Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Upcoming SMS Events at the Chicago APA

Thursday, February 19, 5:15-7:15 PM

Group Session: Society for the Metaphysics of Science

Topic: Reduction in the Sciences
Chair: Carl Gillett, Northern Illinois University

Title: "Abstraction and the Shape of Reduction"
Speaker: Colin Klein, University of Illinois, Chicago

Title: "Reductionism Meets Complexity"
Speaker: Robert Bishop, Wheaton College

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Friday, February 20, 5:15-7:15 PM

Group Session: Society for the Metaphysics of Science

Topic: Author Meets Critics: James Ladyman & Don Ross's Every Thing Must Go

Chair: TBA
Critic 1: Andrew Melnyk, University of Missouri, Columbia
Critic 2: D. Gene Witmer, University of Florida

Author: Don Ross, University of Alabama at Birmingham & University of Cape Town)

Check your program for further details.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

CFP: "Reduction, Emergence, and Essence"

(ISN Summer Conference 2009)
June 19-20, 2009, Cambridge, MA

Complete information:

Immediately following the four days of study at the Summer Seminar,
the ISN will hold its third annual conference for the benefit of the
Summer Fellows and interested scholars.

What: A one and one-half day academic conference with one or two
keynote addresses, and the presentation of academic papers. This
year’s conference will center on scientific and philosophical
strategies for understanding the natural world. Papers are welcome on
topics ranging from anti-reductionism/holism in science to self-
organization, systems theory, and complexity, to papers in natural
philosophy in the neo-Aristotelian or phenomenological traditions. See
the ISN “articles, essays, and books” page to get a sense of the range
of relevant topics.

Who: Scholars interested in giving papers are welcome to submit their proposals along with a CV by Monday, March 2nd. Those whose papers are selected will have their lodging paid for, Conference fee waived, and travel expenses reimbursed—fully for travel from within the U.S. and half for travel from without. The keynote speaker or speakers will be announced by April 6th. Any interested scholar may attend, but please notify us by May 15th that you plan to come.

Summer Fellows from the immediately preceding Summer Seminar are
expected to remain to participate in this conference, which has been
specially scheduled for them. Please consider nominating your own
students for our Summer Fellowship Program, particularly if they might qualify for one of our competitive Honor Scholarships.

When: The Summer Conference begins on Friday afternoon, June 19th, at 3:30pm, and ends on Saturday evening. A block of hotel rooms will be reserved at a special Conference rate, and those whose papers are accepted will have their lodging paid for. Further scheduling information will be posted on the ISN website:

Where: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Limited information about travel and other logistics is
available on the conference logistics page. More specific information
will be sent to those who let us know they are coming.

How: Please contact ISN Director John Keck by May 15th if you plan to attend. The $50 fee for the Summer Conference includes a group dinner on Saturday evening. The fee can be reduced or waived on a showing of need. Attendees not presenting are expected to cover their own travel expenses, but exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Paper proposals and accompanying CVs must be received by Monday, March 2nd, 2009; decisions will be announced by Tuesday, March 31st. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged.

Complete information: