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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:
JOWO 2019 Webpage:


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:

Papers should be uploaded in PDF format via Easy Chair:


*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:

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 the latest by May 1, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Herfeld ( or Stefan Riegelnik (

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

Aaron Wendland from the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, recently launched a popular philosophy column in the New Statesman. The column aims to provide a space for publicly-minded academics to address contemporary social, cultural, and political issues from a philosophical point of view.

So far, pieces by Martha Nussbaum, Jeff McMahan, Judith Butler, and Tim Williamson have been published. In the upcoming weeks, there will be articles by Simon Blackburn, Wendy Brown, Sally Haslanger, and Peter Singer.

To give you a sense of what the new column is all about, here is a link to the inaugural article of Aaron:

A link to the homepage can be found here:

Anyone who is interested in the column is encouraged to follow Aaron on Twitter @ajwendland for new articles and regular updates.

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).


12th MuST (Munich-Sydney-Turin) Conference in Philosophy of Science


Third Workshop “Perspectives on Scientific Error”


LMU Munich, Germany

1-4 July 2019 

Invited Speakers:

Deborah Mayo, Virginia Tech

Regina Nuzzo, Gallaudet University

Miklós Rédei, London School of Economics

Uri Simonsohn, Universitat Ramón Llull


The MuST (Munich-Sydney-Turin) conference series in philosophy of science joins forces with the workshop series “Perspectives on Scientific Error” to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers interested in issues of scientific method and statistical inference. The conference topic is


The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:

—the explanatory and inferential function of statistical models in the sciences 

—the foundations of statistical inference 

—the relationship between statistical reasoning and scientific error

—the place of statistics in scientific method 

—the replicability of research findings 

—techniques for detecting and correcting scientific error 

—reform proposals for scientific method (e.g., Bayesian vs. frequentist statistics, publication practices, incentive structures) 

—reliable methods of aggregating and interpreting evidence 

—values in science, and their impact on scientific error 


Please submit an extended abstract (max 1000 words) and a short abstract (max 100 words) suitable for blind review until *28 April 2019* via the EasyChair review system (link below).  There are two categories: presentations and posters. 


28 April: Submission Deadline
10 May: Notification of Acceptance
15 June: Registration Deadline
1-4 July: Conference


Submission via EasyChair:
Conference website:


Mattia Andreoletti (University of Turin)
Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney)
Noah van Dongen (University of Turin)
Paul Griffiths (University of Sydney)
Stephan Hartmann (LMU Munich)
Daniël Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Barbara Osimani (Marche Polytechnical University at Ancona & LMU Munich)
Jan-Willem Romeijn (University of Groningen)
Felipe Romero (University of Groningen)
Jan Sprenger (University of Turin)

The conference is jointly organized by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at the LMU Munich and the Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC) of the University of Turin. 

Financial support from ERC Starting Investigator Grants No. 639276, “Philosophy of Pharmacology”, directed by Barbara Osimani (Ancona/Munich) and No. 640638, “Making Scientific Inferences More Objective”, directed by Jan Sprenger (Turin), is gratefully acknowledged.

For further questions please contact

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 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

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

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 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 Paul Hasselkuß (University of Duesseldorf).


Call for Abstracts: 30th Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics
“Mathematical Cultures, Values and Norms”

31st October – 2nd November 2019, Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée (IRMA), Strasbourg, France

The Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics is an annual international conference aimed at PhD and postdoctoral students (young scholars) in the history and philosophy of mathematics.

In 2019 the Novembertagung will be held in Strasbourg. Lodging will be at the CIARUS from 30/10 to 02/11 and the conferences at the IRMA, from 31/10 to 02/11. The invited speakers are June Barrow-Green (Open University) and Roy Wagner (ETH Zurich).

Mathematical knowledge is commonly thought of as being essentially universal: its truths are eternal and incontrovertible, its propositions understandable and agreeable by all, independent of linguistic, cultural, ethnic or religious backgrounds, its formulation and validation requiring little more than pen and paper. However, global knowledge, as mathematics seems to be, is always produced locally. As such, it hinges upon collectively shared ways of practicing, writing, and communicating mathematics. This year’s Novembertagung invites participants to reflect broadly on one or several of the following questions:
  • How can we characterize mathematical communities and cultures? What historiographical and epistemological categories should one use when describing these shared ways of doing mathematics?
  • How does mathematical knowledge circulate between these communities?
  • What role do values and norms, be it epistemic, aesthetic or political, play in the shaping of mathematical cultures?
  • What role do values and norms play in shaping the individual mathematician and his work?
  • How can historians and philosophers evaluate the impact of these cultural aspects on the mathematics being produced?

Contributions less strictly related to this theme are also welcome; however, establishing links with the theme will allow for more fruitful discussions, and as such is recommended. We are happy to host presentations pertaining to historical, historiographical, or philosophical discussions of this theme.
Abstracts, of around 250 words, should be submitted by May 15th 2019, via the submission form: If you have any questions, you can contact the organisers via mail:

The conference is organised by Paul Hasselkuß (Düsseldorf), Tiago Hirth (Lisbon), Deborah Kant (Konstanz), Rosie Lev-Halutz (Tel Aviv), Nicolas Michel (Paris, Sphere), Gatien Ricotier (Strasbourg) and Benjamin Wilck (HU Berlin).

For now, the 30th Novembertagung is graciously supported by the GDR 3398 “Histoire des mathématiques”, the Labex IRMIA and the Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée (IRMA).

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:

To register for the seminar, please send a letter of motivation and a CV to all of, and

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 (, and generously supported by a grant from the Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung.

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



Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy: SOPhiA 2019

September 18 – 20, 2019
Department of Philosophy (Humanities), University of Salzburg, Austria

SOPhiA 2019 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 or 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:
* Hilary Greaves (University of Oxford)
* Philip Kitcher (Columbia University)
* Hannes Leitgeb (University of Munich, MCMP)

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, 2019. 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 2019. Please prepare your full paper according to the guidelines available at and submit it via e-mail (subject line: SOPhiA 2019) to Please note that only full papers in English submitted before the general deadline (May 1, 2019) 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, 2019
Notification deadline: June 1, 2019

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

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: 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