We are happy to announce the establishment of The Pond: Philosophy of Science Around the Mediterranean. Our philosophy of science communities in this area are flourishing, and we are getting together to collectively form a larger community, strengthen our local communities, and create international scholarly impact by local production of universally valid knowledge.
These are times of social, political and economic difficulties, and we wish to emphasize the solidarity of the academic community which is committed to the creation of knowledge that is open for all to share and develop.
We believe that intellectual riches does not require material wealth, and can flourish when means are modest. The Pond will minimize expenses and plan activities within the means of its members.
The Pond will be a safe and inclusive intellectual environment, in that it will conduct its discussions and activities in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and will provide constructive feedbacks. As part of this we shall strive to reach decisions by consensus rather than by majority votes.
As we form and strengthen the Mediterranean group we will be open in the future to inviting members from other regions. With time we shall find the right balance between focusing our efforts in our chosen region and being inclusive, especially towards other peripheral communities. We aim to work side by side with sister organizations that work in other intellectual areas and in other geographic regions.
The Pond’s first meeting will take place in Jerusalem in 2016, and then each year in a different place around the Mediterranean. The hosting community will provide the meeting venue and refreshments. It will also provide meals and accommodations for the speakers if it has the means for that. All the rest of the expenses will be paid by the participants.
The first meeting in Jerusalem will be supported by the Sidney M. Edelstein Center for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, that will also host the meeting in its conference center.
The theme of the first meeting will be “Philosophy of Science and its Relevance to Science”. We shall dedicate part of this meetings to planning and promoting our future activities, and to discussions that will encourage collaborations.