University of Pittsburgh

Archive: 2014-2015

July 2015

  • A special issue on the Philosophy and Science of Colour Perception has just been published by the journal Minds and Machines. Edited by Mazviita Chirimuuta, it features articles by Berit Brogaard, Jonathan Cohen, Derek Brown, Keith Allen and Fred Kingdom.
  • Mazviita Chirimuuta discusses her research on colour in an article and an interview with Nautilus science magazine.
  • Aleta Quinn has successfully defended her thesis, "Biological Systematics and Evolutionary Theory", and will start a postdoc at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study in the fall. Many congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Julia Bursten, Greg Gandenberger, Bihui Li, Elizabeth O'Neill, Aleta Quinn, Elay Schech, and, Kathryn Tabb who all have recently defended their dissertations!

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

  • The First Edinburgh/Pittsburgh Exchange Lecture, “Is the extended mind hypothesis nonsensical?”, will be given by Dr. Mark Sprevak, Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, on Friday, May 8 at 3:00 pm 1001-B Cathedral of Learning.
  • Ken Schaffner is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award. The nominating committee wrote that his “impact both on the community of historians and philosophers of science and on biomedical research and education would be hard to overstate.” The award was made in recognition of his research on the issue of theory reduction, on the ethical and legal aspects of biomedicine, and his new work on behavioral genetics that will be published this summer by Oxford University Press. For more information on the award go here.

March 2015

January 2015

  • HPS chair, Sandra Mitchell has just been elected President of the Philosophy of Science Association. She will serve as Vice-President and President-Elect until December 2016, and her two year term as President will run from January 2017 to December 2018. Mitchell will deliver the Presidential Address at PSA2018.

November 2014

  • Congratulations to Karen Zwier who has successfully defended her dissertation, "Interventionist Causation in Physical Science”.
  • Edouard Machery and David Danks (CMU, Philosophy) are organizing a workshop - “Bayes, the Mind, and the Brain” - on Bayesian models of cognition and neural processing. The workshop will take place at CMU, Baker Hall 154R, on December 12, 2014, 1:30-6:00pm. The participants are: Matteo Colombo (Tilburg), David Danks (CMU), Tai Sing Lee (CMU), and Richard Samuels (OSU). The number of places is limited. If you would like to attend this workshop, please contact Edouard Machery.

October 2015

  • Nobel prize winning biologist, Dr. Philip Sharp, will present two lectures hosted by HPS and the Biological Sciences Departments. On Wednesday November 12th, Dr. Sharp will present on “Three Revolutions in Molecular Biology”. This will be followed by a lecture on Thursday November 13th, “The Biology of Non-coding RNAs”. See here for details.
  • On October 14, 2014, at an Interdisciplinary Workshop on Robustness, Sandra Mitchell received the medal of the Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma. Here is a photo of the event.
  • The latest edition of Philosophy of Science includes an article by HPS graduate student Julia Bursten: "Microstructure without Essentialism: A New Perspective on Chemical Classification."
  • The Department of History and Philosophy of Science is pleased to offer a one or two term Mellon Post Doctoral Fellowship in the period August 30, 2015--April 30, 2016.

September 2014

  • The department has just launched Instant HPS, a new YouTube channel for public information on history and philosophy of science. Visit the channel to view three short videos:
    Is your brain a computer? (Mazviita Chirimuuta, Trey Boone and Michal De Medonsa – content providers)
    Is race real? (Edouard Machery, Sandra Mitchell, and Haixin Dang – content providers)
    Einstein’s astonishing idea (John Norton and Elay Shech – content providers)
  • The First Pittsburgh/London Consortium Lecture will be held at 4pm September 3rd in the University Club, Conference Room A. Nicholas Shea (Philosophy, King’s College London) will speak on “Representations and Functions in Cognitive Science”. For further details see here.
  • The third Wesley C. Salmon Memorial Lecture will take place on Friday, September 12th at 3:30 pm, in 817R Cathedral of Learning. Clark Glymour (Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University) will present the lecture, “Wes and Me, and Search” For abstract and further details see here.