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Submitted by Kian Salimkhani (University of Cologne).


3. Wochenendseminar zur Philosophie der Physik

Philosophie der Zeit

Köln (Online), 10. – 12. Dezember 2021

Der Workshop richtet sich insbesondere an Bachelor- und Masterstudierende der Physik und der Philosophie und hat zum Ziel, mittels Fachvorträgen (von Natalja Deng (Yonsei), Andreas Hüttemann (Köln), Jenann Ismael (Columbia) und Lucy James (Bristol)), einführender Vorlesungen (von Niels Linnemann und Kian Salimkhani) und vertiefender Diskussionsgruppen (geleitet von Maren Bräutigam, Niels Linnemann, Niels Martens und Kian Salimkhani) das Forschungsgebiet der Philosophie der Physik vorzustellen. Schwerpunkt ist diesmal die Philosophie der Zeit. Aufgrund der mit der SARS-CoV-2-Pandemie verbundenen Planungsunsicherheiten findet das Wochenendseminar online statt.

Zu den Fachvorträgen und einführenden Vorlesungen sind alle Interessierten herzlich eingeladen. Die Teilnahme an den Diskussionsgruppen ist den erfolgreichen Bewerber*innen vorbehalten.

Bewerbungsfrist: 31. Oktober 2021

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



Organisation: Niels Linnemann (Bremen) und Kian Salimkhani (Köln)

Submitted by Maria Sekatskaya (University of Duesseldorf).


Workshop: Compatibilist Libertarianism: Advantages and Challenges (October 29, 2021)

Idea & Motivation:

Compatibilist libertarianism provides a metaphysical foundation for reconciling actualist free will with physical determinism by driving an ontological wedge between different layers of reality (List 2014, 2019). According to compatibilist libertarianism, free will can exist at higher levels even if the fundamental physical level is deterministic. This workshop is intended to explore the advantages and challenges of compatibilist libertarianism and the progress it brings to the free will debate.


  • Taylor Cyr (Samford University)
  • Nadine Elzein (University of Oxford)
  • Alexander Gebharter (MCMP, LMU Munich)
  • Christian List (MCMP, LMU Munich)
  • Alfred Mele (Florida State University)
  • Leonhard Menges (University of Salzburg)
  • Tuomas Pernu (University of Eastern Finland)
  • Maria Sekatskaya (DCLPS, HHU Düsseldorf)

More information about the event:

The workshop will be hosted as an online event via Zoom.

In order to register, please send an email to by October 26, 2021.
The workshop is jointly organized by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, the Düsseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, and the Inductive Metaphysics Research Group.”

Submitted by David Hommen (University of Trier).


CfR: Workshop “Metaphysics as Modelling. Contemporary and Kantian Issues”

October 7-8, 2021
Trier University, Germany & online

This workshop takes place as a hybrid in-person/online event. Further instructions and access information will be sent to registered participants.

Katherine Brading
Kristina Engelhard
Brigitte Falkenburg
David Hommen
Siegfried Jaag/Markus Schrenk
Michela Massimi
James O’Shea
L. A. Paul
Lorenzo Spagnesi

The use of models such as the Lotka-Volterra model for predator/prey-population-dynamics or the billiard ball model of gases have proven to be tremendously useful in the natural sciences.
Recently, philosophers have suggested that applying models in metaphysics is also a legitimate, beneficial and necessary enterprise (Godfrey-Smith; Nolan; Paul; cf. Brading for a critique). As examples for models in metaphysics have been given: Humean supervenience and Armstrong’s non-Humeanism (Godfrey-Smith) or the neuron diagrams in theories of causation (Paul), etc.
If modelling plays a role in metaphysics, then the question also arises whether examples of it can be found in the history of philosophy or even approaches that reflect on it, albeit in different terms. In fact, in Kant’s work, there are parts of his theory that can be interpreted as a modelling approach in metaphysics.
To which extent is a modelling attitude indeed applicable in metaphysics? Can the role model-building might play in metaphysics be conceived as an abductive enterprise? Can a modelling account in metaphysics also be found in Kant and what are its features? These and other question shall find answers in our workshop.

For details of the programme, please see our website.

Attendance (both in-person and online) is free, but registration is required.

* Please register via mail to until October 1, 2021. Please indicate in your mail whether you would like to attend in person or online. Please note that places at the venue are limited due to COVID-19 regulations.
* Organisation: Kristina Engelhard (Trier), David Hommen (Trier), Siegfried Jaag (Düsseldorf), Markus Schrenk (Düsseldorf)
* The workshop is supported by the DFG-funded research group Inductive Metaphysics:

Submitted by Marco Tamborini (TU Darmstadt).


CfP: Robots and Living Organisms: New Historical and Philosophical Perspectives (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science)
* Dr. Marco Tamborini
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Department of Philosophy
Karolinenplatz 5, 64289 Darmstadt Germany 
* Dr. Edoardo Datteri
University of Milano-Bicocca
Department of Human Sciences for Education, RobotiCSS Lab
Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, 20126 Milano
The analysis and construction of automata – more recently called robots – has often stimulated, inspired, and influenced the development of theories on the morphology and behaviour of living systems. At least since the 17th century, observation of hydraulic machines, clocks, automated theatrical representations, and humanoid automata often prompted adoption of mechanistic conceptions of life and animal behaviour. Robots have been used as models of sensory-motor and information processing mechanisms in 20th-century Cybernetics and cognitive science. More recently, in so-called interactive biorobotics, the study of animal-robot interaction dynamics offers insights into the mechanisms of social behaviour and cognition.
The aim of this special issue is to gather articles centred on the following questions.
* What epistemic roles have automata played, throughout history, in the study of animal (possibly, human) behaviour, morphology, cognition?
* Is there any trace of genuine experimental use of automata for theorizing on the behaviour and cognition of animals and humans before the 20th century?
* What conceptions of ‘machine’ and ‘living system’ lay behind early and contemporary machine-supported studies on living system behaviour?
* What kind of practices have been adopted throughout history to design and build automata and to validate knowledge produced through them? How did these practices change over time? 
* What roles can a reflection on the epistemic uses of automata play in the broader discussion on the material turn in science studies and on the technoscientific status of 21st-century science?
* What broader economic and political interests have been at stake in designing and using bio-robots? How do these interests enable or constrain broader epistemic agendas? 
* What roles so-called invisible technicians have played in producing knowledge through automata?
* How were automata produced and used in non-Western societies?
* How has the relationship between engineering and biological science changed over time?
January 31st, 2022: submission of a long abstract of the article to the Guest Editors (ca. 1500 words)
* April 1st, 2022: submission of a first draft of the article to the Guest Editors (
May 31st, 2022: submission of the article to the Journal, using the “Submit your paper” button at page We recommend that you select the title of the special issue during the submission process.
Instructions for submissions and author guidelines can be obtained from the “Guide for Authors” page on the journal website:

Submitted by Benjamin Wilck (HU Berlin).


Conference announcement

2nd European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) Early Career Scholars Conference in the theme ‘Science and its Enemies: Exploring Conflicts and Alliances in the History of Science’ (20-22 September 2021 via Zoom)

Keynote speakers:

Theodore Arabatzis (University of Athens): “History of Science in the Age of Post-Truth” – 20 September 2021, 18:00 EET

Maria Paula Diogo (NOVA University of Lisbon), “Crisis and the Anthropocene” – 21 September 2021, 18:00 EET

Kostas Gavroglu (University of Athens): “The Dire Consequences of Constructing Utopias” – 22 September 2021, 18:00 EET

Conference program and book of abstracts:

Note that all hours are in EET (Athens time). 10 am in Athens is 9 am in Berlin, and 8 am in London.

No registration is required.

The conference will take place in a single Zoom session:

4 breakout rooms will be open for concurrent panels (Room 1, Room 2, Room 3), plus 1 room for coffee time and social activities. Once in the Zoom session, you can access the room you wish to attend by clicking on the Breakout Rooms button (at the bottom of the screen), and clicking “join” next to the room’s title. Our team will be available for help via the Zoom meeting’s chat.

Host institutions: The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Organizing Committee: Beatriz Martínez-Rius (Sorbonne Université Paris), Jelena Stanulovic (University of Belgrade), Grigoris Panoutsopoulos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Cosmin Koszor-Codrea (Brooks University, Oxford), and Benjamin Wilck (Humboldt University Berlin)

For more information, you may contact us via Facebook, Twitter (@EshsC), or e-mail []

Submitted by Anne Patzelt (TU Dresden).


Das von der The Schaufler Foundation und der Technischen Universität Dresden kofinanzierte Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden bietet im Rahmen des Graduiertenkollegs Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt ein

Promotionsstipendium mit dem Schwerpunkt Philosophie

zum Thema: „Künstliche Intelligenz als Faktor und Folge gesellschaftlichen und kulturellen Wandels“

für den Zeitraum von zwei Jahren mit der Option auf Verlängerung um ein Jahr an. Das Stipendium (1750,- EUR monatlich, zzgl. Sachkostenzuschuss) richtet sich an Nachwuchswissenschaftler/innen aus den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, vorzugsweise mit einem Schwerpunkt im Fach Philosophie.

Im Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden kooperieren Forschende aus den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften mit Kunstschaffenden und Forschenden aus den MINT-Fächern zum Leitthema „Künstliche Intelligenz als Faktor und Folge gesellschaftlichen und kulturellen Wandels”. Dabei geht es um die Frage, wie Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) (verstanden sowohl als technische Verarbeitungsform von Wissen als auch als Objekt kultureller Imagination) kulturelle und gesellschaftliche Strukturen verändert und andererseits selbst durch diese hervorgebracht und verändert wird. Das Thema wird aus ethischer, sozialer, rechtlicher, politischer historischer, medialer und ästhetischer Perspektive beforscht.

Die Universität unterstützt ihre Mitglieder bei der Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie und bietet familienfreundliche Studien- und Arbeitsbedingungen. Zudem werden über die Graduiertenakademie und andere Zentrale Einrichtungen Weiterbildungs- und Qualifikationsmöglichkeiten angeboten (z. B. Projektmanagement, Softskills, Sprachkurse). Von den Bewerbenden werden ein überdurchschnittlicher wiss. Hochschulabschluss in einem geistes- oder sozialwiss. Fach – mit erkennbaren Bezügen zu philosophischen Fragestellungen – und eine hohe Bereitschaft zu interdisziplinärer Arbeit sowie zur Forschung und zu Kooperationen mit Künstlern/-innen im Rahmen des Schaufler Labs@TU Dresden erwartet. Es werden gemeinsame Räumlichkeiten zu Verfügung gestellt. Die Teilnahme am Lehrprogramm des Kollegs ist verpflichtend. Es werden Weiterbildungs- und Qualifikationsmöglichkeiten angeboten, auch KI betreffend.

Frauen sind ausdrücklich zur Bewerbung aufgefordert. Selbiges gilt auch für Menschen mit Behinderungen. Potentielle Stipendiaten/-innen bewerben sich bitte mit Motivationsschreiben, tabellarischem Lebenslauf, relevanten Zeugnissen und einem Exposé́ im Umfang von maximal 20.000 Zeichen für ein Promotionsvorhaben. Besonders erwünscht sind interdisziplinär angelegte Projekte. Hierbei sind auch Kooperationen von Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften mit Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften denkbar. Ihre Bewerbung senden Sie bitte bis 01.10.2021 (es gilt der Poststempel der ZPS der TU Dresden) bevorzugt über das SecureMail Portal der TU Dresden als ein PDF-Dokument an bzw. an: TU Dresden, Philosophische Fakultät, Sprecher des Graduiertenkolleg Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden, Herrn Prof. Dr. Lutz Hagen, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden. Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen werden nicht zurückgesandt, bitte reichen Sie nur Kopien ein. Vorstellungskosten werden nicht übernommen.

Submitted by Jan Baedke (RUB).


Call for Applications

1 x 1,0 Post-Doctoral Researcher

The Institute of Philosophy I at the Ruhr University Bochum seeks applications for a post-doctoral research position. It will be part of the Emmy Noether-research group ROTO (“The Return of the Organism in the Biosciences: Theoretical, Historical, and Social Dimensions”, PI Prof. Jan Baedke), financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation).

Project and research group description:

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Planned starting date: 1st Nov. 2021
  • Deadline for the application: 24th Sept. 2021


A PhD in philosophy, social sciences or another relevant discipline. The candidate should have expertise or some knowledge in one (or more) of the following fields:

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Science Studies (especially of the life sciences)
  • Social Philosophy
  • Health Disparity Studies
  • Race Studies
  • Social epigenetics or human microbiome research

Experience in ethnographic research is an additional (though not necessary) methodological expertise. Mastering the German language is not required.


The successful candidate is expected to actively contribute to the above project from a perspective that addresses socially, anthropologically, and philosophically relevant issues in public health, personalized medicine, policy-making, etc., which concern present (or past) trends in the life sciences to highlight the unit of the organism, organisms-environment relations, or organismal individuality and agency. This project could (but does not have to) consider developments in the area of postgenomics (e.g., microbiome research, epigenetics, nutrigenomics, proteomics). Research collaborations with other members of the ROTO group (and with members of the Chair of History and Philosophy of Science) are encouraged. The candidate will also be expected to participate in international workshops and conferences and in events jointly organized by ROTO (reading group, lecture series). She/he will enjoy the groups’ administrative facilities and financial support. In addition, there is the possibility, though no obligation, to do some teaching in either English or German (e.g. in our M.A. program in HPS).


Applications should include:

  • A cover letter that addresses, among others, personal academic background and research interests
  • CV, including list of publications and 2 references (recommendation letters are not required)
  • 3 samples of written work
  • A brief description (maximum: 2 pages) of a planned research project in the context of the research group
  • A copy of the relevant degrees/certificates


  • A diverse and fair working environment
  • Support in reconciling work and family life
  • Extensive advanced training opportunities
  • Occupational health management offers

The Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is located in the dynamic metropolitan region of the Ruhrgebiet. With its 20 faculties it houses over 43,000 students and a broad range of disciplines on one compact campus. It offers rich opportunities for collaboration across different disciplines. RUB’s Department of Philosophy (I and II) is the largest Philosophy Department in Germany, which provides an ideal environment for postdoctoral researchers to both broaden and deepen their expertise and personal skills to further their career. The Emmy Noether group is currently composed of a Post-Doc, two PhD-students, two Mercator Fellows (who visit the research group), and the PI. For more information on the members of ROTO, see here:

For more information on the research unit of Prof. Jan Baedke, see here:

The Ruhr University Bochum is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. For the sake of internationalization and gender-equality, applicants from abroad as well as non-male candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference.

The position is available from 1st Nov. 2021 on a full-time basis. It is limited to 2 years. If the applicant meets the relevant general requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on occupation group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector. Please submit your documents electronically to under the subject line “Application Emmy Noether PostDoc” by 24th Sept. 2021. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed (via Zoom).

For any further inquiries please contact

Submitted by Tobias Schönwitz (VolkswagenStiftung).


Thematic Week: Ethics of Science. Current Challenges, Opportunities and Limitations



Science and research are of central importance for modern societies – a fact which became highly visible in the last year and a half of the Corona pandemic, in which scientists have featured prominently in many societal debates. But within science, new ethical questions are regularly uncovered and raised. That science does not answer these questions on its own, but through discussing and negotiating regulations, limits and framework conditions together with politics, society and the broader public, contributes to a strong and sustainable trust of society in science and research.

Against this background, the Volkswagen Foundation is hosting a thematic symposium week from June 1 to 3, 2022 at the conference center Xplanatorium Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover on the topic ‘Ethics of Science. Current challenges, opportunities and limitations’. It invites applications for scientific symposia dealing in particular with questions of ethics of science in the context of the described relationship between science and society. Applications can focus on current or upcoming issues and challenges in the ethics of science, as well as aiming to address more fundamental possibilities and limits of scientific ethics.

The foundation encourages an exchange of ideas beyond a purely scientific perspective by including actors from other relevant fields such as politics, science funding or management, or the wider civil society.


General Conditions

The symposia funded by the Volkswagen Foundation take place at the conference center Xplanatorium Herrenhausen Palace in Hannover. Regarding the general conditions and application process, in addition to the call for proposals, the requirements of the ‘Symposia’ funding initiative and, in particular, the Information for Applicants 01 apply.



The call for proposals for the thematic week ‘Ethics of Science’ is part of the funding initiative ‘Symposia’.



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


Call for Registrations

WORKSHOP on “New Work on Induction and Abduction”

DFG-funded research group Inductive Metaphysics


September 29-30, 2021. This is an online-event (Zoom). Further instructions and access information will be sent to registered participants one week ahead of the event.



  • Atocha Aliseda Llera (Mexico City)
  • Alexandros Apostolidis (Athens)
  • Stephen Biggs (Iowa)
  • Elke Brendel (Bonn)
  • Adam Carter (Glasgow)
  • Igor Douven (Paris)
  • Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (Cologne)
  • Ilkka Niiniluoto (Helsinki)
  • John Norton (Pittsburgh)
  • Stathis Psillos (Athens)
  • Oliver R. Scholz (Muenster)
  • Gerhard Schurz (Duesseldorf)
  • Ansgar Seide (Muenster)
  • Chrysovalantis Stergiou (Athens)
  • Paul Thorn (Duesseldorf)
  • Jessica Wilson (Toronto)


This workshop aims at bringing together scholars from the field of inductive and abductive reasoning. It will focus on discussing the following four recent monographs: Igor Douven’s “The theory and Practice of Abduction” (forthcoming), Ilkka Niiniluotto’s “Truth-Seeking by Abduction” (2018), John Norton’s “The Material Theory of Induction” (2021), and Gerhard Schurz’ “Hume’s Problem Solved” (2019). Each of these monographs will be discussed in form of a comprehensive comment as well as replies and reflections by the authors. The workshop will also host specialist talks from leading scholars in this field of research.


For details of the programme, please see our website


Attending the workshop is free of charge.



  • Please register via the online registration form at our website:
  • The deadline for registrations is September 20, 2021.
  • Organisation: Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (Cologne), Oliver R. Scholz (Muenster), Gerhard Schurz (Duesseldorf), Ansgar Seide (Muenster), and Maria Sekatskaya (Duesseldorf)
  • If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via
  • The workshop is supported by the DFG-funded research group Inductive Metaphysics: