What is it?

The Summer Program features two daily graduate seminars about core issues and cutting-edge topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences (e.g., physics, biology, cognitive science and neuroscience, social sciences). The seminars and lectures will be given by internationally recognized faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh as well as in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Housing, meals, and transportation costs (North American travel only) will be covered, and all course materials provided.

When is it?

PSP is usually held every July.  The applications are now open for PSP4 — see below.

PSP4

Applications for PSP4 are now closed.

How to Apply

Before beginning the application process you will need to collect:

  • Cover letter describing your future plans after graduation and your interests in philosophy of science (including the philosophy of physics, biology, cognitive science, neuroscience, social sciences, etc.). Please briefly indicate relevant demographic information (racial/ethnic heritage, gender, etc.)

  • CV (including College/University affiliation, major, GPA, high school, awards & recognition, any philosophy courses taken)

  • Brief writing sample (2,000 words maximum) that will help the selection committee assess your academic and philosophical skills. Typically, but not necessarily, this will be a paper that was written for a college course. Philosophy of science papers are preferable, but a paper on a topic from any discipline will work if no suitable philosophy paper is available. The most effective paper to submit will be the one which best exhibits your academic and philosophical skills. The writing sample can be a selection from a larger paper.

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with your work and can speak to your philosophical skills and suitability for this program to be mailed directly to Carolyn Oblak (cjo13@pitt.edu)

 

 

July 13-17, 2020

The Pittsburgh Summer Program is generously sponsored by