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

Submitted by Benedikt Loewe (DLMPST/IUHPST)


The Executive Committee of DLMPST is sad to report that Mario Bunge
passed away last month. We celebrated his life and work at CLMPST 2019 in Prague with a mini-symposium. You can find a brief obituary on the website of the DLMPST at:

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).


Two Postdoctoral Fellowships at the MCMP (LMU Munich)

MCMP, LMU Munich

The Chair of Philosophy of Science under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann seeks applications for two 3-year postdoctoral positions.
We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in at least one of the following fields: general philosophy of science, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of statistics, formal epistemology, formal philosophy of science, social epistemology, philosophy and psychology of reasoning and argumentation, agent-based modeling in philosophy, and decision theory.

Application deadline: March 31 2020

For more information and details see:

Submitted by Florian J. Boge (University of Wuppertal).


Synthese Topical Collection on
Simplicity out of Complexity? Physics and the Aims of Science

Deadline: 31 July 2020

Guest Editors
Florian J. Boge (University of Wuppertal)
Paul Grünke (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Martin King (University of Bonn)
Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal)

The world we live in is notoriously complex: there is an outright zoo of material particles, a vast variety of different species, a whole plethora of stars and galaxies, and so forth. Yet many scientific achievements, such as the Standard Model of particle physics or Darwin’s theory of natural selection, allow us to manage part of this complexity by means of a simple set of laws or general rules.
Simplicity has often been assumed to be an epistemic ideal, most clearly exemplified in physics, with its trend towards encompassing theories that feature only a small number of fundamental laws, capable of explaining a large number of diverse phenomena.
This view of science, with physics at the center stage, has arguably provided the dominant narrative in mainstream philosophy of science throughout the 20th century. Yet many questions arise when one zooms in on the details. For instance: in what sense can the laws of physics be said to be simple, when concrete computations based on them are tedious or even impossible? How do notions of simplicity differ across the sciences, and what are their commonalities? Does the striving for simplification of perceived complexity imply an unjustified reductionism? Is simplicity really an epistemic ideal or just endorsed for pragmatic reasons, and maybe even an unreliable guide to truth? If so, what should it be replaced with?
The aim of this Topical Collection is to bring together contributions from different fields, such as (the philosophy of) physics, biology, economy, psychology, linguistics, or general philosophy of science. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • epistemic vs. practical: Is simplicity an epistemic goal of science or just a practical benefit? (Why) should theories aim for simplicity, or (why) not?
  • physics vs. other sciences: Does the complexity of the world largely preclude simple science? Is complexity also an aim of the special sciences? Does contemporary physics really aim at simplicity?
  • the concept of simplicity in science: What does it mean to be a ‘simple’ theory? What is simplicity? Can there be a unified account of simplicity or should one embrace pluralism?

We invite contributions from the full spectrum of disciplines and their respective philosophies, 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.

For further information, please contact the guest editors:
Florian J. Boge
Paul Grünke
Martin King
Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo

The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2020
Submit your paper through the Synthese Editorial Manager under a dedicated heading entitled “T.C.: Simplicity out of Complexity? Physics and the Aim of Science”. Please visit Editorial Manager® ( and select this heading when submitting the manuscript.

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed as per usual journal practice. At least two reviewers will be assigned to each paper and final decisions will be taken by Synthese Editors in Chief, following the recommendation of the Guest Editors, which is based on the reviewers’ reports. Please prepare papers for anonymous reviews.

Submitted by Silvia Stößer (University College Freiburg).


Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science

The University invites applications for a Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science

  • This professorship is particularly suitable for highly qualified early career researchers.
  • Fulltime position, Start-date: At the earliest possible date.

The University expects an excellent international academic record in (Historical) Epistemology, Philosophy of Science and/or Theory of Science. More specifically, candidates should demonstrate, in research and teaching, a historical and comparative perspective on epistemology and methodology, and on the societal and cultural conditions and implications of knowledge and science (understood in the broad sense of “Wissenschaft”).

The University of Freiburg has successfully established the interdisciplinary four-year “Liberal Arts and Sciences” (LAS) Bachelor Program for a total of 320 students within the institutional framework of University College Freiburg (UCF). The development of a research program in the area of epistemology and theory of science is at the discretion of the position holder. Interdisciplinary research profiles that link to one of the LAS Majors and to empirical research fields at the University will be favored (e.g. Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Economics). Research cooperations between the humanities and natural sciences could, for example, contribute to fields such as “Environmental Humanities” or “Medical Humanities” or to research consortia such as the University’s Clusters of Excellence. Particularly desirable are research interests that resonate with the STS professorship at UCF and support the existing cooperation with the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. A research focus that considers interdisciplinarity (e.g. understandings of models, experiments, observations, concepts, representations, instruments, or methods that cross disciplinary boundaries) and/or a broad approach towards “Reflections on Science and Knowledge” are welcome.

The professorship’s teaching responsibilities will focus on the LAS Program, especially on epistemology and philosophy, theory, and history of science and knowledge. Courses offered by the professorship are mainly situated in the LAS Core curriculum. In addition, teaching in the four LAS Majors and in other programs is possible. A priority of UCF, within a cross-departmental curriculum initiative, is the co-development of course offerings in “Reflections on Science and Knowledge” to students of various study programs at the University of Freiburg.

The LAS Program’s novelty for German higher education refers not only to its comprehensive interdisciplinarity, but also to the innovative teaching contexts and methods. Therefore, in addition to an excellent and international teaching record, a passion for teaching and proven interest and experience in interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to higher education – ideally in a Liberal Arts and Sciences context – are required.

Professors at UCF are responsible for UCF leadership and for the further development of the LAS program and of UCF. As the LAS Program is English-taught, excellent English proficiency in teaching and research is required. The official language of the University is German. Non-native German speakers are expected to learn German within three years. Prerequisites for the employment of Professors are a university degree, an outstanding dissertation and an excellent publication record. Substantial achievements and experience in academic research and teaching, at the level of a Habilitation according to the German academic system, are expected.

The following application documents are to be submitted: Curriculum vitae, certificates of degrees and academic qualifications, complete list of publications and invited lectures specifying the 10 most important publications, grants awarded, research profile and plan. We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for this position. Please send in a complete and convincing application and a print version of the application form in English with the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000946, by 31.03.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dekanat der Philosophischen Fakultät
Dekan Prof. Dr. Dietmar Neutatz
D 79085 Freiburg

or as PDF to:

For further information, please contact Bettina Ragen: +49 761 203-3371, Information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Code for Practice for professorial appointments.

The application form can be found at:

The complete job announcement can be also found here:

Submitted by Kian Salimkhani (Universität Bonn) and Niels Linnemann (Universität Bremen).


Veranstaltung: 2. Wochenendseminar zur Philosophie der Physik: Philosophie der Quantenmechanik


Der Workshop richtet sich insbesondere an Bachelor- und Masterstudierende der Physik und der Philosophie und hat zum Ziel, mittels Fachvorträgen (von Sibylle Anderl, Manfred Stöckler, Marij van Strien und Stefan Wolf), einführender Vorlesungen (von Niels Linnemann und Kian Salimkhani) und vertiefender Diskussionsgruppen (geleitet von Jamee Elder, Milla Lifke und Niels Martens) das Forschungsgebiet der Philosophie der Physik vorzustellen.

Hinweis: Zu den Fachvorträgen sind alle Interessierten herzlich eingeladen, eine Anmeldung ist nicht nötig.

Vorkenntnisse in Physik und Philosophie sind nicht erforderlich.

Die Übernachtungen (inklusive Frühstück) der offiziellen (und nicht aus Bremen kommenden) Teilnehmer*innen vom 5. bis 7. Juni werden organisiert und bezahlt. Auch Reisekosten können bei Bedarf erstattet werden (hierzu bitte bei der Bewerbung angeben, ob Reisekostenzuschüsse gewünscht sind).

Wir freuen uns auf eure Bewerbungen!

Bewerbungsfrist: 30. April 2020 (Die Auswahl wird Anfang Mai bekannt gegeben.)

Veranstaltungsort und -zeit: Universität Bremen, 5. – 7. Juni 2020

Unterlagen: kurzes Motivationsschreiben (max. eine Seite) und Lebenslauf


Website: Aktuelle Informationen werden unter bekannt gegeben.

Organisation: Niels Linnemann und Kian Salimkhani

Submitted by Silvia Jonas (MCMP, LMU Munich).


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

Mathematics and Analogical Reasoning

MCMP, LMU Munich

11-12 September, 2020



The goal of this conference is to investigate the role of mathematics as a heuristic device for analogical reasoning in science and philosophy.


QUESTIONS we aim to address at the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • How can a positive mathematical analogy generate support for a particular theoretical view about otherwise disconnected physical systems?
  • Can we be sure that epistemic lessons from one domain carry over to another domain, given that there are always known points of disanalogy? If so, how?
  • Does the fact that shared mathematical structures can generate new scientific insights have a bearing on (enhanced) indispensability arguments for mathematical realism?
  • How can a mathematical analogy generate understanding of one system given our understanding of the model system?
  • What is an adequate methodology for analogical reasoning about meta-empirical domains (like mathematics or ethics)?
  • Are the mathematical background assumptions of recent arguments featuring mathematical analogies plausible (specifically in light of recent pluralist developments in set theory)?


More Information is available on the conference website:


The conference also has a PhilEvents website:


In order to register please visit the conference website ( or contact Silvia Jonas ( for further information.



  • Silvia Jonas (MCMP/LMU Munich)
  • Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney/MCMP)



Submitted by Sebastian Schuol (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg).

Conference: Public Research and Private Knowledge – Science in Times of Diverse Research Funding

Venue: Hörsäle Medizin, Ulmenweg 18, 91054 Erlangen

Start: 26.03.2020 09:30

End: 27.03.2020 17:00


The production and distribution of knowledge is a key process in scientific and scholarly inquiry. In recent years, different agents have shown an increased interest in basic as opposed to applied science, for example in fields of rising social significance such as AI or biomedical technology. These research interests in turn direct attention to the sources of funding, and, as a consequence, to the direction of inquiry and the accessibility of results. The main problem that arises from this development can be expressed in two questions: First, does the influence of private funding change the selection of research topics in an epistemically or otherwise (un-)desirable direction? And second, does it lead to a privatization of knowledge, and if so, what are the consequences of this privatization?

Keynote speakers:

Manuela Fernández Pinto (Universidad de los Andes)

Bennett Holman (Yonsei University)

Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University)

Sergio Sismondo (Queen‘s University, Kingston)

Preliminary Program:


Please register until March 10th, 2020, by writing an E-Mail including your general information (name, contact, affiliation) to The conference fee is 80 € (students: 50 €) and includes lunch and coffee breaks on both days. The fee is payable via bank transfer (we will send out detailed information after confirming your participation). Please note that the fee is refundable only until February 25th, 2020.

Links: (conference website)


Michael Jungert, Julia Böttcher, Jon Leefmann, Christoph Merdes, Sebastian Schuol

Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen (Germany)

Submitted by Sebastian Schuol (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg).


Call for Contributions: Public Research and Private Knowledge

Deadline for Abstracts: 29 March 2020

Deadline for Manuscripts: 31 July 2020 

Research Topic:

Public Research and Private Knowledge – Science in Times of Diverse Research Funding

The production and distribution of knowledge is a key process in scientific and scholarly inquiry. However, this process is not and has never been limited to universities and public research institutes alone, but extends to agents as diverse as the Research & Development Departments of companies, citizen scientists, and private non-profit research institutes. In recent years, these agents have shown an increased interest in basic ˗ as opposed to applied ˗ science, for example in fields of rising social significance such as AI or biomedical technology. These specific research interests in turn direct attention to the sources of funding, and, as a consequence, to the direction of inquiry and the accessibility of results. The main problem that arises from this development can be expressed in two questions: First, does the influence of private funding change the selection of research topics in an epistemically or otherwise (un-) desirable direction? And second, does it lead to a privatization of knowledge, and if so, what are the consequences of this privatization? Some key questions in this area of investigation are:

• Where do new sources of research funding come from, and how important a role do they play? Which agents foster the development, which methods do they use, and what are their primary motivations?

• What are the epistemic consequences, and who is affected by them? What is the impact of business interests on epistemic norms and ideals, and are there any (additional) sources of bias to be expected?

• Have there been any (changes of) institutional structures in the last decades that have stimulated or hindered these tendencies? Which historical idea of science is at stake? Which factors affected the practices of organizing the production and distribution of scientific knowledge during the second half of the 20th century?

• Is academic freedom threatened by these developments, and if so, to what extent? How could it be maintained? What are the epistemic effects of endowment chairs and industry-sponsored PhD projects?

Contributions may approach these and related questions from various disciplinary perspectives such as philosophy of science, history of science, science and technology studies, social epistemology, and formal epistemology.


Contributions must be original and may not be under review elsewhere. Extended abstracts should be no longer than 1000 words and describe the topic, structure, and argument of the paper. We will invite the submission of full manuscripts, based on the quality of the extended abstract. All manuscripts will be subject to single-blind peer-review.

Keywords: public research, private research, research funding, private knowledge, research grants, business interests, scientific knowledge, academic freedom, epistemology

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.—science-in-times-of-diverse-research-funding#overview

Submitted by Rose Trappes (Bielefeld University).


Workshop: Niche Construction and Other Mechanisms in Ecology & Evolution

2-3 July 2020, Bielefeld University

Evolutionary and ecological theories have been developed separately, often concerning different phenomena and time scales, and with different explanatory goals. Yet the many points of connection between the two fields call for cooperation and integration between ecologists and evolutionary biologists and for integrative philosophical reflection. For instance, niche construction theory has been developed by evolutionary biologists to describe how changes made by organisms to their environments can cause evolutionary change. Niche construction is evidently just as much an ecological as an evolutionary mechanism, yet its meaning and relevance for ecology and for evolution has yet to be assessed.

This workshop brings together philosophers, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists interested in niche construction, mechanisms, fitness, and function. Our goal is to clarify the concept of niche construction and to discuss in how far it can be distinguished from related concepts, such as the extended phenotype. Niche construction (as well as niche choice and niche conformance) seems to be a paradigmatic example of an ecological (or ecological-evolutionary) mechanism. We will thus use this case to discuss more generally how the concept of a mechanism, developed primarily in regard to fields such as molecular biology and neuroscience, can be applied to the ecological and evolutionary context. Furthermore, we will examine the roles that concepts of fitness and function play in studies of niche construction mechanisms. We hope that thinking about niche construction in terms of mechanisms, fitness and function will contribute to overcome some of the challenges of integrating ecology and evolutionary biology.
This workshop takes place as part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre at the University of Münster, Bielefeld University and Jena University “A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Niche Choice, Niche Conformance, Niche Construction (NC³)”.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum)
  • Tina Heger (University of Potsdam)
  • Arnaud Pocheville (Paul Sabatier University and University of Sydney)
  • Lynn Chiu (University of Bordeaux and St. Andrews University)
  • Viorel Pâslaru (University of Dayton)
  • Grant Ramsey (KU Leuven)
  • Etienne Roux (University of Bordeaux)
  • Joachim Kurtz (University of Münster)

Student bursaries
We offer a limited number of travel grants (up to 250 EUR for travel and accommodation) for students and PhD students to participate in the workshop. If you want to apply, please include a brief letter of motivation and your CV with your registration for the workshop.

Registration and further information
For more information and the full programme, check the website.
To register, contact Rose Trappes at


  • Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University)
  • Rose Trappes (Bielefeld University)
  • Ulrich Krohs (University of Münster)
  • Behzad Nematipour (University of Münster)

Submitted by Christian Sachse (University of Geneva).


The 8th Congress of the Society for the Philosophy of Science
September 9-11 2020
University of Mons (Belgium)


The next meeting of the Société de philosophie des sciences (SPS: will take place on September 9-11 2020 at the University of Mons (Belgium).

Organisation committee: Antoine Brandelet (University of Mons), Anne Staquet (University of Mons), Alice Van Helden (University of Namur), Bertrand Hespel (University of Namur), Dominique Lambert (University of Namur).

The main theme of the 2020 congress will be: “Science and scientificity

More information can be found on the website; here are some inspiring key words (NOTA BENE: any proposal for a contribution in the field of philosophy of science will be considered):

  • Science and pseudoscience
  • Challenges imposed by the evolution of scientific practices (e.g. open data, participatory science, publication of negative results)
  • Production of ignorance (scientific expertise, fake news, merchants of doubt, etc.)
  • Scientific values, scientific integrity and evaluation of science
  • Scientific culture (“public understanding of science”)

The meeting is composed of:
(1) invited speakers (TBA)
(2) Symposia (In English or French) of 3-4 interventions on one specific theme; the total length of a symposium is 1h30-2h according to the number of included interventions. Symposia a highly recommended, notably if they include both scientific and philosophical interventions.
(3) Individiual papers (In English or French), suitable for a 30-minute presentation (discussion included),

Paper submission:
Deadline for submission: 30 April 2020
Submission via the website

Individual paper:

  • In French or in English
  • Suitable for a 30-minute presentation (discussion included)
  • About the theme of the meeting or any other topic in philosophy of science

Symposium (3 people):

  • In French or in English
  • Suitable for a 90- or 120-minute symposium, depending on how many interventions are included
  • About the theme of the meeting or any other topic in the philosophy of science

Scientific Committee: TBA

Submission Format:
Short abstract + extended abstract joined in .pdf or .doc

For a symposium:

  • Title of the symposium
  • Short abstract (max. 250 words) describing the general topic
  • Extended anonymous abstract in a separated file (.pdf or .doc, max. 2500 words) describing the symposium in general and each presentation (max. 4 participants)

Individual paper:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Short abstract (max. 250 words)
  • Extended abstract in a separated file (.pdf or .doc, max. 1000 words)

Extended abstracts must be ready for anonymous review, any name or affiliation should not be mentioned.

Notification of acceptance: May 31 2020
Inscriptions from May 31 2020 to 15 August 2020
For any inquiries, please contact Antoine Brandelet (

Submitted by Kristina Musholt (University of Leipzig).


28th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP), University of Leipzig, Germany, 31st of August – 3rd of September 2020


Keynote Speakers:

  • Dorit Bar-On (University of Connecticut)
  • Herbert Clark (Stanford University)
  • Victoria McGeer (Princeton University and ANU)
  • Vicky Southgate (University of Copenhagen)


Call for submissions:
The Society invites submitted symposia, papers and posters for this meeting. Submissions are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to psychologists, philosophers and linguists.

If you have any questions, contact us by writing an email to:

For more information on the conference, have a look at our website:


The Society invites submitted symposia, papers and posters for this meeting. Submissions are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to psychologists, philosophers and linguists.

Symposia are allocated a two-hour slot and consist of a set of linked papers on a common theme. Symposia should typically include perspectives from at least two different disciplines (e.g., philosophy and linguistics). Symposia organizers should submit an outline of the symposium along with a list of speakers and abstracts as a single document. Please do not submit more than one PDF file per symposium.

Papers should not exceed a length of 20 minutes (about 8 double-spaced pages) for a total 30 minutes session. Submissions may consist of a 500-word abstract, though in the case of philosophical submissions a full paper is preferred. A submission for a poster presentation should consist of a 500-word abstract. When submitting your paper or poster online, please first indicate the primary discipline of your paper (philosophy, psychology, or linguistics) and whether your submission is intended as a paper or a poster. Submitted papers may also be considered for presentation as a poster if space constraints prevent acceptance as a paper or if the submission is thought more suitable for presentation as a poster. All paper and poster submissions (whether abstracts or full papers) should be in .doc or PDF-format and should be properly anonymized in order to allow for blind refereeing.

The deadline for all submissions is April 1st (midnight, GMT), 2020.

Submissions should be made online via Easychair:


General Aim:
The aim of the European Society for Philosophy & Psychology is ‘to promote interaction between philosophers and psychologists on issues of common concern’. Psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, computer scientists and biologists are encouraged to report experimental, theoretical and clinical work that they judge to have philosophical significance; and philosophers are encouraged to engage with the fundamental issues addressed by and arising out of such work. In recent years ESPP sessions have covered such topics as theory of mind, attention, reference, problems of consciousness, introspection and self-report, emotion, perception, early numerical cognition, spatial concepts, infants’ understanding of intentionality, memory and time, motor imagery, counterfactuals, the semantics/pragmatics distinction, comparative cognition, minimalism in linguistic theory, reasoning, vagueness, mental causation, action and agency, thought without language, externalism, hypnosis, and the interpretation of neuropsychological results.


Programme chairs:

  • Dorothea Debus
  • Olivier Mascaro
  • Maria Spychalska
  • Eva Rafetseder


Main local organiser:

  • Kristina Musholt

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).


The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is organising the seventh

Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students 2020

MCMP, LMU Munich

July 26-31, 2020

The summer school is open to excellent female students who want to specialise in mathematical philosophy. Applications are now accepted via the online application form on the summer school’s website:

The deadline for applications is March 30, 2020. Decisions will be made by April 15, 2020.

Submitted by Benedikt Knüsel (ETH Zürich).


CfP: Workshop “Data Science in Climate and Climate Impact Research. Conceptual Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities.” ETH, Zürich, August 20 and 21, 2020 (Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2020).

Climate Science
Climate Impact Research
Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology
Environmental Data Science

In recent decades, the production and storage of data about practically every aspect of human life has increased. This concerns scientific research in general, including environmental sciences. Increasing volumes of data help environmental scientists to observe more phenomena at a finer spatial and temporal scale and to model phenomena with machine learning. These new possibilities raise a host of interesting methodological questions. In a policy-​relevant field such as climate science and climate impact research, transparency of and confidence in results is key. However, it is unclear how these features can be achieved when employing data science. Furthermore, data science projects often require extensive interdisciplinary collaboration in order to combine expertise in handling and analyzing data and domain expertise. This helps to obtain meaningful insights from the data. However, this interdisciplinarity can be associated with new challenges.
There are numerous examples of interesting data-​science projects in climate and climate impact research, which have addressed a variety of purposes. For example, innovative methods that combine physical modeling and machine learning might be employed to analyze environmental data while ensuring interpretability and physical plausibility of the models. New forms of data might help to measure environmental conditions and monitor policy implementation or to monitor disaster response and climate change adaptation. But how should these attempts be evaluated? What role does interdisciplinary collaboration play in these efforts? What purposes are data sciences tools most fruitful for and under what conditions?
At this interdisciplinary conference, we aim to bring together researchers from all climate-​related subdisciplines (including environmental social science and climate impact research), philosophers, and environmental data scientists to discuss questions like these. While case studies are welcome, the emphasis on the talks should be on conceptual issues.

Keynote speakers (confirmed):
>From Philosophy: Wendy Parker (University of Durham)
>From scientific practice:
Markus Reichstein (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena)
Nick Obradovich (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin)

Questions that can be discussed include (but are not limited to) the following:
What purposes are new kinds of data most fruitful for?
Which research questions can be addressed using machine learning? Is machine learning equally attractive for understanding as it is for prediction?
How should machine learning models and new forms of data be evaluated in order to assess their reliability? Does this depend on the purpose of a research project?
What is the role of scientific theories and domain-​specific background knowledge when constructing and applying data-​science tools?
How does interpretability/transparency affect the evaluation of the models and data? What is the role of interpretable algorithms and well-​documented data? How does this depend on the specific purpose?
How should uncertainties arising from new sources or forms of data or automated data analysis tools be understood and characterized? How can they be handled in decision-​making?
What is the relationship between transparency of models and data on the one hand and uncertainty on the other hand?
How should interdisciplinary teams for environmental data-​science projects be organized? What kind of collaboration is needed?

Details can be found here:

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


CALL FOR PAPERS (Salzburg, deadline: May 1, 2020)

Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy: SOPhiA 2020

September 2 – 4, 2020
Department of Philosophy (Humanities), University of Salzburg, Austria

SOPhiA 2020 provides an opportunity for students and doctoral candidates in philosophy to take a first peek into the philosophical business and to get in touch with prospective and well established philosophers. Contributions in every discipline of philosophy (epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, etc.) are welcome. As common in analytic philosophy, contributors should make use of understandable language as well as rational argumentation. In addition to the conference presentations there will also be affiliated workshops on selected topics in analytic philosophy.

Keynote Speakers:
* Marian David (University of Graz)
* Leah Henderson (University of Groningen)
* Herlinde Pauer-Studer (University of Vienna)

Call for papers:
Students and doctoral candidates (pre-doc) in philosophy are encouraged to submit an abstract prepared for double-blind review. We are committed to fostering diversity and equality in our programs. Submissions from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Abstracts should not exceed 2.000 characters. All submissions should be suitable for a presentation of approximately 20 minutes in length (plus 10 minutes discussion). Please submit your abstract with a biographical note and a short CV attached in a separate document at <> until May 1, 2020. Attendees are asked to register at the same site before the conference. Note that authors may appear as co-authors on multiple submissions, but not more often than once as first author/presenter.

SOPhiA best paper award:
Contributors are also invited to submit a full paper (from 4.000 up to 8.000 words) not including any author or affiliation information. A selection of full papers will be published in KRITERION — Journal of Philosophy. The best contribution will also be awarded with 250 EUR at SOPhiA 2020. Please prepare your full paper according to the guidelines available at and submit it via e-mail (subject line: SOPhiA 2020) to <>. Please note that only full papers in English submitted before the general deadline (May 1, 2020) can be considered for the SOPhiA best paper award and that contributors are not allowed to be first or co-author of more than one paper submitted for the SOPhiA best paper award.

Submission deadline: May 1, 2020
Notification deadline: June 1, 2020
Website: <>

Submitted by Andrea Reichenberger (Paderborn University).


Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, sehr geehrte Kolleg*innen,

Wir möchten Ihnen den Pilot für ein Mentoring-Programm für akademische Philosoph*innen von SWIP Germany e.V. vorstellen und Sie einladen, bei Interesse als Mentor*in oder Mentee teilzunehmen.

Mit diesem Programm möchte SWIP Germany einen Beitrag zur Geschlechtergerechtigkeit und Chancengleichheit leisten und dazu beitragen, die Unterrepräsentation von Frauen auf den höheren Qualifikationsstufen (vor allem auf der Ebene von PostDocs und Professor*innen) zu beheben, die in der deutschsprachigen akademischen Philosophie nach wie vor besteht.

Wir wollen “Nachwuchs”wissenschaftler*innen die Möglichkeit bieten, Wissenschaftler*innen, die bereits einige Karrierestufen weiter sind, punktuell und zu konkreten Problemen um Rat zu fragen. Anders als bei anderen Mentoring-Programmen geht es nicht zwingend um eine längerfristige Mentoring-Beziehung. Wir haben folgendes Vorgehen geplant:

– Die Mentor*innen geben in einem Formular an, zu welchen Themen sie Tipps geben können und wollen:

– Potentielle Mentees können ein Formular ausfüllen und die Themen angeben, zu welchen sie Beratungsbedarf haben:

– SWIP Germany sucht eine*n passende*n Mentor*in und fragt an, ob diese*r für ein Gespräch zu den von der Mentee angegebenen Themen zur Verfügung steht. Das Gespräch kann persönlich, telefonisch oder über Skype erfolgen und soll in der Regel nicht mehr als max. 1,5 Stunden in Anspruch nehmen.

–  Wir behandeln Ihr Engagement natürlich vertraulich, d.h. SWIP Germany veröffentlicht nicht, wer als Mentor*in oder Mentee involviert ist.

– Gerne können potentielle Mentorinnen zugleich auch Ihr Interesse äußern, Mentees zu sein. Das heißt konkret: Haben Sie als Mentorin das Formular ausgefüllt, dürfen Sie auch gerne das Formular für Mentees einreichen.

SWIP Germany bemüht sich darum, kein*e Mentor*in überproportional oft für Beratungsgespräche anzufragen, und zudem muss natürlich kein*e Mentor*in jede einzelne Anfrage annehmen. Ebenso können Mentees bestimmte Personen als Mentoren ablehnen. Wir sind dankbar, wenn Sie sich ein- bis zweimal im Jahr Zeit dafür nehmen, einer “Nachwuchs”wissenschaftlerin mit Ihrem Wissen zur Seite zu stehen!

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Wir freuen uns über Ihr Engagement für mehr Chancengleichheit in der deutschsprachigen Philosophie.

Mit den besten Grüßen
Ihr SWIP-Mentoring-Team: Christine Bratu, Lisa Herzog, Insa Lawler, Johanna Müller, Andrea Reichenberger, Almut von Wedelstaedt