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Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

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

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Third Workshop “Perspectives on Scientific Error”

STATISTICAL REASONING AND 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

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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

“STATISTICAL REASONING AND SCIENTIFIC ERROR”

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 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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. 

DATES AND DEADLINES 

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

LINKS 

Submission via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pse3
Conference website: https://scientificerror2019.wordpress.com/

ORGANIZERS

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 scientific.error.2019@gmail.com.

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 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
https://novembertagung.wordpress.com

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: https://novembertagung.wordpress.com/call-for-abstracts/submission/. If you have any questions, you can contact the organisers via mail: novembertagung2019@math.unistra.fr.

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 Simon Friederich (University of Groningen).

Call for Papers: Workshop “Probabilities in Cosmology”

Groningen, 21 June – 23 June 2019

In cosmology probabilities appear in multiple different guises. We use them when we assess the naturalness of a certain value of the cosmological constant, when we assign likelihoods to possible initial conditions of the universe, when we judge the probability of cosmic inflation, or when we ascribe the probability of there being life in certain universes in the vicinity of certain types of stars. In this workshop we aim to identify differences and commonalities in the use of different applications of probability in cosmology, and to distinguish fruitful and legitimate uses from misleading and illegitimate ones.

This workshop brings together specialists from different physical and philosophical disciplines including epistemology, philosophy of statistical mechanics, general relativity, quantum gravity, string theory, and astrobiology. It starts on Friday 21 June in the evening with a popular lecture by Sabine Hossenfelder, based on her recent book “Lost in Math.” Invited and contributed talk will be scheduled on Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June.

Submissions of abstracts for contributed talks by researchers from diverse backgrounds are very welcome! Abstracts should be around 300 words. They should be sent to Simon Friederich, s.m.friederich@rug.nl. A limited number of travel grants for graduate students and early career researchers is available. If you are interested in such a grant, please indicate this when submitting your abstract and briefly sketch your motivation for contributing to the workshop.

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 March 2019.
Decision letters will be sent out no later than 5 April 2019.

Invited speakers:

Pratika Dayal (University of Groningen)
Sabine Hossenfelder (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies)
Katie Robertson (University of Cambridge)
Chris Smeenk (University of Western Ontario)
David Sloan (University of Lancaster)
Robert Wald (University of Chicago)
Claire Zukowski (University of Amsterdam)

The workshop is organized by Simon Friederich, Sean Gryb, and Diederik Roest (University of Groningen).
For further information please contact Simon Friederich (s.m.friederich@rug.nl).

Submitted by Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum).

The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis: Philosophical and Historical Dimensions
Ruhr University Bochum, 21st – 22nd March 2019

This workshop will bring together scholars from history and philosophy of biology as well as biologists who have worked on the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (including fields such as epigenetics, niche construction theory, and evo-devo) from biotheoretical, philosophical, and historical perspectives. A particular focus of the workshop will be laid on the past and present conceptual, explanatory, and methodological challenges evolutionary theory faces.

Participants:
Andrew Buskell (University of Cambridge), Peter Hammerstein (Humboldt University of Berlin), Philippe Huneman (CNRS, Paris), Eva Jablonka (Tel-Aviv University), Ulrich Krohs (University of Münster), Vanessa Lux (Ruhr University Bochum), Francesca Merlin (CNRS, Paris), Gerd B. Müller (Konrad Lorenz Institute/University of Vienna), Daniel J. Nicholson (Konrad Lorenz Institute), Alejandro Fábregas Tejeda (UNAM, Mexico City), Tobias Uller (Lund University)

Organization:
Jan Baedke & Christina Brandt
Institute of Philosophy I,
Centre for Anthropological Knowledge in Scientific and Technological Cultures (CAST)

Program: https://bit.ly/2HeKgqf

Location: Beckmanns Hof, Ruhr University Bochum, 21st – 22nd March 2019

Best regards,
Jan Baedke

Submitted by MCTS

Responsible Innovation Cultures
International Summer School

14-18 October 2019

Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS)
Technical University of Munich (TUM)

The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS, Technical University of Munich) is very happy to announce to be host of the 5th annual German Summer School of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (HERSS).

The school will focus on the question of how responsible innovation cultures can be established within institutions of higher education and research, such as universities, and will explore what responsibility in research, development and training might look like in different situated institutional contexts.

In various talks and workshops, the summer school will address questions like:

§  Responsible Research Innovation: hype or hope?

§  Who’s responsible? Exploring the role of different actors within responsible innovation cultures.

§  Who’s included? RRI and public engagement.

§  RRI in a global context: Responsibility, knowledge and global power structures.

§  Training for RRI? Responsible innovation cultures in higher education.

All detailed information regarding the contents, workshops, talks and application can be found in the attached call for participation and on the website of HERSS.

We encourage you to spread the word about this summer school on multifaceted responsible innovation cultures – particularly addressing PhD students, early-career postdocs, and science policy experts/practitioners.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications (open until 14 April 2019).

Please let us know if you have any questions: summerschool.responsibility@mcts.tum.de

Best regards,

Sabine Maasen, Ruth Müller & the organizing team

Submitted by Erik Curiel (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites abstracts for the following event:

All Things Reichenbach

MCMP, LMU Munich

22-24 July, 2019

http://www.lmu.de/reichenbach2019


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Hans Reichenbach (1891-1953), one of the founding fathers of Logical Empiricism, is among the most important philosophers of science of the Twentieth Century and without doubt one of the most prominent philosophers of physics of the first half of the past century.  Many of his ideas still retain their interest in current philosophy of science, and his work continues to be influential, often in unnoticed but deep ways.  This conference is dedicated to highlighting the importance of Reichenbach and his legacy, across all areas of his thought, specifically focusing on the issues raised within his work, and on the current debates surrounding them.  

Call for abstracts
We invite the submission of extended abstracts for the conference.  Submissions should include a title, a brief abstract (up to 200 words), and a full abstract (up to 1000 words), blinded for peer review. They should be PDF files, submitted by 06 April, 2019 to the conference’s EasyChair account https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=atr2019.  We will select up to 6 submissions for presentation at the conference.

We are committed to fostering diversity and equality in our programs.  Submissions from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. The  conference will be organized and run under the MCMP’s code of conduct

Registration
Please send registration requests by 15 July 2019 to the co-chair Erik Curiel.  The email should have the subject: “register Reichenbach conference” and should indicate whether you plan to attend the conference dinner (23 July, 2019).  The conference dinner will cost EUR 35 (alcohol not included).

Dates and Deadines
Deadlines for Submission: 06 April 2019
Date of Notification: 06 May 2019 
Registration Deadline: 15 July 2019

Organizers 
Erik Curiel, MCMP/LMU Munich (co-chair)
Flavia Padovani, Department of English & Philosophy, Drexel University (co-chair) 

Acknowledgements
The conference is organized and supported by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (LMU Munich).  The conference is partly funded by a grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and by support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundationand from the Lichtenberg Group for History and Philosophy of Physics at the University of Bonn.

Submitted by Marta Sznajder (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

PROGIC 2019: Ninth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Frankfurt, Germany, July 7-10, 2019
 
The Ninth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic (PROGIC 2019) continues the progic workshop series. The focus of this iteration of PROGIC is decision making, with an emphasis on advances in descriptive, normative, and prescriptive models of decision making.

Scholars who combine probability and logic to models of decision making are invited to submit an extended abstract (~1000 words, pdf format) for presentation at the workshop.  The submissions page will also ask for a short abstract (~200 words) and keywords to sort submissions for review.

Topics include but are not restricted to

  • Argument strength
  • Belief revision
  • Causal modeling
  • Conditionals and decision making
  • Decision making under severe uncertainty
  • Descriptive models of decision making
  • Desirability 
  • Game probability
  • Group decision making
  • Independence 
  • Elicitation and scoring
  • Formal epistemology and decision making
  • Foundations – philosophical & mathematical
  • Lexicographic probabilities and decision making
  • Machine learning & decision making
  • Sequential decision making

Dates and Deadlines

  • Submission deadline: March 20, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: April 10, 2019
  • Conference: July 8-10, 2019

Invited Speakers

Committees

Program Committee

Organizing committee

Venue

The conference will be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Adickesalle 23-34, 60322 Frankfurt am Main

Contact

All questions about submissions should be emailed to Gregory Wheeler, g.wheeler@fs.de.

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

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy: SOPhiA 2019

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

Aim:
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 http://www.sophia-conference.org/ 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 http://www.kriterion-journal-of-philosophy.org/ and submit it via e-mail (subject line: SOPhiA 2019) to editor@kriterion-journal-of-philosophy.org. 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
Website: http://sophia-conference.org/

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 Marcello Garibbo (University of Siegen).

 

Call for Participation — Summer School “The Metaphysics of Time-Continuum”

 

2 — 4 September 2019 / Imperia, Italy

 

The summer school “The Metaphysics of Time-Continuum” addresses the topic of temporal continuity by focusing on three key figures: Aristotle, Kant and Bergson. Their conception of the continuum will be studied in-depth and related to questions in the contemporary philosophy of time. 

 

Lecturers
Tom Crowther (University of Warwick) – Aristotle
Florian Fischer (University of Siegen) – Bergson
Cord Friebe (University of Siegen) – Kant
Marcello Garibbo (University of Siegen) – Kant
Magali Roques (University of Hamburg) – Aristotle
Giulio Piatti (University of Torino) – Bergson
Mark Sinclair (University of Rohampton) – Bergson
 

 

The summer school adjoins the conference „Time-Continuum “ (5-6 September 2019, Imperia, Italy). The conference “The Time-Continuum” focuses on the topic of temporal continuity from the perspective of contemporary philosophy of time. Conference’s contributions will investigate the consequences that different understandings of the continuum may have for issues such as the objectivity of tenses  (A- and B-Theories), the meaning of temporal existence (Eternalism, Presentism, etc.) and the question about the ontological status of processes (in distinction to events).

 

 
Conference Speakers
Silvia De Bianchi (Barcelona)
Tom Crowther (Warwick) 
Florian Fischer (Siegen)
Cord Friebe (Siegen)
Marcello Garibbo (Siegen)
Lukas Benedikt Kraus (Innsbruck)
Gregor Nickel (Siegen)
Francesco Orilia (Macerata)
Magali Roques (Hamburg)
Mark Sinclair (London)
Claudio Tarditi (Torino)
Giuliano Torrengo (Milan)

 

There is no participation fee for the summer school. A list of affordable hotels near the venue and more information on the summer school will be uploaded on the website: https://s-p-o-t.weebly.com/the-metaphysics-of-time-continuum.html

 

There are only limited spots available. To apply please sent a letter of motivation (about 1 page) and a CV to florian.fischer@uni-siegen.de and marcello.garibbo@uni.siegen.de
Deadline: 31 March 2019.

 

Organisation: Cord Friebe (University of Siegen), Florian Fischer (University of Siegen) and Marcello Garibbo (University of Siegen)

The summer school and conference are co-organized by the Society for the Philosophy of Time (https://s-p-o-t.weebly.com), the University of Siegen, the Goethe Institut in Genova, the Theatre Spazio Vuoto and the online journal Philosophy Kitchen (http://philosophykitchen.com/).

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.