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

Submitted by Markus Seidel (WWU Münster).

 

Am Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster ist ab dem 1. Oktober 2020 befristet bis zum 30. September 2021 eine Stelle

einer Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben
Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L (100%)

im Rahmen einer Elternzeitvertretung zu besetzen.

Die regelmäßige Arbeitszeit beträgt bei Vollbeschäftigung zurzeit 39 Stunden 50 Minuten wöchentlich.

Stellenbesetzungen werden grundsätzlich auch in Teilzeit vorgenommen, sofern nicht im Einzelfall zwingende dienstliche Gründe entgegenstehen.

Der Aufgabenbereich umfasst:

1) Das Lehren von Seminaren mit wissenschaftsreflexivem Inhalt auf einem einführenden Niveau.
2) Die Koordination der Lehre am Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie (unter Beteiligung von Geschäftsführung und Sekretariat), z.B.
die Gestaltung des Lehrprogramms einschließlich Auswahl der Lehrbeauftragten,
die Zertifizierung unserer Seminare,
Korrespondenz mit und Betreuung der Lehrbeauftragten,
Allgemeine Studienberatung am ZfW,
die Notenverbuchung,
die Organisation des „Studierendentages“ und des „Essaypreises“ am ZfW.

Die Lehrverpflichtung beträgt bei Vollzeit 12 SWS.

Vorausgesetzt werden eine abgeschlossene Promotion im Fach Philosophie oder einem anderen für die Stelle relevanten Fach sowie Lehrerfahrung im Bereich der Wissenschaftstheorie. Weiterhin erwartet werden Organisationsstärke, selbständige Arbeitsweise, Flexibilität, Kommunikations- und Teamfähigkeit sowie Belastbarkeit. Kenntnisse universitärer Strukturen und Abläufe sind von Vorteil.

Die WWU tritt für 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.

Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Qualifikation bevorzugt eingestellt.

Bei Fragen wenden Sie sich bitte an Herrn Dr. Jens Salomon.

Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung mit den üblichen Unterlagen senden Sie bitte elektronisch bis zum 07.08.2020 (Bewerbungsschluss) als eine einzige PDF-Datei an:

Dr. Jens Salomon
Geschäftsführer
Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Domplatz 23
48143 Münster
zfw@uni-muenster.de

Link zur Stellenausschreibung: https://www.uni-muenster.de/Rektorat/Stellen/ausschreibungen/st_20201007_sk7.html

Submitted by Sander Verhaegh (TiLPS, Tilburg University).

 

Final CfP: 4th Annual TiLPS History of Analytic Philosophy Workshop

On December 14 and 15, 2020, the Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) organizes the fourth annual TiLPS History of Analytic Philosophy workshop. This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in a wide range of topics and thinkers from the history of analytic philosophy (broadly conceived).

Keynotes

  1. Esther Ramharter (Institute Vienna Circle/University of Vienna)
  2. Sami Pihlström (University of Helsinki)
  3. Michael Beaney (Humboldt University of Berlin & University of Aberdeen)

Submission guidelines
Please submit an extended abstract (max. 1000 words) and a short abstract (max. 100 words) suitable for blind review. Submissions in all areas of the history of analytic philosophy are welcome. Especially contributions that discuss underexplored thinkers, topics, and traditions are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is July 1. Please send your abstracts to TiLPS[at]uvt.nl.

The proceedings of the workshop will be published as a special issue of Logique et Analyse. When you submit your abstract, please indicate whether you would like it to be considered for inclusion in the special issue.

Dates and Deadlines
July 1: Submission deadline
September 1: Notifications
December 14-15: Workshop

Programme committee
Filip Buekens (TiLPS, Tilburg University)
Sander Verhaegh (TiLPS, Tilburg University)
Nathan Wildman (TiLPS, Tilburg University)

More information Information about the workshop can be found at http://thapw2020.wordpress.com. If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please email us at A.A.Verhaegh[at]uvt.nl.

COVID-19 update: Given the ongoing uncertainties about the pandemic, at least part of the conference will be moved online. This allows contributors who are not able to come to Tilburg to participate as well. If the organization were to decide to move the complete conference online, contributors will be informed well in advance.

Submitted by Deniz Sarikaya (University of Hamburg).

 

CALL FOR APPLICATION, please circulate among interested students

Online Masterclass
Lakatos’ Undone Work
The Practical Turn and the Division of Philosophy of Mathematics and Philosophy of Science

https://lakatosundonework.weebly.com/

Online, hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE)

In this online masterclass, each of the 14 participating graduate students will write a research paper under the supervision of expert mentors from philosophy of science and philosophy of mathematics. Students can apply for different mentors and they will be matched with the mentors according to their interests.

As a participant of this masterclass, you will get:

  1. virtual career coaching by your academic mentor,
  2. an online conference on 5th/6th September 2020 where the student papers will be presented and discussed,
  3. feedback on your paper by your mentor.

The organisers plan to edit a special issue of KRITERION — Journal of Philosophy (http://www.kriterion-journal-of-philosophy.org/kriterion/), where the participants can submit the work which they have produced over the course of the masterclass, alongside some essays by mentors and invited experts.

Please note that all articles will go through double-blind peer-review and acceptance for the masterclass does not guarantee acceptance of your paper.

Participation
Applications are open now until 15th July 2020!
Registration may close earlier if we receive a lot of submissions.
Please visit https://lakatosundonework.weebly.com/ for more details.

Confirmed mentors
Neil Barton (University of Konstanz)
Karen Crowther (University of Oslo)
Philip Kitcher (Columbia University)
Brendan Larvor (University of Hertfordshire)
Colin Rittberg (Loughborough University)
Lorenzo Rossi (MCMP, LMU Munich)
Wesley Wrigley (University of Oxford)
up to 5 more TBA

Topic
The overarching theme of this masterclass is an analysis of a ‘practical turn’ in the philosophy of mathematics. Is this turn analogous to the practical turn in philosophy of sciences? Should it be? What are the exact roles of the actual empirical studies of mathematical practice (f.i. in mathematics education, sociology of mathematic, etc.)? How should these interact with the philosophy of mathematics? We want to encourage work looking at the following three areas:

First, we want to draw attention to the seminal work of Imre Lakatos: a) he was a key figure in developing early themes after the practical turn in the philosophy of physics through his idea of ‘research programmes’. b) his work in the philosophy of mathematics was a turning point of the discipline. However, he unfortunately did not have the time to develop his ideas due to his early death. He particularly aimed at transferring his insights from his work on the philosophy of science to the philosophy of mathematics.

In addition to that we want to encourage work on the interplay of the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of science. One might tackle questions such as: should philosophy of science conferences have tracks for philosophy of mathematics? What was the role of Tarski in the split of the two disciplines? How close should philosophy of mathematics community be to the one of logicians? How does this question relate to the growing community of philosophers of mathematical practice and the cooperation with other disciplines (such as ethno-mathematical studies, mathematical education, cognitive sciences, etc)?

Another possible string of investigation is the analysis of new scientific methodologies in the philosophy of mathematics. In how far they are philosophically significant? How they can inform a philosopher of mathematics? Similar problems already arise in philosophy of science in connection to science studies.

Organizer
Simon Nagler (Oxford/MCMP), Hannah Pillin (MCMP/LSE), and Deniz Sarikaya (Hamburg)

Submitted by Milla Lifke (Bielefeld University).

 

ONLINE Workshop: Niche Construction and Other Mechanisms in Ecology and Evolution

2-3 July 2020

8:30am-5pm Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Due to Corona Virus we are proud to be hosting an online workshop at the intersection of philosophy, ecology and evolution.

The workshop brings together philosophers, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists interested in niche construction, mechanisms, fitness, and function. We will discuss niche construction and other ecological-evolutionary mechanisms, along with related philosophical issues such as mechanistic explanation, how to understand fitness, and what role functions play in defining eco-evo mechanisms. In the process, we hope to overcome some of the challenges of integrating ecology and evolutionary biology.

This workshop takes place as part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre at the University of Münster, Bielefeld University and Jena University “A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Niche Choice, Niche Conformance, Niche Construction (NC³)“.

Speakers
Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum)
Tina Heger (University of Potsdam)
Lynn Chiu (St. Andrews University)
Viorel Pâslaru (University of Dayton)
Grant Ramsey (KU Leuven)
Etienne Roux (University of Bordeaux)
Joachim Kurtz (University of Münster)
Behzad Nematipour (University of Münster)

Registration and further information

Organisers
Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld University)
Rose Trappes (Bielefeld University)
Ulrich Krohs (University of Münster)
Behzad Nematipour (University of Münster)

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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Postdoctoral Fellowship at the ASC/MCMP (LMU Munich)

MCMP, LMU Munich
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/post_doc_asc_2020/index.html
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The Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics (ASC) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at LMU Munich seek applications for a 1-year postdoctoral position.

The successful applicant is expected to collaborate with Prof. Stephan Hartmann and Dr. Daniele Oriti on the FQXi-funded project “The Epistemic Nature of Physical Laws: From Intelligent Agents to Quantum Gravity and Cosmology“. We are especially interested in candidates with research interest in philosophy of science, epistemology or foundations of physics.

Application deadline: July 1 2020

For more information and details see: https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/post_doc_asc_2020/index.html

Submitted by Kian Salimkhani (Universität Köln) and Niels Linnemann (Universität Bremen).

 

Aktuelle Information aufgrund der COVID-19 Krise:
Der neue Termin für die Veranstaltung ist der 18.-20. Dezember 2020. Bei Fragen, bitte einfach eine Email an philphys@uni-bremen.de schicken.

 

Neue Bewerbungsfrist: 30. Juni 2020

 

Veranstaltung: 2. Wochenendseminar zur Philosophie der Physik: Philosophie der Quantenmechanik

 

Beschreibung:
Der Workshop richtet sich insbesondere an Bachelor- und Masterstudierende der Physik und der Philosophie und hat zum Ziel, mittels Fachvorträgen (von Sibylle Anderl, Manfred Stöckler, Marij van Strien und Stefan Wolf), einführender Vorlesungen (von Niels Linnemann und Kian Salimkhani) und vertiefender Diskussionsgruppen (geleitet von Jamee Elder, Milla Lifke und Niels Martens) das Forschungsgebiet der Philosophie der Physik vorzustellen.
Vorkenntnisse in Physik und Philosophie sind nicht erforderlich.

Hinweis: Der ursprünglich für Juni geplante genaue Ablauf des Workshops muss ggfs noch einmal angepasst werden. Zu den Fachvorträgen sind alle Interessierten herzlich eingeladen, eine Anmeldung ist nicht nötig.

Die Übernachtungen (inklusive Frühstück) der offiziellen (und nicht aus Bremen kommenden) Teilnehmer*innen während des Zeitraums des Workshops werden organisiert und bezahlt. Auch Reisekosten können bei Bedarf erstattet werden (hierzu bitte bei der Bewerbung angeben, ob Reisekostenzuschüsse gewünscht sind).

Wir freuen uns auf eure Bewerbungen!

Bewerbungsfrist: 30. Juni 2020

Veranstaltungsort und -zeit: Universität Bremen (oder ggfs online); 18.-20. Dezember 2020

Unterlagen: kurzes Motivationsschreiben (max. eine Seite) und Lebenslauf

Kontakt: philphys@uni-bremen.de

Website: Aktuelle Informationen werden unter philosophiederphysik.de bekannt gegeben.

Organisation: Niels Linnemann und Kian Salimkhani

Submitted by Sander Verhaegh (TiLPS, Tilburg University).

 

CfP: 4th TiLPS History of Analytic Philosophy Workshop

On December 14 and 15, 2020, the Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) organizes the fourth annual TiLPS History of Analytic Philosophy workshop. This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in a wide range of topics and thinkers from the history of analytic philosophy (broadly conceived).

Confirmed keynotes

  • Michael Beaney (Humboldt University of Berlin & University of Aberdeen)
  • Esther Ramharter (Institute Vienna Circle/University of Vienna)
  • Sami Pihlström (University of Helsinki)

Submission guidelines
Please submit an extended abstract (max. 1000 words) and a short abstract (max. 100 words) suitable for blind review. Submissions in all areas of the history of analytic philosophy are welcome. Especially contributions that discuss underexplored thinkers, topics, and traditions are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is July 1. Please send your abstracts to TiLPS[at]uvt.nl.

The proceedings of the workshop will be published as a special issue of Logique et Analyse. When you submit your abstract, please indicate whether you would like it to be considered for inclusion in the special issue.

Dates and Deadlines
July 1: Submission deadline
September 1: Notifications
December 14-15: Workshop

Programme committee
Filip Buekens (TiLPS, Tilburg University)
Sander Verhaegh (TiLPS, Tilburg University)
Nathan Wildman (TiLPS, Tilburg University)

More information Information about the workshop can be found at http://thapw2020.wordpress.com. If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please email us at A.A.Verhaegh[at]uvt.nl.

COVID-19 update
Given the ongoing uncertainties about the pandemic, we are currently working on a plan B, which includes the option of holding a virtual congress instead of a face-to-face meeting. If the organization should decide to move the conference online, contributors will be informed well in advance.

Submitted by Alexander Gebharter (University of Groningen).

 

CANCELATION — SOPhiA 2020

Due to the recent CORONA-19 pandemic the organising committee decided to cancel this year’s SOPhiA conference (originally planned for September 2020). The reason for this is that recent developments make the near future too unpredictable. But even if the conference could, in the end, take place in September 2020, we would be worried that we cannot guarantee the safety of our participants. The next conference, SOPhiA 2021, will be announced as usual later this year, probably in December.

Stay safe and best wishes,

The SOPhiA Organising Committee

Submitted by Leonie Wiemeyer (Leibniz Universität Hannover).

 

Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University (Germany) invite applications for the position of

5 Doctoral Candidates (m/f/d) (salary scale E13 TV-L, 65%) in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science

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

The positions are limited to 3 years. At least two of the positions
are expected to be located at Leibniz University Hannover and at least two at Bielefeld University.

For further information, please see https://grk2073.org/apply/.

Submitted by Paul Hasselkuß (Heinrich Heine University).

 

31st Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics
“AXIOMATICS: ANCIENT AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES”

November 26th–28th 2020
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

The Novembertagung is an international graduate conference on the history and philosophy of mathematics and neighbouring fields. It aims to provide an opportunity for graduate students at all levels to present and discuss their research in an informal and safe environment. It also allows young researchers to share experiences, get advice and establish new contacts.

On the theme: While Euclid (c. 3rd century BC) is usually celebrated as the beginning of axiomatic science, many features that are nowadays taken to be essential to axiomatics –– such as the explicit statement of inference rules and the requirement of primitive, undefined notions –– appear to be alien to ancient mathematics. A major contemporary change in the view on axiomatics was initiated by the adoption of the set-theoretic axiomatic framework as a foundation of mathematics in the first half of the 20th century. Proof theory and model theory subsequently developed as independent research fields and had a wide impact on philosophical thought. On the other hand, some philosophers also argue that the axiomatic view on mathematics may be harmful in that it omits fundamental aspects of mathematical practice and idealizes mathematical reasoning in an unfaithful way.

Suggested topics include, but are not restricted to the following:

  • Axiomatics in ancient Greek philosophy and mathematics
  • Pre-Euclidean axiomatics
  • Criticism of ancient Greek mathematics from an axiomatic viewpoint
  • Historical case studies of the development of axiomatics after Greek antiquity
  • Axiomatics in contemporary mathematics
  • The use of axiomatic tools in disciplines besides mathematics
  • Axiomatics in actual mathematical practice
  • The scope and limits of axiomatization

Note that the theme of axiomatics is meant to be a guideline and will not serve as an exclusionary factor for the selection of submissions.

Deadline for submission: 1st July, 2020. Abstracts should be submitted using our form: https://wp.me/P3q6kn-b5 (in English, around 250-350 words, prepared for blind review). Notifications will be sent out in August. Submissions by graduate student members of an underrepresented group in History of Mathematics or Philosophy of Mathematics are particularly encouraged.

Bursaries: For those who are unable to obtain funding for travel and accommodation from their home institutions, every effort will be made to cover travel and accommodation costs at least in part, if not fully. Please indicate in your application whether you intend to apply for such a grant. There is no conference registration fee.

Organization: Paul Hasselkuß (Universität Düsseldorf), Tiago Hirth (ULisboa), Deborah Kant (Universität Konstanz), Deniz Sarikaya (Universität Hamburg), Tobias Schütz (Universität Mainz), Anna Kiel Steensen (ETH Zurich), and Benjamin Wilck (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

This event is hosted by the Research Training Group Philosophy, Science and the Sciences of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and generously supported by the Chair for Logic and Philosophy of Language of the Department of Philosophy of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Contact: For any query, do not hesitate to send us an e-mail at novembertagung2020 [at] gmail [dot] com. Further information can be found here: https://novembertagung.wordpress.com.

On Covid-19: We are monitoring the pandemic which might make it necessary to postpone the event or to opt for alternatives.

Submitted by Sander Verhaegh (TiLPS, Tilburg University).

 

7th René Descartes Lectures 2020

Pragmatic Naturalism: Progress in Science, Mathematics, and Values

Professor Philip Kitcher, Columbia University, USA

14-16 October, 2020

Tilburg University, The Netherlands

https://descarteslectures2020.wordpress.com/

Every other year, a distinguished philosopher visits Tilburg University and the Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) to present the René Descartes Lectures. It is a great pleasure to announce that Professor Philip Kitcher (Columbia University in the City of New York) will deliver the 2020 Descartes lectures on the topic: Pragmatic Naturalism: Progress in Science, Mathematics, and Values. Professors Michela Massimi (Edinburgh), Cheryl Misak (Toronto), and James Conant (Chicago/Leipzig) will provide commentaries on each one of Professor Kitcher’s three lectures.

Concurrently with the lectures, we will host a workshop on the topic of the lectures. For this workshop, we invite submissions in the form of extended abstracts (about 500 words) by April 30, 2020.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature and possibility of progress in science, mathematics, or ethics
  • Theories of progress—in particular, pragmatic and naturalistic theories of progress
  • The normative criteria for individuating improvement (or regress) in science, mathematics, or ethics
  • Historical case studies of progress in science, mathematics or ethics
  • The causes of long-term improvement (or regress) in science, mathematics, or ethics
  • Progress and human well-being
  • Progress and realisms
  • The social organization of inquiry and progress/regress
  • Progress, diversity, and disagreement

The Editors-in-chief at Synthese showed an interest in publishing articles related to the topic of this conference. When you submit your abstract, please indicate if you would like it to be considered for inclusion in a full proposal for a topical collection at Synthese.

Abstracts should be submitted via Easychair. Please submit your abstract in an anonymized form.

Notifications of acceptance will be made by early June. Members of the Descartes Lectures Program Committee are listed here. All questions about submissions should be directed to the Chair of the Descartes Lectures 2020 Committee, Dr Matteo Colombo (m.colombo[at]uvt.nl).

For more information, including the abstracts of all lectures, visit our website https://descarteslectures2020.wordpress.com/.

COVID-19 update: Given the ongoing uncertainties about the pandemic, we are currently working on a plan B, which includes the option of holding a virtual congress instead of a face-to-face meeting. If the organization should decide to move the conference online, contributors will be informed well in advance.

Organizers:
Matteo Colombo
Caroline Harnacke
Georgie Mills
Sander Verhaegh

Submitted by Inken Rabbel (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, HRK).

In Ergänzung zu den im Wintersemester 2019/20 stattfindenden Kleine Fächer-Wochen an deutschen Hochschulen möchte die HRK mit der vorliegenden Ausschreibung des Wettbewerbs “Kleine Fächer: Sichtbar innovativ!” einen zusätzlichen Impuls für Kommunikation und Vernetzung im Kontext der Kleinen Fächer geben.

Ziel des Wettbewerbs ist es, insbesondere jüngere Vertreter*innen Kleiner Fächer zur aktiven Erprobung neuer Kommunikations- und Vernetzungsstrategien anzuregen und die Umsetzung entsprechender Ideen konkret zu unterstützen. Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen sollen dazu ermutigt werden, im Kleinen Neues zu probieren und Konzepte zu entwickeln, die auch oder gerade von Kleinen Fächern genutzt werden können, um sich ins Gespräch zu bringen und hochschulintern wie hochschulextern sichtbarer zu werden.

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Angesichts der Auswirkungen der Corona-Pandemie auf den Hochschulbetrieb wurden die Fristen für den Nachwuchswettbewerb “Kleine Fächer: Sichtbar innovativ!” den Umständen entsprechend angepasst. Die Bewerbungsfrist wurde bis zum 15. Mai 2020 verlängert, der Umsetzungszeitraum für die Projekte wurde auf die Periode 1. Oktober 2020 bis 28. Februar 2021 verschoben.

Alle Informationen zum Wettbewerb finden Sie unter www.kleine-faecher-wochen.de/nachwuchswettbewerb.

Submitted by Benedikt Loewe (DLMPST/IUHPST)

 

The Executive Committee of DLMPST is sad to report that Mario Bunge
passed away last month. We celebrated his life and work at CLMPST 2019 in Prague with a mini-symposium. You can find a brief obituary on the website of the DLMPST at: http://dlmpst.org/pages/documents.php

Submitted by Thomas Reydon (University of Hannover).

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Stephan Hartmann (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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Two Postdoctoral Fellowships at the MCMP (LMU Munich)

MCMP, LMU Munich
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/post_doc_2020/index.html
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The Chair of Philosophy of Science under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann seeks applications for two 3-year postdoctoral positions.
We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in at least one of the following fields: general philosophy of science, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of statistics, formal epistemology, formal philosophy of science, social epistemology, philosophy and psychology of reasoning and argumentation, agent-based modeling in philosophy, and decision theory.

Application deadline: March 31 2020

For more information and details see:
https://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/post_doc_2020/index.html

Submitted by Florian J. Boge (University of Wuppertal).

 

Synthese Topical Collection on
Simplicity out of Complexity? Physics and the Aims of Science

Deadline: 31 July 2020

Guest Editors
Florian J. Boge (University of Wuppertal)
Paul Grünke (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Martin King (University of Bonn)
Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal)

Description
The world we live in is notoriously complex: there is an outright zoo of material particles, a vast variety of different species, a whole plethora of stars and galaxies, and so forth. Yet many scientific achievements, such as the Standard Model of particle physics or Darwin’s theory of natural selection, allow us to manage part of this complexity by means of a simple set of laws or general rules.
Simplicity has often been assumed to be an epistemic ideal, most clearly exemplified in physics, with its trend towards encompassing theories that feature only a small number of fundamental laws, capable of explaining a large number of diverse phenomena.
This view of science, with physics at the center stage, has arguably provided the dominant narrative in mainstream philosophy of science throughout the 20th century. Yet many questions arise when one zooms in on the details. For instance: in what sense can the laws of physics be said to be simple, when concrete computations based on them are tedious or even impossible? How do notions of simplicity differ across the sciences, and what are their commonalities? Does the striving for simplification of perceived complexity imply an unjustified reductionism? Is simplicity really an epistemic ideal or just endorsed for pragmatic reasons, and maybe even an unreliable guide to truth? If so, what should it be replaced with?
The aim of this Topical Collection is to bring together contributions from different fields, such as (the philosophy of) physics, biology, economy, psychology, linguistics, or general philosophy of science. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • epistemic vs. practical: Is simplicity an epistemic goal of science or just a practical benefit? (Why) should theories aim for simplicity, or (why) not?
  • physics vs. other sciences: Does the complexity of the world largely preclude simple science? Is complexity also an aim of the special sciences? Does contemporary physics really aim at simplicity?
  • the concept of simplicity in science: What does it mean to be a ‘simple’ theory? What is simplicity? Can there be a unified account of simplicity or should one embrace pluralism?

We invite contributions from the full spectrum of disciplines and their respective philosophies, 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.

For further information, please contact the guest editors:
Florian J. Boge fjboge@uni-wuppertal.de
Paul Grünke paul.gruenke@kit.edu
Martin King mking@uni-bonn.de
Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo carreterosahuqu@uni-wuppertal.de

The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2020
Submit your paper through the Synthese Editorial Manager under a dedicated heading entitled “T.C.: Simplicity out of Complexity? Physics and the Aim of Science”. Please visit Editorial Manager® (https://www.editorialmanager.com/synt/Default.aspx) and select this heading when submitting the manuscript.

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed as per usual journal practice. At least two reviewers will be assigned to each paper and final decisions will be taken by Synthese Editors in Chief, following the recommendation of the Guest Editors, which is based on the reviewers’ reports. Please prepare papers for anonymous reviews.

Submitted by Silvia Stößer (University College Freiburg).

 

Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science

The University invites applications for a Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science

  • This professorship is particularly suitable for highly qualified early career researchers.
  • Fulltime position, Start-date: At the earliest possible date.

The University expects an excellent international academic record in (Historical) Epistemology, Philosophy of Science and/or Theory of Science. More specifically, candidates should demonstrate, in research and teaching, a historical and comparative perspective on epistemology and methodology, and on the societal and cultural conditions and implications of knowledge and science (understood in the broad sense of “Wissenschaft”).

The University of Freiburg has successfully established the interdisciplinary four-year “Liberal Arts and Sciences” (LAS) Bachelor Program for a total of 320 students within the institutional framework of University College Freiburg (UCF). The development of a research program in the area of epistemology and theory of science is at the discretion of the position holder. Interdisciplinary research profiles that link to one of the LAS Majors and to empirical research fields at the University will be favored (e.g. Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Economics). Research cooperations between the humanities and natural sciences could, for example, contribute to fields such as “Environmental Humanities” or “Medical Humanities” or to research consortia such as the University’s Clusters of Excellence. Particularly desirable are research interests that resonate with the STS professorship at UCF and support the existing cooperation with the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. A research focus that considers interdisciplinarity (e.g. understandings of models, experiments, observations, concepts, representations, instruments, or methods that cross disciplinary boundaries) and/or a broad approach towards “Reflections on Science and Knowledge” are welcome.

The professorship’s teaching responsibilities will focus on the LAS Program, especially on epistemology and philosophy, theory, and history of science and knowledge. Courses offered by the professorship are mainly situated in the LAS Core curriculum. In addition, teaching in the four LAS Majors and in other programs is possible. A priority of UCF, within a cross-departmental curriculum initiative, is the co-development of course offerings in “Reflections on Science and Knowledge” to students of various study programs at the University of Freiburg.

The LAS Program’s novelty for German higher education refers not only to its comprehensive interdisciplinarity, but also to the innovative teaching contexts and methods. Therefore, in addition to an excellent and international teaching record, a passion for teaching and proven interest and experience in interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to higher education – ideally in a Liberal Arts and Sciences context – are required.

Professors at UCF are responsible for UCF leadership and for the further development of the LAS program and of UCF. As the LAS Program is English-taught, excellent English proficiency in teaching and research is required. The official language of the University is German. Non-native German speakers are expected to learn German within three years. Prerequisites for the employment of Professors are a university degree, an outstanding dissertation and an excellent publication record. Substantial achievements and experience in academic research and teaching, at the level of a Habilitation according to the German academic system, are expected.

The following application documents are to be submitted: Curriculum vitae, certificates of degrees and academic qualifications, complete list of publications and invited lectures specifying the 10 most important publications, grants awarded, research profile and plan. We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for this position. Please send in a complete and convincing application and a print version of the application form in English with the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000946, by 31.03.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dekanat der Philosophischen Fakultät
Dekan Prof. Dr. Dietmar Neutatz
D 79085 Freiburg

or as PDF to: philosfak@dekanate.uni-freiburg.de

For further information, please contact Bettina Ragen: +49 761 203-3371, philosfak@dekanate.uni-freiburg.de. Information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Code for Practice for professorial appointments.

The application form can be found at:
http://www.zuv.uni-freiburg.de/formulare/bewerbungsbogen-professoren-en.pdf

The complete job announcement can be also found here:
https://www.ucf.uni-freiburg.de/dateien/college/job-offer/full-professorship-for-epistemology-and-theory-of-science

Submitted by Silvia Jonas (MCMP, LMU Munich).

 

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

Mathematics and Analogical Reasoning

MCMP, LMU Munich

11-12 September, 2020

https://silviajonas.wixsite.com/mathematicsanalogies
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IDEA & MOTIVATION:

The goal of this conference is to investigate the role of mathematics as a heuristic device for analogical reasoning in science and philosophy.

 

QUESTIONS we aim to address at the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • How can a positive mathematical analogy generate support for a particular theoretical view about otherwise disconnected physical systems?
  • Can we be sure that epistemic lessons from one domain carry over to another domain, given that there are always known points of disanalogy? If so, how?
  • Does the fact that shared mathematical structures can generate new scientific insights have a bearing on (enhanced) indispensability arguments for mathematical realism?
  • How can a mathematical analogy generate understanding of one system given our understanding of the model system?
  • What is an adequate methodology for analogical reasoning about meta-empirical domains (like mathematics or ethics)?
  • Are the mathematical background assumptions of recent arguments featuring mathematical analogies plausible (specifically in light of recent pluralist developments in set theory)?

 

More Information is available on the conference website:
https://silviajonas.wixsite.com/mathematicsanalogies

 

The conference also has a PhilEvents website:
https://philevents.org/event/show/81150

 

REGISTRATION:
In order to register please visit the conference website (https://silviajonas.wixsite.com/mathematicsanalogies) or contact Silvia Jonas (silvia.jonas@lmu.de) for further information.

 

ORGANIZERS:

  • Silvia Jonas (MCMP/LMU Munich)
  • Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney/MCMP)

 

LINKS:

Submitted by Sebastian Schuol (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg).


Conference: Public Research and Private Knowledge – Science in Times of Diverse Research Funding

Venue: Hörsäle Medizin, Ulmenweg 18, 91054 Erlangen

Start: 26.03.2020 09:30

End: 27.03.2020 17:00

Topic:

The production and distribution of knowledge is a key process in scientific and scholarly inquiry. In recent years, different agents have shown an increased interest in basic as opposed to applied science, for example in fields of rising social significance such as AI or biomedical technology. These research interests in turn direct attention to the sources of funding, and, as a consequence, to the direction of inquiry and the accessibility of results. The main problem that arises from this development can be expressed in two questions: First, does the influence of private funding change the selection of research topics in an epistemically or otherwise (un-)desirable direction? And second, does it lead to a privatization of knowledge, and if so, what are the consequences of this privatization?

Keynote speakers:

Manuela Fernández Pinto (Universidad de los Andes)

Bennett Holman (Yonsei University)

Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University)

Sergio Sismondo (Queen‘s University, Kingston)

Preliminary Program:

https://www.ziwis.fau.de/files/2020/02/Programm_31012020.pdf

Registration:

Please register until March 10th, 2020, by writing an E-Mail including your general information (name, contact, affiliation) to ziwis-conference@fau.de. The conference fee is 80 € (students: 50 €) and includes lunch and coffee breaks on both days. The fee is payable via bank transfer (we will send out detailed information after confirming your participation). Please note that the fee is refundable only until February 25th, 2020.

Links:

    www.ziwis.fau.de/files/2019/11/Handzettel_Public_Research_Homepage.pdf  

    www.ziwis.fau.de/public-research (conference website)

Organizers:

Michael Jungert, Julia Böttcher, Jon Leefmann, Christoph Merdes, Sebastian Schuol

Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen (Germany)

Submitted by Sebastian Schuol (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg).

 

Call for Contributions: Public Research and Private Knowledge

Deadline for Abstracts: 29 March 2020

Deadline for Manuscripts: 31 July 2020 

Research Topic:

Public Research and Private Knowledge – Science in Times of Diverse Research Funding

The production and distribution of knowledge is a key process in scientific and scholarly inquiry. However, this process is not and has never been limited to universities and public research institutes alone, but extends to agents as diverse as the Research & Development Departments of companies, citizen scientists, and private non-profit research institutes. In recent years, these agents have shown an increased interest in basic ˗ as opposed to applied ˗ science, for example in fields of rising social significance such as AI or biomedical technology. These specific research interests in turn direct attention to the sources of funding, and, as a consequence, to the direction of inquiry and the accessibility of results. The main problem that arises from this development can be expressed in two questions: First, does the influence of private funding change the selection of research topics in an epistemically or otherwise (un-) desirable direction? And second, does it lead to a privatization of knowledge, and if so, what are the consequences of this privatization? Some key questions in this area of investigation are:

• Where do new sources of research funding come from, and how important a role do they play? Which agents foster the development, which methods do they use, and what are their primary motivations?

• What are the epistemic consequences, and who is affected by them? What is the impact of business interests on epistemic norms and ideals, and are there any (additional) sources of bias to be expected?

• Have there been any (changes of) institutional structures in the last decades that have stimulated or hindered these tendencies? Which historical idea of science is at stake? Which factors affected the practices of organizing the production and distribution of scientific knowledge during the second half of the 20th century?

• Is academic freedom threatened by these developments, and if so, to what extent? How could it be maintained? What are the epistemic effects of endowment chairs and industry-sponsored PhD projects?

Contributions may approach these and related questions from various disciplinary perspectives such as philosophy of science, history of science, science and technology studies, social epistemology, and formal epistemology.

Submission:

Contributions must be original and may not be under review elsewhere. Extended abstracts should be no longer than 1000 words and describe the topic, structure, and argument of the paper. We will invite the submission of full manuscripts, based on the quality of the extended abstract. All manuscripts will be subject to single-blind peer-review.

Keywords: public research, private research, research funding, private knowledge, research grants, business interests, scientific knowledge, academic freedom, epistemology

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/11981/public-research-and-private-knowledge—science-in-times-of-diverse-research-funding#overview