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

Submitted bei Neil Dewar (MCMP, LMU Munich).

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

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

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

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 has been extended to 31st March 2019.

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

Submitted by Simon Friederich (University of Groningen).

Call for Papers: Workshop “Probabilities in Cosmology”

Groningen, 21 June – 23 June 2019

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

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

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

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

Invited speakers:

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

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

Submitted by Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best regards,
Jan Baedke

Submitted by MCTS

Responsible Innovation Cultures
International Summer School

14-18 October 2019

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

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

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

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

§  Responsible Research Innovation: hype or hope?

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

§  Who’s included? RRI and public engagement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best regards,

Sabine Maasen, Ruth Müller & the organizing team

Submitted by Erik Curiel (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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

All Things Reichenbach

MCMP, LMU Munich

22-24 July, 2019

http://www.lmu.de/reichenbach2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by 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 Marta Sznajder (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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

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

Topics include but are not restricted to

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

Dates and Deadlines

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

Invited Speakers

Committees

Program Committee

Organizing committee

Venue

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

Contact

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

Submitted by 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 Marcello Garibbo (University of Siegen).

 

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

 

2 — 4 September 2019 / Imperia, Italy

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Submitted by 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/