University of Pittsburgh
September 19, 2001

Center for Philosophy of Science Anniversary Lecture Series Tours the Globe Changes Make Lecture Series More Accessible to the Public

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September 18, 2001

PITTSBURGH—As part of its 40th anniversary, the Center for Philosophy of Science's (CPS) signature annual lecture series will explore the center's impact on the development of philosophy of science throughout the world, bringing back eight of the Center's former visiting fellows to report on the state of the field in their home countries.

"We selected the eight countries because of unique ties to the Pittsburgh area," said James Lennox, the center's director. The eight countries represented are Israel, Germany, Greece, Poland, Argentina, Japan, Great Britain, and Italy.

The annual lecture series is also changing to make it more accessible to laypersons. This year, the lectures will be held Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Museum Auditorium, and, because the speakers will be addressing a wider audience, Lennox is taking the opportunity to invite people from corporate, philanthropic, and civic groups with special ties to each lecturer's country.

Receptions will follow each lecture, and, in keeping with the international flavor of this year's series, Lennox is hoping to feature ethnic food and drink reflective of the country being highlighted.

Since the CPS began its visiting fellows program in the 1970s, it has attracted more than 200 scholars from 32 nations.

The CPS 40th Annual lecture series schedule comprises the following presentations:

_ Paving Ways—The Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science and the Case of Philosophy of Science in Israel, by Giora Hon, University of Haifa (Israel), Oct. 11;

_ Uneasy Homecoming: Philosophy of Science in Germany, by Gereon Wolters, University of Konstanz (Germany), Nov. 15;

_ The Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science: Privileged Vehicle for the Return of Philosophy to Greece, by Aristides Baltas, National Technical University of Athens (Greece), Dec. 6;

_ Philosophy of Science in Poland: From Lvov to Pittsburgh, by Barbara Tuchanska, University of Lodz (Poland), Jan. 17;

_ Science and Culture in the Far South: Views from Argentina, by Victor Rodriguez, National University of Cordoba (Argentina), Feb. 14;

_ Is Philosophy of Science Alive in the East? A Report from Japan, by Soshichi Uchii, Kyoto University (Japan), March 14;

_ A Bridge Over Troubled Cultures: Philosophy of Science in Britain, by John Worrall, London School of Economics (Great Britain), April 11; and

_ Philosophy of Science in Italy: The Epistemology of Psychoanalysis as a Case Study, by Alessandro Pagnini, University of Florence (Italy), May 2.