The news section of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP)

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 bei Neil Dewar (MCMP, LMU Munich).

***Extended deadline: MCMP Summer School in Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students***

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy is organising the sixth edition of the Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students, taking place from 28th July to 3rd August 2019.

The deadline for applications has been extended: applications are invited until 31st March 2019.

This year, we will have the following lecture streams:

  1. “Formal epistemology”, led by Anna-Maria Asunta Eder (University of Cologne)
  2. “Barriers to Entailment”, led by Gillian Russell (UNC Chapel Hill)
  3. “Philosophy of Algorithms and Simulations”, led by Lena Zuchowski (University of Bristol)

For more information about the program, please consult the summer school website at If you have any further questions about the summer school, please contact the organising committee at

The summer school is open to women with a keen interest in mathematical philosophy. Applicants should be students of philosophy (or philosophically minded logicians or scientists) at an advanced undergraduate level, in a master program, or at an early PhD level. To apply for participation, please see the instructions at you will need to provide a copy of your CV and a statement of purpose as part of the application. There will be an opportunity for some of the students at the summer school to present their own research; if you would be interested in doing so, please also provide an abstract (up to 500 words) together with your application.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 31st March 2019.

Decisions will be made by 15th April 2019. The participation fee is 200€. (Note that the participation fee does not cover accommodation expenses.) The language of all events will be English.

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

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 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, 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 (

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.

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)

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


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:

Best regards,

Sabine Maasen, Ruth Müller & the organizing team

Submitted by Erik Curiel (MCMP, LMU Munich).



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

All Things Reichenbach

MCMP, LMU Munich

22-24 July, 2019


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  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

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

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

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 Lena Kästner (Saarland University).


The Department of Philosophy at Saarland University is seeking applications for a Research Assistant (m/f/d) position to be filled as soon as possible:


Reference Number W1485; salary in accordance with the German TV-L salary scale, pay grade E13 TV-L, employment: period: 3 years, hours worked: 50 % of the standard working hours.



You will hold a faculty position associated with the junior professorship for Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Systems at the Department of Philosophy at Saarland University.


Job Requirements and Responsibilities:

  • seeking academic qualification by conducting a PhD or PostDoc project
  • independent teaching of once course per semester (2 SWS)
  • supporting the junior professor for Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Systems, e.g. in the academic 


You will be granted individual supervision for your PhD or PostDoc project with the possibility to engage in collaborative work with empirical researchers (e.g. from psychology or computer science). Additionally, you will have the opportunity to further develop your personal academic profile. The campus wide Graduate Program GradUS offers various individual qualification measures and networking opportunities for PhD students at Saaarland University.


Your academic qualifications:

You hold an academic degree (e.g. masters or diploma) in philosophy or another subject area relevant to the philosophy of the mind and cognitive systems (e.g. cognitive science, psychology, computer science) or, if you are applying as a PostDoc, you hold a PhD in a relevant area.


The successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • be fluent in written and spoken English,
  • be able to communicate in German or be willing to learn German (ideally, he/she will able to teach in German),
  • have significant training in analytical philosophy or to be able to provide evidence of relevant analytic philosophy competence,
  • to be highly interested in working at the intersection of Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Mind, e.g. on the 
topics of discovery and explanation of cognitive phenomena,
  • have a concrete outline of your project or a first draft (approx. 2 pages) based on which you aim to develop your 
  • enjoy working in teams and developing collaborative projects
  • enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment and have the ability to share his/her expertise with researchers 
from other disciplines
  • be willing to present his/her work internationally and represent the subject area of Philosophy of Mind and 
Cognitive Systems


What we offer: 

  • A flexible work schedule (e.g. telecommuting) allowing you to balance work and family.
  • A broad range of further education and professional development programs.
  • An occupational health management model with numerous attractive options, such as our university sports 
  • Supplementary pension scheme (RZVK).
  • Discounted tickets on local public transport services (‘Jobticket‘).


We are looking forward to receive your (written) application under Reference Number W1485 by March 11th 2019. It should include your project outline, CV, relevant certificates, the names of two reviewers and a writing sample (max. 20 pages, e.g. an essay, a paper, part of the master thesis, etc.).


Please submit your application – preferably digital, in a single .pdf file – to:


Universität des Saarlandes

JProf. Dr. Lena Kästner

Philosophisches Institut

Campus A2 3, Zi.: 0.04

66123 Saarbrücken



Application documents will not be returned. Please only submit copies of your documents and do not use plastic wallets, folders, ring binders, etc.


If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance.

Your contact: 
JProf. Dr. Lena Kästner ( Tel.: +49 681 302 2841


In accordance with the objectives of its equal opportunities plan, Saarland University seeks to increase the proportion of women in this field. Qualified women candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Preferential consideration will be given to applications from disabled candidates of equal eligibility.


Pay grade classification is based on the particular details of the position held and the extent to which the applicant meets the requirements of the pay grade within the TV-L salary scale.


When you submit a job application to Saarland University you will be transmitting personal data. Please refer to our privacy notice for information on how we collect and process personal data in accordance with Art. 13 of the Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (DS-GVO). By submitting your application you confirm that you have taken note of the information in the Saarland University privacy notice (Datenschutzerklärung).


This is a translation of the official German job offer which can be retrieved at:

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


Program Committee

Organizing committee


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


All questions about submissions should be emailed to Gregory Wheeler,

Submitted by Martin Carrier (Bielefeld University).

Fully funded PhD post in philosophy of science over 3 years available at Bielefeld University

Applications are invited for a fully funded (65% TV-L 13) PhD-position for three years (fixed term) in philosophy of science at Bielefeld University (beginning April 15, 2019). The post is part of a DFG-funded project on research in the context of practice. The project is supposed to inquire into the practical fruitfulness of heuristic strategies. This question will be addressed by analyzing a pool of practically relevant research projects from the sciences and comparing their goals and accomplishments. The pertinent projects are driven by societal demand but aim to gain scientifically relevant knowl­edge in addition.

Deadline for applications: February 21, 2019.

The material to be analyzed is in German. Therefore, command of German is required. For additional details see below.

Ihre Aufgaben

Die Stelle umfasst Aufgaben im Rahmen des DFG-Projekts „Forschung im Praxiskontext“. Gegenstand des Projekts ist es, Forschungsstrategien und heuristische Vorgehensweisen zu identifizieren, die zu praktisch möglichst fruchtbaren Resultaten führen. Dabei steht die Verbindung von Erkenntnisgewinnung und konkreter Nutzbarkeit im Zentrum. Diese Verbindung soll durch Analyse einer Reihe praktisch relevanter Projekte aus den Naturwissenschaften näher untersucht werden. Die Projektziele werden dabei mit den Projektresultaten verglichen (welche aus Projektbeschreibungen und -berichten, Veröffentlichungen und Interviews gewonnen werden). Im Fokus stehen Projekte, die an gesellschaftlichem Bedarf anknüpfen, aber darüber hinaus einen Zuwachs an wissenschaftlichem Verstehen anstreben. Die ausgeschriebene Stelle ist auf die physikalischen oder chemischen Wissenschaften oder die Ingenieurswissenschaften ausgerichtet (in einem breiten, individuell unterschiedlich konkretisierbaren Sinn).

Das Projekt ist am Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I2SoS) angesiedelt, in dem Wissenschaftsphilosophie, -geschichte und -ökonomie vertreten sind. Die Möglichkeit des Anschlusses an das Graduiertenkolleg „Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientifc Research“ besteht. Das I2SoS ist ein lebendiges Institut, das wissenschaftliche Vielfalt und internationalen Austausch betont. Eine Beteiligung an den Aktivitäten des I2SoS ist erwünscht.

Ihr Profil

Das erwarten wir

  • abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium, welches eine Promotion in der Philosophie erlaubt
  • Hintergrundwissen in den physikalischen oder chemischen Wissenschaften oder den Ingenieurswissenschaften
  • selbstständiges, eigenverantwortliches und engagiertes Arbeiten
  • ausgeprägte Organisations-und Koordinationsfähigkeit
  • kooperative und teamorientierte Arbeitsweise

Unser Angebot

Die Vergütung erfolgt nach der Entgeltgruppe 13 des Tarifvertrages für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder (TV-L). Die Stelle ist gemäß §2 Absatz 1 Satz 1WissZeitVGfür die Dauer von drei Jahren befristet (entsprechend den Vorgaben des WissZeitVGund des Vertrages über gute Beschäftigungsbedingungen kann sich im Einzelfall eine abweichende Vertragslaufzeit ergeben). Die Beschäftigung ist der wissenschaftlichen Qualifizierung förderlich. Es handelt sich um eine befristete Teilzeitstelle im Umfang von 65 % von Vollbeschäftigung. Auf Wunsch ist grundsätzlich auch eine Stellenbesetzung in geringerem Umfang möglich, soweit nicht im Einzelfall zwingende dienstliche Gründe entgegenstehen.

Die Universität Bielefeld legt Wert auf Chancengleichheit und die Entwicklung ihrer Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter. Sie bietet attraktive interne und externe Fortbildungen und Weiterbildungsmaßnahmen. Zudem können Sie eine Vielzahl von Gesundheits-, Beratungs-und Präventionsangeboten nutzen. Die Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie hat einen hohen Stellenwert.


Wir freuen uns über Ihre Bewerbung per Post an die untenstehende Anschrift oder per E-Mail unter Angabe der Kennziffer wiss19001 in einem einzigen pdf-Dokument an bis zum 21. Februar 2019. Bitte verzichten Sie auf Bewerbungsmappen und reichen Sie ausschließlich Fotokopien ein, da die Bewerbungsunterlagen nach Abschluss des Auswahlverfahrens vernichtet werden. Weitere Informationen zur Universität Bielefeld finden Sie auf unserer Homepage unter Bitte beachten Sie, dass Gefährdungen der Vertraulichkeit und der unbefugte Zugriff Dritter bei einer Kommunikation per unverschlüsselter E-Mail nicht ausgeschlossen werden können. Informationen zur Verarbeitung von personenbezogenen Daten finden Sie unter

Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie
-Die Dekanin-
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Prof. Dr. Martin Carrier
0521 106-4596 (Sekretariat: -6894)

Link zur Ausschreibung

Submitted by Neil Dewar (MCMP, LMU Munich).


The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy is organising the sixth edition of the

Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students

Taking place from 28th July to 3rd August 2019, and invites applications until 17th March 2019.


This year, we will have the following lecture streams:

1. “Formal epistemology”, led by Anna-Maria Asunta Eder (University of Cologne)
2. “Barriers to Entailment”, led by Gillian Russell (UNC Chapel Hill)
3. “Philosophy of Algorithms and Simulations”, led by Lena Zuchowski (University of Bristol)

For more information about the program, please consult the summer school website at If you have any further questions about the summer school, please contact the organising committee at


The summer school is open to women with a keen interest in mathematical philosophy. Applicants should be students of philosophy (or philosophically minded logicians or scientists) at an advanced undergraduate level, in a master program, or at an early PhD level. To apply for participation, please see the instructions at you will need to provide a copy of your CV and a statement of purpose as part of the application. There will be an opportunity for some of the students at the summer school to present their own research; if you would be interested in doing so, please also provide an abstract (up to 500 words) together with your application.

The deadline for applications is 17th March 2019. Decisions will be made by 1st April 2019.

The participation fee is 200EUR. (Note that the participation fee does not cover accommodation expenses.) The language of all events will be English.

Submitted by Tobias Dangel (University of Heidelberg).


An der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Heidelberg ist zum 01.10.2020 die

W3-Professur für Philosophie der Wissenschaften
(Nachfolge Prof. Dr. Peter McLaughlin)

wiederzubesetzen. Die Professur partizipiert an den vorhandenen Institutsressourcen. Von den Bewerber/innen (m/w/d) werden durch Publikationen ausgewiesene Schwerpunkte in der Wissenschaftsphilosophie und Wissenschaftsgeschichte der Neuzeit und Gegenwart sowie die Vertrautheit mit einer Epoche der Philosophiegeschichte erwartet. Erwünscht sind Erfahrungen in der Kooperation mit Naturwissenschaftler/innen.

Voraussetzung für die Bewerbung ist ein abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium, Promotion sowie nach § 47 Abs. 2 des Landeshochschulgesetzes Baden-Württemberg die Habilitation, eine erfolgreich evaluierte Juniorprofessur oder eine vergleichbare Qualifikation.

Die Universität Heidelberg strebt einen höheren Anteil von Frauen in den Bereichen an, in denen sie bisher unterrepräsentiert sind. Qualifizierte Wissenschaftlerinnen werden besonders um ihre Bewerbung gebeten. Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Qualifikation und Eignung bevorzugt.

Bewerbungsschluss ist der 28.02.2019. Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Motivationsschreiben, Lebenslauf/ wissenschaftlicher Werdegang, Schriften- und Lehrverzeichnis) elektronisch zusammengefasst zu einer pdf-Datei an den Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät, Universität Heidelberg, Voßstr. 2, Geb. 37, 69115 Heidelberg, E-Mail:

English Version

The Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University invites applications for a

(W 3)-Professorship in Philosophy of Science
(successor to Prof. Dr. Peter McLaughlin),

available as of 1 October 2020. The professorship is funded by department resources. Applicants are expected to have a research focus on the philosophy of science and modern and contemporary history of science as evidenced by their publications. They are also expected to have a familiarity with one period in the history of philosophy. Experience in cooperating with scientists is highly desirable.

Prerequisites for the application are a university degree, a doctoral degree and either a habilitation, a successfully evaluated junior professorship or a comparable qualification, in accordance with § 47 (2) of the Landeshochschulgesetz Baden-Württemberg (the Baden-Württemberg State Higher Education Act).

The university aims to increase the number of women in the areas in which they have been underrepresented so far. Qualified female academics are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants who are otherwise equally qualified for the position.

Applications should consist of a letter of motivation, a CV, containing a list of publications, and a list of taught courses, all compiled in a single PDF file. Please send your complete application documents by 2/28/2019 to the Dean of the Philosophy Faculty, Voßstr. 2, Geb. 37, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany; Email:

Submitted by Uljana Feest (Leibniz University Hannover).


The Institute of Philosophy at Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany,
invites applications for three positions as

Research Assistants (Doctoral/Postdoctoral)

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 65%)

to be appointed by the next possible date. The positions are limited to 4 years.

The positions are based in the interdisciplinary project “Bias and Discrimination in Big Data and Algorithmic Processing – BIAS”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. This project brings together researchers from philosophy, law and computer science to assess how standards of unbiased attitudes and non-discriminatory practices can be met in big data analysis and algorithm-based decision-making. The positions are attached to the Chairs for Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Social Philosophy (Professor Feest), for Theoretical Philosophy, particularly Philosophy of Science (Professor Frisch), and for Practical Philosophy, particularly Ethics of Science (Professor Hübner), respectively.

Responsibilities and duties
Responsibilities and duties include project-focused philosophical research (within epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, or political philosophy), as well as administrative tasks. Main topics include:

  • Human bias, implicit bias and machine bias
  • Alternative measures of statistical fairness
  • Types of discrimination and debiasing strategies

Employment conditions
To qualify for the positions, applicants must hold a Master’s or PhD degree in philosophy or HPS (or similar program).
Part-time employment is possible.
As an equal opportunities employer, Leibniz University Hannover intends to promote women and men in the context of statutory requirements. For this reason suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment.

Applications may be submitted in either English or German. They should contain a cover letter, a CV, diploma copies and a short description of research interests relating to the project (1 page). For further information please contact Professor Feest (, Professor Frisch (, or Professor Hübner (

Please email your application by March 15, 2019 to:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institut für Philosophie
Im Moore 21
30167 Hannover

Job ad in German:

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 Uljana Feest (University of Hannover).


Call for Paper:

Replication of Crises: Psychology in Times of Epistemic Upheaval

Psychology might be broken, some skeptics warn (Woolston, 2015). It might even be trapped in a horrible space somewhere between the third and fourth circle of hell (Neuroskeptic, 2012). To say the least, psychology is enduring an age of epistemic upheaval. The name of this hell is “replication crisis”. Having already affected a range of disciplines in the medical and the life sciences, the replication crisis reached psychology in 2011, with a paper on false positive psychology (Simmons, Nelson, & Simonsohn, 2011). Since this time, the crisis has grown (Dominus, 2017). In a replication of 100 experimental and correlational studies published in psychology journals, only thirty-six percent of the results proved replicable (Open Science Collaboration, 2015). Many other major psychological findings could not be replicated, especially in social psychology: from the broadly published effects of ‘power posing’ to some well-known finding on behavioral priming and the famous Marshmallow test.
The reactions within psychology have been vehement but not surprising. Many scientists are calling for more methodological rigor, for stricter statistical approaches that prevent p-hacking, or for the use of a replication-index.

In this workshop, we do not aim to identify new methodological tools to ‘repair’ psychology. Instead, we will place the replication crisis in its scientific, historical and social context. Therefore, we invite psychologists and historians as well as philosophers and sociologists of science to reflect on the epistemic dynamics within the discipline. The workshop will also discuss the effects of this crisis on public debates, on scientific discourses, and on practices of psychological research.

To this end, we welcome theoretical papers as well as historical analyses or specific case studies of (non-)replicable psychological experiments.

Here is an open list of questions we would like to discuss at the workshop:

  • What is the genealogy of the current crisis in the long history of similar problems in psychology?
  • When and why did the idea of replication emerge as an epistemic ideal, under which circumstances did its relevance fluctuate and how did it gain importance in psychology?
  • How do concerns about replication and replicability reflect broader scientific assumptions and ideals of robustness and stability?
  • How does the issue of replication in psychology relate to the situation in other disciplines like medicine, the life sciences, environmental studies, or climate science?
  • How do we as critical scholars deal with the “replication crisis” and with what intentions do we evaluate the focus on this issue in the debate on psychology?
  • Is the ideal of replicability “overrated” (Feest, 2019), because it presupposes an overly formal understanding of scientific research in psychology?
  • Can the replication of data alternatively be understood by theoretical approaches from ‘new materialism’ as a phenomenon of posthumanist performativity (Barad, 2003)?
  • What are the political and cultural contexts of the replication crisis and how does it relate to the debate on ‘alternative facts’ or the rhetoric of a ‘war on science’?
  • How do gender issues play out in the notion of a replication crisis and ideas of “soft” versus “hard” science?
  • Which larger cultural concepts, metaphors, and ideas resonate with this “crisis” discourse?
  • What are instructive case studies of (non-)replication in psychology?

The Workshop will take place on September 19th and 20th in Lübeck. Please send abstracts (300-500 words) to by March 17th 2019.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Eva Barlösius, Uljana Feest & Torsten Wilholt, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Ivan Flis, Utrecht University
  • Mario Gollwitzer, LMU München
  • Jill Morawski, Wesleyan University
  • Annette Mülberger, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Marcus Munafo, University of Bristol
  • Nicole Nelson, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Frieder Paulus, Universität zu Lübeck
  • Simine Vazire, University of California


  • Barad, K. (2003). Posthumanist performativity. Toward an understanding of how matter comes to matter. Signs, 28(3), 801-831.
  • Dominus, S. (2017, Oct. 18th 2017). When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy. New York Times Magazine.
  • Feest, U. (2019). Why Replication is Overrated. Philosophy of Science (in press).
  • Mülberger, A. (2018). When and why did psychologists start to worry about replication? Paper presented at the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands.
  • Neuroskeptic. (2012). The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell. Perspectives of Psychological Sciences, 7(6). doi:10.1177/1745691612459519
  • Open Science Collaboration. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349(6251), 943. doi:10.1126/science.aac4716
  • Simmons, J. P., Nelson, L. D., & Simonsohn, U. (2011). False-Positive Psychology: Undisclosed Flexibility in Data Collection and Analysis Allows Presenting Anything as Significant. Psychological Science, 22(11), 1359-1366.
  • Stam, H. J. (2018). Once more with feeling: The eternal recurrence of the reproducibility crisis in psychology. Paper presented at the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands.
  • Sturm, T., & Mülberger, A. (2012). Crisis discussions in psychology—New historical and philosophical perspectives. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 43, 425-433.
  • Woolston, C. (2015). Online debate erupts to ask: is science broken? Nature, 519(7544). doi:10.1038/519393f

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. 


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:


There are only limited spots available. To apply please sent a letter of motivation (about 1 page) and a CV to and
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 (, the University of Siegen, the Goethe Institut in Genova, the Theatre Spazio Vuoto and the online journal Philosophy Kitchen (

Submitted by Thomas Reydon (University of Hannover).


Call for Papers

Learning From Empirical Approaches to HPS 2019 (LEAHPS 2019)

July 25 – 27, 2019
Institute of Philosophy & Leibniz Center for Science and Society, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

In recent years, historians and philosophers of science have taken an empirical turn in their own work, conducting surveys and interviews, embedding themselves in scientific research groups as both observers and participants, designing and conducting new experiments, replicating historically important experiments, and developing computational approaches to questions in the history & philosophy of science. Such approaches connect to the increased attention for scientific practice, where a number of questions concerning methodological and epistemological aspects of scientific inquiry remain open. For instance, how well do the proposed philosophical accounts capture scientific practice? What is the impact of social, cultural, cognitive, and institutional factors on the generation of knowledge and its efficiency? In response to this gap, philosophers of science have begun to utilize empirical and computational methods, aiming to provide more well-grounded and systematic insights into actual behaviors and patterns and more reliable normative accounts of scientific inquiry.

Three exemplary perspectives from which philosophers can gain insights about scientific practice are: (1) philosophers engaging with scientists in the laboratory on theand results. Contributors should address how the methods they use serve philosophical aims and help to answer their research questions. Central questions to be addressed include: What can HPS learn from interviews and surveys? How is “HPS in the lab” different from the sociology of science? Which questions in HPS can be answered using empirical methods? Which cannot? How do empirical methods need to be adapted to answer philosophically relevant questions? What are the benefits and limitations of the various methods in philosophical inquiry? How does HPS relate to, and what can it learn from, what can be called “the science of science” – the study of various aspects of science and its practitioners? And how does expandingmethods and methodologies change the field of HPS?

Invited speakers:

Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen)
Colin Allen (University of Pittsburgh)
Sophia Efstathiou (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Uljana Feest (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Joyce Havstad (Oakland University)
Miles MacLeod (Universiteit Twente)
Lisa Osbeck (University of West Georgia)
Dunja Seselja (Ruhr Universität Bochum & LMU München)
Jessey Wright (Stanford University)

Submission Guidelines:

We have room on the program for ten contributed presentations (30 minutes). Please submit an abstract of no more than 1000 words through EasyChair . The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. We strongly encourage researchers who work on the intersection between philosophy and the social and/or natural sciences to apply. Decisions on acceptance will be communicated by mid-March 2019.

Organizing Committee: Nora Hangel (University of Konstanz), Thomas Reydon (Leibniz University Hannover), Torsten Wilholt (Leibniz University Hannover)

Contact: Further inquiries regarding submissions may be addressed to

Preliminary Program (each of the three days of the conference will focus on one topic and method; the program will include ample time for discussions):

Day 1: “Practicing Philosophy at the Boundary: Philosophy from within Science”.
Sophia Efstathiou (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Joyce C. Havstad (Oakland University)
Jessey Wright (Stanford University).

Day 2: “The Role of Ethnographic Methods in Philosophy of Science: Building a Methodological Framework”.
Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen)
Miles MacLeod (Universiteit Twente)
Lisa Osbeck (University of West Georgia)

Day 3: “Philosophy of Experimentation and the Empirical Approach to Agent-based Modeling of Scientific Inquiry”.
Colin Allen (University of Pittsburgh).
Ulijana Feest (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Dunja Šešelja (Ruhr Universität Bochum, LMU München)

Venue: The conference will be held at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. More information about the venue will follow.

Submitted by Robert Meunier (University of Kassel).


Call for Applications
PhD positions in Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Wiss. Mit­ar­bei­ter/-in (EG 13 TV-H, 65%)

Deadline: 28.12.2018

In the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Institute of Philosophy – Theoretical Philosophy (Prof. Dr. Dr. Kristian Köchy), the following position (position number/Kennziffer: 31901) is to be filled by March 1, 2019:

Research assistant (“wiss. Mitarbeiter/in”, pay grade EG 13 TV-H), fixed-term, part-time (currently 26 hours per week)

This is a part-time position with 65% of the working hours of a full-time employee. It is a fixed term position for initially 24 months in the research project “Forms of Practice, Forms of Knowledge – Method, Notation and the Dynamics of Perspectives in the Life Sciences” (PI Dr. Robert Meunier), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (§ 2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG). The position offers the possibility to complete a PhD.

The project aims at developing a model of scientific practice in the life sciences that facilitates an understanding of how different forms of research activities generate different forms of scientific knowledge. Based on such a model, scientific change will be reconstructed in terms of complex dynamic relations between research fields. Case studies from developmental biology, evolutionary biology and ecology will be studied (a detailed description of the project is found here:


Developing a subproject in the framework of the above-mentioned research project. Assistance in planning and realization of activities in the context of the project (conferences, online representation etc.) and minor administrative tasks. Teaching is not required, but possible by additional appointment if desired. The position offers the possibility for further academic qualification; in particular, the successful candidate may choose to complete a PhD.


University degree in philosophy, history of science or science and technology studies and the desire to complete a PhD degree in philosophy. The candidate is expected to show the ability to work in a team and interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Demonstrable interest in questions of philosophy of science, history or philosophy of the life sciences, or sociological approaches to the sciences is desirable. Experience with the organization of academic activities or the maintainace of websites are advantageous.

In addition to the usual documents (cover letter, max. 1 page; CV; copies of MA certificate – in case a certificate is not yet available, please provide the contact details of your supervisor), please also send a one-page summary of your master thesis.

For further information please contact Dr. Robert Meunier (

The protection of your personal data is very important to us, so we will handle your personal data with care. When you submit your application, you allow us to store and use your data in the sense of the Hessian Data Protection Act. Your personal data will be deleted on request.

Application due: 28 December 2018

The University of Kassel is an equal opportunity employer and aims at increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified women are therefore expressly invited to apply. In case of equal qualification, applicants with severe disabilitieswill be given preferential consideration.  Please send copies only, as documents cannot be returned and will be destroyed according to data protection regulations. Applications indicating the position number (Kennziffer) should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany, or, in electronic form, to

The official announcement is found here:

Submitted by Meinard Kuhlmann (University of Mainz).


Call for abstracts for Workshop “Philosophy of Cosmology”, Munich, 18-20 March 2019

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 18-20 March 2019 at the Technical University in Munich and will be part of the Annual Meeting of the DPG ( The AGPhil organizes a small workshop on “Philosophy of Cosmology”. Contributions in this area are especially welcome.

Confirmed speakers so far:

Claus Beisbart (Bern)
Richard Dawid (Stockholm)
Fay Dowker (Imperial College London)
Michela Massimi (Edinburgh)
Casey McCoy (Stockholm)
Stéphanie Ruphy (Lyon 3)

If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract of about 200 words by 6 January 2019 (ignore the stated 15 December 2018 abstract submission deadline on the website), using the online-form at

As conference fees are not trivial (, speakers who have difficulties paying the conference fees should contact us about possible travel grants.

We look forward to seeing you in Munich!

Meinard Kuhlmann
Radin Dardashti
Christian Wüthrich