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Submitted by Martin Kusch (University of Vienna).

 

Call For Application (Deadline: February 15, 2019)

PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHIATRY

Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) July 1–12, 2019

The Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) – until 2014 under the label “Vienna International Summer University” – will be held from July 1 to 12, 2019. The topic of the two-week course is „Philosophy and Psychiatry “ The main lecturers are Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University), Dominic Murphy(The University of Sydney) and Tim Thornton ( University of Central Lancashire ).

As an international interdisciplinary program, USS SWC brings graduate students in close contact with world-renowned scholars. The program is directed primarily to graduate students and junior researchers in fields related to the annual topic, but the organizers also encourage applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all stages of their career who wish to broaden their horizon through crossdisciplinary studies of methodological and foundational issues in science.

The topic of the two-week course is „ Philosophy and Psychiatry “:

By its very nature, psychiatry – the medical specialism devoted to mental healthcare – raises as many conceptual as empirical questions. The philosophy of psychiatry is a rapidly emerging field which draws broadly on philosophical traditions – centrally analytic philosophy and phenomenology – to address a range of questions as broad as the demands made on psychiatry to address problems of human suffering, distress and disorder. It is also an area where philosophical methods, accounts and theories can be applied to and thus tested against psychiatric and psychopathological phenomena. But at its heart lies the question of whether, since psychiatry sees itself as part of medicine, the medical conceptualisation of illness and disease can be articulated in such a way that it properly applies to the distinct ‘problems of living’ that psychiatry addresses in response to the crisis of legitimacy often raised. This summer school will address a number key questions which impact on mental health care.

Application form and further information:

http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/SWC/

 

The Main Lecturers:

Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University)

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/people-profiles/Rachel-Cooper

Dominic Murphy (The University of Sydney)

https://sydney.edu.au/science/people/dominic.murphy.php

Tim Thornton ( University of Central Lancashire )

https://www.uclan.ac.uk/staff_profiles/prof-tim-thornton.php

Guest lecturer:

Raffaella Campaner (Università di Bologna)

https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/raffaella.campaner/en

 

USS-SWC operates under the academic supervision of an International Program Committee of distinguished philosophers, historians, and scientists. Its members represent the scientific fields in the scope of USS-SWC, make contact to their home universities and will also support acknowledgement of courses taken by the students. USS-SWC is organised every year by the Institute Vienna Circle of the University of Vienna.

http://ivc.univie.ac.at/

http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/

http://wienerkreis.univie.ac.at/

 

Opening

Venue: Kapelle, Institut für Ethik und Recht in der Medizin, Campus der Universität Wien, Entrance 2.8

Time: Monday, July 1, 2019, 9 a.m.

 

Further Information

www.univie.ac.at/ivc/SWC

Since 2010 USS-SWC is a part of the curriculum of the doctoral programme “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts”

http://dkplus-sciences-contexts.univie.ac.at/

There is an exchange programme with Duke University (North Carolina):

http://international.univie.ac.at/outgoing-students/non-eu-student-exchange-program/kom-2-bewerbungsunterlagen/

 

For further inquiries, please send email to martin.kusch@univie.ac.at or consult the IVC’s Web site

 

Inquiries:

Organisation:

Robert Kaller

Institute Vienna Circle

Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 1, 1090 Wien

ivc@univie.ac.at

Tel. +43-1-4277-46504

 

Scientific director:

Prof. Martin Kusch

Department of Philosophy

University of Vienna

martin.kusch@univie.ac.at

 

Wiener Kreis Gesellschaft/Vienna Circle Society

Universitätscampus, Hof 1

Spitalgasse 2-4

A-1090 Wien, Austria

Tel:  +43-1-4277 46504

Fax: +43-1-4277 9465

ivc@univie.ac.at

http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/

Submitted by Thomas Reydon (University of Hannover).

 

Call for Papers

Learning From Empirical Approaches to HPS 2019 (LEAHPS 2019)

July 25 – 27, 2019
Institute of Philosophy & Leibniz Center for Science and Society, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

https://leaphs2019.wordpress.com/

In recent years, historians and philosophers of science have taken an empirical turn in their own work, conducting surveys and interviews, embedding themselves in scientific research groups as both observers and participants, designing and conducting new experiments, replicating historically important experiments, and developing computational approaches to questions in the history & philosophy of science. Such approaches connect to the increased attention for scientific practice, where a number of questions concerning methodological and epistemological aspects of scientific inquiry remain open. For instance, how well do the proposed philosophical accounts capture scientific practice? What is the impact of social, cultural, cognitive, and institutional factors on the generation of knowledge and its efficiency? In response to this gap, philosophers of science have begun to utilize empirical and computational methods, aiming to provide more well-grounded and systematic insights into actual behaviors and patterns and more reliable normative accounts of scientific inquiry.

Three exemplary perspectives from which philosophers can gain insights about scientific practice are: (1) philosophers engaging with scientists in the laboratory on theand results. Contributors should address how the methods they use serve philosophical aims and help to answer their research questions. Central questions to be addressed include: What can HPS learn from interviews and surveys? How is “HPS in the lab” different from the sociology of science? Which questions in HPS can be answered using empirical methods? Which cannot? How do empirical methods need to be adapted to answer philosophically relevant questions? What are the benefits and limitations of the various methods in philosophical inquiry? How does HPS relate to, and what can it learn from, what can be called “the science of science” – the study of various aspects of science and its practitioners? And how does expandingmethods and methodologies change the field of HPS?

Invited speakers:

Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen)
Colin Allen (University of Pittsburgh)
Sophia Efstathiou (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Uljana Feest (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Joyce Havstad (Oakland University)
Miles MacLeod (Universiteit Twente)
Lisa Osbeck (University of West Georgia)
Dunja Seselja (Ruhr Universität Bochum & LMU München)
Jessey Wright (Stanford University)

Submission Guidelines:

We have room on the program for ten contributed presentations (30 minutes). Please submit an abstract of no more than 1000 words through EasyChair . The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. We strongly encourage researchers who work on the intersection between philosophy and the social and/or natural sciences to apply. Decisions on acceptance will be communicated by mid-March 2019.

Organizing Committee: Nora Hangel (University of Konstanz), Thomas Reydon (Leibniz University Hannover), Torsten Wilholt (Leibniz University Hannover)

Contact: Further inquiries regarding submissions may be addressed to nora.hangel@uni-konstanz.de

Preliminary Program (each of the three days of the conference will focus on one topic and method; the program will include ample time for discussions):

Day 1: “Practicing Philosophy at the Boundary: Philosophy from within Science”.
Sophia Efstathiou (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Joyce C. Havstad (Oakland University)
Jessey Wright (Stanford University).

Day 2: “The Role of Ethnographic Methods in Philosophy of Science: Building a Methodological Framework”.
Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen)
Miles MacLeod (Universiteit Twente)
Lisa Osbeck (University of West Georgia)

Day 3: “Philosophy of Experimentation and the Empirical Approach to Agent-based Modeling of Scientific Inquiry”.
Colin Allen (University of Pittsburgh).
Ulijana Feest (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Dunja Šešelja (Ruhr Universität Bochum, LMU München)

Venue: The conference will be held at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. More information about the venue will follow.

Submitted by Miguel Ángel Carretero (University of Wuppertal).

 

International Conference on Simplicities and Complexities
22-24 May 2019
Bonn, Germany
Call for Papers – Deadline: 15 January 2019
https://www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/complexities
https://easychair.org/cfp/simplecomplex1

“Simplicities and Complexities” will take place from 22 to 24 May 2019 at the University of Bonn, Germany. It aims to bring together scientists and scholars from a spectrum of disciplines such as physics, biology, ecology, chemistry, and computational science, as well as from philosophy, sociology, and history of science. This conference is organized by the interdisciplinary, DFG- and FWF-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”.

Philosophers and scientists alike have often assumed simplicity to be an epistemic ideal. Some examples of theories taken as successful realizations of this ideal include General Relativity and Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection. These theories influenced early and mid-20th century philosophers’ understanding of the criteria successful scientific theories and practices had to meet, even when facing complex phenomena. However, this influence did not mean that the notion of simplicity was clear-cut. A suitable and encompassing definition of simplicity has yet to be developed. Some unanswered questions include: In what sense can and do physicists consider a theory, such as the Standard Model of elementary particle physics, as being sufficiently simple? How do ideals of simplicity differ when applied to disciplines other than physics? Biological concepts, for example, do not tend to refer to laws, whereas concepts from the social sciences frequently resort to notions of order and structure that are different from those of natural sciences. Are there, accordingly, simplicities (in plural) rather than a unified logic-inspired notion? Finally, are there cases where simplicity is simply a bad epistemic ideal, and not merely for the reason that it is often unreachable?

Throughout the 20th century the sciences have approached more and more complex phenomena, in tune with the increased social relevance of scientific knowledge. The perceived need to address complexity head-on has led to a broader reaction against simplification and reductionism within the sciences. However, if simplicity, in its various outfits, has proven an unreliable guide, what should it be replaced with? Looking at the various strategies of addressing complexity in the sciences and the disciplines reflecting upon them, it appears that the notion is at least as variegated as simplicity. To be sure, there exist measures of complexity as well as mathematical, empirical, or discursive strategies to deal with it, but they vary strongly from one discipline to another.

The aim of the conference is to analyze, differentiate, and connect the various notions and practices of simplicity and complexity, in physics as well as in other sciences, guided by the following questions:

Which kinds and levels of simplicity can be distinguished (e.g. formal or ontological, structural or practical)? Which roles do they play and which purposes do they serve? Does simplicity, in a suitable reformulation, remain a valid ideal – and if so, in which fields and problem contexts? Or, instead, where has it been abandoned or replaced by a plurality of interconnected approaches and alternative perspectives?
What about complexity? How is the complexity of an object of investigation addressed (represented, mirrored, negated, etc.) by the adopted theoretical and empirical approaches in different fields?
Addressing complex problems, especially those relevant to society, requires institutional settings beyond the traditional research laboratory. How does the complexity of such settings relate to the complexity of epistemic strategies and of the problems themselves? In what sense can we trust the other players in a complex epistemic network?
How should we conceive of the relation between simplicity and complexity? Are there alternatives to seeing complexity in opposition to simplicity? Does physics, in virtue of its history, maintain its special position in the contemporary debates on simplicity and complexity? What do reflections on the epistemic cultures of ecology, cultural anthropology, economics, etc. have to offer in terms of how simplicities and complexities can be balanced?
We invite contributors from a spectrum of disciplines, scientists and scholars reflecting on their respective and neighboring research fields, as well as historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science investigating the epistemologies, practices, and discourses of fellow epistemic communities. The conference will thrive on intense discussion surpassing disciplinary boundaries.

Invited Speakers
Physics:
Robert Harlander, RWTH Aachen (Germany)
Stephen Blundell, University of Oxford (UK)
Beate Heinemann, DESY Freiburg (Germany)

Philosophy:
Michael Stöltzner, University of South Carolina (US)
Marta Bertolaso, University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome (Italy)
Alan Baker, Swarthmore College (US)

STS:
Talia Dan-Cohen, Washington University in St. Louis (US)
Stefan Böschen, RWTH Aachen (Germany)

Other Sciences:
Volker Grimm, Helmholtz Centre for Enviromental Research (Germany)
Thomas Vogt, University of South Carolina (US)

Other speakers will be announced soon

Call for Papers
https://easychair.org/cfp/simplecomplex1
The organisation committee invites abstract submissions on the theme of the conference. Short abstracts (200-300 words) should be submitted to EasyChair by 15 January 2019. We aim to communicate our decision by 28 February. Submissions are welcome from the broad spectrum of scientific fields.
Organization
This workshop is organized by the DFG and FWF-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”.

Cristin Chall (University of Bonn)
Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Bonn)
Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen)
Martina Merz (University of Klagenfurt)
Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal)
Gregor Schiemann (University of Wuppertal)
Michael Stöltzner (University of South Carolina)

Contact
For further information, please contact lhc.epistemology@uni-wuppertal.de

Submitted by EPSA.

 

Call for Papers – EPSA19

 

Call for Papers and Symposia

The EPSA invites contributed papers and proposals for symposia for its next conference, EPSA19, to be held in Geneva (Switzerland) on 11-14 September 2019. The conference will feature contributed talks, symposia, and posters covering all subfields of the philosophy of science, and will bring together a large number of philosophers of science from Europe and overseas. We also welcome philosophically-minded scientists and investigators from areas outside the philosophy of science, for example, as symposium participants; and we particularly welcome submissions from women, ethnic minorities, and other under-represented groups in the profession.

The conference has ten sections:

  • General Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of the Physical Sciences
  • Philosophy of the Life Sciences
  • Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Philosophy of Technology and Philosophy of Interdisciplinary Research
  • Philosophy of Science in Practice
  • Formal Philosophy of Science
  • Integrated History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science
  • Ethical Issues in the Sciences

The EPSA19 Programme Committee, headed by Anouk Barberousse and Richard Dawid, will strive for quality, variety, and diversity on the programme. A selection of accepted contributed and symposium papers will appear in the European Journal of Philosophy of Science (EJPS).

Contributed Papers

We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 1000 characters) and an extended abstract through EasyChair, our online submission system, by 14 January 2019. The extended abstract should include the number and title of the relevant section, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 1000 words maximum. The allocated time for delivering contributed papers at the conference will be 30 minutes, including discussion. Please prepare your abstracts for blind review, and submit your extended abstract as a PDF file.

Authors who want their paper to be considered for the poster session in case of non-acceptance as a talk should tick the appropriate box in EasyChair. Authors whose papers could not be accepted for presentation as a talk but who are offered a place in the poster session will be notified in the decision email.

Symposia

We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 1,000 characters) and a full proposal through EasyChair, our online submission system, by 14 January 2019. The full proposal should include the number and title of the relevant section, the title of the proposed symposium, the contact details of the organizer(s) (who may or may not be a speaker) and the names and short CVs of all speakers (max. 1 page in total), a general description of the topic and its significance (max. 1,500 words), and titles and abstracts of all papers (max. 300 words for each paper). Accepted symposia will be allocated 120 minutes, including discussions. They can have any format but the maximum number of speakers is five. Symposium proposals that explore connections between different areas or research programs in philosophy of science or between philosophy of science and sciences are encouraged. Please submit the full proposal as a PDF file.

Poster Session

We invite contributions of posters, which will be presented in a dedicated poster session. Posters can be submitted either as a second option for papers that are also submitted as contributed talks or specifically for the poster session. For poster submissions, please follow the guidelines for contributed papers, add the word Poster below the title on both abstracts, and submit your abstracts either by ticking the Poster box in the contributed paper track or by uploading your material in the poster track in EasyChair.

Submission Guidelines and Rules

  • The deadline for all submissions is 14 January 2019.
  • All submissions should be made through EasyChair. Please note that first-time users have to register as users of EasyChair.
  • To present at the conference, you must be an active and paying member of the EPSA. Join or renew membership today.
  • Authors can simultaneously make one submission for each of the three above types (contributed paper, symposium, poster), but any author can appear on the programme only once as a presenter or symposium organizer.
  • In case of acceptance of multiple submissions by one author, the programme committee will give symposium participation priority over contributed talks and contributed talks over posters.
  • For co-authored contributed papers, symposium papers, and posters it will be assumed that the first author will present the paper or poster. Accordingly, authors presenting at EPSA19 may also appear as co-authors of other papers that are part of the programme, but not as first author/presenter.
  • The decisions on the acceptance of submissions will be announced on 15 April 2019.

Contact us

For general enquiries about EPSA19, please contact phil-epsa@bristol.ac.uk. To learn more about our previous biennial conferences, please visit our website.

Submitted by Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen University).

 


CFR: Dark Matter & Modified Gravity Conference


 

Dark Matter & Modified Gravity Conference

6-8 February 2019

Aachen, Germany

Call for Registration (deadline 13 January 2019)

www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/dm-mg

 

The Research Unit “Epistemology of the LHC” invites students and other scholars in philosophy, history and sociology of physics/science, as well as in physics, to register for the conference “Dark Matter & Modified Gravity”, taking place from 6 to 8 February 2019 at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON THE UNDERDETERMINATION BETWEEN DARK MATTER & MODIFIED GRAVITY

Astrophysical and cosmological observations as well as explanatory gaps in the Standard Model of particle physics imply the existence of Dark Matter and/or a modification of our theory of space and time. A decision between the Dark Matter (DM) and Modified Gravity (MG) approaches is hampered by problems of underdetermination at different levels and of different kinds. The plethora of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity approaches, and the corresponding underdetermination, even in the light of the vast amount of relevant collider based and astrophysical observations, clearly illustrates the complexity of this scientific problem. On the other hand, the overlap of the collider and astrophysical domains may allow for reducing the underdetermination, thus leading to a simplification of the model landscape. One focus of this conference is Dark Matter searches at the Large Hadron Collider and the connection between LHC results and theories of gravity. We will address the question of different kinds of underdetermination, both in choosing between the two research programs of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity, and also in choosing between different models within each program. In particular, we aim to provide an assessment of the explanatory power and the explanatory gaps of the Dark Matter and Modified Gravity hypotheses, and the extent to which these might reduce the issues of underdetermination.

 

Research topics include, but are not limited to:

-Is a strict conceptual distinction between DM and MG justified? How does this relate to the distinction between matter and spacetime?

-What are the explanatory successes and failures of the DM research programme, and of the MG research programme? Which models of explanation are being employed by the respective programmes, and how do those relate?

-Sociology of the DM-MG debate

-How do data, constraints and explanations at the LHC, in astrophysics and cosmology relate? Could the LHC, in principle, confirm dark matter by itself?

-Virtues and vices of simplified (dark matter) models. Do simplified models explain?

-Hybrid models, fifth forces & exotic theories that are neither MG nor DM

-Connections between dark energy and DM/MG

-Novel predictions, fine-tuning and falsifiability

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Physics:

Tessa Baker, University of Oxford (UK)

Lasha Berezhiani, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany)

Felix Kahlhoefer, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Julien Lesgourgues, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Stacy McGaugh, Case Western Reserve University (USA)

Mordehai Milgrom, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)

Tobias Mistele, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (Germany)

Robert Sanders, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Philosophy:

Erik Curiel, Black Hole Initiative, Harvard University (USA)

Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Niels Martens, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

David Merritt, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

Robert Rynasiewicz, Johns Hopkins University (USA)

History:

Jeroen van Dongen, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Jaco de Swart, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

 

Contributing speakers:
Siska de Baerdemaeker, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Indranil Banik, University of Bonn (Germany)
Nora Mills Boyd, Siena College (USA)
Marc Holman, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University (Canada)
Abhishek Kashyap, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)
Marcel Pawlowski, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik, Potsdam (Germany)
Manus Visser, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

 

REGISTRATION

The organising committee invites participants from physics and from philosophy, history and sociology of physics/science, as well as anyone else who may be interested. In order to register for this conference, please email your name and affiliation to martens@physik.rwth-aachen.de by 13 January 2019. Registration is free. (Note that the deadline for abstract submissions has passed.)

 

ORGANISATION & CONTACT

This conference is organized by the project “LHC and Gravity” within the interdisciplinary, DFG-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”. For further information, eg. regarding practicalities and the schedule, see the conference website: www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/dm-mg,

or contact the organisers:

-Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen University) martens@physik.rwth-aachen.de

-Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Bonn) dennis.lehmkuhl@uni-bonn.de

-Michael Krämer (RWTH Aachen University) mkraemer@physik.rwth-aachen.de

-Erhard Scholz (University of Wuppertal) scholz@math.uni-wuppertal.de

-Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal) carreterosahuqu@uni-wuppertal.de

Submitted by Meinard Kuhlmann (University of Mainz).

 

Call for abstracts for Workshop “Philosophy of Cosmology”, Munich, 18-20 March 2019

The Working Group “Philosophy of Physics” (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) invites submissions for its annual workshop. Contributions on any topic in the philosophy of physics are welcome. The workshop takes place 18-20 March 2019 at the Technical University in Munich and will be part of the Annual Meeting of the DPG (http://muenchen19.dpg-tagungen.de/). The AGPhil organizes a small workshop on “Philosophy of Cosmology”. Contributions in this area are especially welcome.

Confirmed speakers so far:

Claus Beisbart (Bern)
Richard Dawid (Stockholm)
Fay Dowker (Imperial College London)
Michela Massimi (Edinburgh)
Casey McCoy (Stockholm)
Stéphanie Ruphy (Lyon 3)

If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract of about 200 words by 6 January 2019 (ignore the stated 15 December 2018 abstract submission deadline on the website), using the online-form at https://www.dpg-tagung.de/m19/submission.html?language=en.

As conference fees are not trivial (http://muenchen19.dpg-tagungen.de/registrierung/tagungsgebuehren), speakers who have difficulties paying the conference fees should contact us about possible travel grants.

We look forward to seeing you in Munich!

Meinard Kuhlmann
Radin Dardashti
Christian Wüthrich

Submitted by Robert Meunier (University of Kassel).

 

Call for Applications
PhD positions in Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Wiss. Mit­ar­bei­ter/-in (EG 13 TV-H, 65%)


Deadline: 28.12.2018


In the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Institute of Philosophy – Theoretical Philosophy (Prof. Dr. Dr. Kristian Köchy), the following position (position number/Kennziffer: 31901) is to be filled by March 1, 2019:

Research assistant (“wiss. Mitarbeiter/in”, pay grade EG 13 TV-H), fixed-term, part-time (currently 26 hours per week)

This is a part-time position with 65% of the working hours of a full-time employee. It is a fixed term position for initially 24 months in the research project “Forms of Practice, Forms of Knowledge – Method, Notation and the Dynamics of Perspectives in the Life Sciences” (PI Dr. Robert Meunier), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (§ 2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG). The position offers the possibility to complete a PhD.

The project aims at developing a model of scientific practice in the life sciences that facilitates an understanding of how different forms of research activities generate different forms of scientific knowledge. Based on such a model, scientific change will be reconstructed in terms of complex dynamic relations between research fields. Case studies from developmental biology, evolutionary biology and ecology will be studied (a detailed description of the project is found here: https://www.uni-kassel.de/fb02/en/institute/philosophie/schwerpunkte-projekte/integrative-biophilosophie/epistemologie-der-biowissenschaften.html).

Tasks:

Developing a subproject in the framework of the above-mentioned research project. Assistance in planning and realization of activities in the context of the project (conferences, online representation etc.) and minor administrative tasks. Teaching is not required, but possible by additional appointment if desired. The position offers the possibility for further academic qualification; in particular, the successful candidate may choose to complete a PhD.

Requirements:

University degree in philosophy, history of science or science and technology studies and the desire to complete a PhD degree in philosophy. The candidate is expected to show the ability to work in a team and interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Demonstrable interest in questions of philosophy of science, history or philosophy of the life sciences, or sociological approaches to the sciences is desirable. Experience with the organization of academic activities or the maintainace of websites are advantageous.

In addition to the usual documents (cover letter, max. 1 page; CV; copies of MA certificate – in case a certificate is not yet available, please provide the contact details of your supervisor), please also send a one-page summary of your master thesis.

For further information please contact Dr. Robert Meunier (robert.meunier@uni-kassel.de)

The protection of your personal data is very important to us, so we will handle your personal data with care. When you submit your application, you allow us to store and use your data in the sense of the Hessian Data Protection Act. Your personal data will be deleted on request.

Application due: 28 December 2018

The University of Kassel is an equal opportunity employer and aims at increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified women are therefore expressly invited to apply. In case of equal qualification, applicants with severe disabilitieswill be given preferential consideration.  Please send copies only, as documents cannot be returned and will be destroyed according to data protection regulations. Applications indicating the position number (Kennziffer) should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany, or, in electronic form, to bewerbungen@uni-kassel.de.

The official announcement is found here:

https://www.uni-kassel.de/uni/universitaet/stellenangebote/stellenangebot/post/detail/News/wiss-mitarbeiter-in-eg-13-tv-h-im-fachgebiet-theoretische-philosophie/

Submitted by Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf).

 

EVENT SERIES:
December 4, 2018: Public Evening Talk of Timothy Williamson
December 4-5, 2018: Reading Group with Timothy Williamson
December 6-7, 2018: Workshop on Abduction and Modelling in Metaphysics

 

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WORKSHOP

Abduction and Modelling in Metaphysics

 

Speakers:

  • Helen Beebee (University of Manchester): Peer Disagreement and Scepticism in Metaphysics
  • Stephen Biggs (Iowa State University): Towards an Abduction-based Epistemology of Metaphysics
  • Igor Douven (CNRS, Paris): Putting Prototypes in Place: An Engineering Approach
  • Tim Maudlin (NYU): tba
  • Ilkka Niiniluoto (University of Helsinki): Abductive Arguments for Ontological Realism
  • Gerhard Schurz (University of Duesseldorf): Abduction as a Method of Inductive Metaphysics
  • Meghan Sullivan (University of Notre Dame): Modal Logic and the Methodology of Metaphysics: A Case Study in the Relationship Between Formalism and Abduction
  • Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford): Abduction in Logic and Mathematics

 

Description:

Methodological questions have been in the focus of many recent philosophical debates. The role of thought experiments, the method of cases, intuitions, etc. has been studied intensively within metaphilosophy. This reflective attitude is often considered to be a characteristic feature of philosophical investigation and, hence, it is no surprise that occasionally it results in some kind of self-application. In metaphysics, recent severe criticism of traditional investigations led to quite versatile metametaphysical stances: There is the radical sceptical approach according to which metaphysical studies better dissolve in the corresponding branches of science rather than being performed in an encapsulated way; and there is the other end of the spectrum according to which metaphysics is a self-standing endeavour to be conducted in an a priori fashion. In between are more moderate stances proposing that metaphysical investigation ought to employ both, scientific findings and methods on the one hand, and conceptual analysis and methods of traditional metaphysics on the other. Inductive metaphysics, for example, aims at applying the abductive and modelling methodology of science within metaphysical investigation. Such an approach, however, raises several questions: What does the abductive methodology exactly consist in and what is its epistemic rationale? How are metaphysical models to be characterised and evaluated and what constitutes metaphysical data and evidence? What distinguishes such an inductive metaphysical approach from naturalising metaphysics? This workshop aims at exploring some of these and related questions regarding the theoretical presuppositions of metaphysical methodology.

 

Programme:

December 6, 2018
10:00-11:00: Stephen Biggs: Towards an Abduction-based Epistemology of Metaphysics
11:00-11:30: Coffee Break
11:30-12:30: Ilkka Niiniluoto: Abductive Arguments for Ontological Realism
12:30-14:30: Lunch Break
14:30-15:30: Gerhard Schurz: Abduction as a Method of Inductive Metaphysics
15:30-16:00: Coffee Break
16:00-17:00: Timothy Williamson: Abduction in Logic and Mathematics
18:00-: Dinner

December 7, 2018
10:00-11:00: Igor Douven: Putting Prototypes in Place: An Engineering Approach
11:00-11:30: Coffee Break
11:30-12:30: Helen Beebee: Peer Disagreement and Scepticism in Metaphysics
12:30-14:30: Lunch Break
14:30-15:30: Meghan Sullivan: Modal Logic and the Methodology of Metaphysics: A Case Study in the Relationship Between Formalism and Abduction
15:30-16:00: Coffee Break
16:00-17:00: Tim Maudlin: tba

 

Date and Venue: The workshop takes place from December 6 to 7, 2018, at the Haus der Universitaet (Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Duesseldorf) of the University of Duesseldorf.

 

Registration:

Attendance is free. If you are interested in attending, please register via e-mail to <christian.feldbacher-escamilla@hhu.de> until November 30, 2018.

 

More Information:

For the detailed programme, abstracts, and further information, please visit <https://indmet.weebly.com/abduction-and-modelling-in-metaphysics.html>.

 

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PUBLIC EVENING TALK

The workshop is preceded by a public evening talk of Timothy Williamson on “Morally Loaded Examples in Philosophy”; the evening lecture takes place on December 4, 2018, from 18:30 to 20:00, at the Haus der Universitaet (Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Duesseldorf).

 

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READING GROUP

We also would like to draw your attention to a reading group with Timothy Williamson which takes place from December 4 to 5, 2018, at the Campus of the University of Duesseldorf. If you are interested in joining the reading group, please contact the website for further information and reading material: <https://indmet.weebly.com/abduction-and-modelling-in-metaphysics.html>

 

Dates and Venue:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:00 till lunch, HHU Duesseldorf (Rektoratsraeume)

Welcome and Introduction by Siegfried Jaag and Markus Schrenk

Discussion of papers (tba)

 

Wednesday, December 5, 10:00 till lunch, HHU Duesseldorf (Rektoratsraeume)

Discussions of papers (tba)

 

At the reading groups, we will discuss papers and selected book chapters that are related to inductive metaphysics. The specific readings for the sessions will be announced shortly. Attendance is free but limited to a few places. If you are interested in attending, please register via e-mail to <christian.feldbacher-escamilla@hhu.de> until November 30, 2018.

 

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ORGANISATION

The events are organised by the DFG funded research group Inductive Metaphysics the goal of which is to establish how empirical sources and inductive forms of inference play a role in metaphysical research.

Organisers: Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla, Siegfried Jaag, Markus Schrenk, Gerhard Schurz

Website: <https://indmet.weebly.com/abduction-and-modelling-in-metaphysics.html>

Contact: <christian.feldbacher-escamilla@hhu.de>

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG), research unit: Inductive Metaphysics FOR 2495

Submitted by Dunja Šešelja (MCMP, LMU Munich).

***Call for abstracts***

Agent-Based Models in Philosophy: Prospects and Limitations

March 20-22, 2019
Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr-University Bochum
http://homepage.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/defeasible-reasoning/ABM-Phil-2019.html

***The conference theme***
Over the last decade agent-based models (ABMs) have become an increasingly popular method across philosophical disciplines: from ethics and political philosophy to philosophy of science and social epistemology. They have been used to investigate the evolution of social norms, the efficiency of scientific inquiry, opinion dynamics, networks of epistemic trust, argumentation strategies, etc.  At the same time, a precise, widely agreed-upon methodology of agent-based modeling in philosophy is lacking. In fact, how ABMs should be constructed and used is controversially discussed in philosophy and beyond. While some argue that ABMs require empirical calibration, others emphasize the virtue of simplicity typical for abstract, highly idealized models. These issues have been closely related to a variety of epistemic functions ABMs are designed to perform: from providing normative generalizations to offering only ‘how-possibly’ explanations.
This conference provides a forum for discussing the proper role and the limits of ABMs proposed in the philosophical literature, novel application contexts of ABMs, as well as their relation to other philosophical methods (e.g., case studies, formal models of scientific inference, conceptual analysis). It aims to bring together experts with practical modeling expertise from social sciences and philosophy and scholars who engage in methodological reflections of this method.

***Keynote speakers***
Corinna Elsenbroich (University of Surrey)
Cailin O’Connor (University of California, Irvine)
Samuli Reijula (University of Tampere)
Daniel Singer (University of Pennsylvania)
Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University)

***Call for submissions***
We invite submissions in the form of a short abstracts (≤ 150 words) and an extended abstract (≤ 1.000 words) to be sent via EasyChair by November 15: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=abmphil2019

***Important dates***
Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2018
Notifications: December 1, 2018
Conference: March 20-22, 2019 (starting on March 20 in the afternoon)

***Program Committee***
Eckhart Arnold (Bavarian Academy of Sciences)
AnneMarie Borg (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Justin Bruner (University of Groningen)
Patrick Grim (Stony Brook, University of Michigan)
Johannes Marx (University of Bamberg)
Conor Mayo-Wilson (University of Washington)
Aydin Mohseni (UC Irvine)
Ryan Muldoon (University of Pennsylvania)
Rush Stewart (LMU Munich)
Johanna Thoma (London School of Economics)

***Organizers***
Gregor Betz (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Dunja Šešelja (LMU Munich)
Christian Straßer (Ruhr-University Bochum)

http://homepages.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/defeasible-reasoning/index.html

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites abstracts for the following conference:

Biases in Science

MCMP, LMU Munich

April 10-12, 2019

http://www.lmu.de/biasesinscience2019
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One of the main obstacles of reliable scientific research is the occurrence of explicit or implicit biases. Well-known examples of such biases include the confirmation bias, the ingroup bias, and biases resulting from industry-sponsored research. Each of these biases may impede the objectivity of scientific inquiry by, among other things, influencing one’s judgement as to what counts as relevant evidence, or one’s selection of research problems and methods of inquiry. All this, in turn, may ultimately affect the explanations, the predictions, as well as the broader theoretical accounts accepted by scientists. What is more, as research results often provide direct input for policy making, the problem of biases in science is also of socio-political relevance.

This conference aims at bringing together scholars from philosophy, the sciences, and science policy, to advance our understanding of biases in science by addressing questions such as:

  • How do psychological mechanisms for scientific biases differ from those underpinning everyday biases in categorization, diagnosis, induction, etc.?
  • What social mechanisms catalyse biased research?
  • How can biased reasoning and information sharing be formally modelled?
  • How are general hypotheses concerning bias supported by concrete cases of biased research?
  • How are answers to the above questions helpful in mitigating the risks of biased research?


Call for abstracts
We invite submissions in the form of a short abstract (ca. 150 words) and an extended abstract (of up to 1000 words) through the EasyChair submission system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=biases2019.
The conference language is English; contributions in other languages will not be considered. The abstract should not contain any identifying information.

Dates and Deadines
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2018
Notifications: November 15, 2018
Conference: April 10-12, 2019

Organizers 
Lorenzo Casini (University of Geneva/MCMP)
Stephan Hartmann (MCMP/LMU Munich)
Dunja Šešelja (MCMP/LMU Munich)
Marcel Weber (University of Geneva)

Submitted by Michael Kreisel (Bergische Universität Wuppertal).

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Research (IZWT)

is seeking a

University Professor for Philosophy

Pay scale group: W 2 State Remuneration Act (LBesG) NRW (pursuant to section 36 Higher Education Act (HG) NRW)

to start on 01.04.2020 or earlier.

The professorship is located in the field of Philosophy and autonomously covers the entire systematic and historic breadth of the subject.

The position focuses on the philosophy of science and logic. The holder of this position is expected to have a double qualification in this field and to be able to develop the existing research and teaching profile for the philosophy of the exact sciences or the philosophy of mathematics in a competent manner. The teaching duties associated with the professorship include the provision of a compulsory introduction to logic for students.

The tasks associated with the professorship include active engagement in the IZWT, in particular the ability to combine philosophical, historical, and sociological perspectives in science and technology studies. The successful applicant is expected to integrate into the existing DFG research group “The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider”.

Assistance with academic self-administration is seen as a matter of course.

The University of Wuppertal sees the equality of men and women as an important task to which the future holder of this position will be expected to contribute.

Requirements for employment

In addition to pedagogical competence, the applicant is expected to have special aptitude for academic work. His/her academic achievements since obtaining a doctorate will testify to this. If the applicant has not yet held a professorship, equivalent achievements are provided as part of a junior professorship; they can also be provided as part of a habilitation or a research position at a university or non-university research institution or as part of a research activity in business, administration, or another social field in Germany or abroad.

Reference number: P18007

Applications must include a CV, copies of diplomas, a publications list and, if applicable, a list of classes given to date, and be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerrit Walther, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, 42097 Wuppertal, mentioning the reference number P18007.

Applications sent electronically cannot be considered.

Applications from women are expressly desired. Women will be given preferential consideration in accordance with the NRW Equal Opportunities Act unless there are grounds in the person of another applicant that take precedence. This does not affect the rights of severely handicapped persons to be given preferential consideration if they are equally suitable.

Application deadline: 16.11.2018

For more information see:
https://stellenausschreibungen.uni-wuppertal.de/

Submitted by Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen University).

 

Dark Matter & Modified Gravity Conference

6-8 February 2019

Aachen, Germany

Call for Abstracts (deadline 31 October 2018)

www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/dm-mg

 

The Research Unit “Epistemology of the LHC” invites students and scholars in philosophy, history and sociology of physics/science, as well as in physics, to submit abstracts for the conference “Dark Matter & Modified Gravity”, taking place from 6 to 8 February 2019 at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

 

Interdisciplinary perspectives on the underdetermination between dark matter & modified gravity

Astrophysical and cosmological observations as well as explanatory gaps in the Standard Model of particle physics imply the existence of Dark Matter and/or a modification of our theory of space and time. A decision between the Dark Matter (DM) and Modified Gravity (MG) approaches is hampered by problems of underdetermination at different levels and of different kinds. The plethora of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity approaches, and the corresponding underdetermination, even in the light of the vast amount of relevant collider based and astrophysical observations, clearly illustrates the complexity of this scientific problem. On the other hand, the overlap of the collider and astrophysical domains may allow for reducing the underdetermination, thus leading to a simplification of the model landscape. One focus of this conference is Dark Matter searches at the Large Hadron Collider and the connection between LHC results and theories of gravity. We will address the question of different kinds of underdetermination, both in choosing between the two research programs of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity, and also in choosing between different models within each program. In particular, we aim to provide an assessment of the explanatory power and the explanatory gaps of the Dark Matter and Modified Gravity hypotheses, and the extent to which these might reduce the issues of underdetermination.

 

Research topics include, but are not limited to:

-Is a strict conceptual distinction between DM and MG justified? How does this relate to the distinction between matter and spacetime?

-What are the explanatory successes and failures of the DM research programme, and of the MG research programme? Which models of explanation are being employed by the respective programmes, and how do those relate?

-Sociology of the DM-MG debate

-How do data, constraints and explanations at the LHC, in astrophysics and cosmology relate? Could the LHC, in principle, confirm dark matter by itself?

-Virtues and vices of simplified (dark matter) models. Do simplified models explain?

-Hybrid models, fifth forces & exotic theories that are neither MG nor DM

-Connections between dark energy and DM/MG

-Novel predictions, fine-tuning and falsifiability

 

Confirmed Speakers

Physics:

Tessa Baker, University of Oxford (UK)

Lasha Berezhiani, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany)

Felix Kahlhoefer, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Julien Lesgourgues, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Mordehai Milgrom, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)

Tobias Mistele, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (Germany)

Robert Sanders, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Philosophy:

Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Niels Martens, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

David Merritt, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

Robert Rynasiewicz, Johns Hopkins University (USA)

History:

Jeroen van Dongen, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Jaco de Swart, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

 

Other speakers from the Humanities to be announced soon (see website)

 

Call for Abstracts

The Research Unit “Epistemology of the LHC” invites abstract submissions on the theme of the conference, from students and scholars in physics as well as in philosophy, history and sociology of physics/science. Extended abstracts of between 500 and 1000 words (excluding references), together with a short abstract of maximally 100 words, should be submitted as a pdf to Niels Martens (martens@physik.rwth-aachen.de) by 31 October 2018. We aim to communicate our decision by 20 November. We especially encourage submissions from groups that are underrepresented within the above fields.

 

Organisation & Contact

This conference is organized by the project “LHC and Gravity” within the interdisciplinary, DFG-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”. For further information, see the conference website: www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/dm-mg,

or contact the organisers:

-Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen University) martens@physik.rwth-aachen.de

-Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Bonn) lehmkuhl@caltech.edu

-Michael Krämer (RWTH Aachen University) mkraemer@physik.rwth-aachen.de

-Erhard Scholz (University of Wuppertal) scholz@math.uni-wuppertal.de

-Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal) carreterosahuqu@uni-wuppertal.de

Submitted by Gerhard Schurz (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf).

 

Call for Participation

 

Joint GAP-GWP Colloquium. Belief Aggregation and Epistemic Diversity in Science

 

Date. September 18, 2018, 09:00-12:00
Venue. GAP.10, University of Cologne, Universitaetsstr. 35, Hoersaal C

 

Aims & Scope. Individuals acting within a group very often try to come up with a joint decision. Sometimes they do so by first deliberating, sometimes no process of deliberation is implemented. Sometimes they aggregate by voting procedures, sometimes they apply principles of justice etc. Formal problems of such aggregations are well known, spanning from impossibility results to problems of intuitively plausible constraints that lead to the characterization of implausible aggregation rules. The underlying assumption of aggregation, namely that prima facie groups of individual beliefs should be amalgamated to a single belief, a group belief, is not tackled very often. However, there is a dialectic tension between epistemic diversity and belief aggregation. On the one side, epistemic diversity may have positive effects, e.g. wise-crowd effects or Condorcet effects, which exploit the fact that the average belief of a group may have a significantly higher reliability than the individual beliefs. On the other side this process of aggregation decreases epistemic diversity within a group and thus undermines the epistemic benefits of these effects, especially within a dynamical perspective. In this colloquium questions concerning the interrelation between diversity of beliefs and belief aggregation as well as its application in different fields of research are discussed.

 

Programme.

  • Brief Introduction
  • Jan-Willem Romeijn: Epistemic Diversity and Editor Decisions
    Comment by Corina Strößner
    General Discussion
  • Stephan Hartmann: Deliberation, Epistemic Diversity and the Anchoring Effect
    Comment by Vlasta Sikimic
    General Discussion
  • Christian List: Arrow’s Theorem in Social and Individual Epistemology
    Comment by Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla
    General Discussion

Please find the abstracts to the talks here.

 

Organizers. Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla and Gerhard Schurz (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf)

 

Societies. GAP (German Society for Analytic Philosophy) and GWP (German Society for Philosophy of Science)

Submitted by Juergen Landes (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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The Università Politecnica delle Marche invites participation for the following event:

Bayes By the Sea: Formal Epistemology, Statistics, and Probability

Università Politecnica delle Marche, Anconca, Italy

September 13-14, 2018

https://www.bayesbythesea.com/
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“Bayes By the Sea: Formal Epistemology, Statistics, and Probability” is the first edition of a workshop series focusing on formal methods and foundations of scientific reasoning. This edition is particularly devoted to different kinds and levels of formalisms used to model and explain uncertainty in scientific inference, as well as to various kinds of biases and fallacies in scientific and non-scientific reasoning.

Call for participation:

Attendance is free, but please contact us for registration: https://www.bayesbythesea.com/

Organizers 
Stefano Bonzio (Università Politecnica delle Marche)
Frencesco De Pretis (Università Politecnica delle Marche)
Jürgen Landes (MCMP)
Barbara Osimani (MCMP/ Università Politecnica delle Marche)
Armando Sacco (Università Politecnica delle Marche)

Submitted by Michael T. Hicks (University of Cologne).

 

GWP.2019

Third International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science

Call for Papers – Call for Symposia

Universität zu Köln

Cologne, Germany

February 25-27, 2019

 

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018.

Acceptance Notification: November 2018.

 

Plenary lectures will be given by:

  • Martin Carrier (Bielefeld)
  • Kärin Nickelsen (LMU Munich)
  • Erik J. Olsson (Lund)
  • Michael Strevens (NYU)
  • Kenneth Waters (Calgary)
  • Katherine Hawley (St. Andrews)

 

The German Society for Philosophy of Science (Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie – GWP) was founded in September 2011 with the aim to better integrate the community of philosophers of science and scientists interested in philosophy of science in Germany and thereby to promote the field at a local and international level. The GWP organizes an international conference every three years. Our third conference will be hosted by the Universität zu Köln in February 2019.

 

Contributed papers are invited to all fields of philosophy of science. Contributed papers will be clustered into parallel sessions focusing on particular themes or special sciences.

 

We welcome proposals for individual papers (30 min plus 10 min discussion) or symposia (3 speakers in a combined 2-hour session). Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals for either individual papers or symposia. All proposals have to be submitted electronically through the EasyChair system. Please note that first time users have to register as users of EasyChair.

 

Proposals for individual papers: Please submit your proposal for an individual paper either as an “extended abstract” or as an attached PDF (especially if it contains formal symbols), but not both. Proposals for papers should include the title and abstract (up to 500 words). Please ensure that your abstract does not contain information that communicates your identity to the reviewers. Fill in the author information into the “Author Information” box; this information will not be accessible to the reviewers. All submissions will be subjected to a blind refereeing procedure.

 

Symposium proposals: Submit your proposal for a symposium as an attached PDF. Symposia proposals should include the symposium title, a description of the symposium’s rationale (up to 500 words) and for each of the 3 speakers the title and abstract (up to 500 words). Please prepare your symposium proposal for blind review. Fill in the author information into the “Author Information” box for all three speakers of the symposium (and for the organizer if (s)he is different from the speakers); this information will not be accessible to the reviewers. The organizer of the symposium should be the corresponding author (check the box).

 

No one will be permitted to present more than one paper at the GWP.2019. The recommended conference language is English, but German contributions will also be considered. If you are a graduate student, please indicate this by adding “(graduate student)” in the field “organization” of “Author information” after the name of your organization.

 

For submission via EasyChair see: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gwp2019

Conference website: http://gwp2019.wissphil.de/

The deadline for all submissions is: July 31, 2018.

Expected notification of acceptance by the beginning of November 2018.

Local organizers: Andreas Hüttemann, Michael Hicks

GWP organizers: Gerhard Schurz (president), Uljana Feest, Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla, Alexander Gebharter, Thomas Reydon

Submitted by Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University).

The Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology at Bielefeld University (Department of Philosophy) invites applications for a

Postdoctoral position in Philosophy of Science (wiss18186) and a Postdoctoral position in Philosophy of the Life Sciences (wiss18187)

Both positions are full-time and non-permanent (pay-grade E 13 TV-L). They start on October, 1st, 2018 (a later starting date is possible), run for 3 years (an extension for another 3 years is possible) and are associated with the professorship for philosophy of science (Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser).

For more information about the positions and how to apply:

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than July, 19th, 2018.

Submitted by Erik Curiel (MCMP, LMU Munich).

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites abstracts for the following event:

Analogical Reasoning in Science and Mathematics

MCMP, LMU Munich

October 26-28, 2018

www.lmu.de/analogicalreasoning2018
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Analogy is a powerful, yet controversial, tool of scientific reasoning.  Indeed, many achievements in the history of science and mathematics have been driven by analogical inferences.  Moreover, one can formulate conjectures about domains into which one does not have empirical access just based on analogy with other known domains. Nonetheless, from a logical point of view analogical inferences do not yield conclusions with certainty.  So, what is it that justifies the use of analogy in science and mathematics?  And how reliable is analogical reasoning?  This conference will address such open philosophical problems.

Call for abstracts

We invite the submission of extended abstracts for the conference. Submissions should include a title, a brief abstract (up to 200 words), and a full abstract (up to 1000 words), blinded for peer review. They should be PDF files, submitted by July 31, 2018 to the conference’s EasyChair account.  We will select 4 submissions for presentation at the conference.
We are committed to fostering diversity and equality in our programs.  Submissions from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. The  conference will be organized and run under the MCMP’s code of conduct.

Registration

Please send registration requests by 15 Oct 2018 to the co-chair Giovanni Valente.  The email should have the subject: “register analogical reasoning” and should indicate whether you plan to attend the conference dinner (27 Oct, 2018).  The conference dinner will cost EUR 35 (fixed menu – alcohol not included).

Dates and Deadines

Deadlines for Submission: July 31, 2018
Date of Notification: September 01, 2018
Registration Deadline: October 15th, 2018

Organizers 

Marianna Antonutti Marfori (MCMP/LMU Munich)
Giovanni Valente (Politecnico di Milano)
Erik Curiel (MCMP/LMU Munich)
Michele Ginammi (Department of Philosophy (KGW), University of Salzburg)
Patricia Palacios (MCMP/LMU Munich)

Acknowledgments

The conference is organized by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (LMU Munich).  The conference is partly funded by support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and from META at the Politecnico di Milano.

Submitted by Simon Scheller (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites registrations for the following event:

Computational Modeling in Philosophy (CMP)

MCMP, LMU Munich

June 22-23, 2018

https://tinyurl.com/y9tpvq9m


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Computational models are an increasingly important tool in philosophy. They find application in diverse domains such as philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, and social epistemology. This conference aims to foster an exchange among leading researchers in the field concerning the foundations and applications of computational modeling within philosophy and beyond. Keynote Speakers are: Remco Heesen, University of Cambridge, Johannes Marx, University of Bamberg, Cailin O’Connor, University of California, Irvine

Registration

Conference Participation is free of charge.
To register please send a message to simon.scheller@lrz.uni-muenchen.de. There will be a conference Dinner on Friday evening. If you want to participate on a Dutch-treat basis please mention it in your registration message. 

Organizers 

Christoph Merdes (MCMP)
Simon Scheller (MCMP)
Rush Stewart (MCMP)

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites registrations for the following event:

Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information Theory: A Workshop with Jeffrey Bub

MCMP, LMU Munich

June 20, 2018

http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/events/workshops/container/found_quantum_mechanics_info/index.html
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The foundations of quantum mechanics have long been a focus of philosophical interest, from both philosophers of science and physicists: what is the best resolution of the so-called “measurement problem”? What is the nature and status of the quantum correlations? And how best do we understand the differences between quantum and classical mechanics? With Jeffrey Bub, whose recent book Bananaworld explores quantum foundations from an information-theoretic perspective, this workshop will examine such conceptual and philosophical issues.

Registration:
Please send notice to attend to neil.dewar@lrz.uni-muenchen.de. If you want to join the Conference Dinner on a Dutch-treat basis please mention it in your registration message.

Organizers 
Neil Dewar
Stephan Hartmann

Submitted by Samuel Schindler (Aarhus University).

 

The Centre for Science Studies at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of full professor with an expected starting date of February 2019. We seek applicants with academic expertise in either one or several of the following areas: history of science, history of technology, or history of mathematics; philosophy of science; science communication; or related areas.

The Centre seeks to strengthen its research by attracting excellent researchers. The successful candidate is expected to take an active interest in developing the research profile of the Centre in collaboration with the other staff members. This includes applying for external research funding.

The Centre is part of the Department of Mathematics under the Faculty of Science and Technology. Its staff members teach philosophy of science courses to the Faculty’s bachelor students and has its own Master’s Program in science studies. The appointee in collaboration with the other staff members will be expected to take shared responsibility for the Centre’s teaching duties. Moreover, the appointee will be expected to participate in all aspects of the Centre’s activities and to be present on a daily basis.

For further information please contact Head of Department Jacob Schach Møller, tel. +45 87155721, email: jacob@math.au.dk

Letters of reference may be sent directly by referees to shrlrs@jobsys.au.dk no later than 8, june 2018 with the candidate’s name clearly stated in the subject field.

Place of Employment and Place of Work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Science and Technology, Ny Munkegade 118, DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark.

The Centre for Science Studies ranks as one of the major centers for the history and philosophy of science, technology, and mathematics in Europe. For more information about the Centre, please see: www.css.au.dk/en. With 27 departments and approximately 45.000 students, Aarhus University (AU) is one of the largest and leading universities in Denmark.

Aarhus is located on the eastern shore of the Jutland peninsula. With about 300,000 inhabitants, it is the second biggest city in Denmark. More than 50,000 students live in the city, which means that Aarhus is a young and vibrant city. Aarhus’ history goes back to the Viking Age. Today, the city not only offers numerous historical sites, but many internationally renowned cultural institutions.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish).

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

For the official job advertisement and a link to the online application form click here: https://goo.gl/iLVRGV.