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

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.

 

Workplace/Department:

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 
administration

 

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 
project
  • 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 
program.
  • 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

E-Mail: lena.kaestner@uni-saarland.de

 

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 (lena.kaestner@uni-saarland.de) 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: https://www.uni-saarland.de/fileadmin/user_upload/verwaltung/stellen/wissenschaftler/W1485.pdf

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.

Interessiert?

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 bewerbung-gephth@uni-bielefeld.de 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 www.uni-bielefeld.de. 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 http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/2018_DS-Hinweise.pdf.

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

Ansprechpartner
Prof. Dr. Martin Carrier
0521 106-4596 (Sekretariat: -6894)
martin.carrier@uni-bielefeld.de

Link zur Ausschreibung

http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/Anzeigen/Wiss/wiss19001.pdf

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.

PROGRAM
===============

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 http://www.mathsummer.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html. If you have any further questions about the summer school, please contact the organising committee at mathsummer2019@lrz.uni-muenchen.de.

APPLICATION
===============

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 http://www.mathsummer.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/call-for-application: 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: philosophische.fakultaet@uni-heidelberg.de.


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: philosophische.fakultaet@uni-heidelberg.de.

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 (feest@philos.uni-hannover.de), Professor Frisch (mathias.frisch@philos.uni-hannover.de), or Professor Hübner (dietmar.huebner@philos.uni-hannover.de).

Please email your application by March 15, 2019 to:
sekretariat@philos.uni-hannover.de

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

Job ad in German:
https://www.uni-hannover.de/de/universitaet/stellenangebote-arbeit-an-der-uni/jobboerse/detail/luhjobs/2618/

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 malich@imgwf.uni-luebeck.de 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

Literature:

  • 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 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

https://leaphs2019.wordpress.com/

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 nora.hangel@uni-konstanz.de

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: https://www.uni-kassel.de/fb02/en/institute/philosophie/schwerpunkte-projekte/integrative-biophilosophie/epistemologie-der-biowissenschaften.html).

Tasks:

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.

Requirements:

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 (robert.meunier@uni-kassel.de)

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 bewerbungen@uni-kassel.de.

The official announcement is found here:

https://www.uni-kassel.de/uni/universitaet/stellenangebote/stellenangebot/post/detail/News/wiss-mitarbeiter-in-eg-13-tv-h-im-fachgebiet-theoretische-philosophie/

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 (http://muenchen19.dpg-tagungen.de/). 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 https://www.dpg-tagung.de/m19/submission.html?language=en.

As conference fees are not trivial (http://muenchen19.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 Munich!

Meinard Kuhlmann
Radin Dardashti
Christian Wüthrich

Submitted by Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen University).

 


CFR: Dark Matter & Modified Gravity Conference


 

Dark Matter & Modified Gravity Conference

6-8 February 2019

Aachen, Germany

Call for Registration (deadline 13 January 2019)

www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/dm-mg

 

The Research Unit “Epistemology of the LHC” invites students and other scholars in philosophy, history and sociology of physics/science, as well as in physics, to register for the conference “Dark Matter & Modified Gravity”, taking place from 6 to 8 February 2019 at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON THE UNDERDETERMINATION BETWEEN DARK MATTER & MODIFIED GRAVITY

Astrophysical and cosmological observations as well as explanatory gaps in the Standard Model of particle physics imply the existence of Dark Matter and/or a modification of our theory of space and time. A decision between the Dark Matter (DM) and Modified Gravity (MG) approaches is hampered by problems of underdetermination at different levels and of different kinds. The plethora of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity approaches, and the corresponding underdetermination, even in the light of the vast amount of relevant collider based and astrophysical observations, clearly illustrates the complexity of this scientific problem. On the other hand, the overlap of the collider and astrophysical domains may allow for reducing the underdetermination, thus leading to a simplification of the model landscape. One focus of this conference is Dark Matter searches at the Large Hadron Collider and the connection between LHC results and theories of gravity. We will address the question of different kinds of underdetermination, both in choosing between the two research programs of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity, and also in choosing between different models within each program. In particular, we aim to provide an assessment of the explanatory power and the explanatory gaps of the Dark Matter and Modified Gravity hypotheses, and the extent to which these might reduce the issues of underdetermination.

 

Research topics include, but are not limited to:

-Is a strict conceptual distinction between DM and MG justified? How does this relate to the distinction between matter and spacetime?

-What are the explanatory successes and failures of the DM research programme, and of the MG research programme? Which models of explanation are being employed by the respective programmes, and how do those relate?

-Sociology of the DM-MG debate

-How do data, constraints and explanations at the LHC, in astrophysics and cosmology relate? Could the LHC, in principle, confirm dark matter by itself?

-Virtues and vices of simplified (dark matter) models. Do simplified models explain?

-Hybrid models, fifth forces & exotic theories that are neither MG nor DM

-Connections between dark energy and DM/MG

-Novel predictions, fine-tuning and falsifiability

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Physics:

Tessa Baker, University of Oxford (UK)

Lasha Berezhiani, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany)

Felix Kahlhoefer, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Julien Lesgourgues, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Stacy McGaugh, Case Western Reserve University (USA)

Mordehai Milgrom, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)

Tobias Mistele, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (Germany)

Robert Sanders, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Philosophy:

Erik Curiel, Black Hole Initiative, Harvard University (USA)

Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Niels Martens, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

David Merritt, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

Robert Rynasiewicz, Johns Hopkins University (USA)

History:

Jeroen van Dongen, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Jaco de Swart, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

 

Contributing speakers:
Siska de Baerdemaeker, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Indranil Banik, University of Bonn (Germany)
Nora Mills Boyd, Siena College (USA)
Marc Holman, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University (Canada)
Abhishek Kashyap, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)
Marcel Pawlowski, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik, Potsdam (Germany)
Manus Visser, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

 

REGISTRATION

The organising committee invites participants from physics and from philosophy, history and sociology of physics/science, as well as anyone else who may be interested. In order to register for this conference, please email your name and affiliation to martens@physik.rwth-aachen.de by 13 January 2019. Registration is free. (Note that the deadline for abstract submissions has passed.)

 

ORGANISATION & CONTACT

This conference is organized by the project “LHC and Gravity” within the interdisciplinary, DFG-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”. For further information, eg. regarding practicalities and the schedule, see the conference website: www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/dm-mg,

or contact the organisers:

-Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen University) martens@physik.rwth-aachen.de

-Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Bonn) dennis.lehmkuhl@uni-bonn.de

-Michael Krämer (RWTH Aachen University) mkraemer@physik.rwth-aachen.de

-Erhard Scholz (University of Wuppertal) scholz@math.uni-wuppertal.de

-Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal) carreterosahuqu@uni-wuppertal.de

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

 

EVENT SERIES:
December 4, 2018: Public Evening Talk of Timothy Williamson
December 4-5, 2018: Reading Group with Timothy Williamson
December 6-7, 2018: Workshop on Abduction and Modelling in Metaphysics

 

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WORKSHOP

Abduction and Modelling in Metaphysics

 

Speakers:

  • Helen Beebee (University of Manchester): Peer Disagreement and Scepticism in Metaphysics
  • Stephen Biggs (Iowa State University): Towards an Abduction-based Epistemology of Metaphysics
  • Igor Douven (CNRS, Paris): Putting Prototypes in Place: An Engineering Approach
  • Tim Maudlin (NYU): tba
  • Ilkka Niiniluoto (University of Helsinki): Abductive Arguments for Ontological Realism
  • Gerhard Schurz (University of Duesseldorf): Abduction as a Method of Inductive Metaphysics
  • Meghan Sullivan (University of Notre Dame): Modal Logic and the Methodology of Metaphysics: A Case Study in the Relationship Between Formalism and Abduction
  • Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford): Abduction in Logic and Mathematics

 

Description:

Methodological questions have been in the focus of many recent philosophical debates. The role of thought experiments, the method of cases, intuitions, etc. has been studied intensively within metaphilosophy. This reflective attitude is often considered to be a characteristic feature of philosophical investigation and, hence, it is no surprise that occasionally it results in some kind of self-application. In metaphysics, recent severe criticism of traditional investigations led to quite versatile metametaphysical stances: There is the radical sceptical approach according to which metaphysical studies better dissolve in the corresponding branches of science rather than being performed in an encapsulated way; and there is the other end of the spectrum according to which metaphysics is a self-standing endeavour to be conducted in an a priori fashion. In between are more moderate stances proposing that metaphysical investigation ought to employ both, scientific findings and methods on the one hand, and conceptual analysis and methods of traditional metaphysics on the other. Inductive metaphysics, for example, aims at applying the abductive and modelling methodology of science within metaphysical investigation. Such an approach, however, raises several questions: What does the abductive methodology exactly consist in and what is its epistemic rationale? How are metaphysical models to be characterised and evaluated and what constitutes metaphysical data and evidence? What distinguishes such an inductive metaphysical approach from naturalising metaphysics? This workshop aims at exploring some of these and related questions regarding the theoretical presuppositions of metaphysical methodology.

 

Programme:

December 6, 2018
10:00-11:00: Stephen Biggs: Towards an Abduction-based Epistemology of Metaphysics
11:00-11:30: Coffee Break
11:30-12:30: Ilkka Niiniluoto: Abductive Arguments for Ontological Realism
12:30-14:30: Lunch Break
14:30-15:30: Gerhard Schurz: Abduction as a Method of Inductive Metaphysics
15:30-16:00: Coffee Break
16:00-17:00: Timothy Williamson: Abduction in Logic and Mathematics
18:00-: Dinner

December 7, 2018
10:00-11:00: Igor Douven: Putting Prototypes in Place: An Engineering Approach
11:00-11:30: Coffee Break
11:30-12:30: Helen Beebee: Peer Disagreement and Scepticism in Metaphysics
12:30-14:30: Lunch Break
14:30-15:30: Meghan Sullivan: Modal Logic and the Methodology of Metaphysics: A Case Study in the Relationship Between Formalism and Abduction
15:30-16:00: Coffee Break
16:00-17:00: Tim Maudlin: tba

 

Date and Venue: The workshop takes place from December 6 to 7, 2018, at the Haus der Universitaet (Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Duesseldorf) of the University of Duesseldorf.

 

Registration:

Attendance is free. If you are interested in attending, please register via e-mail to <christian.feldbacher-escamilla@hhu.de> until November 30, 2018.

 

More Information:

For the detailed programme, abstracts, and further information, please visit <https://indmet.weebly.com/abduction-and-modelling-in-metaphysics.html>.

 

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PUBLIC EVENING TALK

The workshop is preceded by a public evening talk of Timothy Williamson on “Morally Loaded Examples in Philosophy”; the evening lecture takes place on December 4, 2018, from 18:30 to 20:00, at the Haus der Universitaet (Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Duesseldorf).

 

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READING GROUP

We also would like to draw your attention to a reading group with Timothy Williamson which takes place from December 4 to 5, 2018, at the Campus of the University of Duesseldorf. If you are interested in joining the reading group, please contact the website for further information and reading material: <https://indmet.weebly.com/abduction-and-modelling-in-metaphysics.html>

 

Dates and Venue:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:00 till lunch, HHU Duesseldorf (Rektoratsraeume)

Welcome and Introduction by Siegfried Jaag and Markus Schrenk

Discussion of papers (tba)

 

Wednesday, December 5, 10:00 till lunch, HHU Duesseldorf (Rektoratsraeume)

Discussions of papers (tba)

 

At the reading groups, we will discuss papers and selected book chapters that are related to inductive metaphysics. The specific readings for the sessions will be announced shortly. Attendance is free but limited to a few places. If you are interested in attending, please register via e-mail to <christian.feldbacher-escamilla@hhu.de> until November 30, 2018.

 

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ORGANISATION

The events are organised by the DFG funded research group Inductive Metaphysics the goal of which is to establish how empirical sources and inductive forms of inference play a role in metaphysical research.

Organisers: Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla, Siegfried Jaag, Markus Schrenk, Gerhard Schurz

Website: <https://indmet.weebly.com/abduction-and-modelling-in-metaphysics.html>

Contact: <christian.feldbacher-escamilla@hhu.de>

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG), research unit: Inductive Metaphysics FOR 2495

Submitted by Miguel Ángel Carretero (University of Wuppertal).

 

International Conference on Simplicities and Complexities
22-24 May 2019
Bonn, Germany
Call for Papers – Deadline: 15 January 2019
https://www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/complexities
https://easychair.org/cfp/simplecomplex1

“Simplicities and Complexities” will take place from 22 to 24 May 2019 at the University of Bonn, Germany. It aims to bring together scientists and scholars from a spectrum of disciplines such as physics, biology, ecology, chemistry, and computational science, as well as from philosophy, sociology, and history of science. This conference is organized by the interdisciplinary, DFG- and FWF-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”.

Philosophers and scientists alike have often assumed simplicity to be an epistemic ideal. Some examples of theories taken as successful realizations of this ideal include General Relativity and Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection. These theories influenced early and mid-20th century philosophers’ understanding of the criteria successful scientific theories and practices had to meet, even when facing complex phenomena. However, this influence did not mean that the notion of simplicity was clear-cut. A suitable and encompassing definition of simplicity has yet to be developed. Some unanswered questions include: In what sense can and do physicists consider a theory, such as the Standard Model of elementary particle physics, as being sufficiently simple? How do ideals of simplicity differ when applied to disciplines other than physics? Biological concepts, for example, do not tend to refer to laws, whereas concepts from the social sciences frequently resort to notions of order and structure that are different from those of natural sciences. Are there, accordingly, simplicities (in plural) rather than a unified logic-inspired notion? Finally, are there cases where simplicity is simply a bad epistemic ideal, and not merely for the reason that it is often unreachable?

Throughout the 20th century the sciences have approached more and more complex phenomena, in tune with the increased social relevance of scientific knowledge. The perceived need to address complexity head-on has led to a broader reaction against simplification and reductionism within the sciences. However, if simplicity, in its various outfits, has proven an unreliable guide, what should it be replaced with? Looking at the various strategies of addressing complexity in the sciences and the disciplines reflecting upon them, it appears that the notion is at least as variegated as simplicity. To be sure, there exist measures of complexity as well as mathematical, empirical, or discursive strategies to deal with it, but they vary strongly from one discipline to another.

The aim of the conference is to analyze, differentiate, and connect the various notions and practices of simplicity and complexity, in physics as well as in other sciences, guided by the following questions:

Which kinds and levels of simplicity can be distinguished (e.g. formal or ontological, structural or practical)? Which roles do they play and which purposes do they serve? Does simplicity, in a suitable reformulation, remain a valid ideal – and if so, in which fields and problem contexts? Or, instead, where has it been abandoned or replaced by a plurality of interconnected approaches and alternative perspectives?
What about complexity? How is the complexity of an object of investigation addressed (represented, mirrored, negated, etc.) by the adopted theoretical and empirical approaches in different fields?
Addressing complex problems, especially those relevant to society, requires institutional settings beyond the traditional research laboratory. How does the complexity of such settings relate to the complexity of epistemic strategies and of the problems themselves? In what sense can we trust the other players in a complex epistemic network?
How should we conceive of the relation between simplicity and complexity? Are there alternatives to seeing complexity in opposition to simplicity? Does physics, in virtue of its history, maintain its special position in the contemporary debates on simplicity and complexity? What do reflections on the epistemic cultures of ecology, cultural anthropology, economics, etc. have to offer in terms of how simplicities and complexities can be balanced?
We invite contributors from a spectrum of disciplines, scientists and scholars reflecting on their respective and neighboring research fields, as well as historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science investigating the epistemologies, practices, and discourses of fellow epistemic communities. The conference will thrive on intense discussion surpassing disciplinary boundaries.

Invited Speakers
Physics:
Robert Harlander, RWTH Aachen (Germany)
Stephen Blundell, University of Oxford (UK)
Beate Heinemann, DESY Freiburg (Germany)

Philosophy:
Michael Stöltzner, University of South Carolina (US)
Marta Bertolaso, University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome (Italy)
Alan Baker, Swarthmore College (US)

STS:
Talia Dan-Cohen, Washington University in St. Louis (US)
Stefan Böschen, RWTH Aachen (Germany)

Other Sciences:
Volker Grimm, Helmholtz Centre for Enviromental Research (Germany)
Thomas Vogt, University of South Carolina (US)

Other speakers will be announced soon

Call for Papers
https://easychair.org/cfp/simplecomplex1
The organisation committee invites abstract submissions on the theme of the conference. Short abstracts (200-300 words) should be submitted to EasyChair by 15 January 2019. We aim to communicate our decision by 28 February. Submissions are welcome from the broad spectrum of scientific fields.
Organization
This workshop is organized by the DFG and FWF-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”.

Cristin Chall (University of Bonn)
Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Bonn)
Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen)
Martina Merz (University of Klagenfurt)
Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal)
Gregor Schiemann (University of Wuppertal)
Michael Stöltzner (University of South Carolina)

Contact
For further information, please contact lhc.epistemology@uni-wuppertal.de

Submitted by Michael Kreisel (Bergische Universität Wuppertal).

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Research (IZWT)

is seeking a

University Professor for Philosophy

Pay scale group: W 2 State Remuneration Act (LBesG) NRW (pursuant to section 36 Higher Education Act (HG) NRW)

to start on 01.04.2020 or earlier.

The professorship is located in the field of Philosophy and autonomously covers the entire systematic and historic breadth of the subject.

The position focuses on the philosophy of science and logic. The holder of this position is expected to have a double qualification in this field and to be able to develop the existing research and teaching profile for the philosophy of the exact sciences or the philosophy of mathematics in a competent manner. The teaching duties associated with the professorship include the provision of a compulsory introduction to logic for students.

The tasks associated with the professorship include active engagement in the IZWT, in particular the ability to combine philosophical, historical, and sociological perspectives in science and technology studies. The successful applicant is expected to integrate into the existing DFG research group “The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider”.

Assistance with academic self-administration is seen as a matter of course.

The University of Wuppertal sees the equality of men and women as an important task to which the future holder of this position will be expected to contribute.

Requirements for employment

In addition to pedagogical competence, the applicant is expected to have special aptitude for academic work. His/her academic achievements since obtaining a doctorate will testify to this. If the applicant has not yet held a professorship, equivalent achievements are provided as part of a junior professorship; they can also be provided as part of a habilitation or a research position at a university or non-university research institution or as part of a research activity in business, administration, or another social field in Germany or abroad.

Reference number: P18007

Applications must include a CV, copies of diplomas, a publications list and, if applicable, a list of classes given to date, and be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerrit Walther, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, 42097 Wuppertal, mentioning the reference number P18007.

Applications sent electronically cannot be considered.

Applications from women are expressly desired. Women will be given preferential consideration in accordance with the NRW Equal Opportunities Act unless there are grounds in the person of another applicant that take precedence. This does not affect the rights of severely handicapped persons to be given preferential consideration if they are equally suitable.

Application deadline: 16.11.2018

For more information see:
https://stellenausschreibungen.uni-wuppertal.de/

Submitted by Martin Kusch (University of Vienna).

 

Call For Application (Deadline: February 15, 2019)

PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHIATRY

Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) July 1–12, 2019

The Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) – until 2014 under the label “Vienna International Summer University” – will be held from July 1 to 12, 2019. The topic of the two-week course is „Philosophy and Psychiatry “ The main lecturers are Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University), Dominic Murphy(The University of Sydney) and Tim Thornton ( University of Central Lancashire ).

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 „ Philosophy and Psychiatry “:

By its very nature, psychiatry – the medical specialism devoted to mental healthcare – raises as many conceptual as empirical questions. The philosophy of psychiatry is a rapidly emerging field which draws broadly on philosophical traditions – centrally analytic philosophy and phenomenology – to address a range of questions as broad as the demands made on psychiatry to address problems of human suffering, distress and disorder. It is also an area where philosophical methods, accounts and theories can be applied to and thus tested against psychiatric and psychopathological phenomena. But at its heart lies the question of whether, since psychiatry sees itself as part of medicine, the medical conceptualisation of illness and disease can be articulated in such a way that it properly applies to the distinct ‘problems of living’ that psychiatry addresses in response to the crisis of legitimacy often raised. This summer school will address a number key questions which impact on mental health care.

Application form and further information:

http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/SWC/

 

The Main Lecturers:

Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University)

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/people-profiles/Rachel-Cooper

Dominic Murphy (The University of Sydney)

https://sydney.edu.au/science/people/dominic.murphy.php

Tim Thornton ( University of Central Lancashire )

https://www.uclan.ac.uk/staff_profiles/prof-tim-thornton.php

Guest lecturer:

Raffaella Campaner (Università di Bologna)

https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/raffaella.campaner/en

 

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://ivc.univie.ac.at/

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

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

 

Opening

Venue: Kapelle, Institut für Ethik und Recht in der Medizin, Campus der Universität Wien, Entrance 2.8

Time: Monday, July 1, 2019, 9 a.m.

 

Further Information

www.univie.ac.at/ivc/SWC

Since 2010 USS-SWC is 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

Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 1, 1090 Wien

ivc@univie.ac.at

Tel. +43-1-4277-46504

 

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

ivc@univie.ac.at

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

Submitted by EPSA.

 

Call for Papers – EPSA19

 

Call for Papers and Symposia

The EPSA invites contributed papers and proposals for symposia for its next conference, EPSA19, to be held in Geneva (Switzerland) on 11-14 September 2019. The conference will feature contributed talks, symposia, and posters covering all subfields of the philosophy of science, and will bring together a large number of philosophers of science from Europe and overseas. We also welcome philosophically-minded scientists and investigators from areas outside the philosophy of science, for example, as symposium participants; and we particularly welcome submissions from women, ethnic minorities, and other under-represented groups in the profession.

The conference has ten sections:

  • General Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of the Physical Sciences
  • Philosophy of the Life Sciences
  • Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Philosophy of Technology and Philosophy of Interdisciplinary Research
  • Philosophy of Science in Practice
  • Formal Philosophy of Science
  • Integrated History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science
  • Ethical Issues in the Sciences

The EPSA19 Programme Committee, headed by Anouk Barberousse and Richard Dawid, will strive for quality, variety, and diversity on the programme. A selection of accepted contributed and symposium papers will appear in the European Journal of Philosophy of Science (EJPS).

Contributed Papers

We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 1000 characters) and an extended abstract through EasyChair, our online submission system, by 14 January 2019. The extended abstract should include the number and title of the relevant section, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 1000 words maximum. The allocated time for delivering contributed papers at the conference will be 30 minutes, including discussion. Please prepare your abstracts for blind review, and submit your extended abstract as a PDF file.

Authors who want their paper to be considered for the poster session in case of non-acceptance as a talk should tick the appropriate box in EasyChair. Authors whose papers could not be accepted for presentation as a talk but who are offered a place in the poster session will be notified in the decision email.

Symposia

We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 1,000 characters) and a full proposal through EasyChair, our online submission system, by 14 January 2019. The full proposal should include the number and title of the relevant section, the title of the proposed symposium, the contact details of the organizer(s) (who may or may not be a speaker) and the names and short CVs of all speakers (max. 1 page in total), a general description of the topic and its significance (max. 1,500 words), and titles and abstracts of all papers (max. 300 words for each paper). Accepted symposia will be allocated 120 minutes, including discussions. They can have any format but the maximum number of speakers is five. Symposium proposals that explore connections between different areas or research programs in philosophy of science or between philosophy of science and sciences are encouraged. Please submit the full proposal as a PDF file.

Poster Session

We invite contributions of posters, which will be presented in a dedicated poster session. Posters can be submitted either as a second option for papers that are also submitted as contributed talks or specifically for the poster session. For poster submissions, please follow the guidelines for contributed papers, add the word Poster below the title on both abstracts, and submit your abstracts either by ticking the Poster box in the contributed paper track or by uploading your material in the poster track in EasyChair.

Submission Guidelines and Rules

  • The deadline for all submissions is 14 January 2019.
  • All submissions should be made through EasyChair. Please note that first-time users have to register as users of EasyChair.
  • To present at the conference, you must be an active and paying member of the EPSA. Join or renew membership today.
  • Authors can simultaneously make one submission for each of the three above types (contributed paper, symposium, poster), but any author can appear on the programme only once as a presenter or symposium organizer.
  • In case of acceptance of multiple submissions by one author, the programme committee will give symposium participation priority over contributed talks and contributed talks over posters.
  • For co-authored contributed papers, symposium papers, and posters it will be assumed that the first author will present the paper or poster. Accordingly, authors presenting at EPSA19 may also appear as co-authors of other papers that are part of the programme, but not as first author/presenter.
  • The decisions on the acceptance of submissions will be announced on 15 April 2019.

Contact us

For general enquiries about EPSA19, please contact phil-epsa@bristol.ac.uk. To learn more about our previous biennial conferences, please visit our website.

Submitted by EPSA.

Election of Officers

The EPSA is a thriving learned society that seeks to promote and advance the study of philosophy of science in Europe. To keep it thriving, it is important to have an active and committed Steering Committee. In June 2019, members of the EPSA will be asked to elect a new Vice-President, Treasurer, and three new regular members of the Steering Committee. The current President and four other Steering Committee members will remain in office in order to to provide continuity.

To prepare for the elections, we are seeking nominations for the various offices. EPSA members are invited to propose candidates for the roles of 
1. Vice-President
2. Treasurer*
3. Steering Committee Officer (3 open positions)
As the EPSA seeks to involve more women in philosophy of science, the nomination of female candidates is especially encouraged. For more information about how we are engaging with women and other under-represented groups in philosophy, visit our Women’s Caucus page.
 
* Please note: we require that the Treasurer be able to speak German (in order to liaise with the Austrian bank where the EPSA account is held).
 

Nomination Information

Nominations should be sent to the EPSA email address: phil-epsa@bristol.ac.uk
 
The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2019
 
Both nominators and nominees must be EPSA members. Join or renew membershipMembers of previous Steering Committees (but not of the present one) can run again if they wish.
The Nomination Committee will produce a list of three candidates for Vice-President, and up to eight candidates for other Steering Committee Officers including the Treasurer. The members of the Nomination Committee are Thomas Pradeu (chair)Uljana FeestCaterina MarchionniMax Kistler, and Claus Beisbart.

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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

Biases in Science

MCMP, LMU Munich

April 10-12, 2019

http://www.lmu.de/biasesinscience2019
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One of the main obstacles of reliable scientific research is the occurrence of explicit or implicit biases. Well-known examples of such biases include the confirmation bias, the ingroup bias, and biases resulting from industry-sponsored research. Each of these biases may impede the objectivity of scientific inquiry by, among other things, influencing one’s judgement as to what counts as relevant evidence, or one’s selection of research problems and methods of inquiry. All this, in turn, may ultimately affect the explanations, the predictions, as well as the broader theoretical accounts accepted by scientists. What is more, as research results often provide direct input for policy making, the problem of biases in science is also of socio-political relevance.

This conference aims at bringing together scholars from philosophy, the sciences, and science policy, to advance our understanding of biases in science by addressing questions such as:

  • How do psychological mechanisms for scientific biases differ from those underpinning everyday biases in categorization, diagnosis, induction, etc.?
  • What social mechanisms catalyse biased research?
  • How can biased reasoning and information sharing be formally modelled?
  • How are general hypotheses concerning bias supported by concrete cases of biased research?
  • How are answers to the above questions helpful in mitigating the risks of biased research?


Call for abstracts
We invite submissions in the form of a short abstract (ca. 150 words) and an extended abstract (of up to 1000 words) through the EasyChair submission system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=biases2019.
The conference language is English; contributions in other languages will not be considered. The abstract should not contain any identifying information.

Dates and Deadines
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2018
Notifications: November 15, 2018
Conference: April 10-12, 2019

Organizers 
Lorenzo Casini (University of Geneva/MCMP)
Stephan Hartmann (MCMP/LMU Munich)
Dunja Šešelja (MCMP/LMU Munich)
Marcel Weber (University of Geneva)

Submitted by Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen University).

 

Dark Matter & Modified Gravity Conference

6-8 February 2019

Aachen, Germany

Call for Abstracts (deadline 31 October 2018)

www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/dm-mg

 

The Research Unit “Epistemology of the LHC” invites students and scholars in philosophy, history and sociology of physics/science, as well as in physics, to submit abstracts for the conference “Dark Matter & Modified Gravity”, taking place from 6 to 8 February 2019 at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

 

Interdisciplinary perspectives on the underdetermination between dark matter & modified gravity

Astrophysical and cosmological observations as well as explanatory gaps in the Standard Model of particle physics imply the existence of Dark Matter and/or a modification of our theory of space and time. A decision between the Dark Matter (DM) and Modified Gravity (MG) approaches is hampered by problems of underdetermination at different levels and of different kinds. The plethora of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity approaches, and the corresponding underdetermination, even in the light of the vast amount of relevant collider based and astrophysical observations, clearly illustrates the complexity of this scientific problem. On the other hand, the overlap of the collider and astrophysical domains may allow for reducing the underdetermination, thus leading to a simplification of the model landscape. One focus of this conference is Dark Matter searches at the Large Hadron Collider and the connection between LHC results and theories of gravity. We will address the question of different kinds of underdetermination, both in choosing between the two research programs of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity, and also in choosing between different models within each program. In particular, we aim to provide an assessment of the explanatory power and the explanatory gaps of the Dark Matter and Modified Gravity hypotheses, and the extent to which these might reduce the issues of underdetermination.

 

Research topics include, but are not limited to:

-Is a strict conceptual distinction between DM and MG justified? How does this relate to the distinction between matter and spacetime?

-What are the explanatory successes and failures of the DM research programme, and of the MG research programme? Which models of explanation are being employed by the respective programmes, and how do those relate?

-Sociology of the DM-MG debate

-How do data, constraints and explanations at the LHC, in astrophysics and cosmology relate? Could the LHC, in principle, confirm dark matter by itself?

-Virtues and vices of simplified (dark matter) models. Do simplified models explain?

-Hybrid models, fifth forces & exotic theories that are neither MG nor DM

-Connections between dark energy and DM/MG

-Novel predictions, fine-tuning and falsifiability

 

Confirmed Speakers

Physics:

Tessa Baker, University of Oxford (UK)

Lasha Berezhiani, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany)

Felix Kahlhoefer, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Julien Lesgourgues, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Mordehai Milgrom, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)

Tobias Mistele, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (Germany)

Robert Sanders, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Philosophy:

Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Niels Martens, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

David Merritt, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

Robert Rynasiewicz, Johns Hopkins University (USA)

History:

Jeroen van Dongen, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Jaco de Swart, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

 

Other speakers from the Humanities to be announced soon (see website)

 

Call for Abstracts

The Research Unit “Epistemology of the LHC” invites abstract submissions on the theme of the conference, from students and scholars in physics as well as in philosophy, history and sociology of physics/science. Extended abstracts of between 500 and 1000 words (excluding references), together with a short abstract of maximally 100 words, should be submitted as a pdf to Niels Martens (martens@physik.rwth-aachen.de) by 31 October 2018. We aim to communicate our decision by 20 November. We especially encourage submissions from groups that are underrepresented within the above fields.

 

Organisation & Contact

This conference is organized by the project “LHC and Gravity” within the interdisciplinary, DFG-funded research unit “Epistemology of the LHC”. For further information, see the conference website: www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/dm-mg,

or contact the organisers:

-Niels Martens (RWTH Aachen University) martens@physik.rwth-aachen.de

-Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Bonn) lehmkuhl@caltech.edu

-Michael Krämer (RWTH Aachen University) mkraemer@physik.rwth-aachen.de

-Erhard Scholz (University of Wuppertal) scholz@math.uni-wuppertal.de

-Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal) carreterosahuqu@uni-wuppertal.de

Submitted by Dunja Šešelja (MCMP, LMU Munich).

***Call for abstracts***

Agent-Based Models in Philosophy: Prospects and Limitations

March 20-22, 2019
Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr-University Bochum
http://homepage.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/defeasible-reasoning/ABM-Phil-2019.html

***The conference theme***
Over the last decade agent-based models (ABMs) have become an increasingly popular method across philosophical disciplines: from ethics and political philosophy to philosophy of science and social epistemology. They have been used to investigate the evolution of social norms, the efficiency of scientific inquiry, opinion dynamics, networks of epistemic trust, argumentation strategies, etc.  At the same time, a precise, widely agreed-upon methodology of agent-based modeling in philosophy is lacking. In fact, how ABMs should be constructed and used is controversially discussed in philosophy and beyond. While some argue that ABMs require empirical calibration, others emphasize the virtue of simplicity typical for abstract, highly idealized models. These issues have been closely related to a variety of epistemic functions ABMs are designed to perform: from providing normative generalizations to offering only ‘how-possibly’ explanations.
This conference provides a forum for discussing the proper role and the limits of ABMs proposed in the philosophical literature, novel application contexts of ABMs, as well as their relation to other philosophical methods (e.g., case studies, formal models of scientific inference, conceptual analysis). It aims to bring together experts with practical modeling expertise from social sciences and philosophy and scholars who engage in methodological reflections of this method.

***Keynote speakers***
Corinna Elsenbroich (University of Surrey)
Cailin O’Connor (University of California, Irvine)
Samuli Reijula (University of Tampere)
Daniel Singer (University of Pennsylvania)
Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University)

***Call for submissions***
We invite submissions in the form of a short abstracts (≤ 150 words) and an extended abstract (≤ 1.000 words) to be sent via EasyChair by November 15: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=abmphil2019

***Important dates***
Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2018
Notifications: December 1, 2018
Conference: March 20-22, 2019 (starting on March 20 in the afternoon)

***Program Committee***
Eckhart Arnold (Bavarian Academy of Sciences)
AnneMarie Borg (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Justin Bruner (University of Groningen)
Patrick Grim (Stony Brook, University of Michigan)
Johannes Marx (University of Bamberg)
Conor Mayo-Wilson (University of Washington)
Aydin Mohseni (UC Irvine)
Ryan Muldoon (University of Pennsylvania)
Rush Stewart (LMU Munich)
Johanna Thoma (London School of Economics)

***Organizers***
Gregor Betz (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Dunja Šešelja (LMU Munich)
Christian Straßer (Ruhr-University Bochum)

http://homepages.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/defeasible-reasoning/index.html

Submitted by Gerhard Schurz (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf).

 

Call for Participation

 

Joint GAP-GWP Colloquium. Belief Aggregation and Epistemic Diversity in Science

 

Date. September 18, 2018, 09:00-12:00
Venue. GAP.10, University of Cologne, Universitaetsstr. 35, Hoersaal C

 

Aims & Scope. Individuals acting within a group very often try to come up with a joint decision. Sometimes they do so by first deliberating, sometimes no process of deliberation is implemented. Sometimes they aggregate by voting procedures, sometimes they apply principles of justice etc. Formal problems of such aggregations are well known, spanning from impossibility results to problems of intuitively plausible constraints that lead to the characterization of implausible aggregation rules. The underlying assumption of aggregation, namely that prima facie groups of individual beliefs should be amalgamated to a single belief, a group belief, is not tackled very often. However, there is a dialectic tension between epistemic diversity and belief aggregation. On the one side, epistemic diversity may have positive effects, e.g. wise-crowd effects or Condorcet effects, which exploit the fact that the average belief of a group may have a significantly higher reliability than the individual beliefs. On the other side this process of aggregation decreases epistemic diversity within a group and thus undermines the epistemic benefits of these effects, especially within a dynamical perspective. In this colloquium questions concerning the interrelation between diversity of beliefs and belief aggregation as well as its application in different fields of research are discussed.

 

Programme.

  • Brief Introduction
  • Jan-Willem Romeijn: Epistemic Diversity and Editor Decisions
    Comment by Corina Strößner
    General Discussion
  • Stephan Hartmann: Deliberation, Epistemic Diversity and the Anchoring Effect
    Comment by Vlasta Sikimic
    General Discussion
  • Christian List: Arrow’s Theorem in Social and Individual Epistemology
    Comment by Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla
    General Discussion

Please find the abstracts to the talks here.

 

Organizers. Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla and Gerhard Schurz (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf)

 

Societies. GAP (German Society for Analytic Philosophy) and GWP (German Society for Philosophy of Science)