PSA Newsletter: Vol. 7 No. 4: November 2001

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by Malcolm Forster,


  • 1. Pittsburgh University two semester Fellowship in Residence: Deadline: Dec. 15, 2001.
  • 2. Call for Papers, Workshop on Conditionals, Information, and Inference. Deadline: January 15, 2002.
  • 3. Call for Papers, 20th Annual Mephistos Conference: Deadline: Jan. 7, 2002.
  • 4. Call for Papers, Fourth Annual St. Louis Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable. DEADLINE: January 5, 2002.
  • 5. Call for Papers: PSA 2002 CONTRIBUTED PAPERS: Deadline Feb. 1, 2002. Go to for full information.



  • 8. International Congress: CAUSATION AND EXPLANATION in the Natural and Social Sciences, Ghent University - BELGIUM, 15-18 MAY 2002. All required information is available at the congress website:
  • 9. Call for Applications, Graduate Fellowships, SCIENCE, MEDICINE, and TECNOLOGY IN CULTURE, Pennsylvania State University--University Park. Applications are due January 15, 2002. Please visit:

1. The University of Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy of Science invites you to apply for a one or two semester Fellowship in Residence. Applications for the 2002-2003 academic year are due December 15th 200l. Send a description of your research interests, a CV, and the names and addresses (email if possible) of 2 referees to: Center for Philosophy of Science, 817 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn. 15260

Arrange to have your referees send letters for you by December 15th. Fellowships include a well supplied office with computer support, access to libraries, an excellent health program, and other services. A small monthly stipend of up to $1200.00 is provided. Resident fellows pursue their scholarly interests in an intellectually rich environment free of teaching and administrative duties in the company of leading scholars in the philosophy, history, rhetoric, and sociology of science, and related subjects. The University boasts excellent libraries and collections including manuscript collections as important as the Reichenbach, Sellars, Salmon, De Finnetti, Ramsey, Carnap, and Hempel archives. The CMU philosophy department, and the University of Pittsburgh departments of philosophy and history and philosophy of science collaborate closely with the center.

For further information write Jim, Bogen, care of the Center, or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

2. Workshop on Conditionals, Information, and Inference. Hagen, Germany, May 13 - 15, 2002.

Call for Papers, Deadline for submission: January 15, 2002.

Areas of interest are:

  • conditional logics,
  • information theoretical approaches to conditionals,
  • nonmonotonic and plausible inference,
  • belief revision,
  • conditional event theories,
  • conditionals in probabilistics and possibilistics,
  • cognitive and epistemic aspects of conditionals,
  • systems and implementations,
  • applications.

For the workshop, we invite full papers on the themes listed above. Submitted papers should not exceed 12 pages. Authors are requested to specify the subarea(s) their paper belongs to, and to include a list of keywords. Work reported should have not appeared elsewhere.

We strongly encourage electronic submission of papers in postscript or pdf format. To submit a paper electronically, send an email message to one of the Program Co-Chairs (see email addresses below) that includes the following information: paper title, author names, email address of contact author, and paper body (postscript or pdf format). Authors unable to submit papers electronically should send 3 copies of the complete paper to one of the Program Co-Chairs (see addresses below).

The proceedings will be published as technical report, which will be available at the workshop. Moreover, a publication of selected papers in a volume published by Springer is planned.

  • Submission of papers: January 15, 2002
  • Acceptance decision by: February 28, 2002
  • Camera ready copy due: April 15, 2002
  • Workshop Meeting: May 13-15, 2002
  • Gabriele Kern-Isberner, Fachbereich Informatik,
  • Lehrgebiet Praktische Informatik VIII, FernUniversitaet Hagen,
  • P.O. Box 940, D-58084 Hagen, Germany.
  • Wilhelm Roedder, Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft,
  • Lehrstuhl BWL, insb. Operations Research, FernUniversitaet Hagen,
  • P.O. Box 940, D-58084 Hagen, Germany.

3. Call for Papers, 20th Annual Mephistos Conference, Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech: March 14-17, 2002.

Deadline for submissions: January 7, 2002

Each year the Mephistos graduate student conference moves to a new location, and this year, the STS program at Virginia Tech is proud to host the 20th anniversary event. Mephistos is a multi-disciplinary graduate student conference in the History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Politics of Science, Technology, and Medicine (sometimes known as "science studies"). The conference offers an opportunity for graduate students to present papers, engage in formal and informal discussion, and meet students from other universities who share their research interests.

The Mephistos 2002 Organizing Committee welcomes submissions to present current research, a dissertation chapter, thesis or dissertation proposals, or other unique forums for interaction. We seek submissions of abstracts from graduate students in any discipline or interdisciplinary program on any topic whose research analyzes issues in (or related to) science, technology, and medicine. Papers may range chronologically from ancient times to the present. Please mail, e-mail, or fax a one-page abstract (e-mail submissions preferred) for a 15-20 minute paper and a brief C.V. by January 7, 2001 to:

  • Mephistos 2002, Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies,
  • Virginia Tech, 131 Lane Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0227.
  • Tel.: (540) 231-6547
  • FAX: (540) 231-7013

NOTE: We plan to offer travel grants to all students who participate in the conference. As such, we encourage early submission of abstracts and proposals so that our funding committee can more effectively procure the necessary funds. Thus, we will begin accepting submissions on December 10, 2001.

4. Call for Papers, Fourth Annual St. Louis Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable, to be held March 15-17, 2002, ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY.

This meeting will build on the first three roundtable conferences held at St. Louis University (April 1999), University Missouri-St. Louis (March 2000), and Washington University (April 2001); it continues a tradition of meetings that bring together philosophers and social scientists of diverse backgrounds to discuss a wide range of philosophical issues raised in and by social research.

This year Steven Lukes (London School of Economics) and Russell Hardin (New York University) will give keynote addresses.

Abstracts on any topic in philosophy of the social sciences are welcome. We plan to assemble a two-day program of papers to be presented in workshop format so that intensive discussion can be the focus of the meeting. We will choose papers with the aim of ensuring a broad mix of topics and of presenters from diverse disciplinary backgrounds; we particularly welcome contributions from junior colleagues and colleagues new to the area. In this spirit, we have established an alternate year policy for regular participants; in general, we will give preference to new contributors over those who presented papers at the previous year's Roundtable. Selected papers from the Roundtable will be published in an annual special issue of Philosophy of the Social Sciences (see the March 2000 and 2001 issues of Philosophy of the Social Sciences for papers from the 1999 and 2000 St. Louis Roundtables).

Send a ONE-PAGE ABSTRACT to any one of the organizers by January 5, 2002.

If you would like to be on an email distribution list for future mailings, send a note to this effect to Jim Bohman at the email address below.

  • James Bohman,
  • Department of Philosophy,
  • St. Louis University,
  • 3800 Lindell Blvd.,
  • St. Louis, MO 63103-0907.
  • Paul Roth,
  • Department of Philosophy,
  • University of Missouri/St. Louis,
  • St. Louis, MO 63121-4499.
  • Alison Wylie,
  • Department of Philosophy,
  • Washington University,
  • Campus Box 1073,
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899.

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