University of Pittsburgh

Archive: 2015-2016

Spring 2016

  • Congratulations to Joe McCaffrey for successfully defending his dissertation, “Mental function and cerebral cartography: Functional localization in fMRI research.” Joe will be a post doc fellow at Washington University in St Louis for the next three years.
  • Outside Color by Mazviita Chirimuuta is reviewed by Wayne Wright in the journal Philosophy of Science.
  • The anthology Arguing About Human Nature(Routledge), co-edited by Edouard Machery, is now available in paberback.
  • Congratulations to Jim Woodward! Jim has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A well-deserved honor. Read about it here.
  • Edouard Machery reflects on implicit and explicit attitudes on Brains.
  • Alumni Lecture Celebration, April 2016 . Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Parker for her lecture.
  • The Wesley C. Salmon Memorial Lecture will take place Friday, April 8, 2016 at 3:30pm in 817R Cathedral of Learning.
    Christopher R. Hitchcock, J.O. and Juliette Koepfli Professor of Philosophy, California Institute of Technology will speak on "Causation for Philosophical Applications."
    Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Department of History & Philosophy of Science, The Department of Philosophy and the Center for Philosophy of Science.
  • Congratulation to Goldwater honorable mention designee Ethan A. Garcia-Baker! Ethan is majoring in neuroscience as well as history and philosophy of science within the Dietrich School. Upon his anticipated graduation from Pitt in the spring of 2017, he plans to pursue a doctoral degree in computational biology and genomics.
  • Congratulations to Morgan Thompson for her new article: "Why Do Women Leave Philosophy? Surveying Students at the Introductory Level" in Philosophers' Imprint.
  • Congratulations to the HPS students on the job market: Aleta Quinn will be a Postdoctoral Instructor in Philosophy of Science at Caltech for two years, Joe McCaffrey a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St Louis, and Lauren Ross an Assistant Professor at the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary.
  • Mellon Distinguished Lecture Series in History of Science, Mechanism Historicized, to be given by Domenico Bertoloni Meli from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University.

    Lecture 1: "Mechanism and Visualization: Andreas Vesalius to Robert Hooke”, University Club Conference Room A 4 p.m., Monday March 14
    Lecture 2: “The Very Word Mechanism: a Lexical and Conceptual Investigation", Humanities Center, Rm 602 Cathedral of Learning, 4 p.m., Wednesday March 16
    Lecture 3: "Framing Mechanisms: Philosophical Perspectives and Investigative Practices”, Center for Philosophy of Science, Rm 817R Cathedral of Learning, 4 p.m., Thursday March 17
  • Annual Alumni Lecture Dr. Wendy Parker, Durham University, will deliver the Annual HPS Alumni Lecture, “Explaining the global warming “hiatus”: models, measurements and media”, on Thursday, March 24, 2106, at 5:00pm at the University Club – Conference Room A.
  • Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy.
    The workshop will run from 1:30 - 5:10 in CL 817, Friday, January 15.

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

  • Mazviita Chirimuuta talks with Carrie Figdor about her research and her book Outside Color in the latest podcast from New Books in Philosophy.
  • Edouard Machery is organizing a workshop on The Geography of Philosophy - Knowledge, Person, Wisdom (October 3-4, center for Humanities). More information on the website. Please register if interested.
  • We welcome:
      Jianhua Mei, HPS Visiting Scholar
      Monica Livier Aguilar Martinez, HPS Visiting Scholar
      Guillaume Schlaepfer, HPS Visiting Scholar
      Danielle Hallet, HPS Visiting Scholar

      Markus Kneer, HPS Postdoc

      S. Andrew Inkpen, HPS Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Edouard Machery will be the Scots Philosophical Association Centenary Fellow in Edinburgh (2015-16) and a Regular Visiting Distinguished Professor at Eidyn (Edinburgh) for the next 3 years!

August 2015

  • Tawrin Baker will be joining HPS as the Mellon Postdoc in the History of Science for 2015-2016. His PhD is from Indiana University and he will be working on his book project on optics, anatomy and theories of colour in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the Spring he will be teaching a graduate seminar on his research, provisionally titled, "Chiasmata: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Physicians, Philosophers, and Mathematicians on Vision, Color, and the Eye." Welcome, Tawrin!
  • Elizabeth O'Neill and Edouard Machery's collection Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy is reviewed by Yuri Cath in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Cath writes: "This is a very good collection. If you're at all interested in experimental philosophy you will want to get your hands on a copy." The volume is available now in all good (and bad) bookshops.
  • Sandy Mitchell and Jim Woodward are interviewed in the latest issue of The Reasoner.