The news section of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP)

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


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





Abduction and Modelling in Metaphysics



  • 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



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.



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.



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


More Information:

For the detailed programme, abstracts, and further information, please visit <>.





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).





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: <>


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 <> until November 30, 2018.





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: <>

Contact: <>

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

***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:

***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)

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

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).



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

Biases in Science

MCMP, LMU Munich

April 10-12, 2019

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:
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

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:

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)


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


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)


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)


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 ( 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:,

or contact the organisers:

-Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen University)

-Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Bonn)

-Michael Krämer (RWTH Aachen University)

-Erhard Scholz (University of Wuppertal)

-Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal)

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.



  • 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).



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

“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:

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).



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:

Conference website:

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).


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

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.


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


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)


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).



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

Computational Modeling in Philosophy (CMP)

MCMP, LMU Munich

June 22-23, 2018


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


Conference Participation is free of charge.
To register please send a message to 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. 


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

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).


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

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.

Please send notice to attend to If you want to join the Conference Dinner on a Dutch-treat basis please mention it in your registration message.

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:

Letters of reference may be sent directly by referees to 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: 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:

Submitted by Eric Curiel (MCMP, LMU Munich).

First Irvine-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg Conference in Philosophy and Foundations of Physics

(IMPS 2018)

Organizing committee: Erik Curiel (Munich), Patricia Palacios (Salzburg), Giovanni Valente (Milan), Jim Weatherall (Irvine), and Charlotte Werndl (Salzburg)

Call for Papers:
Over the past decades, important contributions to the mathematical and conceptual foundations of physical theories have been made within the philosophical community. Conversely, critical analysis of the formal structures of our best physical theories inform central philosophical concerns, and in some cases new theorems have been proven and new lines of argument developed that are of philosophical significance. This conference aims to bring together philosophers, physicists, and mathematicians working on such issues. The event will be held on September 3-4, 2018 at the University of Salzburg (Austria). It will immediately precede a workshop on “Time in Physics” taking place on September 4-5, 2018. Speakers for the workshop include Harvey Brown (Oxford), Patricia Palacios (Salzburg), Bryan Roberts (London), Jos Uffink (Minnesota), Francesca Vidotto (Bilbao) and Christian Wuthrich (Geneva). Papers on any topic of philosophy and foundations of physics by younger researchers, especially graduate students and post-doctoral scholars, are particularly encouraged and will be given priority.

Papers of no longer than 5000 words should be submitted via EasyChair ( ) by June 1, 2018. Decisions will be communicated by July 1, 2018.

For more information visit:

Submitted by Rafael Ugarte Chacón (Leibniz Universität Hannover).


Leibniz Universität Hannover and Bielefeld University jointly seek to fill

3 Doctoral Candidate Positions (65% TV-L 13)
in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science

starting October 1, 2018, within the Graduiertenkolleg (research training group) GRK 2073 Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research.

Initial appointment will be for 1.5 years. Given the successful extension of the GRK’s funding period, the position is renewable for another 1.5 years. The positions will be filled as 65% Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter positions on salary scale TV-L 13. (This amounts to a monthly net salary roughly between 1500 and 1600 €, plus benefits such as health insurance.) Two of the positions are expected to be located at Leibniz Universität Hannover and the other one at Bielefeld University.

GRK 2073 Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research is a research training group that is established as a joint project by Leibniz Universität Hannover and Bielefeld University. It is funded by the German national funding agency (DFG). Its research program aims at bridging the gap between practice and theory in the philosophical investigation of scientific research in two ways: firstly, it examines new connections between practical philosophy of science (ethics of science, political philosophy of science) and theoretical philosophy of science (epistemology, metaphysics); secondly, it analyzes relevant links between the material culture of the sciences (objects, equipment, experiments, practices) and the cognitive dimension of the sciences (theories, hypotheses, discourses, models). The working language of GRK 2073 is English.

Applicants should be fluent in English and able to demonstrate an interest in at least one of the two areas: practical philosophy of science (i.e., ethics and/or political philosophy of science) or theoretical philosophy of science (epistemology and/or metaphysics of science). They must hold a pertinent university degree (typically an MA degree in Philosophy or HPS) and must be eligible to enroll as doctoral students in Philosophy at Leibniz Universität Hannover or Bielefeld University. They need to specify a dissertation project that fits the aims of the research program of GRK 2073 as described above.

The obligations of each holder of one of the advertised positions will be to conduct research on a dissertation project that contributes to the research program of GRK 2073 and to participate in the training activities that are specified by the qualification program. Holders of the positions must enroll as doctoral students in philosophy at Leibniz Universität Hannover or Bielefeld University. It is expected that they take residence in the region of their respective campus.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to and must be received by May 20, 2018. Please consult by all means our application guide for further information on how to apply (as well as on the research training group and the positions offered):

For informal enquiries please contact Rafael Ugarte Chacón (

Leibniz Universität Hannover and Bielefeld University both aim to promote women within the scope of the statutory provisions and, hence, emphatically invite qualified women to apply for these positions. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.

Submitted by Alexander Christian (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf).

Postdoc Research Position (100%, 1.5+3 years)
with a focus on causality and freedom vacant at the Duesseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf)

As part of the DFG Research Unit Inductive Metaphysics (FOR 2495) a full-time postdoc research position with a focus on causality and freedom is vacant at the Duesseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf). The position is intended for 1.5 years, an extension for further 3 years is possible (salary level E13). Intended start on October 1, 2018. Tasks in the first 1.5 years include the preparation of a prolongation proposal (shift of focus possible). Interested persons are encouraged to send an e-mail together with their CV until May 15, 2018, to the PI of the project, Professor Gerhard Schurz (

Submitted by Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich).

Applications are invited for the Masterclass entitled ‘Reductionism and Anti-reductionism in Economics‘. We are pleased to have Professor Kevin Hoover (Duke University) as the lecturer. The Masterclass will take place on June 1 and 2, 2018 at the Philosophy Department of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Please find a short synopsis and a reading list here:

This Masterclass is an opportunity for Master and PhD students in philosophy and history of science/special sciences as well as economics to work intensely over two days with a world-leading philosopher in their field. An informal setting, small group size, and a workshop format combine to create an atmosphere that fosters intellectual stimulation, a high level of discussion, and collaborative development of ideas.

The number of participating students is limited. If you would like to be considered for a place, please send an expression of interest, including a brief description of your area of research and how you hope to benefit from the Masterclass to Catherine Herfeld (, the latest by May 10, 2018.

Submitted by Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich).



LOCATION: Institute of Philosophy, University of Zurich

DATE: Thursday, 18 October – Saturday, 20 October, 2018

ORGANIZERS: Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich) and Sebastian Lutz (Uppsala University)


This workshop will bring together historians and philosophers of the natural and the social sciences to investigate the nature of concept formation and the relation between concept formation in the natural and the social sciences. Some of the investigations will be abstract, analyzing the conditions of concept formation in general, other investigations will focus on specific historical or philosophical issues in a natural or a social science.

We invite submissions of contributed papers in English to Please submit a title, a short abstract of 100 words (copied in the body of the email), and an extended abstract of 1000 words (prepared for blind review and as an attached pdf file) the latest by May 7, 2018. Authors will be notified before June 5, 2018.

Some of the questions to be addressed at the workshop are:
o How were central concepts of the natural or social sciences developed?
o What role do empirical results play in concept formation?
o What role do conventions play in concept formation?
o What is the relation between concept formation in the natural and the social sciences?
o What role does concept formation play in measurement?
o What are the general features of concept formation?
o When is concept formation possible?

Invited speakers: Georg Brun (University of Bern), Adam Caulton (University of Oxford), Uljana Feest (University of Hannover), James Justus (Florida State University), Samuli Reijula (University of Helsinki), Hanna Pułaczewska (University of Szczecin), Mark Risjord (Emory University), Jo E. Wolff (King’s College London)

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).


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

2nd Workshop on Decision Theory & the Future of Artificial Intelligence

MCMP, LMU Munich

July 26-28, 2018

This workshop will continue in the tradition established last year of bringing together philosophers, decision theorists, and AI researchers in order to promote research at the nexus between decision theory and AI. Our plan for the second installment is to make connections between decision theory and burgeoning research programs that may play a prominent role in the near future of the discipline – e.g., quantum information theory, social network analysis, and causal inference.

Call for papers:

We invite submissions for contributed talks in the form of a short abstract (up to 150 words) and an extended abstract (up to 1000 words) through the EasyChair submission system. 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: 30 April 2018
Author Notification: 15 May 2018

For general information about the coming workshop please contact Reuben Stern, for local logistics please contact Zoe Cremer.

Reuben Stern (LMU Munich)
Stephan Hartmann (LMU Munich)
Yang Liu (University of Cambridge)
Huw Price (University of Cambridge)

The workshop is organized jointly with the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Cambridge and the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Cambridge.

Submitted by Marcel Knöchelmann (University College London).

Call for Survey Participation: Authorship in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

University College London’s Centre for Publishing is currently conducting a census survey that aims to identify key aspects of authorship in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in the UK and Germany: Why publishing, and with which motivations, and how are research assessments affecting scholarly communications?

Your perspective counts: take the survey today. All results of this AHRC-funded research will be made available through Open Access publications. The survey is anonymous, and completion takes only about 8 minutes. Go to:

If you have more questions regarding the survey or the research behind it, please do reach out to Marcel Knöchelmann at

I greatly appreciate your support—many thanks in advance.