.


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1. PSA Election Results, reported by George Gale.

The results of our recent election have been tabulated. They are:

President Elect: Brian Skyrms

Governing Board:

  • James Woodward
  • David Malament
  • Jeremy Butterfield
  • Mary Morgan

Since Woodward, Malament and Butterfield are incumbents, this present term is their last one (for now!); it will endure until 31 Dec '04.

There was a good turnout: 197 ballots were submitted (compared to 105/2001 and 109/2000). Looks like including a self-addressed envelope is worth it.

The vast majority of ballots came in during the last week in December; there were 31 ballots from overseas.

Good show!

2. XII International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts of contributed papers has been extended until March 10, 2003. See, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. JOB: Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine.

The Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine invites applications for a tenured Professorship. This position is to be filled by a well-established researcher who has achieved the highest level of international distinction in one or more of the major fields covered by LPS (logic; philosophy of mathematics, logic, language, and mind; decision and game theory; philosophy of biology and physics; and general philosophy of science). AOS and AOS: Open. Applications, including letters of recommendation, should be sent to Search Committee, LPS, UCI, 3151 Social Science Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697-5100, by March 15, 2003. The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity.


Queen's University Belfast

Thursday 17 - Friday 18 July

The programme will consist of both invited and contributed papers, for which there is a call for papers. Further details of the programme, including the invited papers and details of how to register, will soon be available via the Society's events page, or from the local organiser: Professor David Evans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Submissions are invited from professional philosophers as well as graduate students. Papers may be on any topic within the philosophy of science and should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes, which will allow 10 minutes discussion. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be received at the address below no later than Friday February 14th 2003. Please send submissions by email to the address below (in the body of a message, or as attachments in plain text, rtf or Microsoft Word format). Abstracts will be refereed, and successful contributors notified during April. As in previous years, graduate students attending the conference will be entitled to subsidised accommodation, and if they present a paper, to help with their travel expenses within the UK.

  • BSPS 2003
  • Department of Philosophy
  • University of Durham
  • 50 Old Elvet
  • Durham DH1 3HN


The Society announces the establishment of a biennial prize for an outstanding new textbook in the philosophy of science. The aim of the award is to recognise excellence and innovation in the promotion of philosophy of science to broader academic audiences. It may be shared, and may also be withheld if there are no clearly deserving candidates. The total monetary value of the prize is £1,000 for each round of the competition.

Books nominated for the award must (i) be in English (originally or in translation); (ii) have clear potential for classroom use at undergraduate level; (iii) have been published no earlier than January 1, 2000. Edited volumes or new editions of existing texts may be considered in exceptional cases.

Books may be nominated by any member of the BSPS, except their author. Nominations should consist of a one-page statement outlining the primary merits of the text. Supporting material such as published reviews may be attached if appropriate. Nominations should be sent to the address below by June 30 2003. A shortlist of nominated titles will be drawn up by members of the Committee of the Society, and then forwarded to members of a panel drawn from the Past Presidents of the Society. The winner will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Society in June 2004.

  • Dr James Ladyman
  • British Society for the Philosophy of Science
  • Department of Philosophy
  • University of Bristol
  • 9 Woodland Road
  • Bristol BS8 1TB

6. Quantum Theory: reconsideration of foundations-2. International Conference: 2003: June 1-6, International Center for Mathematical Modeling [in physics, technique and cognitive sciences], Vaxjo University, Sweden. Supported by EU-network: "Quantum Probability and Applications."

The main aim of this Conference is to reconsider foundations of quantum theory. The following problems will be discussed during the Conference:

  1. Analysis of the creation of the quantum formalism: quantum probability; quantum logic, quantum information.
  2. Interpretations of wave function, relation to foundations of probability theory. Superposition principle.
  3. Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiment. Bell's inequality: realism/nonlocality/contextualism?
  4. Quantum information and teleportation, computing and cryptography: Shannon meets Bohr: Quantum Foundations in the Light of Quantum Information
  5. Pilot-wave theory, nonlocality. De Broglie double-solution theory.
  6. Local realistic models, hidden variables.
  7. Quantum mechanics: a perculiarity of nature or just a special statistical method of the description of nature?
  8. Evidences of violations of quantum mechanical description?
  9. Contextual approach to quantum probability
  10. Discrete deterministic quantum models.

The Conference will start at 1 June (Sunday), arrival 31 May (Saturday) ; and lectures will finish at 13.00, 6 June.

Abstract ,1 page + application form can be found at conference homepage. All possible questions to our secretary: to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. It would be nice to get abstract/application form before 1 April.

Org. Fee: Variant-1: 800 kr (abstracts, coffee breaks, logistic, excursion); Variant-2: 1500 kr (abstracts, coffee breaks, logistic, excursion and lunches); Variant-3: 2000 kr (abstracts, coffee breaks, logistic, excursion , lunches and banquet).

7. The Seventh International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba July 30 to August 3, 2003. The conferences are attended by educators, school teachers, scientists, historians, philosophers and cognitive scientists. Among confirmed presenters at the 2003 conference are Trevor Levere (HPS, U.of Toronto), Hans von Baeyer (Physics, College of William & Mary), Peter Machamer (HPS, U. of Pittsburgh), Nancy Brickhouse (Education, U. of Delaware), Cathleen Loving (Education, Texas A&M University), Jonathon Osborne (Education, King's College) and Peter Slezak (HPS, U. of New South Wales).

Further details of the conference can be found in the attached Word poster file, or at the conference web site that can be accessed at It would be greatly appreciated by the Winnipeg organizing committee if the A4 / letter size poster could be printed and placed on your own or departmental notice boards.

Paper proposals (500 words) need to be with the conference chair by April 1, 2003.

The Conference Chair is

  • Prof. Arthur Stinner,
  • Faculty of Education,
  • University of Manitoba,
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 2N2.

8. GRADUATE PROGRAMME in philosophy and economics.

The Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE) invites students to apply for its GRADUATE PROGRAMME in philosophy and economics, preferably before February 1, 2003 (later applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis). The focus of the programme is on interdisciplinary areas where the Philosophy and Methodology of Economics, on the one hand, and Institutional Economics, on the other, meet (with particular attention paid to the new developments in science studies and to the new economics of institutions and organizations).

The programme is strongly international. Its working language is English.

Ideally, applicants have a Master's degree in economics or in philosophy, or are close to completing such a degree. Those with a strong Bachelor's degree will also be considered.

The programme is in two parts. The first part provides a one-year MPhil Degree and it can be done separately. It consists of a set of foundational courses on topics that range from the philosophy and rhetoric of both mainstream and heterodox economics to the foundations of new institutional and evolutionary economics. The core courses are currently given by Mark Blaug, John Groenewegen, Arjo Klamer, Uskali Maki, Deirdre McCloskey and Jack Vromen as well as visiting professors (such as, in 2000-2002, by Gregory Dow, Wade Hands, John Davis, Claude Menard, and John Dupre).

Overall, EIPE has some 20 Members who participate in its activities, including teaching, and whose areas of expertise cover a broad range of fields and topics, from philosophy of science, social epistemology, social ontology, and internet ethics to theories of rationality, transaction cost economics, organization theory, game theory, and cultural economics (the current list of members comprises Gerrit Antonides, Mark Blaug, John Davis, Igor Douven, Sanjeev Goyal, John Groenewegen, George Hendrikse, Jeroen van den Hoven, Maarten Janssen, Arjo Klamer, Barbara Krug, Theo Kuipers, Deirdre McCloskey, Uskali Maki, Bart Nooteboom, Paivi Oinas, Laszlo Polos, Ruth Towse, Jack Vromen, Richard Whitley, Theo van Willigenburg).

The MPhil will be useful for those who want to have a solid introduction to the areas covered; those who want to upgrade their knowledge close to the frontline research on these themes; and those who want to prepare themselves for PhD research at EIPE or elsewhere.

After the MPhil, students can apply for the second part of the EIPE Programme, the PhD programme. PhD theses focus on topics related to the EIPE Research Programme "Institutions".

EIPE organizes a regular research seminar with internationally renowned experts presenting papers. It also runs a PhD seminar to provide a forum for discussion of the work in progress by its graduate students. Moreover, it organises international workshops and conferences on a wide range of topics.

For more information about the institute, the graduate programme, and application procedures see our web site: or contact the secretary of the institute, Loes van Dijk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +31-10-408 8967).

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