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Submitted by Thomas Reydon (University of Hannover).

 

The GenDar project (Hannover/Paris) invites applications for two positions as

Research Assistant (m/f/d) (Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy of Science)

starting May 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions are limited in duration to three years. One position is based at the Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, the other at the Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.

The GenDar project: The research project “The Explanatory Scope of Generalized Darwinism: Towards Criteria for Evolutionary Explanations Outside Biology” is funded jointly by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR). The project consists of two research teams, one in Hannover and one in Paris, and is jointly lead by Thomas Reydon (Hannover) and Philippe Huneman (Paris). The overarching objective of the project is to achieve clarity on the epistemic potential and the possible societal consequences of applying evolutionary thinking outside biology.

While there is no a priori reason to think that Darwinian evolutionary theory could not be used outside biology to generate scientific explanations of non-biological phenomena, it remains unclear which criteria need to be met for such applications to succeed. The project aims to formulate such criteria and in so doing to provide a profound understanding of the possible explanatory scope of Darwinian evolutionary theory. To achieve this aim, the GenDar project investigates different ways of formalizing Darwinian evolutionary theory, different ways of conceptualizing the metaphysics of evolutionary processes, and the possible wider consequences for both biology and society of developing and applying generalized versions of Darwinian evolutionary theory.

Further information on the GenDar project can be found on:
<https://www.reydon.info/darwinism-project/>

The candidates: The successful candidates’ main task will be to conduct research on a dissertation project on topics investigated in the GenDar research project. Both dissertations will be jointly supervised by the PIs of the GenDar project, Thomas Reydon and Philippe Huneman, but the PhD degrees will be awarded by each doctoral candidate’s home institution (i.e., Leibniz Universität Hannover and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne respectively). Both candidates will work in close cooperation with the research team at the partner university and spend several brief research visits with the partner team.

To qualify for the position, applicants should hold a university degree in an area relevant to the GenDar research project (typically a Master’s degree in Philosophy, HPS, (Theoretical) Biology, or a related area). Applicants should be fluent in English and should be able to clearly demonstrate an interest in the topics studied in the GenDar project (i.e., the epistemology and metaphysics of evolutionary theory, formalizations of evolutionary theory, evolutionary social science and economics, the use of theories from the natural sciences in the social sciences, etc.). A demonstrable background in Philosophy of Biology and/or (Theoretical) Evolutionary Biology will be advantageous.

The application: While the GenDar project is a joint project of two teams based at two universities, each doctoral candidate will be employed by one of the partner institutions. Each participating institution has its own specific conditions of employment and the institutions have separate hiring processes. This means that applicants who wish to be considered for both available positions must send two applications, one to Hannover and one to Paris. For formal reasons, candidates who only apply to one of the two participating institutions can only be considered by the institution to which they applied.

The job advertisements for the respective positions can be found here:

All advertisements can also be accessed from Thomas Reydon’s website:
<https://www.reydon.info/darwinism-project/>

Candidates are requested to follow the specific instructions for the position for which they are applying. Please note that in their application candidates must explain why they have a clear interest in being part of either the Hannover team or the Paris team. (Candidates who apply for both positions should use the same text in their cover letter, but at least express a preference for one of the two locations. Expressing a preference for one location does not preclude a candidate from being considered for the position at the other location.)

The deadline for both applications is March 21, 2020. Interviews will be conducted online in April 2020.

Fabian Hundertmark (Universität Bielefeld).

 

The topic of this colloquium is Justin Garson’s latest book, “What Biological Functions Are and Why They Matter” (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Garson is one of the leading experts on biological functions. He published numerous articles on the topic of biological functions in prestigious journals and the book “A Critical Overview of Biological Functions” (Springer, 2016).

Based on the structure of his book, the colloquium will be divided into two parts. While the first day is about Garson’s generalized selected effects theory of biological functions and its alternatives, the second day will deal with the philosophical applications of this theory. These range from the philosophy of biology (mechanisms) over the philosophy of psychiatry (mental illness) to the philosophy of the mind (mental content).

Comments by

  • Joe Dewurst (LMU Munich)
  • Fabian Hundertmark (Bielefeld University)
  • Marie Kaiser (Bielefeld University)
  • Ulrich Krohs (University of Münster)
  • Behzad Nematipour (University of Münster)
  • Peter Schulte (University of Zurich)
  • students from Bielefeld
  • students from Münster

Website: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/philosophie/personen/hundertmark/2020BF/index.html

The workshop is sponsored by the GAP and the GWP and organized by Fabian Hundertmark and Behzad Nematipour.

Attendance is free of charge. To register, please email Fabian Hundertmark (fhundertmark@uni-bielefeld.de).

Submitted by Kristina Wensing (University of Münster).

 

The DFG funded Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD) at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a

PhD position in philosophy
(salary level E13 TV-L, 65%)

The position is fixed term for 36 months, available from 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Currently, the regular working time for full (100%) employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.
The DFG-funded Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD, GRK 2220) unites biological, medical, and philosophical research at the University of Münster. The core idea is to use the theory of evolution to understand processes leading to adaptation and/or disease. The PhD students will make use of evolutionary thinking to address basic and medical questions.

The successful candidate will work in project C2 supervised by Michael Quante. In this project, the ethics of evolutionary medicine, based on philosophical ethics and biomedical ethics will be developed. Taking principalism as a starting point the ethical dimensions, tensions, conflicts and general problems will be identified. Using concrete examples from within the Research Training Group and within the interdisciplinary debate the main ethical questions in evolutionary ethics will be examined. The aim is to present an ethical analysis which takes the different ethical aspects into account and develops a plausible ethical conclusion specifying and balancing these ethical features.

For a detailed project description, please visit the EvoPAD website:
https://www.uni-muenster.de/EvoPAD/application/index.html

Requirements

  • outstanding Master’s or equivalent degree in Philosophy or related fields.
  • proven qualifications with particular relevance to EvoPAD projects.
  • capacity to formulate and solve research problems and effectively interpret research results.
  • willingness to interact with colleagues in an interdisciplinary setting.
  • motivation to manage a PhD project and to participate in our multidisciplinary qualification program.
  • fluency in written and spoken English.

How to apply
The application should include:

  • CV including information about former academic education and degrees, professional experience, publications, fellowships/awards, conference contributions, languages, and further relevant skills and abilities.
  • cover letter stating the candidate’s expectation from EvoPAD and motivation to join the project.
  • master’s thesis abstract.
  • certificates of bachelor and master degrees.
  • two letters of recommendation.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered, unless other project-related reasons apply.
Applications should be sent by email as one PDF file (max. 5 MB) to the EvoPAD Coordinator Dr Kristina Wensing (evopad@uni-muenster.de) by 31 January 2020.

Submitted by Niklas König.

 

The Research Unit “The Epistemology of the LHC”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), invites applications for

2 Postdoctoral and 5 Doctoral positions
in the fields of philosophy of science, history of science,
social studies of science, and physics.

Established in 2016, the Research Unit has forged a unique cooperation between physicists, philosophers, historians, and social scientists. Its aim is to collectively investigate the epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. With its six individual projects cooperating closely and its teams located at universities across Germany and Austria, the Research Unit covers a broad variety of issues concerning the forefront of research on experimental and theoretical physics at one of the largest scientific facilities worldwide. It addresses key questions in philosophy, history, and the social sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective.

After a successful first phase, the Research Unit has been extended for a second phase of 36 months. We would like to fill the following positions:

Project (A1) “The formation and development of the concept of virtual particles”:
– 1 postdoctoral position at the RWTH Aachen University.

Project (A2) “The hierarchy, fine tuning, and naturalness problem from a philosophical perspective”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the University of Wuppertal.

Project (A3) “LHC and gravity”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the University of Bonn and the RWTH Aachen University.

Project (B1) “The impact of computer simulations and machine learning on the epistemic status of LHC data”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the KIT (Karlsruhe).

Project (B2) “Model building and dynamics”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the University of Bonn.

Project (B3) “Producing novelty and securing credibility in LHC experiments”:
– 1 position for a doctoral researcher at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria).
– 1 postdoctoral position at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria).

Each project is directed jointly by a principal investigator from physics and investigators from the philosophy of science, history of science, or social studies of science (STS).

We are looking for candidates from the aforementioned fields who are interested in engaging in interdisciplinary work and who have experience in one or more of the relevant fields of expertise. We are committed to diversity and equal opportunity, and would like to encourage applications from scholars who would diversify the Research Unit, and the academic community more generally.

Positions are funded for three years and will typically start on May 1, 2020.

Deadline for applications: January 31, 2020.

Descriptions of the individual projects can be found at

http://www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de.

Please send applications electronically to lhc.epistemology@uni-wuppertal.de. Applications should include a letter of motivation with a ranked list of the project(s) (A1-A3, B1-B3) applied for, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and presentations, copies of your degree certificates, and the names and addresses of referees (two for the postdoctoral positions and one for the doctoral positions) who can be contacted directly.

Submitted by Meinard Kuhlmann (University of Mainz).

 

CALL FOR PAPERS (Bonn, Deadline: 19.01.2020)

Call for abstracts for Workshop “Metaphysics of Physics”, Bonn, 31 March – 2 April 2020

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 31 March – 2 April 2020 at the University of Bonn and will be part of the Annual Meeting of the DPG (https://bonn20.dpg-tagungen.de/). The AGPhil organizes a small workshop on “Metaphysics of Physics”. Contributions in this area are especially welcome.

Confirmed speakers so far:

Karen Crowther (Oslo)
Matt Farr (Cambridge)
Andreas Hüttemann (Cologne)
Christopher Timpson (Oxford)
Alastair Wilson (Birmingham)

If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract of about 200 words by 19 January 2020 (ignore the stated 15 December 2019 abstract submission deadline on the website), using the online-form at https://www.dpg-tagung.de/bn20/submission.html?language=en.

As conference fees are not trivial (https://bonn20.dpg-tagungen.de/registrierung/tagungsgebuehren), speakers who have difficulties paying the conference fees should contact us about possible travel grants.

We look forward to seeing you in Bonn!

Meinard Kuhlmann
Radin Dardashti
Christian Wüthrich

Submitted by Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University).

 

The Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology (Department of Philosophy) at Bielefeld University offers a

full-time research position (postdoctoral position)

starting April 1st, 2020

(E13 TV-L, non-permanent position, 3 years)

The official job announcement can be found here: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/Anzeigen/Wiss/wiss19305_englisch.pdf (English)

https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/Anzeigen/Wiss/wiss19305.pdf (German)

 

Your Tasks

The advertised position is part of the project on “Complex Biological Dispositions: A Case Study in the Metaphysics of Biological Practice” (PI: Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser) in the DFG-funded research group “Inductive Metaphysics” (FOR 2495, https://indmet.weebly.com/).

This project asks what biological dispositions are, how they are individuated, what makes them complex, whether they are extrinsic and come in degrees, and how they relate to their causal basis and to (underlying) biological mechanisms. We address these metaphysical questions by analyzing four paradigmatic examples of dispositions studied in the biological sciences: the pluripotency of stem cells, the boldness of animals, the evolvability of populations, and the sustainability of human actions or development. The project is a study within Inductive Metaphysics, specifically in “metaphysics of biological practice” (Kaiser 2018, 29). We develop metaphysical claims about biological dispositions by using inductive methods that invoke various kinds of empirical information from and about biological practice, such as information about how biologists investigate biological dispositions and about how disposition ascriptions figure in their explanatory practices. The goal of this project is to develop a practice-oriented metaphysical account of biological dispositions, which makes novel contributions to the philosophy of biology and yields interesting consequences for debates about dispositions within the metaphysics of science.

 

Your responsibilities:

  • conduct independent research in the context of the project described above and in related areas (80 %)
  • actively participate in the regular meetings and events of the research group (10 %)
  • contribute to organizing workshops and other events (5 %)
  • organizational tasks that are part of the self-administration of the university (5 %)

 

Your Profile

We expect

  • university degree in a discipline that is relevant to the project (e.g. philosophy, philosophy of science, biology, life sciences, science studies)
  • PhD in philosophy of science, metaphysics or in a related area of analytical philosophy
  • independent and innovative research profile in philosophy of science or metaphysics
  • experience in interdisciplinary research collaborations
  • relevant publications in international, peer-reviewed journals or their concrete preparation
  • autonomous and active manner of working
  • excellent coordination and organization skills
  • ability to work as a member of a team
  • excellent proficiency in written and spoken English

 

Preferable qualifications

  • international orientation of research activities
  • experience in organizing workshops and conferences
  • international experience in academia

 

Application Procedure

Please send your application by email (a single PDF) to bewerbung-gephth@uni-bielefeld.de by January 1st, 2020. Please mark your application with the identification code: wiss19305. To apply, please provide the usual documents (CV including information about your academic education and degrees, professional experience, publications, conference contributions, and further relevant skills and abilities) and (1) a summary of your dissertation (2-3 pages), (2) an outline of your future research, which also points out why you want to work in the project described above (3-4 pages), (3) two of your best, relevant publications (at least one of them must be published). The application can be written in German or English.

 

Contact

Name: Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser

Phone: +49 521 106-4605

Email: kaiser.m@uni-bielefeld.de

Submitted by Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University).

 

The Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology (Department of Philosophy) at Bielefeld University offers a

part-time research position (PhD-position)

starting April 1st, 2020

(E13 TV-L, 65%, non-permanent position, for 3 years)

The official job announcement can be found here: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/Anzeigen/Wiss/wiss19304_englisch.pdf (English)

https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/Anzeigen/Wiss/wiss19304.pdf (German)

 

Your Tasks

The advertised position is part of the project on “Complex Biological Dispositions: A Case Study in the Metaphysics of Biological Practice” (PI: Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser) in the DFG-funded research group “Inductive Metaphysics” (FOR 2495, https://indmet.weebly.com/).

This project asks what biological dispositions are, how they are individuated, what makes them complex, whether they are extrinsic and come in degrees, and how they relate to their causal basis and to (underlying) biological mechanisms. We address these metaphysical questions by analyzing four paradigmatic examples of dispositions studied in the biological sciences: the pluripotency of stem cells, the boldness of animals, the evolvability of populations, and the sustainability of human actions or development. The project is a study within Inductive Metaphysics, specifically in “metaphysics of biological practice” (Kaiser 2018, 29). We develop metaphysical claims about biological dispositions by using inductive methods that invoke various kinds of empirical information from and about biological practice, such as information about how biologists investigate biological dispositions and about how disposition ascriptions figure in their explanatory practices. The goal of this project is to develop a practice-oriented metaphysical account of biological dispositions, which makes novel contributions to the philosophy of biology and yields interesting consequences for debates about dispositions within the metaphysics of science.

 

Your responsibilities

  • conduct independent research in the context of the project described above and in related areas (80 %)
  • actively participate in the regular meetings and events of the research group (10 %)
  • contribute to organizing workshops and other events (5 %)
  • organizational tasks that are part of the self-administration of the university (5 %)

 

We expect

  • university degree (Master or Diploma) in a discipline that is relevant to the project (e.g. philosophy, philosophy of science, biology, life sciences, science studies)
  • willingness to work with colleagues in an interdisciplinary setting
  • ability to work as a member of a team
  • autonomous and active manner of working
  • excellent coordination and organization skills
  • good proficiency in written and spoken English

 

Application Procedure

Please send your application by email (a single PDF) to bewerbung-gephth@uni-bielefeld.de by January 1st, 2020. Please mark your application with the identification code: wiss19304. To apply, please provide: (i) a letter of motivation including a statement of your research interests, motivation and expectation from being part of the research group/project; (ii) a CV including information about academic education and degrees, and, where it applies, professional experience, publications, fellowships/awards, conference contributions, and further relevant skills and abilities; (iii) transcript of records of your Master studies; (iv) short summary of your Master’s thesis (1 page); (v) a letter of recommendation. The application can be written in German or English.

 

Contact

Name: Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser

Phone: +49 521 106-4605

Email: kaiser.m@uni-bielefeld.de

Submitted by Marcel Weber (University of Geneva).

 

EASPLS 2020

Call for Applications

Sixth European Advanced School in the

Philosophy of the Life Sciences (EASPLS) 

“Dealing with complexity in the life sciences”

Konrad Lorenz institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI),

Klosterneuburg (Austria), September 7–11, 2020

Event website: https://kli.ac.at/en/events/all_events/view/550

Directors: Guido Caniglia (KLI) & Marcel Weber (University of Geneva)

The European Advanced School in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences (EASPLS) consortium will hold its sixth biennial summer school on “Dealing with Complexity in the Life Sciences” at the Konrad Lorenz institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg near Vienna. Young scholars (PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers) in the history, philosophy and social studies of the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences are invited to apply. The registration fee is €350. The summer school will cover lunches and the opening dinner at the KLI. Participants will take care of their own accommodation and travel expenses. For updates and more details see: https://www.kli.ac.at/en/events/event_calendar/view/550.

Application 

Applications should be sent to the following email address: easpls2020@kli.ac.at. Please send a single pdf file (labelled: LastName-Firstname-easpls2020.pdf) containing:

  • Letter of motivation (max 500 words)
  • Title and Abstract (max 500 words) for a poster
  • Short Curriculum Vitae (max 3 pages)

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. Applicants will be notified of decisions by late May 2020.

What is the EASPLS?

The European Advanced School for the Philosophy of the Life Sciences is a biennial event that aims at fostering research, facilitating collaborations, and provide professional training for students in the field of the philosophy, history, and social studies of the life sciences, broadly conceived. EASPLS is organized by a consortium of the following European top-level institutions in the area of philosophy, history and social studies of the life sciences:

  • Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Science (CEPS), Institute of Philosophy; Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Centre for Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Conceptual Biology & Medicine group (ImmunoConcEpT lab); CNRS & University of Bordeaux, France
  • Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences; University of Exeter, UK
  • IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society; University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain
  • Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST); University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
  • Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), Klosterneuburg, Austria.

Format

EASPLS is characterized by its unique format. The summer school includes different forms of participation and aims to foster structured interactions among participants and between participants and senior researchers. The schedule mixes:

  • Inputs and discussions led by senior researchers in the consortium on the topic “Dealing with Complexity in the Life Sciences” (Readings will be circulated in advance).
  • Inputs and discussions from two guest researchers in the philosophy of the life sciences.
  • Group work addressing questions related to the topic “Dealing with Complexity in the Life Sciences”.
  • Roundtable discussions and activities tailored to professional development (e.g. Publishing in the field; Preparing for an interview; etc.)
  • The selected participants will bring a poster that will stay in the rooms of the Summer school for the whole duration of the event. Participants will present their posters in the form of short 3 minutes presentations for the rest of the people at the summer school.

Host Institution and Accommodation  

EASPLS 2020 will be held at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Klosterneuburg, a small town about 15min by train from Vienna. The KLI is an independent center of advanced studies in the life and sustainability sciences.

The mission of the KLI is to enable scientific reasoning that can contribute to understanding and sustaining life in its biological, cognitive, social, and cultural diversity. The institute is committed to contribute addressing pressing challenges of our time through inter and transdisciplinary research. The KLI is “A Home to Theory that Matters” and supports conceptual and formal research as well as philosophical and historical work that addresses broad and interrelated questions about: How and why has life evolved? And how is it evolving in the present and into the future? How can we sustain life on earth to meet the need of current and future generations within the limits of the natural world? What roles has cognition played in the evolution of life and what roles can it play in its future developments?

The KLI is located in the historical Kremsmünsterhof, a cultural heritage monument where workshops, symposia, and summer schools are hosted. It provides a stimulating and creative environment for fellows, visiting scholars, students, and external faculty (get an impression of the last EASPLS at: http://bit.ly/2cM9AWU).

Options for Accommodation in Vienna and surroundings

Vienna and Klosterneuburg offer plenty of options for accommodation. If you are interested in the more affordable ones, please, take a look at the following links:

Topic of EASPLS 2020: “Dealing with complexity in the life sciences”

Complexity, from genomes to ecosystems, is a fundamental characteristic of living systems. In dealing with complexity, the life sciences have developed over the centuries a wide range of epistemological and methodological approaches as well as social and institutional configurations to organize and perform scientific work.  The goal of this summer school is to bring together senior and junior researchers in the philosophy of life sciences to jointly reflect on and discuss:

  • Epistemological and methodological issues in relation to complexity. We will look into the many practices developed in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences, in order to deal with the complexity of life. For instance, we will address the many roles that experiments, data, theories, models as well as heuristics, explanations or visualizations have played in the development of the life sciences.
  • Ontological and metaphysical issues in relation to complexity. We will discuss issues related with complex causation in living systems, mechanistic constitution, process thinking as well as modularity and robustness as ways to understand the main characteristics of living systems in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences.
  • Institutional, societal, and political dimensions of scientific work dealing with complexity. We will discuss social-organizational issues that emerge in relation to scientists’ various approaches to deal with complexity in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences. For instance, we will talk about the emergence of inter and transdisciplinary research centers and consortia; the different -omics; different configurations of sharing research materials and results; real-world laboratories at the science-society interface or big-data labs from medicine to sustainability science.
  • The role that historians and philosophers of the life sciences can play in critically contributing to support scientific attempts to deal with complexity in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences.

Using examples from past and current science, during the summer school, we will analyze and reflect together on experimental, conceptual, and theoretical practices and strategies that scientists from different disciplines in the life sciences have created when dealing with complex living systems. The organizers aim to assemble a community of scholars addressing these issues from a wide variety of perspectives and whose research focuses on wide diversity of topics in the life sciences broadly conceived. The following areas of work serve to illustrate the sorts of issues that are in focus for the summer school, but it should be emphasized that EASPLS 2020 welcomes inputs and ideas that are not limited to the issues mentioned below.

Historical and current examples of dealing with complexity in disciplines and fields such as:

    • Evolutionary biology and systematics, e.g. phylogenetic inference, evolutionary developmental biology.
    • Developmental biology, e.g., whole-organism lineage tracing
    • Genetics and genomics, e.g., genome-wide association studies, integrative data-clustering
    • Clinical research, e.g., randomized controlled trials, real-world evidence
    • Cancer research, e.g., tumor typing.
    • Public Health, e.g. decision-making, policy-making
    • Personalized medicine e.g. diagnostic tool, interventions, and drug development.
    • Molecular and systems biology, e.g., gene regulatory networks.
    • Synthetic biology and genome editing  
    • Conservation sciences, e.g. systematic conservation planning and biodiversity.
    • Climate change research, e.g., simulations, forecasting, scenarios, visioning.
    • Sustainability science, e.g. transdisciplinary projects, real-world experimentation.

Senior Researchers and Guest Lecturers

Instructors at EASPLS 2020 will come from all the institutions of the Consortium:

  • Guido Caniglia (co-director)
  • John Dupré
  • Philippe Huneman 
  • Maël Lemoine 
  • Sabina Leonelli 
  • Thomas Reydon 
  • Isabella Sarto-Jackson 
  • Jon Umerez 
  • Marcel Weber (co-director)

In addition to instructors from the consortium, we are delighted to announce that Sara Green (University of Copenhagen) and Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam) will be joining the summer school as Invited Guest Lecturers.

Submitted by Maria Kronfeldner (Central European University, Budapest).

 

CfA: Two fully funded PhD fellowships at CEU (one in history, one in philosophy) on understanding humanity

Apply now! (Deadline: January 30, 2020)

Central European University (CEU, Budapest-Vienna) invites applications for two new and fully funded interdisciplinary Joint PhD Fellowships starting in the 2020/21 academic year in the thematic area of Understanding Humanity. The CEU Joint PhD Fellowship Scheme entails co-supervision by expert faculty members from the Department of Philosophy and Department of History, who are already engaged in ongoing research in the designated thematic area, e.g., as part of the project “The Epistemology of the In/Human.” One Fellow will pursue a PhD in Philosophy and the other one a PhD in Comparative History.

See full CfA here: https://philosophy.ceu.edu/programs/joint-phd

Deadline: Jan 30, 2020

Submitted by Florian Boge (Bergische Universität Wuppertal and Aachen University of Technology).

 

MACHINE LEARNING: PREDICTION WITHOUT EXPLANATION?

“Machine Learning: Prediction without Explanation?” is a 2-day workshop taking place from 17 to 18 February 2020 at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Germany. It aims to bring together philosophers of science and scholars from various fields using Machine Learning techniques, to reflect on the changing face of science in the light of Machine Learning’s constantly growing use. This workshop is organized by the project “The Impact of Computer Simulations and Machine Learning on the Epistemic Status of LHC Data” within the interdisciplinary, DFG/FWF-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”.

Over the last decades, Machine Learning techniques have gained prominence in various areas of science. However, Machine Learning largely aims at predictions and does not seem to provide explanations for these, at least not in the same sense as predictions from theories or models do. Depending on the area of application, explanations may be desired or even necessary though. In this workshop, we want to address the complex of questions regarding scientific explanation that arise from this observation. These include, but are not restricted to:

§ Will future science favor prediction over explanation?

§ What methods are available to use Machine Learning results for explanations?

§ What is the nature of these explanations?

§ Does Machine Learning introduce a shift from the classical scientific explanation towards a statistical interpretation of explanation?

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS
Philosophy
Johannes Lenhard, Bielefeld University
Andreas Kaminski, Stuttgart University

Machine Learning practitioners
Stefan Hinz, KIT
Erwin Zehe, KIT

REGISTRATION
You can apply to the workshop by sending an abstract of maximal 500 words to MLworkshop2020@itas.kit.edu.
If you want to participate in the workshop without presenting please register through the same email address.
There is no registration fee. The deadline for registration is January 05, 2020.

ORGANIZATION & CONTACT
This workshop is organized by the project “The Impact of Computer Simulations and Machine Learning on the Epistemic Status of LHC Data” within the interdisciplinary, DFG/FWF-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”. For further information, please contact the organizers:

§ Paul Grünke (KIT) paul.gruenke@kit.edu

§ Rafaela Hillerbrand (KIT) rafaela.hillerbrand@kit.edu

Submitted by Rafael Ugarte Chacón (University of Hannover).

 

Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University jointly seek to fill

5 Doctoral Candidate Positions (65% TV-L 13)
2 Postdoc Positions (100% TV-L 13)
in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science

starting April 1, 2020, within the Graduiertenkolleg (research training group) GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”.

GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research” is a research training group that is established as a joint project by Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University. It is funded by the German national funding agency (DFG). Its research program aims at bridging the gap between practice and theory in the philosophical investigation of scientific research in two ways: firstly, it examines new connections between practical philosophy of science (ethics of science, political philosophy of science) and theoretical philosophy of science (epistemology, metaphysics); secondly, it analyzes relevant links between the material culture of the sciences (objects, equipment, experiments, practices) and the cognitive dimension of the sciences (theories, hypotheses, discourses, models). The working language of GRK 2073 is English.

Please consult our website https://grk2073.org/apply/ for more details about the positions and requirements. For informal enquiries please contact Rafael Ugarte Chacón (rafael.ugarte.chacon@philos.uni-hannover.de).

Applications should be sent by e-mail to admissions@philos.uni-hannover.de and must be received by December 12, 2019. Please consult by all means the application guide on our website for further information on how to apply (as well as on the research training group and the positions offered).

Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University both aim to promote women within the scope of the statutory provisions and, hence, emphatically invite qualified women to apply for these positions. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.

Submitted by Oliver Schaudt (University of Heidelberg).

 

Conference description:
Measurement at the Crossroads 2020 is an interdisciplinary conference that explores the philosophy and history of measurement. It aims at consolidating and developing the study of these topics, following the conferences in Bielefeld (2013), Cambridge (2015), and Paris (2018).

The conference intends to promote the reflection on the foundations of measurement across the sciences from philosophical, historical, and sociological points of view. In particular, it will aim to gather scholars from different disciplines to study within diverse perspectives the role of modeling in measurement, the use of measurement in modeling, and the way of demarcating the scope of these activities. In fact, measuring and modeling are fundamental activities for understanding both natural and human domains: through measurements we aim at acquiring objective and intersubjective information about the world; through models we are able to understand complex systems and to predict their dynamics. Although crucially different as activities, measuring and modeling are profoundly intertwined. On the one hand, models are essential in order to select what is to be measured, to provide a sound interpretation of measurement results, and to assess their dependability. On the other hand, measurements are indispensable for determining the quality of models and their ability to capture their intended targets. In the last decades, a growing interest on the connections between measuring and modeling has arisen, from a better comprehension of measurement processes and how model simulations can be used to integrate measurement results, to the idea that the distinction between measurements and simulations is to be thought anew.

Topics:
The range of topics of interest includes but is not limited to:

1. Models in measurement

  • The role of models in measurement
  • The role of models in justifying measurement results
  • Models, intersubjectivity, objectivity, validation
  • Models of measurement from a historical point of view

2. Model of measurement

  • The general structure of the measurement process
  • The structure of measurement in social and human sciences
  • Transduction and calibration in measurement
  • History of the conception of the structure of measurement

3. Measurement and simulation

  • Connections between measuring and simulating
  • Can simulation substitute measurement?

4. Measurement and Data Science

  • Measurement and data quality
  • Measurement and data analysis
  • Measurement and big data

Important dates:
Deadline for submission: 31 January 2020
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2020

Submission Guidelines:
We invite submissions for 20 / 30 minute presentations, with 10 additional minutes for discussion. Please send a 1000-word abstract in PDF prepared for blind review. All abstracts should be submitted electronically using the EasyChair submission page at: <https://easychair.org/account/signin_timeout?l=BIsuVnQpDNWfJlJzZ5dofI#>

Submitted by Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (University of Bern).

Postdoc position (75%), Institute of Philosophy, University of Bern

The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Bern (Logic and Theoretical Philosophy Division, Prof. Dr. Vera Hoffmann-Kolss) invites applications for a postdoc position (75%, for 3 years) to begin January 2020 (or later). The successful applicant is expected to carry out an independent research project on a topic in metaphysics or philosophy of mind and to teach three classes per year.

The successful applicant will

  • have an excellent PhD in philosophy and a strong background in metaphysics,
    philosophy of mind or philosophy of science
  • be able to carry out research at an internationally competitive level
  • have very good writing and presentation skills in English
  • be able to teach classes in German
  • have a strong interest in organizing and participating in conferences, workshops and meetings

Your application should include

  • a letter of motivation
  • your CV
  • academic certificates
  • a letter of recommendation (e.g. by your PhD supervisor)
  • a writing sample in English (not exceeding 10,000 words).

The University of Bern is particularly interested in applications from female candidates for this position and therefore strongly encourages women to apply. Applications from disabled candidates will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Please send your application documents as a single pdf to Prof. Dr. Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (vera.hoffmann-kolss@philo.unibe.ch) by November 17, 2019. For further information please contact Vera Hoffmann-Kolss.

Submitted by Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (University of Bern).

 

PhD position (65%), Institute of Philosophy, University of Bern

The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Bern (Logic and Theoretical Philosophy Division, Prof. Dr. Vera Hoffmann-Kolss) invites applications for a PhD position (65%, for 3 years) to begin January 2020 (or later). The successful applicant is expected to carry out a PhD project on a topic in metaphysics or philosophy of mind.

The successful applicant will

  • have an excellent master’s degree in philosophy (or an equivalent qualification) and an interest in metaphysics, philosophy of mind or philosophy of science; knowledge of the philosophical debate on causation is an advantage, but not mandatory
  • have very good writing and presentation skills in English
  • have a strong interest in organizing and participating in conferences, workshops and meetings

Your application should include

  • a letter of motivation
  • your CV
  • academic certificates
  • a letter of recommendation
  • a writing sample (not exceeding 10,000 words)

The University of Bern is particularly interested in applications from female candidates for this position and therefore strongly encourages women to apply. Applications from disabled candidates will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Please send your application documents as a single pdf to Prof. Dr. Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (vera.hoffmann-kolss@philo.unibe.ch) by November 17, 2019. For further information please contact Vera Hoffmann-Kolss.

Submitted by Marij van Strien (Bergische Universität Wuppertal).

 

Am Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung (IZWT) ist zum 1. Oktober 2020 oder früher

eine Universitätsprofessur für Philosophie (Bes.-Gruppe: W2 LBesG NRW (gem. § 36 HG NRW))

zu besetzen.

Innerhalb des IZWT und in seinem forschungsstarken Umfeld kommt der gut ausgestatteten Professur eine gestaltende Funktion zu. Fachlich ist die Professur im Philosophischen Seminar angesiedelt und vertritt dort das Fach eigenständig in systematischer und historischer Breite.

Die Stelle hat den thematischen Schwerpunkt in Wissenschaftsphilosophie und/oder Wissenschaftstheorie. Zu den Aufgaben der Professur gehört die aktive Mitarbeit im IZWT, insbesondere die Fähigkeit zur Verbindung philosophischer, historischer und soziologischer Perspektiven in der Wissenschaftsforschung. Von der Stelleninhaberin bzw. vom Stelleninhaber wird die Fähigkeit erwartet, das bestehende Profil der Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften oder der Mathematik im IZWT und im Philosophischen Seminar fortzuführen und auszubauen. Ein Teil der Pflichten der Professur in der Lehre besteht in der obligatorischen „Einführung in die Logik“ für die Studierenden.

Erfahrung in der Einwerbung und Leitung von Drittmittelprojekten ist erwünscht.

Die Mitarbeit in der akademischen Selbstverwaltung wird als selbstverständlich erachtet.

Die Bergische Universität betrachtet die Gleichstellung von Frauen und Männern als eine wichtige Aufgabe, an deren Umsetzung die zukünftige Stelleninhaberin/der zukünftige Stelleninhaber mitwirkt.

Einstellungsvoraussetzungen

Von der Bewerberin/dem Bewerber wird neben der pädagogischen Eignung eine besondere Befähigung zu wissenschaftlicher Arbeit erwartet. Diese wird durch über die Promotion hinaus erbrachte einschlägige wissenschaftliche Leistungen nachgewiesen. Sofern die Bewerberin/der Bewerber bisher kein Professorenamt bekleidet hat, werden diese Leistungen im Rahmen einer Junior-professur erbracht; sie können im Übrigen insbesondere auch im Rahmen einer Habilitation oder einer Tätigkeit als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin oder als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an einer Hochschule oder einer außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtung oder im Rahmen einer wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit in Wirtschaft, Verwaltung oder in einem anderen gesellschaftlichen Bereich im In- oder Ausland erbracht werden.

Kennziffer: P19009

Bewerbungen sind mit Lebenslauf, Zeugniskopien, Schriftenverzeichnis und ggf. Verzeichnis der bisherigen Lehrveranstaltungen postalisch (bitte zusätzlich in einer einzelnen auf USB-Stick oder CD gespeicherten pdf-Datei) unter der Kennziffer P19009 zu richten an den Dekan der Fakultät für Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften, Herrn Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerrit Walther, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, 42097 Wuppertal.

Auf elektronischem Wege übermittelte Bewerbungen können nicht berücksichtigt werden.

Bewerbungen von Frauen sind ausdrücklich erwünscht. Frauen werden nach Maßgabe des Landesgleichstellungsgesetzes NRW bevorzugt berücksichtigt, sofern nicht in der Person eines Mitbewerbers liegende Gründe überwiegen. Die Rechte der Schwerbehinderten, bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt berücksichtigt zu werden, bleiben unberührt.

Bewerbungsfrist: 30.11.2019

Submitted by Petter Sandstad (University of Rostock).

 

Volume 23.2 of Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy will explore the history of the closely related concepts of form, kind, and essence. These concepts are currently the objects of much study, in particular within metaphysics and philosophy of science. Yet much of the historical background remains under-researched.

Possible topics for papers are any historical treatment of these concepts within philosophy. Naturally, Aristotle remains the locus classicus, and papers on Aristotle and form (eidos, morphē), kind (genos), and essence (to ti ēn einai) are very welcome. However, other figures are also highly relevant. Platonic ideas are without a doubt an important precursor to Aristotle’s notions. And later treatments of these issues in ancient or medieval philosophy would also fit well into the volume. All three concepts later received much criticism during the early modern period, among others from Descartes, Locke, and Giordano Bruno, to such a degree that these concepts  more or less fell out of favour – although, they were also defended or used by philosophers such as Leibniz, Bacon, and Spinoza. Papers dealing with the criticism of forms, kinds, and essences in early modern philosophy, as well as their defence, would likewise be of  interest. Despite  the early modern critique, forms, kinds, and essences remained parts of philosophy, although they were occasionally seen as eccentric and peripheral. Things changed again in the early 20th century: especially the concept of essence (Wesen) resurfaced in Husserl, as well as Jean Hering and Roman Ingarden. Further, Peter Geach’s essentialism and his thesis of sortal-relative identity have been more or less forgotten, while Saul Kripke’s modal rehabilitation of essentiality has become part of the mainstream.

According to the current publication plans of Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy, our issue will appear in print in late 2020. Since Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy is a peer-reviewed journal, we will need to receive submissions by 30 November 2019.

Ludger Jansen (Bochum/Rostock) and Petter Sandstad (Rostock) will serve as Guest-Editors for this volume. For further inquiries, please contact

Ludger Jansen (ludger.jansen@uni-rostock.de)

Petter Sandstad (petter.sandstad@uni-rostock.de)

https://dbs-lin.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/pla/?q=home-call#forms

Submitted by Jürgen Landes (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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

Bayesian Epistemology: Perspectives and Challenges

MCMP, LMU Munich

August 10-14, 2020

https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/events/workshops/container/bayesian_epistemology_2020/index.html



The conference on 12-14 August 2020 is preceded by a Summer School on 10-11 August 2020.

Bayesian epistemology remains the dominant account of rational beliefs, it underpins the dominant account of decision making in science and beyond, as well as many of our statistical methods.
While important applications continue to to emerge, the work on the foundations of Bayesian epistemology never stops and a number of challenges are emerging.
The aim of this conference is bring together scholars exploring applications, challenges and foundations of Bayesian epistemology.

Call for papers
Please, prepare an abstract (up to 1 page) for double-blind peer-review and submit via easychair until 11. Jan 2020.
Final decisions of acceptance will be made with considerations of diversity in mind. Some preference may be given to less senior scholars.
Some contributions may be accepted as poster presentations, this will depend on quality and quantity of submissions received.Please, indicate whether you are interested in presenting your submission also as a poster.
Please, also indicate whether you would like to contribute a manuscript (rather than a talk) to a special issue dedicated to the issues of the conference.

Organizers
Jürgen Landes (MCMP, LMU Munich)

(Submitted by Vienna Circle Society).

Call For Application (Deadline: February 15, 2020)

REPRESENTATION IN ART AND SCIENCE

Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) July 6–17, 2020

The Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) – until 2014 under the label “Vienna International Summer University” – will be held from July 6 to 17, 2020. The topic of the two-week course is “Representation in Art and Science ”. The main lecturers are Chiara Ambrosio (University College London), Angela Breitenbach (University of Cambridge) and Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia).

As an international interdisciplinary program, USS SWC brings graduate students in close contact with world-renowned scholars. The program is directed primarily to graduate students and junior researchers in fields related to the annual topic, but the organizers also encourage applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all stages of their career who wish to broaden their horizon through crossdisciplinary studies of methodological and foundational issues in science.

The topic of the two-week course is ”Representation in Art and Science “:

The “two cultures” meme encourages a picture of art and science as opposites, and as sharing so little in common that it is difficult to “bridge” a deep gap between them. In fact, however, the arts and the sciences share many of the same representational tools, and exploit many of the same cognitive processes responsible for the working of those representational tools. This two-week workshop explores what can be learned about the arts and the sciences through an examination of their common languages, practices, and methodologies. Topics to be covered include: depiction, fiction and imagination, narrative, metaphor and analogy, and aesthetic value in science and the arts. Drawing on historical and contemporary approaches, we will examine the epistemic role of these phenomena in the sciences and also to their role in presenting scientific results.

Topics will include:

  • art and science — two cultures?
  • theories of depiction and images in science
  • theories of fiction and models as fictions
  • aesthetic value in science
  • metaphor in science
  • imagination in art and science

Application form and further information: http://www.univie.ac.at/vcs/SWC/

The Lecturers:

Chiara Ambrosio (University College London)

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/people/dr-chiara-ambrosio

Angela Breitenbach (University of Cambridge)

http://angelabreitenbach.weebly.com/

Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia)

http://lopes.mentalpaint.net/

USS-SWC operates under the academic supervision of an International Program Committee of distinguished philosophers, historians, and scientists. Its members represent the scientific fields in the scope of USS-SWC, make contact to their home universities and will also support acknowledgement of courses taken by the students. USS-SWC is organised every year by the Institute Vienna Circle of the University of Vienna.

http://www.univie.ac.at/vcs/

http://wienerkreis.univie.ac.at/

Opening

Venue: Erika-Weinzierl-Saal, University of Vienna, Main Building, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Time: Monday, July 6, 2020, 9 a.m.

Further Information

www.univie.ac.at/vcs/SWC

From 2010 to 2018 USS-SWC was a part of the curriculum of the doctoral programme “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts”

http://dkplus-sciences-contexts.univie.ac.at/

There is an exchange programme with Duke University (North Carolina):

http://international.univie.ac.at/outgoing-students/non-eu-student-exchange-program/kom-2-bewerbungsunterlagen/

For further inquiries, please send email to martin.kusch@univie.ac.at or consult the IVC’s Web site.

Inquiries:

Organisation:

Robert Kaller

Institute Vienna Circle

Alserstraße 23

Top 32

1080 Wien

vcs@univie.ac.at

Tel. +43-1-4277-41232

Scientific director:

Prof. Martin Kusch

Department of Philosophy

University of Vienna

martin.kusch@univie.ac.at

 

Wiener Kreis Gesellschaft/Vienna Circle Society

Universitätscampus, Hof 1

Spitalgasse 2-4

A-1090 Wien, Austria

Tel:  +43-1-4277 46504

Fax: +43-1-4277 9465

vcs@univie.ac.at

http://www.univie.ac.at/vcs/

Submitted by Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University).

The Department of Philosophy within the Faculty for History, Philosophy, and Theology is seeking to fill the position of a

Junior Professor for Philosophy of Science (W1, no tenure track)

starting as soon as possible.

The successful candidate (f/m) has an independent and innovative research profile in the philosophy of science, which is closely linked to at least one of the research foci in philosophy of science of the Department: (1) philosophy of the life sciences and (2) science and society. We expect philosophical research aiming for peer-reviewed publications of international renown.

The successful candidate shows an autonomous and active manner of working, the ability to work as a member of a team, and a clear willingness to contribute to shaping the Department’s activities. Applicants are preferred to show documented experience in acquiring research grants. We expect a commitment to apply for third-party funding, to develop new interdisciplinary collaborations, and to engage in the existing research projects and collaborations at the “Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I2SoS)“.

The successful applicant will teach and supervise students from all bachelor and master programs in philosophy and from the master program “History, Economics and Philosophy of Science (HEPS)“. Successful candidates are expected to have appropriate teaching experience in philosophy of science, to teach on subjects within philosophy of science and theoretical philosophy beyond their own research foci, and to adapt their teaching styles and approaches to the specific needs and capabilities of our students.

Preconditions for the professorship are a university degree in philosophy, pedagogical aptitude, as well as a doctorate in philosophy of science. Applications from abroad are welcome. Applicants for which German is not a first language should be able to teach courses in German, in addition to courses in English, within about a year of hiring.

The appointment will be for three years. Given a successful evaluation in accordance with the general Bielefeld guidelines, it can be extended for another three years.

Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family-friendly university. The university welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and Craft. Applications are handled according to the state’s equal opportunity statutes.

Applications must include the usual documents (cv, list of publications, list of courses taught, copies of academic degrees). Applications must also include (1) a five-page overview of your research profile, including an outline of a future research project, (2) a three-page summary of your dissertation, (3) a three-page teaching concept, and (4) one of your best publications (up to 20 pages). The application can be written in German or English.

The Faculty places great emphasis on gender equality and expects the future post holder to contribute to its continued implementation.

Applications should be send by e-mail as a single PDF document to bewerbung-gephth@uni-bielefeld.de
by October 31, 2019.

Alternatively, applications can be sent by regular mail to:
Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Please do not send any originals, as the received documents will be destroyed at the end of the proceedings.

Please note that risks to confidentiality and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be ruled out when communicating via unencrypted e-mail. Information on the processing of personal data can be found at  https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/2019_DS-Hinweise_englisch.pdf

Submitted by Marij van Strien (Bergische Universität Wuppertal).

 

Call for Papers

How Quantum Mechanics Changed Philosophy

Bergische Universität Wuppertal, January 16-17, 2020

The aim of this workshop is to explore the implications of quantum mechanics for philosophy, both historically and in contemporary debates. Quantum mechanics is generally regarded as a fundamental theory of nature, and at the same time as problematic to understand. The particular issues raised by quantum mechanics have had repercussions for the general understanding of science as well as of the nature of reality. Many philosophers of natural science have been particularly interested in quantum mechanics – reflections on quantum mechanics play a role in the philosophical work of e.g. Reichenbach, Cassirer, Popper, Kuhn, Feyerabend, Putnam, Van Fraassen and Cartwright. At the same time, it has been argued that in certain areas of philosophy, quantum mechanics is unjustifiably ignored.

The workshop aims to explore the roles of reflections on quantum mechanics in wider philosophical debates, from the early 20th century until the present, concerning for example causality, realism, the nature of objects, naturalism, and the very idea of what a scientific theory can look like.

Keynote speakers

  • Yemima Ben-Menahem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Michael Esfeld (University of Lausanne)
  • Jan Faye (University of Copenhagen)
  • F. A. Muller (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds)

In order to apply, please send an abstract of max. 400 words to vanstrien@uni-wuppertal.de, by 1 November.