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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 324.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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       [1] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (67)
             Subject: new book on ethics

       [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (39)
             Subject: book on systems theory

       [3] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (62)
             Subject: on pattern recognition & string matching

       [4] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (55)
             Subject: on women in research universities

             Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 06:52:28 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: new book on ethics

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following title:

    Pragmatist Ethics for a Technological Culture

    edited by

    Jozef Keulartz
    Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    Michiel Korthals
    Wageningen University, the Netherlands

    Maartje Schermer
    Dept. of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam and Center for Ethics and
    Health of The Netherlands, Zoetermeer/The Hague, The Netherlands

    Tsjalling Swierstra
    Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands


    Our technological culture has an extremely dynamic character: old ways of
    reproducing ourselves, managing nature and keeping animals are continually
    replaced by new ones; norms and values with respect to our bodies, food
    production, health care and environmental protection are regularly being
    put up for discussion. This constantly confronts us with new moral problems
    and dilemmas. In discussion with other approaches this book argues that
    pragmatism, with its strong emphasis on the interaction between technology
    and values, gives us both procedural help and stresses the importance of
    living and cooperating together in tackling these problems and dilemmas.
    The issues in this book include the interaction of technology and ethics,
    the status of pragmatism, the concept of practice, and discourse ethics and
    deliberative democracy. The book has an interactive design, with original
    contributions alternating with critical comments. The book is of interest
    for students, scholars and policymakers in the fields of bioethics, animal
    ethics, environmental ethics, pragmatist philosophy and science and
    technology studies.

    Contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction.
    Part 1: Prologue. 1. Ethics in a Technology Culture; J. Keulartz, et al.
    Part 2: Technology
    and Ethics. 2. Pragmatic Resources for Biotechnology; L.A. Hickman.
    3. Philosophical Tools and Technical Solutions; H. Zwart.
    4. How Pragmatic is Bioethics?; M. Schermer, J. Keulartz.
    5. Healthcare as a Relational Practice: A Hermeneutic-Pragmatic
    Perspective; G.Widdershoven, L.van der Scheer.
    Part 3: The Status of Pragmatism. 6. A Modest Proposal: Methodological
    Pragmatism for Bioethics; A. Light.
    7. Methodological Pragmatism in Bioethics: A Modest Proposal?; B.Gremmen.
    8. Pragmatic Epistemology in the Activity of Bioethics; G.McGee.
    9. Pragmatism and Pragmata; P.-P. Verbeek.
    Part 4: Pragmatism
    and Practices. 10. A Multi-Practice Ethics of Domesticated and "Wild"
    Animals; M. Korthals.
    11. Weak Ethics, Strong Feelings; H. Barbers.
    12. Pragmatism for Medical Ethics; G.de Vries.
    13. Competitiveness, Ethics and Truth; J. Vorstenbosch.
    14. A Pragmatist Epistemology for Adaptive Management; B.G. Norton.
    15. How Much Doubt Can a Pragmatist Bear?; H.van den Belt.
    Part V: Discourse Ethics and Deliberative
    Democracy. 16. Pragmatism, Discourse Ethics and Occasional Philosophy; P.B.
    17. Minimalism with a Vengeance; P. Pekelharing.
    18. Moral Vocabularies and Public Debate; T. Swierstra.
    19. Debating Pragmatism; R.de Wilde.
    Part 6: Epilogue. 20. Pragmatism in Action; J.Keulartz, et al.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-0987-9 Date: December 2002 Pages: 292 pp.
    EURO 135.00 / USD 130.00 / GBP 86.00
    To purchase this book, click here to visit our website's shopping cart

    Paperback ISBN: 1-4020-1115-6 Date: December 2002 Pages: 292 pp.
    EURO 75.00 / USD 72.00 / GBP 48.00

    Dr Willard McCarty | Senior Lecturer | Centre for Computing in the
    Humanities | King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS || +44 (0)20
    7848-2784 fax: -2980 || willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk

             Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 06:53:23 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: book on systems theory

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following title:

    Architecture of Systems Problem Solving, Second Edition


    George J. Klir
    State University of New York at Binghamton, USA

    Doug Elias
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA


    This is the definitive text for one of the major schools of thought in
    systems science. It presents both a comprehensive framework for
    characterizing all forms of systems problems, and a set of specific
    methodologies for some key problems. These methodologies are based on a
    combination of classical and fuzzy set theories, probability and
    possibility theories, graph and hypergraph theories, and information
    theory, among others. The hardcopy text contains a revised, updated and
    condensed version of the first edition, accompanied by a CD containing
    supplementary material including additional chapters on related topics,
    explanatory material drawn from many years of class presentations and
    lectures, exercises, and fully worked out examples showing both the
    framework and methodology in operation on actual real-world problems. Fully
    operational software is made available on an associated website. The
    material is suitable for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate
    students with a modest background in discrete math, probability and statistics.


    1. Introduction.
    2. Source and Data Systems.
    3. Generative systems.
    4. Structure Systems.
    5. Metasystems.
    A. Complexity.
    B. Goal-Oriented.
    C. System Similarity.
    6. Architecture, Use, Evolution. Appendices. References. Subject Index.
    Author Index.

    Hardbound ISBN: 0-306-47357-7 Date: November 2002 Pages: 354 pp.
    EURO 128.00 / USD 125.00 / GBP 80.00

    Dr Willard McCarty | Senior Lecturer | Centre for Computing in the
    Humanities | King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS || +44 (0)20
    7848-2784 fax: -2980 || willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk

             Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 06:59:30 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: on pattern recognition & string matching

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following title:

    Pattern Recognition and String Matching

    edited by

    Dechang Chen
    Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA

    Xiuzhen Cheng
    Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota,
    Minneapolis, USA


    This volume is the most comprehensive one in its field. It is a collection
    of 28 state-of-the-art articles contributed by experts of pattern
    recognition, string matching, or both. It contains fundamental concepts and
    notations, as well as reports on current research with respect to both
    methodology and applications. In particular, it includes string matching
    related techniques for structural pattern recognition. It also explores
    many applications of pattern recognition strategies to image segmentation,
    intrusion detection, handwriting recognition and others.
    Audience: This book is a good reference tool for scientists who depend on
    problems in pattern recognition and string matching. Target readers include
    researchers in computer science, statistics, mathematics, and electrical
    Engineering, as well as students. It is suitable for both specialists and
    uninformed readers.

    Foreword. Correcting the Training Data; R. Barandela, et al. Context Free
    Grammars and Semantic Networks for Flexible Assembly Recognition; C.
    Bauckhage, G. Sagerer. Stochastic Recognition of Occluded Objects; B.
    Bhanu, et al. Approximate String Matching for Angular String Elements with
    Applications to On-Line and Off-line Handwriting Recognition; S.-H. Cha,
    S.N. Srihari. Uniform, Fast Convergence of Arbitrarily Tight Upper and
    Lower Bounds on the Bayes Error; D. Chen,et al. Building RBF Networks for
    Time Series Classification by Boosting; J.R. Diez, C.J.A. Gonzlez.
    Similarity Measures and Clustering of String Patterns; A. Fred. Pattern
    Recognition for Intrusion Detection in Computer Networks; G. Giacinto, F.
    Roli. Model-Based Pattern Recognition; M. Haindl. Structural Pattern
    Recognition in Graphs; L. Holder, et al. Deriving Pseudo-Probabilities of
    Correctness Given Scores (DPPS); K. Ianakiev, V. Govindaraju. Weighed Mean
    and Generalized Median of Strings; Y. Jiang, H. Bunke. A Region-Based
    Algorithm for Classifier-Independent Feature Selection; M. Kudo. Inference
    of K-Piecewise Testable Tree Languages; D.Lpez, et al. Mining Partially
    Periodic Patterns With Unknown Periods From Event tream; S. Ma, J.L.
    Hellerstein. Combination of Classifiers for Supervised Learning: A Survey;
    S. Ma, C. Ji. Image Segmentation and Pattern Recognition: A Novel Concept,
    the Historgram of Connected Elements; D. Maravell, M.. Patricio.
    Prototype Extraction for k-NN Classifiers using Median Srings;
    C.D.Martnez-Hinarejos, et al. Cyclic String Matching: Efficient Exact and
    Approximate Algorithms; A. Marzal, et al. Homogeneity, Autocorrelation and
    Anisotropy in Patterns; A. Molina. Robust Structural Indexing through
    Quasi-Invariant Shape Signatures and Feature Generation; H. Nishida. Energy
    Minimisation Methods for Static and Dynamic Curve Matching; E. Nyssen, et
    al. Recent Feature Selection Methods in Statistical Pattern Recognition; P.
    Pudil, et al. Fast Image Segmentation under Noise; R.M. Romano, D.
    Vitulano. Set Analysis of Coincident Errors and Its Applications for
    Combining Classifiers; D. Ruta, B. Gabrys. Enhanced Neighbourhood
    Specifications for Pattern Classification; J.S. Snchez, A.I. Marqus.
    Algorithmic Synthesis in Neural Network Training for Pattern Recognition;
    K.Sirlantzis. Binary Strings and multi-class learning problems; T.Windeatt,
    R. Ghaderi.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-0953-4 Date: December 2002 Pages: 772 pp.
    EURO 257.00 / USD 245.00 / GBP 164.00

    Dr Willard McCarty | Senior Lecturer | Centre for Computing in the
    Humanities | King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS || +44 (0)20
    7848-2784 fax: -2980 || willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk

             Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 07:00:22 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: on women in research universities

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following title:

    Equal Rites, Unequal Outcomes
    Women in American Research Universities

    edited by

    Lilli S. Hornig
    The Committee for the Equality of Women at Harvard, Little Compton, RI, USA


    This book is based on a conference held at Harvard University in November
    1998. It is sponsored by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Sloan
    Foundation, and the Albert Gordon Foundation. The intent of the conference
    is to focus on women faculty in research universities, seeking to identify
    and disseminate innovative approaches to increasing faculty positions and
    opportunities for women there. Faculty positions in these institutions are
    essential to establishing productive scholarly careers, especially so in
    the natural sciences, but also in the social sciences and humanities. The
    contributors are considered quite stellar and are some of the most
    important leaders in their individual fields of study.

    Introduction; L.S. Hornig.
    Part I.
    1. Dreaming and Scheming: Moving Towards Our University; C.R. Stimpson.
    2. The Current Status of Women in Research Universities; L.S. Hornig.
    3. A National Profile of Academic Women in Research Universities; H.S.
    Astin, C.M. Cress.
    4. Gender, Faculty, and Doctoral Education in Science and Engineering; M.F.
    5. You've Come a Long Way: Data on Women Doctoral Scientists and Engineers
    in Research Universities; C.V. Kuh.
    6. The Presence and Participation of Women in Academic Science and
    Engineering: 1973-1995; J.S. Long.
    7. Explaining Sex Differences in Publication Productivity among
    Postsecondary Faculty; K.A. Shauman, Y.Xie.
    Part III.
    8. Women in the Academy: Confronting Barriers to Equality; C. Hollenshead.
    9. Organizational Change to Support Success of Women: A Model and Its
    Lessons; L.P. Fried, et al.
    Part IV.
    10. Primatology, Archaeology, and Human Origins: Feminist Interventions; L.
    11. Transforming Knowledges: Anthropology's Encounters with Feminism(s); P.
    Part V.
    12. Women's Uneven Progress in Academia: Problems and Solutions; M.A. Ferber.
    13. Work/Family/Life Issues and Programs in Higher Education What's
    New; K.Sullivan. Old Issues, New Solutions: Family and Work; Response to
    Kathleen Sullivan; R. Simpson.
    14. Conclusions; L.S.Hornig, B. Lazarus. Bibliography. Index.

    Paperback ISBN: 0-306-47351-8 Date: November 2002 Pages: 394 pp.
    EURO 43.00 / USD 42.50 / GBP 27.00

    Dr Willard McCarty | Senior Lecturer | Centre for Computing in the
    Humanities | King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS || +44 (0)20
    7848-2784 fax: -2980 || willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk

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