Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Post Doc: Notre Dame

Postdoctoral Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Science
The History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow beginning August 2014 for one year, renewable for a second year. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by June 30, 2014.

Applications are welcome from scholars in any area of history and philosophy of science. In addition to pursuing his or her research and participating actively in the intellectual life of the program, the HPS Postdoctoral Fellow will teach two graduate courses per year, one of which may be in the candidate’s area of specialization. We are especially, but not exclusively, interested in candidates able to teach our graduate philosophy of science survey course (interest in teaching one of our graduate history of science survey courses may also be an asset), and encourage you to explain how your research and teaching experience is well suited to our interdisciplinary program.

The annual stipend is $48,000. The fellowship package also includes health insurance and $3000 per year towards research expenses and conference travel. A summary of benefits can be found at: http://hr.nd.edu/assets/121245/p1_benefit_summary_2014.pdf.

Applicants should send the following materials in electronic form only, in PDF format by email attachment, to reilly@nd.edu, including “HPS post-doc” and your last name in the subject line. The deadline for receipt of application materials is March 30th.
1. Cover letter giving a brief summary of your primary field of expertise and qualifications for the fellowship.
2. Summary of your dissertation (two page maximum).
3. Plan of research to be undertaken during a two-year fellowship period (two page maximum).
4. Writing sample (30 page maximum).
5. Where applicable, a proposal for a graduate philosophy of science survey course, bearing in mind that our courses are taken by history-, philosophy-, and theology and science-track students (one page maximum).
6. Proposal for a graduate seminar in your area of specialization (one page maximum).
7. Full curriculum vitae.
8. Names and affiliations of three referees whom you have asked to write to us directly.
Please note: applications that are printed and received via mail or courier will not be accepted and processed.                 
The three letters of reference should be sent separately, either electronically (reilly@nd.edu) or by mail (Reilly Center, 453 Geddes Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556), to arrive by the application deadline. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their letters of reference arrive by the deadline.

The HPS graduate program is housed in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, and draws faculty from a variety of departments including History, Philosophy, the Program of Liberal Studies, Theology, and English. For further information about the Reilly Center and the HPS program, please visit http://reilly.nd.edu/. The HPS Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded by the College of Arts and Letters.

Inquiries may be directed to Anjan Chakravartty (Director, History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program): chakravartty.1@nd.edu.

The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer with strong institutional and academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity. Women, minorities, and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are encouraged to apply. Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available athttp://www.nd.edu.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Lakatos Award 2013

Condratulations to Laura Ruetsche and David Wallace. Very well-deserved!
The London School of Economics and Political Science announces that the Lakatos Award for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, has been won jointly by Laura Ruetsche of the University of Michigan for her book Interpreting Quantum Theories (Oxford University Press, 2011) and by David Wallace of Oxford University for his book The Emergent Multiverse (Oxford University Press, 2012). Each will win a prize of £7500.
The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous five years. It was made possible by a generous endowment from the Latsis Foundation. The Award is in memory of the former LSE professor, Imre Lakatos, and is administered by an international Management Committee organised from the LSE, but entirely independent of LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method.
The Committee, chaired by John Worrall, decides the outcome of the Award competition on the advice of an international, independent and anonymous panel of Selectors who produce detailed reports on the nominated books. ________________________________________________________________________
Nominations can now be made for the 2014 Lakatos Award, and must be received by Monday 21st April 2014. The 2014 Award will be for a book published in English with an imprint from 2009-2014 inclusive. A book may, with the permission of its author/s, be nominated by any person of recognised standing within philosophy of science or an allied profession. (The Management Committee is not empowered to nominate books itself but only to respond to outside nominations.)
Please address any nominations, or any requests for further information about the 2014 Award to the Award Administrator, Tom Hinrichsen, att.a.hinrichsen@lse.ac.uk.
Imre Lakatos, who died in 1974 aged 51, had been Professor of Logic with special reference to the Philosophy of Mathematics at LSE since 1969. He joined the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method in 1960. Born in Hungary in 1922, he graduated (in Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy) from Debrecen University in 1944. He then joined the underground resistance. (His mother and grandmother perished in Auschwitz.) After the War, he was active in the Communist Party and had an influential position in the Ministry of Education. In 1950 he was arrested and spent the next three years as a political prisoner. After his release, he was given refuge in the Hungarian Academy of Science where he translated western works in science and mathematics into Hungarian. After the suppression of the Hungarian uprising he escaped to Vienna and from there, with the aid of a Rockefeller fellowship, on to Cambridge, England. He there wrote his (second) doctoral thesis out of which grew !his famous Proofs and Refutations (CUP, 1976, edited by John Worrall and Elie Zahar). Two volumes of Philosophical Papers, edited by John Worrall and Gregory Currie, appeared in 1978, also from CUP.www2.lse.ac.uk/philosophy/lakatos/Home.aspx________________________________________