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Submitted by Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich).


Call for Registration for the Conference ‘Preferences, Commitments and Choice’

Three-day conference on ‘Preferences, Commitments and Choice’, which will take place on September 9 – 11, 2021 via Zoom.

Scientific Organization: Michael Messerli, Catherine Herfeld, Kevin Reuter

Keynote Speakers:

  • Cristina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Daniel Hausman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Call for Registration:
We invite everyone interested to register for the conference. Registration requests should be submitted via email to There is no registration fee. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Goals of the Conference:
The concepts of preference, commitment, and choice have a long history in philosophy and the social sciences. At the same time, there is no consensus on how exactly they should be understood. Regarding the concept of preference, for instance, behaviorists have argued that they should be interpreted as being revealed by choices. Others, such as for example mentalists, have argued for more substantive accounts of preferences and interpret them as, e.g., sui generis mental states.

One goal of the conference is to take stock and see where discussions about the nature, structure, and interpretations of those three concepts stand and what kind of issues should be discussed to move those discussions forward. A second goal of the conference is to investigate the phenomenon of counter-preferential choices, the role that commitments play in this context, and how we can think about commitments within a decision-theoretic framework. Finally, we will link this discussion to more general issues regarding rationality and norms, tackling questions such as, e.g., can reasonable choices be understood with decision theory? How do commitments differ from moral and social norms? How do counter-preferential choices and norm-guided behavior relate to each other and how should we conceptualize both?

We will discuss those sets of issues from the perspectives of philosophy, economics and psychology, thereby pushing the debates on preferences, choice, and commitment even further towards interdisciplinary approaches.

Please check our conference website for any updates regarding the final program:

This conference is sponsored by the Swiss National Foundation (P200P1_186151).

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:

Submitted by Jürgen Landes (MCMP, LMU Munich)


The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites registration for the following online event:

Progic 2021: Combining Probability and Logic

MCMP, LMU Munich
September 1-3, 2021

The 10th event in the Progic series of conferences is set to take place 1. Sep – 3. Sep 2021x – online. This series has a long-standing interest in combining probability and logic.
The conference is preceded by a one day Summer School on 31. Aug 2021, where introductory lectures on the themes of the conference will be given by invited speakers.


In order to register for the conference, please send an email to with the subject line: Registration: Progic. Please, state your name and (optional) your affiliation.

A registration covers all four days. Registered participants are not required to attend all talks.


Jürgen Landes (LMU Munich)

Submitted by Meinard Kuhlmann (University of Mainz).


Call for abstracts for the Online-Workshop

Metaphysics of Physics

30 August – 3 September 2021 (Deadline: 8 July 2021)

The Working Group “Philosophy of Physics” (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) invites submissions for its annual workshop. Contributions on any topic in the philosophy of physics are welcome. The workshop takes place 30 August – 3 September 2021 as an online event at the virtual DPG conference “in” Jena ( As part of this event, the AGPhil organizes a small workshop on the “Metaphysics of Physics”. Contributions in this area are especially welcome.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Karen Crowther (Oslo)
  • Matt Farr (Cambridge)
  • Kerry McKenzie (UC San Diego)
  • Christopher Timpson (Oxford)
  • Alastair Wilson (Birmingham)

If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract of about 200 words by 8 July 2021 (please ignore the stated 1 July 2021 abstract submission deadline on the website), using the online-form at

The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Programme of the DPG supports graduate students who are members of the society by covering the registration fee (more information here:

We look forward to seeing you!
Meinard Kuhlmann, Radin Dardashti, Christian Wüthrich

Submitted by Birgit Benzing (Leibniz University Hannover).


CfP: Workshop on “Thick Concepts in the Philosophy of Science”
3.-4. Dec 2021, in Hannover, Germany

The notion of thick ethical concepts, as originally introduced by Bernard Williams in 1985, has received growing attention in the philosophical literature, particularly in the fields of meta-ethics and the philosophy of language. According to Williams’s classic definition, thick ethical concepts combine descriptive and evaluative components such that they are simultaneously world-guided and action-guiding, without a clear way of separating or disentangling these components. While philosophical analyses of thick concepts have usually focussed on virtue and vice terms, such as brave, cruel, tactful, there has also been a recognition that these concepts seem to undermine the traditional fact/value-dichotomy and thus, to provide a further challenge to the value-free ideal of science. Accordingly, attention has been drawn to many scientific concepts, which seem to fit this pattern: well-being (Alexandrova 2017), risk and safety (Möller 2009, 2012), addiction (Djordjevic and Herfeld forthcoming), GDP and Unemployment (Reiss 2017), to name just a few.

While these concepts may not easily fit into the traditional category of thick ethical concepts, they raise interesting questions to the philosophy of science, for example:

  • Do thick concepts threaten the ideal of value-free science?
  • What are the epistemological consequences of using thick concepts in science?
  • How can scientific claims containing thick concepts be objective?
  • What methodological requirements can be discerned to the study of thick concepts?
  • How should concepts that are thick in everyday language be operationalized in science?
  • How can scientist give good scientific advice on issues involving thick concepts?

The 1.5-day-workshop aims at providing a forum for intense discussion on the role and value of thick concepts in the philosophy of science. It will consist of presentations by participants, and a workshop section that synthesizes the findings and discusses future avenues of development.

Keynote Speakers:
Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge, online)
Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich)

We invite researchers to present their work-in-progress relating to the subject outlined above. If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract of up to 300 words, suitable for a 30-minute talk (20+10), as a PDF attachment to The abstract should be suitable for blind review. Please make sure that the e-mail to which the abstract is attached contains your name, institutional affiliation, and the title of the paper. The deadline for submissions is 31.08.2021; notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15.09.2021. Members of groups which are underrepresented in philosophy are strongly encouraged to apply.

Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

The workshop will be held in person but depending on the development of the pandemic it may be shifted online.

More details and updates on Please direct any questions to

Organizing team: Birgit Benzing – Robert Frühstückl – Simon Hollnaicher
Birgit Benzing
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin | Doctoral candidate

DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”
Institut für Philosophie
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Lange Laube 32
30159 Hannover

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