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Submitted by Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich).

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE until June 30 of the Call for Papers for the following conference:

THE SOUL OF ECONOMICS

Location: University of Zurich, Switzerland
Date: September 9-11, 2019
Website: https://soulofeconomics2019.weebly.com

List of confirmed invited speakers

  • Erik Angner (Stockholm University)
  • Alvin Birdi (University of Bristol)
  • Beatrice Cherrier (CNRS & THEMA, University of Cergy Pontoise)
  • Kevin Hoover (Duke University)
  • Shabnam Mousavi (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
  • Andreas Ortmann (University of South Wales)
  • Don Ross (University of Cork)

(additional speakers to be confirmed)

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The occasion for this conference is the 10-year passing of the global financial crisis in 2007-08. The emphasis lies in particular on debates that have sparked or revived issues concerning the main constituents of the ‘soul of economics’ and have provoked new questions about the nature of this soul. More specifically, we focus mainly on questions that have been raised within but also outside the economics profession about some of the constituents of this soul, namely the discipline’s theoretical foundations, the desirability of old and new modeling tools, the role of empirical analysis in economics, and the usefulness of research programs such as behavioral economics, among many others. We furthermore address questions the crisis has provoked concerning the lack of public trust in economics and how to regain it.

To enable a fruitful debate about those questions, the main goal of the conference is to provide a platform for economists, philosophers of economics, sociologists of economics, and historians of recent economics to push the examination that underlies this soul searching further. This will help us, in turn, to better understand where economics is headed in the near future. We attribute the major issues under discussion to the following three areas within which there is ongoing disagreement among economists: 1) the debate in macroeconomics about the usefulness of DSGE models and the demand for microfoundations; 2) the discussion of the status and usefulness of behavioral economics and how it theoretically and conceptually differs from neoclassical economics; and, 3) the debate about the role of methodological consensus to regain public trust in economic expertise (for more specified questions we will address in each area, see conference website).

While we are also interested in papers that are concerned with other issues related to the conference topic, we are especially keen on receiving papers that address any of these issues. For each area, keynote speakers will discuss issues arising in those areas from an economic, a philosophical, and a historical perspective. We therefore welcome papers using systematic and conceptual approaches, case study analysis and historical approaches more generally, as well as sociological approaches.

Dates and deadlines
We invite submissions of contributed papers. Submissions should contain a title, a short abstract of 100 words (copied in the body of the email), and an extended abstract of up to 500 words. The abstracts should be prepared for blind review and submitted via the Easychair system the latest by June 30, 2019. Authors will be notified shortly thereafter.

Organising Committee
Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich)
Chiara Lisciandra (University of Groningen)
Carlo Martini (University of Helsinki)
Charles Djordjevic (University of Zurich)

Contact
Please contact us at soulofeconomics@gmail.com, if you have any questions.

Submitted by Rosa Trappes (University of Bielefeld).

 

Workshop: Philosophical perspectives on ecological niches

15-16 July 2019, University of Münster

The ecological niche is a key conceptual tool for capturing the intricate interactions between an organism and its environment. Within ecology, the niche is generally taken to comprise any environmental factors that determine the establishment or survival of a population. More recently, evolutionary biologists have argued that the way organisms construct their niches is an important evolutionary process. Finally, a number of ecologists, evolutionary biologists and behavioral biologists have argued that individuals may have niches that are subsets of the population niche.

The niche concept cries out for philosophical attention. Questions abound about the ontological status of niches, the way the niche concept is tied up with concepts of fitness and function, the implications of niche individualization, and much more. This workshop will open up a space for much needed philosophical attention to ecological niches and stimulate discussions of its implications for other areas in philosophy of biology and philosophy more generally.

This workshop is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre “A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Niche Choice, Niche Conformance, Niche Construction (NC³)”.

External Speakers

Antoine C. Dussault (Collège Lionel-Groulx/Université du Québec à Montréal)

Alkistis Elliott-Graves (University of Helsinki)

Holger Schielzeth (University of Jena)

Alan C. Love (University of Minnesota)

James Justus (Florida State University)

Student bursaries

We offer a limited number of travel grants (up to 250 EUR for travel and accommodation) for students and PhD students. To apply, please include a brief letter of motivation and your CV with your registration.

Registration and further information

For more information, the full programme, and details on how to register, check the website.

Organisers

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

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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Call for Papers 

GAP Doktorandenworkshop Mathematische Philosophie 2019

MCMP, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

11.-12. Oktober 2019
https://tinyurl.com/gapdoktorandenworkshop2019
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Der Workshop richtet sich an DoktorandInnen im Fach Philosophie aus Deutschland, Österreich oder der Schweiz, die sich mit Fragen und Problemen der Mathematischen Philosophie beschäftigen. Dazu zählt neben der Logik, der Formalen Erkenntnistheorie und der Formalen Wissenschaftsphilosophie auch die Formale Praktische Philosophie (Ethik, Politische Philosophie) sowie mathematisch behandelbare Fragen aus anderen Bereichen der Philosophie wie z.B. der Metaphysik, der Sprachphilosophie und der Philosophie der Mathematik. Dabei sollten spannende philosophische Fragen und Probleme im Vordergrund stehen, die mit Hilfe mathematischen Methoden (z.B. Logik, Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie, Modellbildung und Simulation) geklärt bzw. gelöst werden können. Der Workshop bietet den TeilnehmerInnen die Möglichkeit, sich über ihre Erkenntnisse und Resultate auszutauschen und sich zu vernetzen. Neben 20 bis 25-minütigen Vorträgen und anschließender Diskussion stehen individuelle Feedbackgespräche mit jeweils zwei Organisatoren auf dem Programm.

Organisatoren

In Zusammenarbeit mit Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP).

Bewerbungen

Da die Teilnehmerzahl begrenzt werden muss, wird es ein Auswahlverfahren geben. Dazu werden interessierte DoktorandInnen aus Deutschland, Österreich oder der Schweiz gebeten, die folgenden Bewerbungsunterlagen in einem PDF-Dokument über das online Bewerbungsportal einzureichen:

  1. Kurzes Motivationsschreiben (ca. 300 Worte)
  2. Lebenslauf (maximal 2 Seiten)
  3. Projektskizze (ca. 2000 Worte)
  4. Vortragstitel und Abstract (ca. 100 Worte) – werden gesondert abgefragt.

Der Bewerbungsschluss ist der 25. Juli 2019.

Da Englisch die Standardsprache der Mathematischen Philosophie ist, wird allen Interessierten nahegelegt, die Bewerbung vollständig auf Englisch einzureichen und die Präsentation ebenfalls auf Englisch zu geben. Selbstverständlich werden aber auch Bewerbungen auf Deutsch akzeptiert.

Kosten

Die Teilnahmegebühr beträgt 50 Euro. Für TeilnehmerInnen, die auf kein Stipendium und keine Mittel ihrer Heimatuniversität zurückgreifen können, wird die GAP versuchen, die Tagungsgebühr und die anfallenden Reisekosten (Bahnfahrt 2. Klasse) bis zu einem Betrag von 150 Euro zu übernehmen. Die Buchung und Bezahlung der Unterkunft wird von den Organisatoren übernommen.

Submitted by Markus Seidel (WWU Muenster).

 

Call for Abstracts / Registration

Das Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie (ZfW) der WWU Münster veranstaltet am

Donnerstag, den 11. Juli, 13:00 – 19:30 und
Freitag, den 12. Juli 2019, 9:00 bis 19:00

einen Workshop zum Thema

(Scientific) Observation and Background Effects
Conceptualization, Epistemic Issues, & Mechanisms.

Ort: Raum DPL 23.315, Philosophisches Seminar der WWU, Domplatz 23.

Welche Effekte können Hintergrundüberzeugungen auf wissenschaftliche Beobachtung haben? Diese in der Wissenschaftstheorie seit längerem gestellten Frage nach der Theoriebeladenheit hat in jüngerer Zeit durch einen eng verwandten Fragenkomplex in der Erkenntnistheorie, in der Philosophie des Geistes, aber auch in der Sozialphilosophie (implicit bias) und in den Neuro- und Kognitionswissenschaften (predictive coding) eine bedeutende Erweiterung erfahren. Im Fokus stehen zum einen Effekte, die nicht nur von Hintergrundannahmen, sondern von kognitiven Zuständen ganz allgemein ausgehen können (etwa von Wünschen, Hoffnungen, Befürchtungen, Vorurteilen oder Stimmungen). Zum anderen geht es um Effekte, die, von solchen Zuständen ausgehend, nicht nur die wissenschaftliche Erfahrung, sondern Erfahrung ganz allgemein beeinflussen (cognitive penetration). Zu denken ist etwa an die von Sally Haslanger vertretene These „Ideology manages experience.“ Fragen des Workshops sind:

  • Welche Arten von Einflüssen können Hintergrundzustände des Subjekts auf (wissenschaftliche und nicht-wissenschaftliche) Beobachtung haben, welche metaphysischen Erfahrungskonzeptionen haben Raum für und welche Mechanismen realisieren das Auftreten solcher Einflüsse?
  • Welche epistemischen Konsequenzen ergeben sich im Lichte der jeweiligen Arten von Einflüssen und im Lichte verschiedener Erfahrungs- bzw Beobachtungskonzeptionen? Muss man vielleicht der Erfahrung selbst einen rationalen Status zuweisen?

Im Ablauf des Workshops sind zwei Abschnitte reserviert, die NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen die Gelegenheit geben sollen, ihre Thesen zum Thema des Workshops vorzustellen. Geplant sind Vorträge von je ca. 40 Minuten Länge mit anschließender Diskussion von 30 Minuten. Interessierte sind hiermit herzlich eingeladen, bis zum 18.6.2019 einen Vorschlag mit Abstract an logic.language@wwu.de zu schicken. Die Organisatoren entscheiden dann zeitnah über die Annahme. Anreise nach und Unterkunft in Münster können anteilig übernommen werden.

Die Sprache des Workshops ist Englisch. Die Teilnahme am Workshop ist kostenlos, allerdings sind die Plätze begrenzt. Gebeten wird daher um eine Anmeldung per E-Mail an logic.language@wwu.de bis zum 18.6.2019.

Organisatoren:
Ass. Prof. Dr. Raja Rosenhagen, Ashoka University, Sonipat/India
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Niko Strobach, Philosophisches Seminar der WWU

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:
http://swip-philosophinnen.org/mentorin-werden/

– Potentielle Mentees können ein Formular ausfüllen und die Themen angeben, zu welchen sie Beratungsbedarf haben:
http://swip-philosophinnen.org/mentee-werden/

– 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!

Website des Programms:
http://swip-philosophinnen.org/mentee-oder-mentorin-werden/

Falls Sie Rückfragen oder Anregungen zum Programm haben, zögern Sie bitte nicht, sich bei uns zu melden:
mentoring@swip-philosophinnen.org

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

Submitted by Meinard Kuhlmann (University of Mainz).

 

Workshop „Prognostische Implikationen interdisziplinärer Erforschung komplexer Systeme“ (Mainz, 3. Juni 2019, 10:00–16:00)

 

Programm:

  • Meinard Kuhlmann: Vorhersagen bei komplexen Systemen — Möglichkeiten und Grenzen
  • Cornelis Menke: Vorhersagen neuartiger Phänomene in disziplinären und interdisziplinären Forschungsprogrammen
  • Jürgen Jost: Problems of economic theory from a complex systems perspective
  • Nils Bertschinger: Can we predict financial crashes — evidence from econophysics models?
  • Damien Challet: When complacency hits the fan: the dangers of quietness in financial markets
  • Eckehard Olbrich: Die Modellierung politischer Meinungsdynamiken
  • Mark Kirstein: Politikempfehlungen aus der Ergodizitätsökonomik: Das Ergodenproblem in der Ökonomik meistern — Risiko und Unsicherheit neu denken
  • Petra Ahrweiler: Agentenbasierte Simulation für wissenschaftliche Politikberatung mit dem SKIN-Modell3
  • Michel Schilperoord: Smart Policy Labs for Smart Cities

Ort: Rote „Infobox“ (Jakob-Welder-Weg 9, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie bei Meinard Kuhlmann (mkuhlmann@uni-mainz.de).

If you are interested in participating, please contact Meinard Kuhlmann (mkuhlmann@uni-mainz.de).

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

Call for Applications

SUMMER SCHOOL on PHILOSOPHICAL ENGINEERING (with travel bursaries)

DATE & VENUE:
August 25-31, 2019
DCLPS (Duesseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science), University of Duesseldorf

INSTRUCTORS:

  • Eckhart Arnold (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
  • Elke Brendel (University of Bonn)
  • Filippo Ferrari (University of Bonn)
  • Simon Huttegger (University of California, Irvine)
  • Leander Vignero (KU Leuven)

AIMS & SCOPE:
Contemporary analytic philosophy makes heavy use of formal methods. However, most of the time people engaged in such a formal endeavour are highly specialised, for which reason they quite often focus on one particular branch of formal philosophy. This is also reflected in contemporary philosophical curricula, which typically offer highly specialised courses on particular formal methods, but only rarely cover a broad range of them. This summer school aims at providing an introductory overview of the main methods applied in formal philosophy or philosophical engineering: logical devising, model building, programming and simulating, and employing digital resources in the broader realm of digital humanities. By bringing together international experts in these fields, participants will gain competencies in applying a broad range of formal methods in their field of interest; for this purpose, each of the mentioned topics is covered by professional instructions, exercises, interactive group work, and the discussion of results by the participants. Furthermore, participants will be provided with opportunities to independently deepen their competencies in a particular topic of interest following completion of the course.

REQUIREMENTS:
The summer school is suitable for anyone with some basic knowledge in logic (as is gained, e.g., by completing an elementary university course on logic). The main target audience is MA and PhD students, however, this is not an exclusive criterion, for which reason the summer school is also open for BA students.

TRAVEL BURSARIES (THERE ARE NO FEES):
Attending the summer school is free of charge. We provide a limited number of travel bursaries up to a maximum of 150EUR each (only participants with no travel support from their home institution or any other organisation are eligible for the travel bursary application).

APPLICATION & ORGANISATION:

  • Please apply via the online application form at our website: <http://dclps.phil.hhu.de/engineering/>.
  • The deadline for applications is July 1, 2019.
  • If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the organiser “Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (DCLPS)” <christian.feldbacher-escamilla@hhu.de>.
  • The summer school is generously supported by the University of Duesseldorf and the Duesseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (DCLPS).

Submitted by Erik Curiel (MCMP, LMU Munich).

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The Irvine-London-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg Collaboration invites papers for the following event: 

The Second Irvine-London-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg Conference in Philosophy and Foundations of Physics 

Department of Philosophy (KGW), University of Salzburg 
HS 301, Franziskanergasse 1, 5020 Salzburg (Austria

2-3 September, 2019 

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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 series aims to bring together philosophers, physicists, and mathematicians working on such issues.  This year’s event will be held on September 2-3, 2019 at the University of Salzburg (Austria).  It will immediately precede a workshop on “Symmetry and Equivalence in Physics” taking place on September 3-4, 2019.  Speakers for that workshop include Adam Caulton (Oxford), Ben Feintzeig (Washington), Doreen Fraser (Waterloo), Laura Ruetsche (Michigan), Giovanni Valente (Milan), and David Wallace (USC). 

Call for papers 

We invite the submission of papers on any topic of philosophy and foundations of physics by younger researchers.  Submissions by 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 (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ilmps2019) by 1 July, 2019.  Submissions should include a title, and a brief abstract (up to 200 words), and should be blinded for peer review.  They should be PDF files.  Decisions will be communicated soon after.

We are committed to fostering diversity and equality in our programs.  Submissions from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.  

Organizers 

http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/people/faculty/curiel/index.html
Erik Curiel, MCMP/LMU Munich 
https://patriciapalaciosblog.wordpress.com/
Patricia Palacios, University of Salzburg 
http://personal.lse.ac.uk/robert49/
Bryan Roberts, London School of Economics 
https://giovannivalente.weebly.com/
Giovanni Valente, Politecnico di Milano 
http://jamesowenweatherall.com/
Jim Weatherall, University of California, Irvine 
http://charlottewerndl.net/
Charlotte Werndl, University of Salzburg

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

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

March 26-27, 2020
Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS)
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)

Topic:
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?

This set of questions requires an epistemological assessment as well as a historical, sociological, and economic perspective. Therefore, the interdisciplinary conference of the Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany) aims at bringing together researchers from all pertinent fields in order to further our understanding of this apparent organizational shift in knowledge production and distribution and to accurately evaluate the challenges and opportunities it presents.

Keynote speakers:
Manuela Fernández Pinto (Universidad de los Andes)
Bennett Holman (Yonsei University)
Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University)
Sergio Sismondo (Queen’s University, Kingston)

Call for Papers:
There are several slots for presentations (up to 20 minutes for the talk, followed by 10 minutes for discussion).
Please send an anonymized abstract (approx. 500 words) and a separate document specifying your general information (name, contact, affiliation) by June 30th 2019 to ziwis-conference@fau.de. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by August 15th. We welcome proposals from individuals at all stages of their career.
Please note that unfortunately we cannot cover expenses for travel and accommodation. The conference fee (80 € / 50 €) also applies to accepted speakers.

Conference Fee and Details:
Conference fee: 80 € (includes lunch and coffee breaks on both days; reduced fee for students: 50 €)
Conference language: English
Conference website: http://www.ziwis.fau.de/public-research

Organizers:
Michael Jungert, Julia Böttcher, Jon Leefmann, Christoph Merdes, Sebastian Schuol
Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS)
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)

Submitted by Ludger Jansen (Ruhr University Bochum & University of Rostock).

 

Call for Papers

 

*SoLEE 2019*

Workshop on Ontology of Social, Legal and Economic Entities

 

Part of The Joint Ontology Workshops JOWO 2019,
Medical University of Graz, September 23-25, 2019

Workshop Webpage: https://solee-2019.github.io/
JOWO 2019 Webpage: https://www.iaoa.org/jowo/2019/

 

Understanding the ontological nature of social, legal and economic concepts and institutions is crucial for providing principled modelling in many important domains such as enterprise modelling, business processes, and social ontology. A significant number of fundamental concepts that are ubiquitous in economics, social, and legal sciences – such as value, risk, capability, good, service, exchange, transaction, competition, social norm, group, institution – have only recently been approached from a specifically ontological perspective.

It is therefore important to offer a venue to gather the recent contributions to this topic. The workshop encourages submissions on both theoretical and methodological issues in the use of ontologies for modelling social, legal and economic concepts and institutions, as well as submissions on concrete use of ontologies in application for these domains. The workshop relates mainly to two previous events (SoLE-BD and Ontology of Economics 2018).

We intend to broaden the focus in order to explore the emerging question how to deal with social entities in general, and to connect well established domains like biomedicine and business ontologies in this respect. The goals of the workshop are:

  • to collect approaches to deal with social, legal and economic entities in foundational and applied ontologies and
  • discuss applications of these approaches to social, legal and economic entities in ontologies for biomedicine and business informatics
  • The workshop is intended to serve as a meeting point for stakeholders from applied ontology and the respective domain disciplines.

Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:

  • Ontology of social, legal, and economic concepts – e.g., groups, norms, cooperation, competition, economic and legal agent, utility, money, risk, rationality, market, etc.
  • Extensions of foundational ontologies to include social, legal, and economic institutions.
  • Knowledge representation involving social, legal and economic entities.
  • Methodological issues in representing social legal, and economic concepts.
  • Formal languages for economics, logics for modelling economic, social and legal concepts.
  • Social and legal norms – in social, legal and economic environments.
  • Social, legal and economic roles and responsibilities of/within collective entities like organisations, companies, enterprises, social groups, customers, corporate agents, institutions.
  • Decision procedures in groups, organisations and institutions.
  • Value, value ascription, value production, value (co-)creation.
  • Enterprise modelling: capabilities, strategy, marketing, accounting.
  • Finance and markets.
  • Services, service science, product-service systems.
  • Business ontology and business process modelling.

 

*Important Dates*

  • Submission deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Notification: June 15, 2019
  • Camera-ready: July 15, 2019
  • Workshop during JOWO 2019: September 23-25, 2019

The exact date of the workshop will be announced after co-ordination with other JOWO events.

 

*Submission guidelines*

Papers should be between 5 and 10 pages long and be formatted according to the IOS Press formatting guidelines, downloadable here: https://www.iospress.nl/service/authors/latex-and-word-tools-for-book-authors/

Papers should be uploaded in PDF format via Easy Chair:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jowo2019

 

*Workshop organisers*

  • Ludger Jansen, Ruhr University Bochum & University of Rostock
  • Mathias Brochhausen, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
  • Nicola Guarino, ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.
  • Daniele Porello, ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento

 

*Programme Committee*

  • Mauricio Almeida, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil
  • Mike Bennett, Hypercube, England
  • Frederik Elwert, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • Roberta Ferrario, ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento, Italy
  • Pawel Garbacz, KUL Lublin, Poland
  • Amanda Hicks, University of Florida, Gainesville, United States
  • Paul Johannesson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Riichiro Mizoguchi, JAIST, Japan
  • Neil Otte, Johns Hopkins University, United States
  • Chris Partridge, BORO Solutions, London, England
  • Tiago Prince Sales, University of Trento, Italy
  • Kurt Sandkuhl, University of Rostock, Germany
  • Barry Smith, University at Buffalo, United States
  • Gloria Zuniga, Ashford, United States
  • (Confirmation pending for some PC members.)

Submitted by Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich).

Applications are invited for the master class entitled

The Nature of the Social World: Foundations and Applications.

We are pleased to have Professor Brian Epstein (Tufts University) as the lecturer. The master class will take place on May 31 to June 1, 2019 at the Philosophy Department of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Please find a short synopsis and a reading list here: https://www.philosophie.uzh.ch/de/doktorat/meisterkurse.html

Participants are expected to have read the texts. PhD students at the UZH are required to book the module in order to get credit points.

This master class 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. No fees apply. 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 master class to phd@philos.uzh.ch the latest by May 1, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Herfeld (catherine.herfeld@uzh.ch) or Stefan Riegelnik (stefan.riegelnik@philos.uzh.ch).

Call for Papers

Free Will and Causality

September 26-27, 2019, Duesseldorf, Germany

The conference aims at bringing together experts on free will and causality in order to explore what the debates about these topics can learn from each other. In particular, the connection between metaphysical aspects of the free will problem and how they depend on or relate to causation in general as well as to more specific theories of causation shall be investigated. It is, for example, widely believed that free will requires control and that control is a causal notion. Whether one is a compatibilist or a libertarian, one must have a theory of control that the agent exerts over her actions. Another important requirement for free will, according to sourcehood libertarians, is ultimate origination of one’s actions: to have free will is to be able to initiate causal chains, i.e., to have a certain causal ability, sometimes referred to as a ‘causal power’. These causal notions might greatly profit from being treated in accordance with different accounts of causation. Different understandings of free will might, the other way round, support different theories of causation or might help in solving tasks such as identifying causal structure.

Our conference will address questions like the following ones:

  • What concepts of causation are required by libertarian and compatibilist theories of free will?
  • Which constraints and consequences follow from the endorsement of specific theories of causation for one’s understanding of control that the agent exerts over her actions?
  • What is the relation between concepts such as free will, agency, sourcehood, control, intervention, causation, and (in)determinism?

Questions to be addressed at the conference might also include traditional problems regarding the compatibility of free will with physical determinism and indeterminism or the conceptual relations between free will, rational deliberation, and moral responsibility as well as their bearing for different understandings of causation.

The conference will, in addition to contributed papers, also feature talks by several invited speakers. We are happy to announce the following invited speakers:

  • Sander Beckers, Utrecht University
  • Hans Briegel, University of Innsbruck
  • Laura Ekstrom, College of William & Mary in Virginia
  • Nadine Elzein, University of Oxford
  • Robert Kane, University of Texas at Austin
  • Christian Loew, University of Cologne
  • Timothy O’Connor, Indiana University

We invite submissions of abstracts for 30 minutes presentations followed by 15 min discussions. Proposals may be submitted on any of the aforementioned questions, but also on related topics. Please submit your abstract (max. 700 words), prepared for blind-review, via email (subject: “SUBMISSION – FREE WILL AND CAUSALITY – YOUR SURNAME) to maria.sekatskaya@gmail.com. The name of the author as well as affiliation information should be included in the email. The submission deadline is April 30, 2019.

The conference is organized by Maria Sekatskaya (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf), Alexander Gebharter (University of Groningen), and Gerhard Schurz (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf). The event is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) research group FOR 2495: Inductive Metaphysics.

More information about the conference can be found at http://dclps.phil.hhu.de/freewill

There is no conference fee and attendance is open to all. Since space is limited, however, attendees not giving a presentation are required to register before the conference via sending an email to maria.sekatskaya@gmail.com

Submitted by Maria Kronfeldner (CEU).

EPSA Fellowships Overview

The European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) offers visiting Fellowships for Central and Eastern European philosophers of science. The aim of the EPSA in making these awards is to create opportunities for early career researchers to carry out research at a leading research institution in Western Europe. An EPSA Fellowship will typically cover travel, accommodation, and living expenses for up to one month. EPSA Fellows will be resident at their host institution and take part in its research activities.

The call for applications for 2019/20 is currently open. The deadline is 15 April 2019.

Call for Applications 2019/20

NEW The European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) is excited to announce 18 EPSA Fellowships for junior philosophers working in Central and Eastern Europe to visit a leading research institution in Western Europe.

The fellowship covers travel, accommodation and living expenses for approximately one month (details below) in the academic year 2019/20. During their visit, successful candidates will be members of the host institution and take part in its research activities.

Eligible are philosophers of science who are in the last six months of their PhD period, or have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the application deadline. Applicants who were on maternity or sick leave, or have only worked part-time in philosophy after receiving their PhD, can apply for an extension of the five-year period. Applicants who wish to apply for such an extension should explain their circumstances in their application and the EPSA committee will consider their case. Applicants must work in one of the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Participating Institutions 2019/20

How to Apply

To apply send the following to epsa.fellowships@gmail.com by 15th April 2019:

    1. A CV
    2. A list indicating which of the above-mentioned centres you would like to visit and why (you can list a maximum of three institutions and should indicate a preference ranking).
    3. A letter of motivation detailing your interest in the scheme (maximum of approximately 400 words) and five keywords specifying your topical focus.
    4. A research proposal for the time of the visit (approximately 2000 words).
    5. For candidates who have not defended their PhD yet: A letter from their supervisor confirming that by the time the fellowship starts, the student is very likely to have defended the thesis.
    6. Applications must be made in English. The above should be merged into one PDF file in the order listed. Results will be announced in June 2019.

The fine print:

    • Scholars who held an EPSA Fellowships for junior philosophers working in Central and Eastern Europe in previous years are not eligible.
    • Applicants need not be members of EPSA at the time of applying. However, successful candidates are expected to become EPSA members before taking up their fellowships.
    • Successful candidates will be put in touch with their future host institution and the details of the visit (exact dates, financial and accommodation arrangements, visa sponsorship, etc.) will be agreed directly between the candidates and their hosts (without involvement of EPSA). Local circumstances vary and no general commitments about levels of funding can be made.

Fellowship Committee

    • Raffaella Campaner
    • Maria Kronfeldner
    • Javier Suárez Diaz

Submitted by Florian Fischer (University of Siegen).

 

Call for participation:

Reading seminar ‘Agency, Past and Future’ — July 15–17, 2019 — University of Hamburg

This summer there will take place at the University of Hamburg, on July 15–17, a reading seminar on the topic ‘Agency Past and Future’. The seminar is aimed at graduate students and early career researchers in philosophy, and will focus on questions of agency and freedom, of temporal asymmetry, and their connections. The seminar will be spread over three days during which we will look at some key historical and contemporary texts addressing these themes. The plan for discussion is:

  • Day 1: The logic of future contingents in Aristotle and Ockham. Discussion led by Calvin Normore (UCLA) and Magali Roques (Hamburg).
  • Day 2: Decision, freedom, and reasoning about the future. Discussion led by Alison Fernandes (Trinity College Dublin).
  • Day 3: Grounding and the open future. Discussion led by Roberto Loss (Hamburg).

The reading seminar will be followed by the conference, ‘Agency, Past and Future’, July 18–20, also at the University of Hamburg. See below for abstract and speaker list:

Agency, Past and Future (conference)

We feel that there is a fundamental difference between the past and the future. The past seems to us fixed and settled, whereas the future is open and up for grabs. This sense of an asymmetry grips us most strongly in our capacity as agents: we think of ourselves as capable of settling how thing ago in the future, whereas the past is something we have to come to terms with and accept. How should we understand this phenomenon? Is there an absolute metaphysical difference between the past and future, or is any apparent difference rather a product of our perspective as agents? How, if at all, does our sense of the difference between past and future relate to the directionality of causation, and to our status as causal beings? And how does this asymmetry structure practical rationality and deliberation? This conference aims to bring together a variety of approaches to these questions, uniting common themes from the history of philosophy, the philosophy of time and causation, and the philosophy of action.

Speaker list:

  • Simona Aimar (UCL)
  • Julian Bacharach (UCL)
  • Alison Fernandes (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Florian Fischer (Bonn/Siegen)
  • Jennifer Hornsby (Birkbeck)
  • Julia Jorati (Ohio)
  • Roberto Loss (Hamburg)
  • Erasmus Mayr (Nürnberg-Erlagen)
  • Anne Sophie Meincke (Southampton)
  • D. H. Mellor (Cambridge)
  • Calvin Normore (UCLA)
  • L. A. Paul (Yale)
  • Thomas Pink (King’s College London)
  • Sebastian Rödl (Leipzig)
  • Magali Roques (Hamburg)
  • Antje Rumberg (Konstanz)
  • Stephan Schmid (Hamburg)
  • Michael Thompson (Pittsburgh)

Registration for both the seminar and conference is free, although regrettably we are unable to cover participants’ travel and accommodation expenses.

A list of affordable hotels near the venue and more information on the summer school will be posted on the website: https://s-p-o-t.weebly.com/agency-past-and-future.html

To register for the seminar, please send a letter of motivation and a CV to all of julian.bacharach.13@ucl.ac.ukmagali.roques@gmail.com, and Florian.Fischer@uni-siegen.de.

Organised by Magali Roques (Hamburg), Florian Fischer (Bonn/Siegen), and Julian Bacharach (UCL).

The seminar and conference are organised by the Society for Philosophy of Time (www.spotime.org), and generously supported by a grant from the Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung.

Submitted by EPSA.

 

Open Call for Institutional Partners

The European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) is looking for institutional partners to participate as host institutions in its scheme of EPSA Fellowships for junior philosophers working in Central and Eastern Europe. Participating institutions would host a Junior Fellow for approximately one month in the academic year 2019/20, and they would cover their travel, accommodation, and living expenses during that time.

The aim of the scheme is to foster collaboration between philosophers of science working in Eastern Europe with their colleagues in Western Europe. Fellowships are aimed at philosophers of science who have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the application deadline, or who are in their last year of PhD, and who work in one of the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The EPSA is organising the fellowships for the third time. Previous rounds of fellowships were made possible due to the generous participation of a number of institutions. Institutions participating in 2019-2020 will include:

The EPSA seeks to broaden the group even further. If your institution would like to join the above and participate in the scheme, please contact raffaella.campaner@unibo.it.

Submitted by EPSA.

Call for Venues – 8th EPSA Biennial Conference 2021

The European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) calls for proposals for the venue of EPSA21, its eighth conference, to be held in the autumn of 2021. The biennial conference is the main scientific event of the EPSA, typically attracting 300-400 philosophers of science from across the world. It usually comprises 200 contributed and symposia talks, organized in as many as eight different sections, and taking place in five or six parallel sessions. A selection of papers from the conference will be published as a special edition of the European Journal for Philosophy of Science.

The conference is typically hosted by a philosophy of science unit, and its venue must be a recognized European academic or research institution. The event takes place in the autumn over a period of 3-4 days (which must include a Saturday) in alternating years to the conferences of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA). Past conferences have taken place at Madrid (2007), Amsterdam (2009), Athens (2011), Helsinki (2013), Düsseldorf (2015), and Exeter (2017). EPSA19 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland.

A Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is set up at the host institution — with a remit to organize the event itself. About one year in advance, the Steering Committee (SC) of the EPSA puts out a call for papers and selects a Program Committee (PC) comprising distinguished philosophers of science. The LOC, SC, and PC are non-overlapping sets of people, with the exception of the Chairs of the LOC and PC, who may be drawn from the SC.

Proposals (one PDF document) should be submitted to the President of the Association (Prof. Samir Okasha. email: phil-epsa@bristol.ac.uk) by August 17, 2019 and must include the following:

  • The name of the organizing unit or research institution.
  • The name of the academic or research institute hosting the event.
  • The proposed dates in the autumn of 2021 (expected to be a long weekend from end of August to end of November 2021).
  • The names of the members of the LOC, including Chair(s) and/or Deputy. (Please note that the members of the LOC have to be EPSA members.)
  • The CV of the Chair(s) of the LOC.
  • An estimated budget proposal, including rough estimates for the following expenses: a) building and facilities, b) catering, c) conference registration packs (x200 delegates minimum), d) personnel, e) expected financial contribution by the host institution and/or a funding agency.
For more information about our past conferences, please visit our website or contact us at phil-epsa@bristol.ac.uk.