University of Pittsburgh

Archive: 2013-2014

July 2014

  • Eric Hatleback and Yoichi Ishida have successfully defended their dissertations. Eric will take up a position as Research Associate Professor at the Pitt School of Information Sciences, and Yoichi will be an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Ohio University, starting in the fall.
  • Congratulations to Greg Gandenberger and Elizabeth O’Neill who have both been awarded fellowships from the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund to support their doctoral research. Only 13 fellowships were awarded nationally this year.
  • Achievements of HPS undergraduate and graduate students feature in Chancellor Nordenberg's July 2014 University Update.
  • Graduate student, Elay Shech, has an article forthcoming in Synthese, entitled "Scientific misrepresentation and guides to ontology: the need for representational code and contents”.

June 2014

  • Congratulations to Julia Bursten, who has been awarded the 2014 HPS Teaching Excellence Award! A special mention goes to Julia's introduction of a student podcast project, which can be accessed here.
  • Prof. Edouard Machery and Prof. Genoveva Martí debate about theories of reference on PhilosTV.
  • Graduate student Elay Shech’s review of Chunglin Kwa's Styles of Knowing: A New History of Science from Ancient Times to Present has just been published in HOPOS, The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.

May 2014

  • On June 10th HPS chair Sandra Mitchell will be presenting a lecture at the Royal Institution on "Unsimple truths: How biological complexity changes our view of nature and science." See here for more information.
  • Graduate student Elay Shech’s review of Chunglin Kwa's Styles of Knowing: A New History of Science from Ancient Times to Present has just been published in HOPOS, The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.
  • Graduate students Elizabeth O’Neill and Aleta Quinn have both been awarded the Provost Development Fund Pre-doctoral Fellowship. This award is funded by the University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost to support PhD thesis research.
  • Congratulations to graduate student David Colaço for his paper in Episteme!
  • Graduate students Bihui Li and Greg Gandenberger have both been awarded a Josephine de Karman Fellowship for 2014-2015. The Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the renowned aeronautics expert Dr. Theodore Von Karman. The purpose of this Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose research projects reflect Dr. Von Karman’s high standards for scholarly achievement.
  • Congratulations to HPS majors who have been awarded scholarships to support their graduate studies. Simon Brown has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship and plans to study for a PhD in history following his graduation in history, philosophy and HPS. David Palm has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship and will study for a Masters in chemistry at the University of Cambridge following his graduation in chemistry, chemical engineering and HPS.

April 2014

March 2014

  • Edouard Machery has been interviewed for his work about our attitudes toward apes. See the video here.
  • Graduate student Elay Shech has an article on group teaching in the current edition of the Teaching Times.
  • Congratulations to our graduate students on the job market!
    Marcus Adams (AOS: Early Modern Philosophy) has been hired by the University at Albany, SUNY; Peter Distelzweig (AOS: Early Modern Philosophy) by University of St. Thomas, Minnesota; Yoichi Ishida (AOS: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology) by Ohio University; and Tom Pashby (AOS: Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science) has won a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholarship in the Humanities at USC.
  • "Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy" (Routledge) edited by Edouard Machery and Elizabeth O'Neill is now available on Amazon, and from Routledge, or from your local academic book store.
  • The 2014 HPS Alumni Lecture will be given later this month by Tim Maudlin (NYU), who will speak on "Topology and the Structure of Space-Time". Click here for further details.

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

  • James Bogen has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prof. Bogen is being recognized for his "distinguished research in philosophy of science, including analysis of the epistemology of experimentation, mechanistic explanation, neuroimaging, and the Hodgkin-Huxley model of action potential." Many congratulations!

October 2013

  • Graduate student Elay Shech's article, "On Gases in Boxes: A Reply to Davey on the Justification of the Probability Measure in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics" appears in the current issue of Philosophy of Science.

September 2013

  • The Wesley Salmon Memorial Lecture on 25th October will be given by Bryan Skryms (University of California, Irvine) on the topic of Grades of Inductive Skepticism.
  • Allan Stanley Gotthelf 1942-2013

    It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of our friend and former colleague Allan Gotthelf on August 30th, 2013 at his home in Philadelphia. After taking early retirement from The College of New Jersey, Allan spent a year visiting at University of Texas, Austin and then, supported by a fellowship from the Anthem Foundation for the Study of Objectivism, he became a Visiting Professor of History and Philosophy of Science here in 2003, a position he held until 2012, when he was appointed Anthem Foundation Distinguished Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University, the position he held at the time of his death. While in Pittsburgh he taught or co-taught many graduate seminars on Aristotle, served on a number of doctoral committees, played a central role as a member of the Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science Program and organized a wide variety of workshops and conferences focused on Ancient Philosophy and Science and Epistemology. He will be missed as a scholar, teacher and organizer, but no less as a warm, enthusiastic and generous colleague and friend. An obituary for Allan can be found here. Here are Allan's reflections on his life as a philosopher and on what philosophy meant to him.
  • Graduate Student Elizabeth O'Neill presents her research on moral epistemology, moral psychology, and philosophy of biology on her brand new website.