Resources in Pittsburgh
This electronic archive for preprints in the philosophy of science is offered as a free service to the philosophy-of-science community. The goal of the archive is to promote communication in the field by the rapid dissemination of new work. The archive is sponsored by the Philosophy of Science Association, the Center for Philosophy of Science, and the University of Pittsburgh Library System.
The center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, promotes scholarship and research, encourages scholarly exchanges, and fosters publications in the philosophy of science as well as in philosophically informed history-of-science and related fields. Among its many activities are an extensive Visiting Fellows Program, frequent conferences and workshops, biweekly lunchtime talks and the Annual Lecture Series.
In recent decades the University of Pittsburgh has established itself as a leader in scientific philosophy, one of the 20th century's most important intellectual currents. Furthermore, the University has committed itself to assembling archival resources for investigating the history of scientific philosophy. Known as the Archives of Scientific Philosophy (ASP), these holdings include the scholarly papers of Rudolf Carnap, Hans Reichenbach, Frank Plumpton Ramsey, Paul Hertz, and Rose Rand. In addition, the archives hold microfilm copies of the papers of Herbert Feigl (the originals being housed at the University of Minnesota ). The archives also include the private working libraries of Carnap and Reichenbach and microfilm copies of the manuscripts of Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics. Most materials are housed in the Special Collections Department of the University's Hillman Library.
The Department of History and Philosophy of Science owns a lab. We use it to run experiments that bear on philosophical debates and to reconstruct important experiments in the history of science. PDF e-books and videos of experiments that document our projects are posted on the lab Web page.
The departments of Classics, Philosophy, and History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh cooperate in offering a program leading to the PhD degree in classics, philosophy, or history and philosophy of science, with a special concentration in ancient philosophy and/or science. The program also sponsors a lecture series and hosts colloquia and conferences.
The CNBC is a joint venture of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The center leverages the strengths of the University of Pittsburgh in basic and clinical neuroscience and those of Carnegie Mellon in cognitive and computational science to support a coordinated cross-university research and educational program of international stature. In addition to a Ph.D. program in Neural Computation, it sponsors a graduate certificate program in cooperation with a wide variety of affiliated Ph.D. programs.
The Center for Bioethics and Health Law (CBHL) brings together clinicians, scholars, and researchers from many schools and disciplines across the University to investigate issues in bioethics and health law.
This collaborative project is funded in part by a Faculty Collaborative Research in the Humanities grant from the Humanities Center. Collaborators include James Lennox, Dennis Looney of the department of French and Italian, and Domenico Bertoloni Meli of the HPS Department at IU Bloomington. They also include advanced and recent graduate students from Pitt and IU Bloomington: Peter Distelzweig, Benjamin Goldberg, and Evan Ragland. The project aims to cultivate collaborative work on the interactions between medicine and natural philosophy during the 'Scientific Revolution' across several departments and institutions. It involves an ongoing working group and occasional small, one-day and afternoon workshops, and it will culminate in a large international conference on the topic hosted by the Center for Philosophy of Science, and co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, the World History Center, our department, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, and the HPS Department at IU Bloomington. The conference will take place in Fall of 2012.
HPS Pittsburgh Graduate Research Groups
The HPS graduate students organize a series of "WIP" (Work in Progress) talks each term.
The Department of HPS works closely with Pittsburgh's world-class philosophy program at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The strengths of the two departments are assessed together in The Philosophical Gourmet Report.
The Department of HPS has close links with the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Duquesne University, located in downtown Pittsburgh, has a philosophy department and is also home to the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center.
The Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium was first held in 2010 in an effort to bring together philosophers in the region in a spirit of collegiality. Its program has been a mix of traditional hour-long paper presentations followed by discussion, and small working groups of philosophers with similar interests to share works-in-progress.