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

Submitted by Philipp Haueis (Universität Bielefeld).

 

Workshop „Klimaforschung zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft: neue Ansätze in der Wissenschaftsphilosophie und Klimaethik“

13.5.2022, Universität Bielefeld, 10:30-17:30Uhr

Sprecher*innen:
Anna Leuschner (Wuppertal)
Mathias Frisch (Hannover)
Constanze Schmidt (Wuppertal)
Christian Baatz (Kiel)

Der Workshop findet in Präsenz statt. Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos, aber Plätze sind begrenzt. Anmeldung per Email an philipp.haueis@uni-bielefeld.de

Der Workshop wird gefördert durch die Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP) und die Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP)

Research position 50% (PhD or Postdoc) for 2 years vacant at the Department of Philosophy, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.  

As part of the DFG project Parameterised frames and conceptual spaces (SCHU 1566/17-1), a half-time postdoc research position is vacant.

Research focus: Naturalness of predicates, explicated within the theory of conceptual spaces, combined with the frame theory of concepts.

The researcher is free in his or her selection of specific topics, as long as they stay within the general theme of the project.

For a full project description see: www.philosophie.hhu.de/schurz
(go to research project/project description). Research focus is work package 3 of this description.

The position is for 2 years, extendible by some months (salary level E13). Intended start is October 1st 2022 (may be delayed by some months). Interested persons send an e-mail together with their CV until May 15th, 2022, to Professor Gerhard Schurz (schurz@hhu.de). 

Submitted by Alice Murphy (MCMP, LMU Munich).

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich is organising the eight

Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students 2022

August 1-5, 2022

The summer school, running yearly since 2014, is open to all women students who want to specialise in mathematical philosophy. The school’s aim is to encourage students to engage with mathematical and scientific approaches to philosophical problems. This is with the view that such events both recognise and help address the gender imbalance in formal philosophy. It also offers the opportunity for study in an informal and interdisciplinary setting, for lively debate, and for the development of a network of students and professors interested in the application of formal methods to philosophy.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the success of last year’s school, the 2022 summer school will take place entirely online.

More information will be available soon and registration will open in May.
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/summer-school-2022/index.html

Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum).

 

Utrecht Summer School “Science and Values: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives”, 25-29 July 2022

Against the background off current academic and public debates as well as global challenges, the summer school focuses on the role of values in and of science and their relevance in past and present scientific practice. It explores this topic by focusing on three thematic lines: (1) Science, pseudoscience, and non-science; (2) Interdisciplinarity and (3) Complexity and uncertainty. For a detailed description of the summer school, please follow this link: https://utrechtsummerschool.nl/courses/humanities/science-and-values-historical-and-philosophical-perspectives.

At the summer school, each thematic line will be studied in support of one international expert (see below). The school will host international Master (and early PhD students) with a background in history and philosophy of science (and related fields). For a teaser video on Utrecht summer schools, see here: https://utrechtsummerschool.nl/


International lecturers:
Kevin Elliot (Michigan State University)
Karoliina Pulkkinnen (University of Helsinki)
Henrik Thorén (Lund University)
Tatjana Buklijas (University of Auckland)


Deadline for application: 31st March 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact jan.baedke@rub.de or a.nievesdelgado@uu.nl

 

Submitted by Deniz Sarikaya (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

 

Masterclass in the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice 2022
with Valeria Giardino (CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

June, 1–3
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels, Belgium
https://sites.google.com/view/mc-pmp-brussels-2022/

The Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLPS) of the Vrije  
Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will host its Third Masterclass in the  
Philosophy of Mathematical Practice on June, 1–3 with Valeria Giardino  
(CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris).

We intend the Masterclass to be a fully interactive event, with the  
twofold objective to understand in depth the materials presented in  
the lectures, and to provide early career researchers (PhD students  
and Postdocs) with an opportunity to discuss their ongoing work in a  
helpful and constructive environment. The lectures by Valeria Giardino  
will take place in the mornings, and will be followed by afternoon  
sessions with presentations by early career researchers in the  
Philosophy of Mathematical Practice. The exact titles of the lectures  
will be communicated at a later stage.

Call for Abstracts
We invite early career researchers who would be interested to present  
their work to send us an abstract of at most 250 words by April, 1st.  
Please submit your abstract, including your affiliation information,  
via the following form: https://forms.gle/ZsyQBpGftXoDxvcy5 or by  
sending it to the following email address: joachim.frans@vub.be . The  
talks will be of a duration of around 20 minutes (not including  
discussion). Notification of acceptance will be sent out by mid April.  
Notice that submitting an abstract is not mandatory for attending the  
Masterclass.

Attendance Fees and Registration
We ask people to register to the Masterclass by May, 1st. There will  
be no attendance fees for the event, and attendance of the Masterclass  
is open to everyone interested. If you are planning to attend the  
Masterclass, please register via the following form:  
https://forms.gle/ZsyQBpGftXoDxvcy5 or by sending an email to:  
joachim.frans@vub.be if you do not want to use a Google form.

Location
The Masterclass will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel  
(VUB) on the Etterbeek campus, which is situated in Brussels, Belgium.  
In case pandemic regulations require a change of plans, we will inform  
all attendees.

Titles and  abstracts by the invited lecturer Valeria Giardino

Mathematical cognition: core knowledge systems and (more importantly) beyond
The literature in cognitive science shows that humans and other  
animals are born with cognitive systems that are ready to work, for  
example to compare numerosities or shapes, and whose powers improve by  
learning new cognitive strategies. In this first talk, I will focus  
precisely on the practices that have been developed to this aim, which  
involve in many cases cognitive tools having a spatial nature. I will  
discuss to which point these objects are important to establish  
mathematics as we know it.

Cognitive tools for mathematics: anchors or props (or both)?
Edwin Hutchins defined “material anchors” as associating a conceptual  
structure with a material structure in order to stabilize conceptual  
representations. However, in some cases these material objects can be  
used as props to imagine “things” about what they represent. In this  
second talk, I will discuss the functioning of cognitive tools in the  
context of mathematics and the possible tension between these two roles.

The practice of mathematics: “trafficking in heterogeneity”
As Emily Grosholz summed up some years ago in the context of logical  
reasoning, “it is hard for a logician to admit that he is trafficking  
in heterogeneity”. However, this seems to be easily the case for a  
mathematician. In this third talk, I will introduce and discuss the  
more recent literature showing this “traffic” in multi-dimensional  
reasoning in mathematics, and present some new work of mine on the  
same topic.

Organizers
The Masterclass is organized by Joachim Frans (CLPS, VUB), Yacin  
Hamami (Philosophy Department, ULiège), Colin Rittberg (Department of  
Philosophy, VU Amsterdam & CLPS, VUB), Deniz Sarikaya (CLPS, VUB), and  
Fenner Tanswell (CLPS, VUB).

Contact Information
For any questions, please contact the organizers by sending an email to:
joachim.frans@vub.be .

For up to date information see also the webpage:
https://sites.google.com/view/mc-pmp-brussels-2022/

Submitted by Kian Salimkhani (University of Cologne).

 

Quartalsvorlesungen

Mit den Quarterly Lectures on Philosophy of Science starten wir 2022 eine neue Vortragsreihe, für die wir auf Vorschlag von Student*innen bekannte Philosoph*innen und Wissenschaftler*innen für einen 60-Minuten Vortrag mit anschließenden 60 Minuten Diskussion einladen ihre Forschung für Bachelor- und Masterstudierende vorzustellen (Vorschläge bitte an: seminar(at)philosophiederphysik.de). Die Vorträge werden auf Deutsch oder Englisch gehalten. Alle Interessierten sind herzlich eingeladen. Der Zoom-Link wird über diese Seite veröffentlicht, auch etwaige Vorbereitungsmaterialien werden hier zugänglich gemacht.

Organisiert von Oxana Shaya, Niels Linnemann und Kian Salimkhani.

Programm 2022

1st Quarterly Lecture on Philosophy of Science: 21. März (19:00 CET)
Bas van Fraassen: Epistemological implications of Bell’s inequality

For information on further lectures and the Zoom link see https://www.philosophiederphysik.de/quarterly-lectures.

Submitted by Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum).

 

Workshop: The Riddle of Organismal Agency: New Historical and Philosophical Reflections
Ruhr University Bochum and Online, 24-25 March 2022

The overall goal of this workshop is to address the riddle of organismal agency through the lenses of philosophy, history, and the biological sciences. By bringing together scholars from different disciplines, we aim to (1) clarify the epistemological and ontological underpinnings of organismal agency; (2) contextualize this problem in the history of philosophy and biology in fruitful new directions; and (3) delve into the consequences of embracing organismal agency for the study of development and evolution, its formal integration into biological theories, and translatability into scientific practice.

Participants:
Bendik Hellem Aaby (KU Leuven), Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda (Ruhr University Bochum), Andrea Gambarotto (UCLouvain), Gregory M. Kohn (University of North Florida), Anne Sophie Meincke (University of Vienna), Francesca Michelini (University of Kassel), Kevin Mitchell (Trinity College Dublin), Samir Okasha (University of Bristol), Gregory Radick (University of Leeds), Sonia Sultan (Wesleyan University), and Denis Walsh (University of Toronto), Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum)

Organization:
Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda, Guido I. Prieto & Jan Baedke,
Department of Philosophy I,
Ruhr University Bochum

Location: Beckmanns Hof, Ruhr University Bochum, and Zoom, 24th – 25th March 2022

For more info, the programme, and registration: https://rotoworkshop2022.wixsite.com/agency

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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1-Year Postdoctoral Position (full time) at the MCMP (LMU Munich)

MCMP, LMU Munich

https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/postdoc_dfguniverse_2022/index.html
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The Chair of Philosophy of Science (Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) in the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion is seeking applications for a 1-year postdoctoral position (full time) starting on October 1, 2022 (or earlier).

Application deadline: March 10 2022

For more information and details see: https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/postdoc_dfguniverse_2022/index.html

Submitted by Rose Trappes (University of Exeter and Universität Bielefeld).

 

CfA: 3 x PhD Scholarships at Egenis, the University of Exeter (deadline 21st February)

There are 3 PhD studentships on offer at the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis) at the University of Exeter for people interested in working in philosophy and/or social studies of science, starting from September 2022. The studentships cover 3 years of accommodation, fees, food and travel costs, and candidates will be working within the project “A Philosophy of Open Science for Diverse Research Environments” (all information here: opensciencestudies.eu).

Further information and the application procedure can be found here: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/funding/award/?id=4372 The deadline for applications is 21 February, with interviews held online in March and decisions made shortly afterwards. Students can choose whether they will study for a degree in philosophy, sociology or anthropology, and we are open to a wide variety of backgrounds and topics of interest. The key requisite is being interested in carrying out some fieldwork in a plant science station with Sabina Leonelli, the project PI, with students free to decide what problems / angle to investigate.

Submitted by Daniel Koenig (Ruhr Universität Bochum).

 

CfR: New Perspectives on Neokantianism and the Sciences, 14.-17.3.2022, Ruhr Universität Bochum

It is undisputed that Neokantianism plays an important role for the development of the (German) academic philosophy and, especially, of the philosophy of science during a period of dynamic growth within the sciences in general.
This international conference will shed a fresh light on Neokantian philosophy encompassing an approximate time period between about 1865 and the First World War.

– ​It will bring together historians and philosophers of science working on the Neokantianism and the history of science in the 19th and 20th century in order to

– enfold the interplay between philosophy and the sciences

– It will work in the spirit of an ‛Integrated History and Philosophy of Science’.

This international and interdisciplinary conference at the Ruhr University Bochum will feature some 30 talks, with sections on the philosophy and history of mathematics, physics, chemistry and technology, biology, psychology and anthropology and, finally, a ‘cross-section’ that relates Neokantianism to other ‘scientific philosophies’.

Organised by Jan Baedke, Daniel Koenig, Gregor Nickel and Helmut Pulte.

This conference is a hybrid event and participation is free of charge, but please register via the conference website (https://l.rub.de/3559ee70) until March 11, 2022.

Submitted by Axel Gelfert (TU Berlin).

 

POSTPONED: The fourth triennial International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP.2022), which was originally scheduled for March 2022, has now been postponed to 15th-17th August 2022. The programme (contributed papers, symposia, invited speakers) remains unchanged, so no new CfP will be issued. We hope to see you in Berlin in August! For more details, visit https://gwp2022.wissphil.de/.

Submitted by Jürgen Landes (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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

FATIL2022
The First International Conference on
Foundations, Applications, and Theory of Inductive Logic

MCMP, LMU Munich
October 12-14, 2022
http://fatil2022.krportal.org/index.html
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Inductive reasoning is one of the most important reasoning techniques for humans and formalises the intuitive notion of “reasoning from experience”. It has thus influenced both theoretical work on the formalisation of rational models of thought in Philosophy as well as practical applications in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and, in particular, Machine Learning.

The First International Conference on Foundations, Applications, and Theory of Inductive Logic (FATIL2022) aims at bringing together experts from all fields concerned with inductive reasoning.

Submissions
We invite papers, which have to be in English and formatted according to the Springer LNCS style (template), in the following two categories:
Full papers (12 pages max., including references) are expected to report on new research that makes a substantial contribution to the field. Additional details may be included in an appendix, which, however, will be read at the discretion of the PC.
Extended abstracts (2 pages max., including references) can report on research in progress or other issues of interest.
Submissions are handled through the EasyChair conference management system (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fatil2022).

All papers will be subject to blind peer review based on the standard criteria of relevance, significance of results, originality of ideas, soundness, and quality of the presentation.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings via CEUR-WS, and will be presented at the conference. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the contribution.

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their contribution for a special issue to be published in the Journal of Applied Logics.

Dates and Deadines
Paper submission deadline: May 13, 2022
Notification of acceptance: June 27, 2022
Camera-ready version: July 22, 2022
Conference: October 12-14, 2022

Organizers
General Chair: Matthias Thimm (University of Hagen, Germany)
Local Chair: Jürgen Landes (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Germany)
Publicity Chair: Kenneth Skiba (University of Hagen, Germany)

Submitted by Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (University of Cologne).

 

CALL FOR PAPERS (Salzburg, deadline: May 1, 2022)

Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy: SOPhiA 2022
September 7 – 9, 2022
Department of Philosophy (Humanities), University of Salzburg, Austria

Aim:
SOPhiA 2022 provides an opportunity for students and doctoral candidates in philosophy to take a first peek into the philosophical business and to get in touch with prospective and well established philosophers. Contributions in every discipline of philosophy (epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, etc.) are welcome. As common in analytic philosophy, contributors should make use of understandable language as well as rational argumentation. In addition to the conference presentations there will also be affiliated workshops on selected topics in analytic philosophy.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Bas van Fraassen (Princeton University)
  • Leonhard Menges (University of Salzburg)
  • Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (University of Bern)

Call for papers:
Students and doctoral candidates (pre-doc) in philosophy are encouraged to submit an abstract prepared for double-blind review. We are committed to fostering diversity and equality in our programs. Submissions from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Abstracts should not exceed 2.000 characters. All submissions should be suitable for a presentation of approximately 20 minutes in length (plus 10 minutes discussion). Please submit your abstract with a biographical note and a short CV attached in a separate document at until May 1, 2022. Attendees are asked to register at the same site before the conference. Note that authors may appear as co-authors on multiple submissions, but not more often than once as first author/presenter.

Additional information concerning COVID-19:
At the moment, we are planning the conference as a hybrid event. If it will be possible to attend the conference physically in September 2022, the conference will conform to the COVID-19 safety measures for public events according to recent standards at that time. The organising committee reserves the right to hold the conference as an online event if need be. Authors of accepted contributions will be updated and informed in time about the status of the conference.

SOPhiA best paper award:
Contributors are also invited to submit a full paper (of up to 8.000 words) not including any author or affiliation information. A selection of full papers will be published in KRITERION — Journal of Philosophy and receive a waiver of the article processing charges. Please prepare your full paper according to the guidelines available at http://degruyter.com/krt and submit it via the link provided there. When submitting your manuscript via the journal’s submission system, please select “Special Issue: SOPhiA 2022” as the issue type. Note that only full papers in English submitted before the general deadline (May 1, 2022) can be considered for the SOPhiA best paper award and that contributors are not allowed to be first or co-author of more than one paper submitted for the SOPhiA best paper award. Please be aware that only contributions that have also been submitted as a regular SOPhiA talk will be considered for the SOPhiA best paper award.

Submission deadline: May 1, 2022
Notification deadline: June 1, 2022
Website: www.sophia-conference.org

Submitted by Markus Seidel (WWU Münster).

 

Im Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie (ZfW) der WWU ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine unbefristete

Stelle als
Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in
(E 13 TV-L)

mit 50 % der regelmäßigen wöchentlichen Arbeitszeit zu besetzen. Die Lehrverpflichtung beträgt 4 SWS.

Das Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie ist eine zentrale wissenschaftliche Einrichtung der WWU. Es bündelt die vielfältigen Forschungsinteressen und den Wissenstransfer der beteiligten Fachbereiche, organisiert den interdisziplinären Austausch und leistet durch eigene Veranstaltungen und Forschungsvorhaben Beiträge zu aktuellen Debatten in der Wissenschaftstheorie. Darüber hinaus beteiligt sich das ZfW an der Planung und Organisation des wissenschaftstheoretischen Lehrangebots der WWU und unterstützt die interdisziplinäre Ausrichtung, Vernetzung und Strukturierung der Graduiertenförderung im Bereich der Wissenschaftstheorie.

Ihre Aufgaben:
Der Tätigkeitsbereich umfasst die Geschäftsführung des ZfW, insbesondere
– die Finanzplanung und -überwachung
– das Personal- und Veranstaltungsmanagement in Absprache mit dem Vorstand
– die Berichterstattung gegenüber dem Vorstand und der Mitgliederversammlung
– die Beteiligung an der Planung, Entwicklung und Umsetzung der strategischen Profilbildung des ZfW in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Vorstand
– die Unterstützung der wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltungen des ZfW
– die Angebotsentwicklung und -koordination im Bereich der Lehre in Zusammenarbeit mit dem ZfW-Lehrpersonal und den Fachbereichen
– die Betreuung und Vernetzung der Mitglieder
– die Bereiche Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Qualitätsmanagement
Die Lehrverpflichtung kann am ZfW erfüllt werden.

Unsere Erwartungen:
Voraussetzung für die Einstellung ist ein abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium mit Promotion. Erwartet werden
– durch Forschung oder Lehrtätigkeit nachgewiesene Erfahrungen und Kompetenzen im Bereich der
Wissenschaftstheorie
– gute Kenntnisse universitärer Organisationsstrukturen und Prozessabläufe
– nachgewiesene Erfahrungen im Wissenschaftsmanagement einschließlich der Finanz- und Ressourcenbewirtschaftung
– nachgewiesene Erfahrungen in der Konzeption und Organisation internationaler wissenschaftlicher Veranstaltungen
– hohe kommunikative und soziale Kompetenz
– Organisations- und Teamfähigkeit
– verhandlungssichere Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift

Die WWU tritt für die Geschlechtergerechtigkeit ein und strebt eine Erhöhung des Anteils von Frauen in Forschung und Lehre an. Bewerbungen von Frauen sind daher ausdrücklich erwünscht; Frauen werden bei gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung bevorzugt berücksichtigt, sofern nicht in der Person eines Mitbewerbers liegende Gründe überwiegen.
Die WWU hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, mehr Menschen mit Beeinträchtigung zu beschäftigen. Bei gleicher Qualifikation werden Bewerber*innen mit anerkannter Schwerbehinderung bevorzugt eingestellt.
Haben wir Ihr Interesse geweckt? Dann freuen wir uns über Ihre Bewerbung mit Motivationsschreiben, Lebenslauf, Publikations- und Vortragsverzeichnis (per Email in einer einzigen pdf-Datei) bis zum 28.02.2022 an die

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie (ZfW)
PD Dr. Robert Matthias Erdbeer
Sprecher des Vorstands
Domplatz 23
48143 Münster
zfw@uni-muenster.de

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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Two Lecturer Positions (equivalent to Assistant Professorship) at the MCMP (LMU Munich)
MCMP, LMU Munich
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/ass_prof_lswt_2022/index.html
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The Chair of Philosophy of Science (Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) in the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion is seeking applications for two Lecturer Positions (equivalent to Assistant Professorship) for three years, non-tenure track, full time, and starting on October 1, 2022.

Application deadline: March 1 2022

For more information and details see: https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/ass_prof_lswt_2022/index.html

Submitted by Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University).

 

CfA: Two Research Positions (1 Postdoc, 1 PhD) in Philosophy of Biology, Bielefeld University, Department of Philosophy, Germany

The collaborative research centre (CRC) Transregio 212 “A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Niche Choice, Niche Conformance, Niche Construction (NC3)“, subproject D02 “Individual-Based Research: Concepts, Epistemology and Integration” (Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser & J.-Prof. Dr. Alkistis Elliott-Graves), offers one part-time PhD research position and one full-time postdoc research position.

The preferred starting date is as soon as possible. Both positions run until December 31, 2025. Salary will be paid according to Remuneration level 13 (TV-L).

The job announcements include a short description of the research project and they specify your main tasks in the project, your expected profile, and the application procedure. The application deadline is January, 12, 2022.

You can find the job announcements here:
Postdoc position: https://uni-bielefeld.hr4you.org/job/view/1063 (German version: https://uni-bielefeld.hr4you.org/job/view/1066)
PhD position: https://uni-bielefeld.hr4you.org/job/view/1062 (German version: https://uni-bielefeld.hr4you.org/job/view/1060)

Submitted by Markus Seidel (University of Münster).

 

Call for Attendance: ZfW-Ringvorlesung “Kulturtechnik Modell. Entwurfsprozesse zwischen Idee und Objekt”

Modelle in der Wissenschaft sind neuerdings zum Gegenstand der öffentlichen Diskussion geworden, und sie haben, wie es scheint, ein Image-Problem. So liest man etwa in der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung: „Seit Beginn der Pandemie geistern absurde Vorhersagen durch die Medien. Oft daneben liegt eine Gruppe, von der die meisten Menschen vor Corona noch nie gehört hatten: die sogenannten Modellierer.“ Zweifellos besteht hier ein erhebliches Vermittlungsproblem. Die kontrovers geführten Auseinandersetzungen um Pandemie und Klima werden zunehmend als Streit um wissenschaftliche Modelle wahrgenommen, deren Herkunft unklar scheint und die doch wichtige politische Entscheidungen begründen und legitimieren. Umso wichtiger erscheint die Frage: Was ist ein Modell? Repräsentiert es Fakten? Stellt es Hypothesen auf? Gibt es Prognosen über künftiges Geschehen oder reguliert es das Verhalten in der Gegenwart?

Das ZfW nimmt diese heikle Ausgangslage und die Fragen, die damit verbunden sind, zum Anlass, nach der Rolle und Funktion sowohl der modellierenden Instanzen als auch der Modelle selbst zu fragen. Dabei soll es weniger um den Modellgebrauch der Einzeldisziplinen gehen, als um die Kulturtechnik des Modellierens, die man auch als ‚Denken mit Objekten‘ bezeichnet hat. Die Vorlesung verbindet dabei wissensphilosophische Fragestellungen mit Fragen nach der sozialethischen und ästhetischen Funktion der Modelle. Die ‚Kulturtechnik Modell‘ wird hierbei aus der Perspektive der Wissenschaftstheorie und -philosophie, der Technikwissenschaft, der Technikfolgenabschätzung sowie der Literaturwissenschaft und der Kunst diskutiert.

Die Vorträge im Überblick:

Dienstag, 21.12.2021
Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer (WWU Münster)
Modelle als Narrative

13.01.2022
Prof. Dr. Tobias Becker (Universität Siegen)
Modelle in der Gestaltung

20.01.2022
Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer (KIT Karlsruhe)
Das EnergyLab 2.0 – Eine Modellwende

27.01.2022
Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald (ITAS Karlsruhe)
Modelle in der Technikfolgenabschätzung – Die hermeneutische Wende

03.02.2022
Prof. Dr. Christine Blättler (Universität Kiel)
Modelle als Medien

10.02.2022
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gramelsberger (RWTH Aachen)
Modelle – Kulturtechniken des Konjekturalen

Die Vorlesungsreihe findet zunächst ausschließlich über Zoom statt. Sie finden den Link zur Anmeldung für die Zoomsitzungen auf der Homepage des ZfW: https://www.uni-muenster.de/Wissenschaftstheorie/ringvorlesung/kulturtechnikmodell.entwurfsprozessezwischenideeundobjekt.html. Der Link zur jeweiligen Veranstaltung wird allen Teilnehmenden jeweils am Donnerstagvormittag per Mail zugeschickt.

Submitted by Philipp Haueis (Bielefeld University).

 

Call for Regristration: The Structure and Development of Concepts in the Life Sciences

Bielefeld University; February 7-9, 2022. The workshop will be hybrid, so both in person and online attendance are possible. Please find the program and registration link on the workshop website: https://lifescienceconcepts.weebly.com/.

This workshop brings together philosophers of science to discuss the structure, development and normative status of concepts across biology, neuroscience and cognitive science.

The workshop focuses on the following topics:

  • Conceptual development: What are common features of gradual conceptual change and conceptual development across the life sciences?
  • Conceptual structure: Do different approaches to conceptual structure (e.g. concept pluralism or concept eliminativism) apply to all concepts in the life sciences or are they tailored towards specific classes of concepts?
  • Normative status of concepts: What are the normative standards by which we ought to evaluate the scientific? In the life sciences, how do normative elements of concepts (such as their social and political goals or normative properties) impact their descriptive elements?

Speakers: Uljana Feest, Yafeng Shang, Philipp Haueis, Jo E Wolff, Daniel Margulies, Quayshawn Spencer, Ingo Brigandt, Morgan Thompson, Catarina Dutihl Novaes, Catherine Herfeld, Corinne Bloch Mullins, and Aaron Novick

Organizers: Philipp Haueis, Morgan Thompson, Marie Kaiser, Department of Philosophy, Bielefeld University

Submitted by Torsten Wilholt (Leibniz Universität Hannover).

 

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

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Die Teilnahme ist bis zum 6. Januar 2022 möglich. Alle Daten werden vertraulich und DSGVO-konform behandelt und nur für Antrags- und Forschungszwecke verwendet.
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Mit freundlichen Grüßen
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Submitted by Erik Curiel (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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

Global Structure in Semi-Classical Gravity

MCMP, LMU Munich
July 21-23, 2022
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/events/workshops/container/scg2022/index.html
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Semi-classical gravity (SCG)—the coupling of the dynamics of quantum fields to the classical spacetime geometry of general relativity by way of the semi-classical Einstein field equation (SCEFE)—is the framework within which black hole thermodynamics is formulated.  As such, it is widely held to provide the most secure theoretical clues to a search for a theory of quantum gravity.  Considered in its own right, however, it already presents us with a plethora of foundational and conceptual problems that require investigation, even over and above the most famous one, Hawking’s Information-Loss Paradox.  In what sense is it legitimate to think of black holes as thermodynamical systems?  What is the causal structure of an evaporating black hole spacetime?  What is black hole entropy?  How does the Generalized Second Law ramify into the host of other problems of fundamental physical and philosophical import that the ordinary Second Law does, from the arrow of time and the nature of spacetime to issues of probability, causality, predictability and determinism?  What is the difference between geometry and matter?  Are there singularities in the semi-classical regime, and does a form of cosmic censorship hold in it?  Are there physically reasonable full solutions to the SCEFE? What role do classical energy conditions and quantum energy inequalities play, and how do they relate to entropy and information? How does holography relate to and constrain all this?

This will be the first major conference to address foundational issues associated with the SCG, and to try to examine how they all bear on each other. Invited physicists and philosophers have been chosen to represent issues pertaining to SCG treated by different approaches. and philosophy (quantum field theory on curved spacetime, emergent gravity, canonical gravity, holography, epistemology), in an attempt to foster a dialogue among those addressing problems associated with SCG in the different fields.  Contributed talks from both physicists and philosophers will be chosen so as to complement the perspectives of the invited speakers.  Such a gathering will spur new, innovative approaches to the problem, as well as connecting and invigorating work on existing approaches. It will also provide young researchers with a comprehensive introduction to the state of the art of this central field of research, and established researchers with a comprehensive overview.

Confirmed speakers

Beatrice Bonga <https://hef.ru.nl/~bbonga/>
Craig Callender <https://www.craigcallender.com/>
Ted Jacobson <https://umdphysics.umd.edu/people/faculty/current/item/246-jacobson.html>
Eleni Kontou <https://www.york.ac.uk/maths/staff/eleni-kontou/>
JB Manchak <https://www.lps.uci.edu/~jmanchak/>
Marija Tomasevic <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marija-Tomasevic>
Chris Smeenk <https://publish.uwo.ca/~csmeenk2/>
Bob Wald <https://physics.uchicago.edu/people/profile/robert-wald/>
Chris Wüthrich <https://www.wuthrich.net/>

Call for abstracts

We invite the submission of paper abstracts for the conference.
Abstracts should include a title, a brief abstract (up to 200 words), and a full abstract (up to 1000 words), blinded for peer review.  They should be PDF files, submitted to the conference’s EasyChair account <https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gssg22>.  The deadline for submission is 07 March 2022.  We will select 4 submissions for presentation at the conference.  Decisions will be sent to all applicants by 31 March 2022.

We plan to publish the proceedings of the conference as a special issue of a leading journal (e.g., /Universe/).  

Dates and Deadines

Deadlines for Submission: 07 March 2022
Date of Notification: 31 March 2022
Registration Deadline: 22 June 2022

Organizers

Erik Curiel 
<http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/people/faculty/curiel/index.html>
Juliusz Doboszewski
<https://sites.google.com/site/juliuszdoboszewski/home>
Cecilia Giavoni
<https://www.theorie.physik.uni-muenchen.de/cosmology/members/sci_mem/giavoni/index.html>