Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) 2012 Program

Here is the program of the Philosophy of Science Association PSA, currently meeting in San Diego (with the History of Science Society HSS). The image (from the program cover) comes from an editions of Kuhn’s (1962) Structure of Scientific Revolutions (50 year anniversary*)


Session 1 (2-­‐3:30

Contributed Papers: Issues for Practice in Medicine and Anthropology
RM: Spinnaker 1

James Krueger (University of Redlands), “Theoretical Health and Medical Practice”

Cecilia Nardini  (University of Milan), “Bias and Conditioning in Sequential Medical Trials”

Inkeri Koskinen (University of Helsinki), “Critical Subjects: Participatory Research Needs to Make Room for Debate”

Chair: Roger Stanev (University of South Florida)

Contributed Papers: Values iScience and Inductive Risk
RM: Marina 6

Heather E. Douglas (University of Waterloo), “The Value of Cognitive Values”

Matthew J. Brown (The University of Texas at Dallas), “Values in Science Beyond Underdetermination and Inductive Risk”

Daniel Steel (Michigan State University), “Acceptance, Values, and Inductive Risk”

Chair: Daniel Hicks (University of Notre Dame)

Contributed Papers: The Concept of Race: Biological, Cognitive, and Social Perspectives
RM: Marina 2

Ludovica Lorusso (University of Sassari) and Fabio Bacchini (University of Sassari), “The Concept of Race in the Post-­‐Genomics Era”

Alexandre Marcellesi (University of California, San Diego), “Is Race a Cause?”

Adam Hochman (University of Sydney), “Do We Need a Device to Acquire Ethnic Concepts?”

Chair: Sean Valles (Michigan State University)

Contributed Papers: Kuhn, Incommensurability and the Contingency of Science
RM: Sea Breeze 2

Jonathan Y. Tsou (Iowa State University), “Reconsidering the Carnap-­‐Kuhn Connection”

Katherina Pia Kinzel (University of Vienna), “Contingency, Incommensurability  and the Success of Science”

Joseph D. Martin (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), “Is the Contingentist/Inevitabilist Debate a Matter of Degrees?”

Chair: Jonathan Rosenberg (University of Washington)

Contributed Papers: Inference to the Best Explanation
RM: Marina 5

Gerald Doppelt (University of California, San Diego), “Does Structural Realism Provide the Best Explanation of the Predictive Success of Science?”

David Harker (East Tennessee State University), “Inference to the Best Explanation and the Importance of Peculiarly Explanatory Virtues”

Robert William Fischer (Texas State University), “TRUE Is False and Why It Matters”

Chair: Olin Robus (University of Washington)

Contributed Papers: Causation, Motivation, and Human Nature inNeuroscience
RM: Marina 3

Markus Ilkka Eronen (Ruhr University Bochum), “No Levels, No Problems: Downward Causation in Neuroscience”

Daniel F. Hartner (Rose-­‐Hulman Institute of Technology), “From Desire to Subjective Value: On the Neural Mechanisms of Moral Motivation”

Grant Ramsey (University of Notre Dame), “Human Nature in a Post-­‐Essentialist World”

Chair: Gonzalo Munevar (Lawrence Technological University)

Contributed Papers: QuantuMechanics and EffectivFielTheory
RM: Marina 4

Matthias Egg (University of Lausanne), “Delayed-­‐Choice Experiments and the Metaphysics of Entanglement”

Michael E. Cuffaro (University of Western Ontario), “On the Debate Concerning the Proper Characterization of Quantum Dynamical Evolution”

Jonathan Bain (Polytechnic Institute of New York University), “Emergence in Effective Field Theories”

Chair: Armond Duwell (University of Montana)

Contributed Papers:HistoricaInsights for Contemporary Issues
Session Co-­‐Sponsored by the History of Science Society
RM: Spinnaker 2

Conor Mayo-­‐Wilson (Carnegie Mellon University), “Whewell on the Division of Scientific Labor”

Laszlo Kosolosky (Ghent University) and Dagmar Provijn (Ghent University), “William Harvey’s Bloody Motion: Creativity in Science”

Dana Tulodziecki (University of Missouri-­‐Kansas City), “Shattering the Myth of Semmelweis”

Chair: Rose-­‐Mary Sargent (Merrimack College)

Contributed Papers:OntologicaIssueithe LifSciences
RM: Sea Breeze 1

Joshua Filler (Ripon College), “Carnapian Conventionalism,  Ontology, and the Philosophy of Biology”

Charles H. Pence (University of Notre Dame), “It’s Okay to Call Genetic Drift a ‘Force’”

Melinda Bonnie Fagan (Rice University), “The Stem Cell Uncertainty Principle”

Chair: Sun Kyeong Yu (Minnesota State University Mankato)

Session (3:45-­‐5:45)

SymposiumInnovative Strategies foTeaching the PhilosophoScience
Marina 2

Gary Hardcastle (Bloomsburg University) and Matthew Slater (Bucknell University), “What’s in the Box?

Project-­‐Based Learning in Philosophy of Science”

Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge), “Teaching Theory-­‐Choice Through Immersion”

Chris Haufe (Case Western Reserve University), “Putting Philosophy of Science to the Test”    Chair: Saul Fisher (Mercy College)

Contributed Papers: RelativitTheorand Cosmology
RM: Spinnaker 1

Chris Smeenk (University of Western Ontario), “Confirming Inflation”

Dylan Gordon Gault (University of Western Ontario) and William Harper (University of Western Ontario),

“Newton’s Methodology in Cosmology Today”

Michael Tamir (University of Pittsburgh), “Geodesic Universality in General Relativity”

Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Wuppertal, IZWT), “The Development of Mach’s Principle in Einstein’s work”

Chair: Yann Benétreau-­‐Dupin (University of Western Ontario)

Contributed Papers: Conceptual Issues in the Physical Sciences
RM: Sea Breeze 1

John D. Norton (University of Pittsburgh), “The End of the Thermodynamics  of Computation: A No Go Result”

Elay Shech (University of Pittsburgh), “What is the ‘Paradox of Phase Transitions’?”

William Goodwin (University of South Florida), “Quantum Chemistry and Organic Theory”

Nathaniel Jacobs (University of California, San Diego), “The Nature of Mass and Matter in Special Relativity”

Chair: Samuel C. Fletcher (University of California, Irvine)

Contributed Papers: Underdetermination and Realism
RM: Marina 3

Moti Mizrahi (St. John’s University), “Reconsidering the Argument from Underconsideration”

Kevin Coffey (Virginia Polytechnic Institute), ”What is the Problem of Theoretical Equivalence?”

P. Kyle Stanford (University of California, Irvine), “Getting What We Pay For: Unconceived Alternatives and Historical Changes in Scientific Inquiry”

Ioannis Votsis (University of Düsseldorf ), “Universal Empiricism”

Chair: Elaine Landry (University of California, Davis)

Contributed Papers: DisciplinarPerspectiveon Explanation
RM: Spinnaker 2

Julia Bursten (University of Pittsburgh), “Reconsidering Explanation: Lessons from Nanosynthesis”

Michael David Silberstein (Elizabethtown College) and Anthony Chemero (Franklin and Marshall College), “Constraints on Localization and Decomposition as Explanatory Strategies in the Biological Sciences”

Bradford Skow (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “Are there Genuine Physical Explanations of Mathematical Phenomena?”

Chair: Todd Grantham (College of Charleston)

Contributed Papers: Metaphysics
RM: Marina 5

Peter Bokulich (Boston University), “Modal Structure and Effective Degrees of Freedom”

Michael Hayden Thornburg (University of Cincinnati), “New Work for a Theory of Emergence”

Ken Aizawa (Centenary College of Louisiana), “Multiple Realizability by Compensatory Differences”

Johanna Wolff (Hong Kong University), “Are Conservation Laws Metaphysically Necessary?”

Chair: Wesley Van Camp (Virginia Polytechnic Institute)

Contributed Papers: Decision Theorand PhilosophoEconomics
RM: Marina 6

Simon Huttegger (University of California, Irvine), “Probe and Adjust”

Elliott Wagner (University of Amsterdam), “The Explanatory Relevance of Nash Equilibrium: One-­‐Dimensional Chaos in Boundedly Rational Learning”

C. Tyler DesRoches (University of British Columbia) and Margaret Schabas (University of British Columbia), “The Interest Rate as a Stable Kind”

Alessandra Basso (University of Helsinki), “The Measurement-­‐Theoretic Conditions of Empirically Accurate Time Discounting”

Chair: David Etlin (University  of   Groningen)

Contributed Papers: Confirmation and Evidence
RM: Sea Breeze 2

Aki Lehtinen (University of Helsinki), “On the Impossibility of Amalgamating Evidence”

Casey Helgeson (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “The Confirmational Significance of Agreeing Measurements”

Jacob Stegenga (University of Toronto), “Pseudorobustness”

Jan Sprenger (Tilburg University), “Testing a Precise Null Hypothesis: The Case of Lindley’s Paradox”

Chair: Shawn A. Miller (University of California, Davis)

Contributed Papers: ModelingMechanisms, and Modularity
RM: Marina 4

Arnon Levy (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute), “Causal Organization: Mechanisms and Models”

Justin Garson (Hunter College -­ CUNY), “Broken Mechanisms: Function, Pathology, and Natural Selection”

Jaakko Kuorikoski (University of Helsinki) and Samuli Pöyhönen (University of Helsinki), “Understanding Non-­‐Modular Functionality—Lessons from Genetic Algorithms”

Tarja Tellervo Knuuttila (University of Helsinki) and Andrea Loettgers (California Institute of Technology), “Synthetic Modeling and Mechanistic Account: Material Recombination and Beyond”

Chair: Sarah Roe (University of California, Davis)

PlenarSession witHistoroScience Society (6:00-­‐7:30)
RM: Grande Ballroom C

History and Philosophy of Science: 50 Years of Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions This session is jointly sponsored by the History of Science Society, the Philosophy of Science Association, and the Joint Commission of the Division of the History of Science and Technology and the Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science

Joel    Isaac   (University    of    Cambridge),    “On    Making    History    into    Philosophy:    The    Importance    of    Kuhn’s    Harvard    Years”

Alan  Richardson    (University    of    British    Columbia),    “Of    Troubled    Marriage    and    Uneasy    Colocation:    Thomas    Kuhn,    Epistemological    Revolutions,    Romantic    Narratives,    and    HPS”

Mary  Jo    Nye    (Oregon    State    University),    “On    Tradition    and    Innovation    Before    and    After    Kuhn”

Paul  Hoyningen-­‐Huene    (Leibniz    University    of    Hannover),    “What    is    Uncontroversial    about    Kuhn?”    Chair:    Angela    Creager    (Princeton    University)


Session (9-­‐11:45)

SymposiumNew Horizons for Singularities in Classical Spacetime Theories
RM: Executive Center 1

John Manchak (University of Washington), “On the Relationship Between Spacetime Singularities, Holes, and Extensions”

Erik Curiel (University of Western Ontario), “On Classifying Singularities in General Relativity”

James Weatherall (University of California, Irvine), “What is a Singularity in Geometrized Newtonian Gravitation?”

Chair: Jeremy Butterfield (University of Cambridge)

Animal Models beyond Genetics
Grande Ballroom C

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

Chair and Commentator: Alan Love (University of Minnesota)

Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter), *Rachel Ankeny (University of Adelaide), Nicole Nelson (McGill University), Edmund Ramsden (University of Manchester), “Modeling humans, standardizing the environment: Making organisms model humans in research on alcohol addiction”

Christopher Degeling (University of Sydney), “Modeling failure: Empiricism, evidence, and rhetoric in the development of the early twentieth-century hip fracture treatments”

Edmund Ramsden (University of Exeter), “Of mad dogs and men: Creating standards of validity for animal models of human psychopathology”

Lara Keuck (Johannes Gutenberg University) and Lara Huber (Technische Universität, Braunschweig), “Humanising animals: The search for an ideal transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease in the 1990s”

SymposiumIntrospectivEvidence in the Scientific Study of Perception
RM: Executive Center 3B

Mazviita Chirimuuta (University of Pittsburgh), “Psychophysical Methods and the Evasion of Introspection”

Uljana Feest (Technical University of Berlin), “Phenomenological Introspection and the Artificiality of Experimental Data”

Gary Hatfield (University of Pennsylvania), “Psychological Experiments and Phenomenal Experience in Shape Constancy”

Anthony I. Jack (Case Western Reserve University), “What Introspection Teaches: The Brain Reveals Two Ways to Understand the Mind”

Eric Schwitzgebel (University of California, Riverside), “The Problem of Known Illusion and the Resemblance of Experience to Reality”

Chair: Alistair Isaac (University of Pennsylvania)

SymposiumComplex Systems: Explanation and Testing
RM: Marina 2

Mark Bedau (Reed College), “Empirically Testing Simple Generative Models of the Evolution of Technology”

Paul Humphreys (University of Virginia), “Testing Models of Complex Systems”

Meinard Kuhlmann (Bielefeld  University), “Explaining Financial Markets in Terms of Complex Systems”

Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto), “Renormalization Group Explanations and Dynamical Systems Theory”

Chair: Robert Batterman (University of Pittsburgh)

SymposiumEvidence and Causality in Medicine and Epidemiology
RM: Marina 6

Alex Broadbent (University of Johannesburg), “Using Causal Knowledge to Predict”

Sander Greenland (University of California, Los Angeles), “Overthrowing the Tyranny of Null Hypotheses in Health and Medical Sciences”

Jeremy Howick (University of Oxford) and John Worrall (London School of Economics), “Active, Controlled Clinical Trials Are, Contrary to Current Medical Orthodoxy, Methodologically  More Telling than Placebo Controlled Trials”

Richard Scheines (Carnegie Mellon University), “Constructing Variables for Causal as Opposed to Predictive Inference”

Chair: Christopher Hitchcock (California Institute of Technology)

SymposiumSignalsSignaling Gamesand BiologicaBehavior
RM: Spinnaker

Jeffrey Barrett (University of California, Irvine), “The Evolution of Rule Following in Nature”

Cailin O’Connor (University of California, Irvine), “Evolving to Categorize”

Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University), “Cheaper-­‐than-­‐Costly Signaling”

Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington), “Signaling, Bluffing, and Deception Without Semantics”

Stephen Nowicki (Duke University), “Birdsong and the Problem of Honest Signaling”

Chair: Justin Bruner (University of California, Irvine)

SymposiumCan ExperimentaModeling Plathe RoloTheorizing iEvolutionarBiology?
RM: Marina 4

C. Kenneth Waters (University of Minnesota), “Experimental Modeling as a Form of Theoretical Modeling”

Michael Travisano (University of Minnesota), “Experimental Evolution of Biological Complexity”

Kristina Hillesland (University of Washington, Bothell), “Modeling the Evolution of Mutualism in the Real World”

Marcel Weber (University of Geneva), “Experimental Modeling: Exemplification and Representation as Theorizing Strategies”

Chair: Barton  Moffatt    (Mississippi    State    University)

SymposiumPoincaré Reconsidered: One Hundred Years Afterwards
Session Co-­‐Sponsored bthe History of  Science Society
RM: Sea Breeze 2

Yemima Ben-­‐Menahem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Poincaré’s Impact on 20th Century Philosophy of Science”

Jeremy Heis (University of California, Irvine), “The Geometry Behind Poincaré’s Conventionalism”

Katherine Dunlop (University of Texas, Austin), “The Relationship of Geometry to Arithmetic in Poincaré’s Science and Hypothesis”

John Stachel (Boston University), “Poincaré and the Origins of Special Relativity”

Chair: Sahotra Sarkar (University of Texas, Austin)

Symposium:The StatoRace in Population Genetics
RM: Executive Center 2B

Michael Hardimon (University of California, San Diego), “Population Genetics and the Reality of Race”

Matthew Kopec (University of Colorado, Boulder), “Clines v. Clades in the Race Debate”

Quayshawn Spencer (University of San Francisco), “How to Be a Biological Racial Realist”

Jonathan Kaplan (Oregon State University) and Rasmus Winther (University of California, Santa Cruz),  “Genetic Diversity, Differentiation, Heterozygosity, and the Very Concept of ‘Race’”

Chair: Michael Hunter (University of California, Davis)

Session 4 (1:30-­‐3:30)

Contributed Papers: IssueiEvolutionarTheory
RM: Marina 4

Pierrick Bourrat (University of Sydney), “Time and Fitness in Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality”

Armin W. Schulz (London School of Economics), “Exaptation, Adaptation, and Evolutionary Psychology”

Michael Trestman (University of California, Davis), “Which Comes First in Major Transitions: The Evolutionary Egg or the Behavioral Chicken?”

Matthew J. Barker (Concordia University) and Joel D. Velasco (California Institute of Technology), “Deep Conventionalism  about Evolutionary Groups”

Chair: Marshall Abrams (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

Contributed Papers: Metaphysics iModerPhysical Theories: Possibility, Symmetry, Unity, and Indeterminism
RM: Executive Center 3B

Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame), “Presentism as an Empirical Hypothesis”

Carolyn Brighouse  (Occidental College), “Geometric Possibility: An Argument From Dimension”

Daniel Peterson (University of Michigan), “Physical Symmetries, Overarching Symmetries, and Consistency”

Thomas Müller (Utrecht University), “A Generalized Manifold Topology for Branching Space-­‐Times”

Chair: Edward MacKinnon (California State University East Bay)

Contributed Papers: Psychology and Cognitive Science: Issues in Research
RM: Executive Center 2B

Michael Roche (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “A Difficulty for Testing the Inner Sense Theory of Introspection”

Trey Boone (University of Pittsburgh), “Operationalizing  Consciousness:    Subjective    Report    vs.    Task    Performance”

Andrea Scarantino (Georgia State University), “Rethinking Functional Reference”

Marta Halina (University  of    California,  San    Diego), “Animal  Mind reading:    Can    Experiments    Solve    the    Logical    Problem?”

Chair: J. D. Trout (Loyola University Chicago)

Contributed Papers: CriticaAssessmenoNew Accounts of Explanation
RM: Marina 3

Cyrille Thomas Imbert (Archives Poincare, CNRS, University de Lorraine), “Relevance, Not Invariance, Explanatoriness,  not Manipulability: Discussion of Woodward on Explanatory Relevance”

Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds) and Mark Pexton (University of Leeds), “Reassessing Woodward’s Account of Explanation: Regularities, Counterfactuals,  and Non-­‐Causal Explanations”

Andrew Wayne (University of Guelph), “Causal Relations and Explanatory Strategies in Physics”

Chair: Soazig Lebihan (University of Montana)

Contributed Papers: Modeling Practices
RM: Spinnaker

Wybo Houkes (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Sjoerd D. Zwart (Delft  University    of    Technology/Eindhoven University of Technology), “Transfer and Templates in Scientific Modeling”

Michael Goldsby (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “The ‘Structure’ of the ‘Strategy’: Looking at the Matthewson-­‐Weisberg Tradeoff and Its Justificatory Role for the Multiple-­‐Models Approach”

Mathias Frisch (University of Maryland), “Climate Change: A Critical Look at Integrated Assessment Models”

Roman Peter Frigg (London School of Economics) and Leonard Smith (London School of Economics), “The Myopia of Imperfect Climate Models”

Chair: Alisa Bokulich (Boston University)

Peering Into the Mind in the 19th and 20th Centuries
RM: Nautilus 3

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

Ernest B. Hook (University of California, Berkeley), “The power of the imagination or a vital magnetic fluid at work? Mesmerism and the introduction of inhalation anesthesia”

Scott Phelps (Harvard University), “Brain Injuries and the Photography of Dreams: A Case Study of Psychiatry and Psychology in WWI”

Hawon Chang (Seoul National University), “The early history of fMRI experimental designs”

Chair: Jamie Cohen-Cole, George Washington University

Contributed Papers: IssuefoFormaEpistemology and Decision Theory
RM: Marina 6

Brad Armendt (Arizona State University), “Pragmatic Interests and Imprecise Belief ”

P. D. Magnus (University at Albany SUNY), “What Scientists Know is Not a Function of What Scientists Know”

Gil Hertshten (University of California, San Diego), “Embracing Fallibility in Theory Choice”

J. McKenzie Alexander (London School of Economics), “Preferential Attachment and the Search for Successful Theories”

Chair: Susan Vineberg (Wayne State University)

Representation and Visualization in Modern Science
Nautilus 4

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

Catherine Dunlop (Montana State University), “The Mistral Wind: A Comparison of Scientific and Artistic Techniques of Observation in the Nineteenth Century”

Ari Gross (University of Toronto), “Of Sausages and Skeletons: Kekulé and Crum Brown’s Chemical Diagrams and the Desiderata of Visual Representations”

Marie Elizabeth Burks (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “‘Without a Single Flap’: Louis-Pierre Mouillard’s Observations of Soaring Birds and the Idea of fixed-wing Flight, 1881-1897”

Devin Gouvêa (University of Chicago), “Anatomy in 2.5D: From the Edinburgh Stereoscopic Atlas to eHuman”

Chair: Soraya de Chadarevian (University of California, Los Angeles)

Contributed Papers: Epistemology oExperiment: DesignMeasurementand Instrument

RM: Sea Breeze 2

David Teira (National Distance Education University), Maria Jimenez-­‐Buedo (National Distance Education University), and Jesus Zamora-­‐Bonilla (National Distance Education University), “A Contractarian Solution to the Experimenter’s Regress”

Teru Miyake (Nanyang Technological University), “Underdetermination, Black Boxes, and Measurement”

Catherine Allamel-­‐Raffin (University of Strasbourg), “From Intersubjectivity to Interinstrumentality: The Example of Surface Science”

Johannes Persson (Lund University) and Annika Wallin (Lund University), “Why Internal Validity is Not Prior to External Validity”

Chair: David Stump (University of San Francisco)

Understanding Noise in Twentieth- Century Physics and Engineering Part 1
RM Sea breeze 1

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

Shawn Bullock (Simon Fraser University), “Modems, Missiles, and Air Defence Systems: Noise as a Data Communication Problem”

Roland Wittje (University of Regensburg), “Concepts and Significance of Noise in Acoustics: Before and After the Great War”

Aaron Sidney Wright (University of Toronto), “‘Forgetting’ Physics: The Physicalization of History and Memory”

Commentator: Shaul Katzir (Tel-Aviv University)

Chair: Jed Buchwald (California Institute of Technology)

Organizer: Chen-Pang Yeang (University of Toronto)

Contributed Papers: ValuesInterestsand  Motivations
RM: Marina 2

Inmaculada de Melo-­‐Martin (Weill Cornell Medical College) and Kristen Intemann (Montana State University), “Commercial Interests and Profit-­‐driven Research: Can Feminist Philosophy of Science Help?”

Boaz Miller (University of Haifa), “Defending Pragmatic Encroachment on Knowledge: A Deontological Argument from Motivated Reasoning and the Value Ladenness of Science”

Kevin Elliott (University of South Carolina) and David Willmes (Bielefeld University), “Propositional Attitudes and Values in Science”

Manjari Chakrabarty (Visva Bharati University), “Popper’s Contribution to the Philosophical Study Of Artifacts”

Chair: Thomas Cunningham (University of Pittsburgh)

Session 5 (3:45-­‐5:45

SymposiumIndividuaBased ModeliEcology
RM: Executive Center 1

Joan Roughgarden (Stanford University), “Individual-­‐Based Models in Ecology: An Evaluation”

Michael  Weisberg    (University    of    Pennsylvania),    “Understanding    Population    Behavior    in    Individual-­‐Based    Ecological    Models”

Jay Odenbaugh (Lewis and Clark College), “Are Populations Epiphenomenal? Individual Based Models in Population Ecology”

James Justus (Florida State University), “The Methodological Individualism of Individual-­‐Based Modeling in Ecology”

Chair: Emily Parke (University of Pennsylvania)

Special note: this session will run until 6:15 PM

Contributed Papers: Space  and Time in Physical Theory
RM: Marina 3

Kyle Sereda (University of California, San Diego), “Was Leibniz the First Spacetime Structuralist?”

Eleanor Knox (King’s College London), “Newtonian Spacetime Structure in Light of the Equivalence Principle”

Bryan W. Roberts (University of Southern California), “When We Do (And Do Not) Have a Classical Arrow of Time”

Valia Allori (Northern Illinois University), “Maxwell’s Paradox: The Metaphysics of Classical Electrodynamics and Its Time Reversal Invariance”

Chair: Syman Stevens (University of Oxford)

Contributed Papers: The MetaphysicoQuantuTheory
RM: Executive Center 2B

Holger Lyre (University of Magdeburg), “Quantum Phases and Realism About Structure”

Thomas Pashby (University of Pittsburgh), “Do Quantum Objects Have Temporal Parts?”

Wayne Myrvold (University of Western Ontario), “What Is A Wavefunction?”

Meir Hemmo (University of Haifa) and Orly Shenker (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Probability Zero in Bohm’s Theory”

Chair: David Glick (University of Arizona)

The Entanglement of Biology and Medicine: Making Knowledge in the Modern Biomedical Sciences

RM Nautilus 2

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

Nathan Crowe (Arizona State University), “Cloning Frogs for a Cause: The Motivations Behind the First Nuclear Transplantation Research, 1942-1952”

Angela Creager (Princeton University), “Converging on the Gene: The Somatic Mutation Theory of Carcinogenesis”

Robin Scheffler (Yale University), “From Polio to p53: The Life of Simian Virus 40”

Andrew Hogan (University of Pennsylvania), “Chromosomes in the Clinic: Cytogenetic Analysis and

‘Epigenetic’ Thinking in 1980s Medical Genetics”

Chair: Nathaniel Comfort (Johns Hopkins University)

Contributed PapersReductionExplanationand Mechanism

RM: Marina 2

Abraham Graber (University of Iowa) and Ian O’Loughlin (University of Iowa), “Scientific Realism is Incompatible with Reductionism: Combinatorial Explosion and the Intransitivity of Explanation”

Kari L. Theurer (Trinity College), “Seventeenth-­‐Century Mechanism: An Alternative Framework for Reductionism”

Beckett Sterner (University of Chicago), “Pragmatics of Prediction and Explanation”

Adrian Currie (Australian National University), “Narratives & Mechanisms”

Chair: Mark B. Couch (Seton Hall University)

Contributed Papers: CausationAnalysiand Inference
RM: Sea Breeze 2

Robert Ennis (University of Illinois), “Analysis and Defense of Sole Singular Causal Claims”

Holly K. Andersen (Simon Fraser University), “When To Expect Violations of Causal Faithfulness and Why It Matters”

Karen Rae Zwier (University of Pittsburgh), “An Epistemology of Causal Inference from Experiment”

Frederick Eberhardt (Carnegie Mellon University), “Experimental Indistinguishability  and Interventionism”    Chair: Janet D. Stemwedel (San Jose State University)

Contributed Papers: IssueoRepresentation:  Models and Theories
RM: Spinnaker

Adam Toon (Bielefeld University), “Models, Sherlock Holmes and the Emperor Claudius”

Francesca Pero (University of Florence), “Presenting and Representing: Problems for the Model-­‐Theoretic Account”

Alkistis Tania Elliott-­‐Graves (University of Pennsylvania), “Abstract and Complete”

Till Grüne-­‐Yanoff (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), “Appraising Non-­‐Representational Models”

Chair: Martin Thomson-­‐Jones (Oberlin College)

Understanding Noise in Twentieth- Century Physics and Engineering Part 2
RM: Seabreeze 1

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

Allan Franklin (Cornell University), “The Rise and Triumph of the Sigmas”

Martin Niss (Roskilde University), “Noise as a Limit to Physical Measuring Processes: Models and Justifications in the 1920s”

Chen-Pang Yeang (University of Toronto), “Two Mathematical Approaches to Random Fluctuations”

Commentator: Joan Lisa Bromberg (Johns Hopkins University)

Chair: Jed Buchwald (California Institute of Technology)

Contributed Papers: ProbabilitTheory and FormaEpistemology

RM: Marina 6

Gregory Stephen Gandenberger (University of Pittsburgh), “A New Proof of the Likelihood Principle”

Benjamin Jantzen (Virginia Polytechnic Institute), “Piecewise Versus Total Support: How to Deal with Background Information in Likelihood Arguments”

Stephan Hartmann (Ludwig-­‐Maximilians-­‐University    Munich) and Soroush Rafiee Rad (Tilburg University), “Updating on Conditionals = Kullback-­‐Leibler + Causal Structure”

Samir Okasha (University of Bristol), “The Evolution of Bayesian Updating”  Chair: Carl G. Wagner (University of Tennessee)

Contributed Papers: Methodological  Issues in Biology
SessionCo-­‐Sponsored bthe History of Science Society
RM: Marina 4

Angela Potochnik (University of Cincinnati), “Defusing Ideological Defenses in Biology”

Francis Cartieri (University of Cincinnati), “Population Genomics and Empirical Insufficiency”

Stephan Guettinger (London School of Economics), “The Nature of Exploratory Experimentation and Its Relation to Theory in the Life Sciences”

Benjamin Sheredos (University of California, San Diego), Daniel C. Burnston (University of California, San Diego), Adele Abrahamsen (University of California, San Diego), and William Bechtel (University of California, San Diego), “Why Do Biologists Use So Many Diagrams?”

Chair: Monika  Piotrowska    (Florida    International    University)


Reception Celebrating the Publication of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought, Michael Ruse, Ed.  For contributors and their guests.


Session (9-­‐11:45)

SymposiumTeleosemantics  2.0: New Directions in Evolutionary Explanations of the Mind
RM: Marina 6

Paul Griffiths (University of Sydney and University of Exeter), “Teleosemantics  without History”    Karen Neander (Duke University), “Referential Concepts”

Dan Ryder (University of British Columbia, Okanagan), “Teleosemantics as a Theory External Constraint on Reference”

David Papineau (King‘s College, London), “The Variety of Teleosemantic Systems”

Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp and University of Cambridge), “Teleosemantics  Without Etiology”

Chair: Andrea Scarantino (Georgia State University)

SymposiumLaws and Complex Systems
RM: Marina 2

James Ladyman (University of Bristol) and Karoline Wiesner (University of Bristol), “The Nature of Complex Systems: Order, Causation and Law”

Alexander Reutlinger (University of Cologne), “Why Are There Any Robust Laws of Complex Systems?”

Michael Strevens (New York University), “Simplicity, Dependence, and the Sciences of Complexity”

Jessica Wilson (University of Toronto), “Metaphysical Emergence in Complex Systems”

Chair: Paul Humphreys (University of Virginia)

Unruly Experiments: Developing Scientific Practices around Live Specimens in 20th century Biological Sciences
RM: Nautilus 2

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

 Samantha Muka (University of Pennsylvania), “‘These animals are so perishable’: The desires and difficulties of studying the physiology of medusae in the laboratory, 1850- 1930”

 Mary Sunderland (University of California, Berkeley), “Studying Speciation: Ensatina eschscholtzii and the Ring Species Concept”

 Kristoffer Whitney (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “A Bird in Hand: Bird-Banding and Environmental  Ethics in Wildlife Biology”

Etienne Benson (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), “The making of a territorial antelope”

 Chair and Commentator: Karen Rader (Virginia Commonwealth University)

SymposiumMentaDisorders and Psychiatric Taxonomy
RM: Sea Breeze 2

Peter Zachar (Auburn University-­‐Montgomery), “Psychiatric Disorders and the Imperfect Community: A Nominalist Harmful Dysfunction Analysis”

Dominic Murphy (University of Sydney), “On the Tendency of Mental Disorders to Form Varieties”

Jeffrey Poland (Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design), “Deeply Rooted Sources of Error and Bias in Psychiatric Classification”

Kenneth F. Schaffner (University of Pittsburgh), “Rosch-­‐like Prototype Model for Psychiatric Disorders”

Şerife Tekin (University of Pittsburgh), “The Missing Self in Psychiatric Taxonomy”

Chair: Brian Keeley (Pitzer College)

SymposiumRisk and Cancer: Decision Making Under Uncertainty
RM: Executive Center 1

Peter Schwartz (Indiana University), “Small Tumors as Risk Factors rather than Pathology”

Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown University), “Imagining the Risk of Iatrogenic Infertility in Young Cancer Patients”

Anya Plutynski (University of Utah), “A Risk of Cancer Screening? Overdiagnosis”

Miriam Solomon (Temple University), commentary

Chair: Marta Bertolaso (University Campus Bio-­‐Medico of Rome)

SymposiumDevelopment: Knowing WhaWorks, Evidence, Evaluation, and Experiment
RM: Spinnaker

Joseph Burke (Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland), “Explaining the Narrowing Field in Development Evaluation”

Nancy Cartwright (University of Durham & University of California, San Diego) and Hakan Seckinelgin (London School of Economics), “Peoples’ Experiences and RCTs—Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Knowledge?”

Damien Fennell (London School of Economics), “When Is Ignorance Bliss? Controlling for Unknown Confounders for Development Projects Using RCTs”

Deborah Mayo (Virginia Polytechnic Institute), “Learning From Error in RCT4D”

Chair: Kathleen Okruhlik (University of Western Ontario)

Neuroscience and Pathology between Lab and Clinic
RM: Marina 5

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

Nima Bassiri (Duke University), “From the technologies of brain research to the brain as technology: On the construction of neurological selfhood in nineteenth-century neuroscience”

Joseph McCaffrey (University of Pittsburgh), “The investigative role of prefrontal lobotomy”

Tulley Long (University of Minnesota), “Before ‘cortin’ became cortisone: Dwight J. Ingle, the Mayo Foundation, and the physiology of the adrenal cortex”

Tricia Close-Koenig (Université de Strasbourg), “Pathological anatomy slides from research to cancer treatment to film in interwar France”

David Teira (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain), “The impartiality of clinical trials historically reexamined”

Chair: David Teira (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain)

SymposiumPhilosophoCognitivNeuroscience: Evidence and Inference in Neuroimaging
RM: Executive Center 3B

Emrah Aktunc (Independent Scholar),“Severe Tests in Neuroimaging: What We Can Learn and How We Can Learn It”

Matt Bateman (Franklin and Marshall College), “Neuroimaging and Revisionary Cognitive Ontology”

Carrie Figdor (University of Iowa), “Neuroimaging and Inferences to Mental Content”

Colin Klein (University of Illinois-­‐Chicago), “What Does ‘Brain Activity’ Mean in fMRI Experiments, and Why Does It Matter?”

Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh), “Neuroscientific Validation”

Chair: Carl Craver (Washington University, St. Louis)

SymposiumConcepts of Populations: Ontology Matters
RM: Marina 4

Roberta L. Millstein (University of California, Davis), “Populations in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Environments”

Lisa Gannett (Saint Mary’s University), “Are Populations Ontological Individuals? Historical Reflections”

Frédéric Bouchard (University of Montreal), “Evolution is about Variation, Not Populations”

Mathieu Charbonneau (University of Montreal), “Populations Without Reproduction”

Chair: Lindley Darden (University of Maryland, College Park)

SymposiumPhase Transitions and Renormalization:  Conceptual Aspects
RM: Executive Center 2B

Leo Kadanoff (University of Chicago), “A Perspective on Renormalization”

Craig Callender (University of California, San Diego) and Tarun Menon (University of California, San Diego), “Are Phase Transitions Emergent?”

Daniel Arovas (University of California, San Diego), “Quantum Phase Transitions, Dissipation, and Topology”

Nazim Bouatta (University of Cambridge) and Jeremy Butterfield (University of Cambridge), “Phase Transitions in Quantum Field Theory”

Chair: Laura Ruetsche (University of Michigan)


Symposium: Philosophical Issues Regarding the Mathematical Representation of Continuous Phenomena
RM: Sea Breeze 1

Philip Ehrlich (Ohio University), “A Re-­‐examination of Zeno’s Paradox of Extension”

Jean-­‐Pierre Marquis (University of Montreal), “Space: the Final Frontier”

Geoffrey Hellman (University of Minnesota) and Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State University), “Classical Continua Without Points”

Alan Hájek (Australian National University), “Staying Regular?”

Chair: Gordon Belot (University of Michigan)

SymposiumSignaling withithe Organism
RM: Marina 3

Peter Godfrey-­‐Smith (City University of New York), “Sender-­‐Receiver Systems Within and Between Organisms”

Nicholas Shea (Kings College London), “Neural Signaling of Probabilistic Vectors”

Rosa Cao (New York University), “Neuronal and Non-­‐Neuronal Signaling in the Brain”

Brett Calcott (Australian National University), “Gene Regulation as Signaling: the ‘Publish-­‐Subscribe’ Model”

Rory Smead (Northeastern University), “Deception and the Evolution of Plasticity”

Chair: David Frank (New York University)

SymposiumSemantiand SyntactiApproaches tScience: A Reconsideration
RM: Marina 4

Sebastian Lutz (Ludwig-­‐Maximilians-­‐University    Munich), “Empirical Adequacy in the Received View”

Otávio Bueno (University of Miami), “Diagrams and Styles of Reasoning: Toward a Reconciliation of the Received and the Semantic Views”

Holger Andreas (Ludwig-­‐Maximilians-­‐University    Munich), “Scientific Reasoning Without Syntax?”

Hans Halvorson (Princeton University), “What is a Scientific Theory?”

Chair: Michael Dickson (University of South Carolina)

Margaret Rossiter’s Third Volume: A New World for Women in Science?
RM: Spinnaker

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

Joy Harvey (Independent Scholar), “Plunging into Archives and Coming Up for Air: Margaret Rossiter’s Exploration of Women Scientists”

Nancy Slack (The Sage Colleges), “The Cutting Edge of Change for Women Scientists; After 40 More Years of Change, What Barriers Remain?”

Gwen Kay (State University of New York, Oswego), “Creating New Paths; What Constitutes Science?”

Commentator: Margaret Rossiter (Cornell University)

Chair: Sally Kohlstedt (University of Minnesota)

Special note: this session will run until 3:30 p.m.

SymposiumCauses and Comparability in Cases: the Human and Social SciencesSession Co-­‐Sponsored bthe History of  Science Society
RM: Marina 2

Rachel A. Ankeny (University of Adelaide), “Easy to Manipulate? How Medical Case Studies Help to Reveal Causes”

Theodore M. Porter (University of California, Los Angeles), “Cases, Statistics and the Search for Causes of Mental Illness”

Sharon Crasnow (Norco College), “Breaking the Code: The Role of Case Studies in Mixed Method Research”

Attilia Ruzzene (Erasmus University), “Causal Evidence from Case Studies: Why It Is Helpful for Effective Policy Making”

Mary S. Morgan (London School of Economics and University of Amsterdam), “Re-­‐Situating the Situated Knowledge of Case Studies”

Chair: Stephen Turner (University of South Florida)

SymposiumSymmetriesObjecthoodand Fundamentality:  Cross-­‐sectioning Fundamental  Physics
RM: Sea Breeze 2

Antigone M. Nounou (University of Athens), “Irreducible Representations and Constitution of Elementary Objects”

Kerry McKenzie (Descartes Centre, Utrecht University), “Are Symmetries More Ontologically Fundamental than Elementary Particles?”

Elena Castellani (University of Florence), “Duality Symmetries and Ontological Democracy”

Christian Wüthrich (University of California, San Diego), “What, If Anything, is Spacetime, Fundamentally?”

Chair: Oliver Pooley (University of Oxford)

Symposium: Molecules, Organisms, Systems: Developing a Multi-­‐level Integrated Insights Into BiologicaProcesses
RM: Grande Ballroom C

Maureen A. O’Malley (University of Sydney), “Biological Systems from Molecular, Ecological and Microbiological Points of View”

Forest Rohwer (San Diego State University), “Viruses as Informational Manipulators of Biological Systems”

John C. Crawford (University of Sydney), “Where Does System-­‐Oriented Analysis End? Soil Ecosystems Including Social Effects”

Rob Knight (University of Colorado, Boulder), “From Molecules to Dynamic Biological Communities”

Jack A. Gilbert (University of Chicago), “Beyond the Genome: Creating Predictive Models of Microbial Communities”

Sandra D. Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh), “Integrative Strategies in Explanations of Protein Folding”

Alan C. Love (University of Minnesota), “From Microbial Methods to Metazoan Ontogeny: Multi-­‐Level Modeling of Biological Phenomena”

Ingo Brigandt (University of Alberta), “Integrating Causal-­‐Mechanistic Explanation and Mathematical Modeling in Systems Biology”

Chair: Carol Cleland (University of Colorado, Boulder)

SymposiumHistoricaContingency and Explanation in Biology
RM: Marina 5

John Beatty (University of British Columbia), “Narrativity and Historicity”

Derek Turner (Connecticut College), “Contingency and the Explanation of Historical Trends”

Marc Ereshefsky (University of Calgary), “Species and Historicity”

Eric Desjardins (University of Western Ontario), “Path Dependence, Ecology and Restoration”

Chair: Lindsay Craig (University of Idaho)

4:30-­‐6:30 PM

PSAwardand PSPresidentiaAddress

7:15-­‐9:00 PM

PSA/HSS Reception

Sunday November 18, 2012
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Redefining Life in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Seabreeze 1

Session Sponsored by the History of Science Society

Jacob Habinek (University of California, Berkeley), “Conflict of the faculties? The philosophical and medical contexts of the study of life, ca. 1800”

Shira Shmu’ely, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) “Key-term: Laboratory Anima.”

Luis Campos (University of New Mexico), “‘The uterus is outside the body’: A gendered history of synthetic biology”

Sara Green (Aarhus University) and Olaf Wolkenhauer (Rostock University), “Systems biology: an old and new approach”

Chair: Veli-Pekka Parkkinen (University of Oslo)

*Doesn’t it seem that a surprising number of landmark books/results (at least in stat/philstat) are associated with 1962?

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