Edouard Machery discusses the experimental philosophy of consciousness and the hard problem on the most recent episode of Isthisagoodtime.org.
Edouard Machery's book, Doing without Concepts, is now available in paperback.
Peter Distelzweig's paper "The Intersection of Mathematical and Natural Science: The Subordinate Sciences in Aristotle" has been accepted for publication in Apeiron.
- We are saddened to report that our Carnegie Mellon colleague, Professor Horacio Arló-Costa, has passed away. Professor Arló-Costa was a member of the Department of Philosophy at CMU since 1998 and has made significant contributions to the fields of philosophical logic, formal epistemology, decision theory and behavioral decision theory. The blog Choice and Inference is hosting a memorial site here if you wish to share your personal remembrances.
- The preliminary program of the workshop "Formal Epistemology Meets Experimental Philosophy", organized by Stephan Hartmann, Chiara Liscandra, and Edouard Machery, is now available here.
- Benjamin Goldberg and Peter Distelzweig are organizing a workshop on Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy that will occur on May 27th. For a schedule and more information, please see the website here.
The most recent issue of Synthese includes an article from Bryan Roberts, entitled "How Galileo dropped the ball and Fermat picked it up".
- The most recent issue of The Reasoner includes an interview with Jim Woodward and a short piece about Edouard Machery's talk at a recent conference on experimental philosophy.
The first issue of the first volume the European Journal for Philosophy of Science (for which Edouard Machery is an associate editor) has been published. Check the table of contents here (it includes an article from John Norton).
- The HPS Department congratulates Karen Jakubowski for being the first HPS major to graduate with Honors. Her honors-winning research paper was entitled: "A Novel Justification of Physician Assisted Suicide Using Standard Psychometric Criteria and an Objective Conceptualization of Health".
Edouard Machery and Paolo Palmieri will be editors for a new series with the University of Pittsburgh Press, entitled Experimental History and Philosophy of Science. They are now inviting book proposals for the series. For more information, see this flyer.
- Greg Gandenberger has been awarded the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding graduate student teaching. Congratulations!
- We are pleased to announce that that Mazviita Chirimuuta will join the HPS faculty in fall 2011. She works in the philosophy of neuroscience, with special interests in color perception. She is currently a postdoc at the University of Birmingham. Some of her work can be found here.
- Jonathan Livengood has accepted a tenure-track position at the philosophy department of the University of Illinois, and Jonah Schupbach has accepted a tenure-track position at the philosophy department of the University of Utah.
Emi Iwatani and Peter Distelzweig received Outstanding Paper Presenter awards at Grad Expo 2011 for their presentations "Hobbes, Descartes, and Optics" and "Temeritas: Descartes, the Inscrutability of God, and the Limits of Teleology", respectively.
The most recent issue of Philosophy of Science (March 2011) includes an article from one of our graduate students: "The logic of explanatory power" by Jonah Schupbach.
Jonathan Livengood's paper "Actual Causation and Simple Voting Scenarios" has been accepted for publication in Noûs.
- Sandra Mitchell has been elected to serve as Member-at-Large for the History and Philosophy of Science Section of the AAAS, the world's largest society for general science.
- Congratulations to Edouard Machery and John Norton, who have both been named winners of the 2011 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award.
The most recent issue of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (March 2011) includes two articles from our graduate students: "Group structural realism" by Bryan Roberts and "New hope for Shogenji's coherence measure" by Jonah Schupbach.
- Bryan Roberts received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant this winter to travel to the University of California, Irvine and to the University of California, San Diego.
- In collaboration with Stephan Hartmann and Chiara Lisciandra, Edouard Machery is coorganizing the first Pittsurgh-Tilburg workshop "Formal Epistemology Meets Experimental Philosophy" (September 29-30, Tilburg University). The call for papers is here (Deadline: May 1). The keynote speakers will be Christina Bicchieri, Mark Colyvan, and Ralph Hertwig.
Ernan McMullin, 1924-2011
It is with deep regret that we acknowledge the death of our dear friend and colleague Ernan McMullin. He was an exemplary man in so many ways. We will miss his wisdom, his enthusiasms, and his presence.
May we live in peace without weeping.
May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing.
And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.
(Old Irish prayer)
Edouard Machery is on the most recent episode of Philosophy TV. Together with Jesse Prinz, he discusses whether a single theory of concepts can satisfy the different explanatory needs of both philosophers and psychologists.
- The University of Pittsburgh Press has just released the first volume in its new series, Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies (Allan Gotthelf, editor; James Lennox, associate editor). Titled Metaethics, Egoism and Virtue: Studies in Ayn Rand’s Normative Theory, the volume has received praise from Fred D. Miller, Jr. (Bowling Green) and Peter Railton (U. Mich.) among others.
- A volume of essays exploring connected themes in Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of nature, and ethics, entitled Being, Nature, and Life in Aristotle, has just been released by Cambridge University Press. The book is in honor of Allan Gotthelf, and is co-edited by James Lennox.
- Sandy Mitchell’s book Unsimple Truths: Science, Complexity and Policy, University of Chicago Press, 2009, is reviewed by Tim Lewens in “How Stripy are Tigers?”, London Review of Books, November 18, 2010.
- Catherine Stinson has been awarded a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin from November through January. Her project title is "Computational Models as Experimental Systems", which will be a chapter of her dissertation.
- By mistake, our job posting for a tenure stream assistant professor was not published in the October issue of Jobs for Philosophers. The deadline for applications has been postponed to December 1st, 2010. See below for details.
- As part of the Science 2010 event, there will be a play entitled Darwin and the Kid. James Lennox will lead a discussion after the performance.
- The Wesley C. Salmon Memorial Lecture Fund has been established at the University of Pittsburgh and will be used to support an annual lecture by a prominent scholar in philosophy of science. The first lecture will be given in Spring 2011, by Philip Kitcher from Columbia University.
- Welcome to our incoming class of graduate students: Trey Boone, Lei Jiang, and Jeffrey Sykora.
POSITION: Tenure stream assistant professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, pending budgetary approval.
Area of Specialization: History and philosophy of science and related areas that naturally complement departmental strengths. We have interest in strengthening areas of history and philosophy of neuroscience, physics, and general methodology.
Rank: Assistant professor
Responsibilities: Undergraduate and graduate teaching; regular departmental duties.
Applicants must submit the following materials, which will not be returned:
- A curriculum vitae.
- At least three confidential letters of reference.
- Relevant academic transcripts.
- Evidence of teaching ability.
- Samples of recent writing.
The department regrets that it cannot solicit missing materials from applicants, or return any materials.
Please direct all inquiries and application materials regarding this position to:
The Appointment Committee
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
1017 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups underrepresented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.
Deadline for Applications: November 15, 2010
New Deadline for Applications: December 1, 2010