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

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.

Submitted by Ludger Jansen (University of Rostock).


*** Call for Papers
*** 22–23 October 2018
*** University of Rostock, Germany
Deadline: 15 April 2018

Formal causation, one of the four traditional kinds of causation distinguished by Aristotle, is currently heavily under-researched and has even fallen into disrepute. Formal causation is at play whenever a thing has a certain property because it is of a certain kind. Such properties are normally called essential properties. For instance, whales have the disposition to breathe with lungs because they are mammals. There is an extensive and influential trend in contemporary philosophy studying causation in terms of dispositions, while the question of why things have some dispositions (or other properties) and lack others in the first place has largely been ignored.

The conference will explore formal causation, i.e., the view that an object having a property such as a disposition can be explained through kind membership. Some of the talks will be historical work, mainly on Aristotle, some will be systematic work on the contemporary discussion, and some will combine both historical and systematic approaches. Especially relevant for formal causation are the contemporary debates about essence and necessity, dependence and grounding, laws of nature, universals, dispositions, and functions.

There are two slots in the program to be filled through this call for papers. We especially welcome submissions from early-career researchers (such as current PhD students or Post-docs). We are committed to the SWIP good practice scheme.

The conference is funded through the DFG-project “Formal Causation in Aristotle and in Analytic Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science”. We will cover travel expenses up to 300 €, and will also cover accommodation and meals during the conference. We plan to start on Monday morning, so most participants are likely to arrive in Rostock on Sunday. The conference will take place at the IBZ Rostock (Bergstraße 7a, 18057 Rostock). Only a few minutes’ walk from the conference venue is Motel One (Schröderplatz 2, 18057 Rostock), where we have reserved a pool of rooms for the duration of the conference. We also plan to edit a volume based upon the talks at the conference, published by a leading publisher. 

Confirmed speakers:
Michael Ferejohn (Duke)
Kathrin Koslicki (Alberta)
James G. Lennox (Pittsburgh)
Anna Marmodoro (Durham/Oxford)
Stephen Mumford (Durham)
David Oderberg (Reading)
Christof Rapp (LMU Munich)
Benjamin Schnieder (Hamburg)
Tuomas Tahko (Helsinki)
Barbara Vetter (FU Berlin)

Submission requirements: We invite submissions of abstracts of maximum 500 words, suitable for approximately 30–40 minutes presentation (each speaker will have one hour for presentation and discussion). Abstracts are to be submitted by e-mail to

Deadline for submission is 15 April 2018.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 1 May 2018.
Contact for further information: Petter Sandstad:

Greetings from Rostock,
Ludger Jansen and Petter Sandstad

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

Call For Papers

Synthese Special Issue — Reasoning in Physics

Modern Physics provides an extremely rich testing ground for philosophical theories of scientific reasoning. In recent times, we have seen the emergence of many new forms of theory confirmation, necessitated by the empirical inaccessibility of some of the most prominent theories of modern physics and cosmology. This special issue aims to explore new forms of scientific reasoning and argumentation in physics, with a focus on the relationship between these new reasoning strategies and existing philosophical theories of scientific reasoning and argumentation. We welcome submissions of individual papers covering topics related to reasoning in physics, broadly construed.

Submissions: Contributions must be original and not under review elsewhere. Although there is no prescribed word or page limit for submissions to Synthese, as a rule of thumb, papers typically tend to be between 15 and 30 printed pages (in the journal’s printed format). Submissions should also include a separate title page containing the contact details of the author(s), an abstract (150-250 words) and a list of 4-6 keywords. All papers will be subject to the journal’s standard double-blind peer-review. Manuscripts should be submitted online through the journal’s Editorial Manager. Please choose the appropriate article type for your submission by selecting “S.I. : Reasoning in Physics ” from the relevant drop down menu.

Deadline: The initial deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018. For further information about the special issue, please contact the guest editors via

Guest Editors: Benjamin Eva (University of Konstanz) and Stephan Hartmann (LMU Munich).

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

Call for applications for all-inclusive stipends:

2nd International Rationality Summer Institute (IRSI2)

Kloster Irsee, Germany
September 2-14, 2018

Rationality is central to many disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and economics. This may suggest that research in these fields is conducted in close concert. But researchers in these disciplines unfortunately seldom have the chance to collaborate with and learn from one another. The aim of the International Rationality Summer Institutes (IRSI) is to overcome this division by providing an environment in which students can learn the state-of-the-art research on rationality in each of the above contributing disciplines.

Building on the great success of IRSI1 which focused on individual rationality, IRSI2 (Kloster Irsee, Germany, 2-14 September 2018) will focus on: collective rationality. IRSI2 is targeted at doctoral students and early-career postdocs working on rationality. The organizers plan to host a group of about 40 students, with a high level of international diversity and interdisciplinarity.

The faculty will be internationally leading experts in rationality research, including: Christina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania), Ophelia Deroy (LMU Munich), Franz Dietrich (Paris School of Economics, CNRS), Catarina Dutilh Novaes (University of Groningen/MCMP), Kenny Easwaran (Texas A&M University), Klaus Fiedler (University of Heidelberg), Nadine Fleischhut (Max Planck Institute for Human Development), L. Estefania Gazzo Castañeda (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen), Keise Izuma (The University of York), Markus Knauff (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen), Martin Kocher (LMU Munich), Aidan Lyon (University of Maryland/MCMP), Cailin O’Connor (University of California, Irvine), Don Saari (University of California, Irvine), Christin Schulze (Max Planck Institute for Human Development), Sonja Smets (University of Amsterdam), Fernando R. Velazquez Quesada (University of Amsterdam), Kai Vogeley (University Clinic of Cologne), and Kevin Zollmann (Carnegie Mellon University/MCMP). There will also be keynote lectures by Dan Sperber (Central European University / Institut Jean Nicod) and Ralph Wedgwood (University of Southern California). The organisers are Jean Baccelli, Stephan Hartmann, and Reuben Stern, from the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP, LMU Munich).

To apply for an all-inclusive IRSI2 stipend (travel, accommodation, full board, social program), please follow the instructions here. The deadline for applications is: April 1, 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by: April 15, 2018.

IRSI2 is generously funded by the VolkswagenStiftung.

Submitted by Meinard Kuhlmann (University of Mainz).


International Workshop 
Reduction and Emergence

Technische Universität Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin
Room H 2033 (Main Building)
15th and 16th March 2018


Invited Talks

Thursday, 15th March 2018

15:00–15:45 Meinard Kuhlmann — Reduction, emergence and mechanisms in magnets and markets

15:45–16:30 Stefan Bornholdt — Ising models of financial markets? Are we serious?

16:30–17:15 Radin Dardashti — Emergent phenomena in physics and econophysics

17:15–18:00 Patricia Palacios — Stock market crashes as critical phenomena? Explanation, idealization, and universality in econophysics

Friday, 16th March 2018

Fri 9:30–10:15 Christian Wüthrich, Vincent Lam — Spacetime is as spacetime does



The workshop is organized by the Working Group “Philosophy of Physics” (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) and will be part of the Annual Meeting of the DPG ( If you are interested in coming please send an email to Meinard Kuhlmann <> or Wolfgang Pietsch <>.

Submitted by Anke Bueter (University of Hannover).

Call for papers – “Philosophy of medicine meets social epistemology”

June 7 & 8, 2018
Location: Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. The location is barrier-free.

Keynote speakers: Havi Carel (University of Bristol), Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown University), Miriam Solomon (Temple University), Sean Valles (Michigan State University).

Organizers: Anke Bueter (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Daria Jadreškic (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Saana Jukola (Bielefeld University) & Julia Pfeiff (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

The two-day workshop aims at building bridges between philosophy of medicine and social epistemology. There is a significant overlap in the questions discussed in these fields, especially the interest in medical research in its wider social and cultural context. The workshop aims to provide an opportunity to explore such issues, which are not only of interest to academic philosophy, but have wide-ranging implications for society. How does the institutional context of medical research influence its trustworthiness? Which research areas and questions are under-funded or even completely ignored? How do issues of testimonial justice affect therapeutic relationships? What is the role of patient and other interest groups in producing medical knowledge?

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to: the formation and usage of certain concepts and classifications of race or gender in medical research as well as their societal impacts; the conceptualization of health, illness, and disability; possibilities to deal with the commercialization of research and resulting bias; the nature of objectivity in medicine and psychiatry; issues of trust in medical practice, potential epistemic injustices in patient-doctor relations, and their role in diagnostic and therapeutic processes.

We invite submissions for 25 minutes talks (plus 20 minutes discussion). Please submit an abstract with no more than 750 words. Abstracts need to be submitted in an anonymized document (PDF or DOC) together with the title of the talk. Please send the document, attached to an email that states your name, affiliation and position as well as the title of the talk, to The deadline is March 12, 2018. Notice of acceptance will be sent out two weeks later. Participants who do not give a talk are also welcome and are asked to register in advance. There is no registration fee.