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U-M professor president-elect of philosophy association

Lawrence Sklar, professor of philosophy, is president-elect of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) for 2006-07. He will assume the presidency in 2007-08 for a term of two years.
(File Photo, Bob Kalmbach, U-M Photo Services)

Sklar says he will work with the governing board to help direct the association's affairs. He also will deliver a presidential address at the PSA's 2008 meetings.

"I am pleased and honored that the members of the association have chosen to recognize my work by electing me to this position," Sklar says. His interests primarily are in the philosophy of physics and in scientific method.

The PSA is the pre-eminent international academic association of philosophers whose interests center on philosophy and science, such as scientific methodology and interpretive problems in the specific sciences.

The association also publishes the journal Philosophy of Science.

A Department of Philosophy faculty member since 1968, Sklar is considered one of the world's leading philosophers of science. He was named the Carl G. Hempel and William K. Frankena Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy in 2003.

Two of Sklar's best-known works are "Space, Time, and Spacetime" (1974) and "Physics and Chance" (1993). The former won the American Philosophical Association's Franklin J. Matchette Prize. The latter received the Imré Lakatos Award and was acclaimed by Choice magazine as "one of the most important books in the philosophy of science in the last 50 years."

Sklar has served on the PSA governing board and has presented the John Locke Lectures at Oxford University, one of the most prestigious lecture series in philosophy. He also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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