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Eingereicht von Anna Leuschner

An der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal ist zum 01.04.2023, befristet auf 3 Jahre (mit Option auf Verlängerung um weitere 3 Jahre), eine Stelle als Post Doc (E 13 TV-L) mit 100 % der tariflichen Arbeitszeit zu besetzen (Teilzeit ist möglich) .

Fachliche und persönliche Einstellungsvoraussetzungen:

  • Abgeschlossenes Universitätsstudium (Master oder vergleichbar) im Fach Philosophie und Promotion im Bereich Wissenschaftsphilosophie
  • Forschungsschwerpunkt in mindestens einem der folgenden Bereiche: Wissenschaft und Werte, (Grenzen der) Forschungsfreiheit, Wissenschaftsfeindlichkeit und -leugnung, Philosophie der Klimawissenschaften und des Klimawandels, Philosophie der Sozialwissenschaften, feministische Wissenschaftsphilosophie
  • Erste Erfahrung in eigenständiger Forschung und Lehre
  • Teamorientiertes Arbeiten, insbesondere im interdisziplinären Kontext
    Erwünscht sind ferner erste Publikationen in einschlägigen Fachzeitschriften sowie eine bereits bestehende Skizze für ein eigenständiges, potentielles Drittmittelprojekt

Aufgaben und Anforderungen:

  • Lehrverpflichtung im Umfang von 4 LVS im Bereich der Wissenschaftsphilosophie
  • Einwerbung von Drittmitteln
  • Unterstützung der Professur bei Aufgaben der akademischen Selbstverwaltung
  • Veröffentlichung wissenschaftlicher Aufsätze und aktive Teilnahme an einschlägigen Fachkonferenzen
  • Eigenständige Organisation wissenschaftlicher Veranstaltungen
  • Vorbereitung eines eigenen Forschungsvorhabens mit dem Ziel der Habilitation

Bewerbungen (mit Anschreiben, Lebenslauf, Nachweis des Studienabschlusses und der Promotion, Arbeitszeugnissen, ggf. Nachweis einer Schwerbehinderung als PDF-Datei) sind grundsätzlich nur möglich über das Onlineportal der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal:
https://stellenausschreibungen.uni-wuppertal.de
Kennziffer: 22629

Bewerbungsfrist: 30.11.2022
Ansprechpartnerin für Rückfragen: Prof. Dr. Anna Leuschner

Submitted by Borut Trpin (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites abstracts for the following event:
Epistemic Justification: Formal Epistemology Meets Mainstream Epistemology

MCMP, LMU Munich
30 March – 1 April, 2023
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/events/workshops/container/epistemic_justification_2023/index.html
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It is often assumed that knowledge claims must be justified. But what kind of justification is required for knowledge? Under what conditions is it rational to expect that a believed proposition is (probably) true? And, is it possible to address skeptical concerns by invoking epistemic justification? These are some of the questions currently being debated, often in the context of underlying positions ranging from versions of foundationalism to infinitism and coherentism. This conference will address these questions, bringing together researchers from formal epistemology and mainstream epistemology. In doing so, we will address, among other things, how degrees of belief are justified, how perception is related to justification, how belief change relates to justification, under what conditions (if any) is coherence truth-conducive, how social interaction and social systems relate to epistemic justification, and whether there can be degrees of justification and, if so, how they can be measured. Overall, this conference is driven by the belief that dialogue between different epistemological approaches is beneficial to all and promotes progress in the discipline.

Call for papers
If you are interested in presenting a paper (20 min presentation/10 min discussion) at the conference, please submit a title, a short abstract (about 100 words, no references) and an extended abstract of 1000-1500 words via Easychair by December 5, 2022.

Link for submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=epijust2023

Dates and Deadines
CfP: December 5, 2022
Registration: March 1, 2023

Organizers
Borut Trpin (MCMP/LMU Munich)
Stephan Hartmann (MCMP/LMU Munich)

Submitted by Deniz Sarikaya (Vrieje Universiteit Brussels).

 

Special Issue of Axiomathes
Mathematical neutrality in science, technology and society (deadline: December 1, 2022)

Guest Editors: José Antonio Pérez-Escobar (École Normale Supérieure Paris; jose.antonio.perez.escobar@ens.psl.eu) and Deniz Sarikaya (Vrije Universiteit Brussel; deniz.sarikaya@vub.be)

The interplay between scientific knowledge and society is a central theme in the philosophy of science. Engineering and science crucially rely on mathematical tools, and mathematics might influence society via the sciences or even directly.

Mathematics is usually regarded as a discipline which admits no grey areas in most situations: answers are either correct or incorrect; there is a universal, objective, correct answer. On the other hand, ethical, moral and political questions are usually not “correct” or “incorrect”, they are complicated and full of grey areas. This makes it extremely tempting to see the sciences and mathematics as a good way to settle disputes concerning issues like justice or equity. If the ethical/moral/political question can be reduced to a mathematical question, may the grey areas disappear? Can we make use of modern technologies like AI, Big Data and Machine learning to this end? How can mathematics promote consensus in controversial topics?

Similarly, it is usually considered that mathematics is the universal language of the world, one that describes it “as it is”. According to this view, mathematics is neutral in the production of scientific knowledge: the scientist discovers the mathematical rules of nature (like laws and mathematical models) and applies mathematical methods to which nature owes allegiance (like statistics and algorithms).

Recent scholarship warns about the increasing use of mathematical techniques in order to prescribe policies and produce knowledge under a veil of neutrality, and argues that we should carefully evaluate the consequences of these techniques in science and society.

This Topical Collection aims at contributing to this literature. Topics include but are not limited to:
– The moral responsibility of pure and applied mathematicians
– Value-ladenness of mathematics
– Algorithmic governance
– The mathematization of science: how (not) to use mathematics, and ethical/epistemic consequences
– Statistics in science and society: how (not) to use statistics, and ethical/epistemic consequences
– Ethical concerns about mathematics education

For further information, or if you are unsure whether your paper idea fits the theme, please contact ideally both of us: 
jose.antonio.perez.escobar@ens.psl.eu; deniz.sarikaya@vub.be.
The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2022.

Papers should be submitted via Axiomathes’ editorial manager at:
https://www.editorialmanager.com/axio/default1.aspx.
When the system asks you to “Choose Article Type”, please scroll down in the pull-down menu to choose this topical collection. (Tag S.I. Mathematical
neutrality in science, technology and society)

When preparing your paper, please read the journal’s ‘Instructions for 
authors’ at:
https://www.springer.com/journal/10516/submission-guidelines