Tuesday, 23 December 2014

JOBS at LMU Munich (MCMP): Two Postdoctoral Positions in Philosophy of Mathematics

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich is seeking applications for 

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Philosophy of Mathematics
(for two years)

at the Chair of Logic and Philosophy of Language (Professor Hannes Leitgeb) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion. The positions, which are to start from April 1st 2015, are for two years.

One of the two positions is a full-time position that will be devoted to the topic "Mathematical Structuralism". The other one is a half-time (50%) position that will be devoted to the topic "Theoretical Terms in Science vs. Mathematical Terms". Both positions belong to an ANR-DFG project on "Mathematics: Objectivity by Representation". More about the project can be found at <https://sites.google.com/site/mathobre/>.

Each appointee will be expected to do philosophical research in the respective project area and to participate in the organisation of the project. Each successful candidate will have a PhD in philosophy or logic. 

Women are currently underrepresented in the Faculty, therefore we particularly welcome applications for this post from suitably qualified female candidates. Furthermore, given equal qualification, severely physically challenged individuals will be preferred.

Applications (including CV, certificates, list of publications, list of courses taught, one writing sample, a description of a planned research project of max. 3 pages) should be sent either by email (ideally within one PDF document) or by mail to

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion
Chair of Logic and Philosophy of Language / MCMP
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München
E-Mail: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

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January 18th, 2015.

If possible at all, we very much prefer applications by email.

Additionally, we ask for two confidential letters of reference that should be sent by the referees to the address above (email messages are preferred).

Contact for informal inquiries: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

(The German version of the advertisements can be found at <http://www.uni-muenchen.de/aktuelles/stellenangebote/wissenschaft/20141222120618.html> and <http://www.uni-muenchen.de/aktuelles/stellenangebote/wissenschaft/20141222120943.html>. For more information about the MCMP, see <http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html>).

JOBS at LMU Munich (MCMP): Three Assistant Professorships in Logic and Philosophy of Language

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich is seeking applications for 

Three Assistant Professorships in Logic and Philosophy of Language
(for three years with the possibility of extension)

at the Chair of Logic and Philosophy of Language (Professor Hannes Leitgeb) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion. The positions, which are to start from October 1st 2015, are for three years with the possibility of extension. 

Each appointee will be expected (i) to do philosophical research, especially in philosophical logic and related areas (such as philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, formal epistemology), (ii) to teach five hours a week in corresponding areas, and (iii) to participate in the organisation of the MCMP. 

Each successful candidate will have a PhD in philosophy or logic, and teaching experience in philosophy and/or logic. 

Women are currently underrepresented in the Faculty, therefore we particularly welcome applications for this post from suitably qualified female candidates. Furthermore, given equal qualification, severely physically challenged individuals will be preferred.

Applications (including CV, certificates, list of publications, list of courses taught, one writing sample, a description of planned research projects of max. 3 pages) should be sent either by email (ideally within one PDF document) or by mail to

 Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
 Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion
 Chair of Logic and Philosophy of Language / MCMP
 Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
 80539 München
 E-Mail: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

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February 28th, 2015.

If possible at all, we very much prefer applications by email.

Additionally, we ask for two confidential letters of reference that should be sent by the referees to the address above (email messages are preferred).

Contact for informal inquiries: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

(The German version of the advertisement can be found at <http://www.uni-muenchen.de/aktuelles/stellenangebote/wissenschaft/20141222120106.html>. For more information about the MCMP, see <http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html>).

Thursday, 18 December 2014

CFR: SoTFoM, SYMPOSIUM II `COMPETING FOUNDATIONS?'; INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY, LONDON, 12-13 January 2015.

The organisers are delighted to announce a provisional programme and call for registration for the upcoming Symposium in the Foundations of Mathematics, to be held at the Institute of Philosophy in London on 12-13th January 2015. There will be an additional (free) affiliated talk by Benedict Eastaugh at the Institute on the 14th January.

Sponsors: The Institute of Philosophy, Mind Association, British Logic Colloquium, Aristotelian Society, British Society for the Philosophy of Science, and Birkbeck College.

Keynote speakers: James Ladyman, Victoria Gitman, Sy-David Friedman, Toby Meadows.

Contributed speakers: David Corfield, Sam Sanders, Dimitris Tsementzis, Shivaram Lingamneni.

Registration: Registration is £10 for students and £20 otherwise, and can be completed here:

http://events.sas.ac.uk/ip/events/view/16403/IP+Conference%3A+Second+Symposium+on+the+Foundations+on+Mathematics3A+Second+Symposium+on+the+Foundations+on+Mathematics

Further information can be found on sotfom [dot] wordpress [dot] com, or by e-mailing one of the organisers:

Carolin Antos-Kuby (carolin [dot] antos-kuby [at] univie [dot] ac [dot] at)
Neil Barton (bartonna [at] gmail [dot] com)
Claudio Ternullo (ternulc7 [at] univie [dot] ac [dot] at)
John Wigglesworth (jmwigglesworth [at] gmail [dot] com)

Provisional Programme:

12th January.
09:30-10:00     Coffee/Announcements
10:00-11:30     James Ladyman - TBA
11:30-12:00     Coffee
12:00-13:15     David Corfield - `Homotopy Type Theory: A New Foundational Language.'
13:15-14:45     Lunch (Own arrangements)
14:45-16.00     Dimitris Tsementzis - `On Structuralist Foundations of Mathematics.'
16.00-16.30     Coffee
16.30-18:00     Toby Meadows - TBA

13th January.
09:30-10:00     Coffee/Announcements
10:00-11:30     Sy-David Friedman - TBA
11:30-12:00     Coffee
12:00-13:15     Sam Sanders - `On The Contingency of Predicativism.'
13:15-14:45     Lunch (Own arrangements)
14:45-16.00     Shivaram Lingamneni - `Can We Resolve the Continuum Hypothesis?'
16.00-16.30     Coffee
16.30-18:00     Victoria Gitman - TBA

Monday, 15 December 2014

CPF: Workshop on Epistemic Justification -- JustGroningen 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS

Workshop on Epistemic Justification: JustGroningen 2015

August 23 to 25, 2015

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Invited speakers:

Clayton Littlejohn (King's College London)
Erik Olsson (Lund)
Duncan Pritchard (Edinburgh)
William Roche (Texas)
Katie Steele (LSE)
Sylvia Wenmackers (Leuven)

We welcome submissions on all aspects of epistemic justification, and especially encourage contributions which aim to connect formal and traditional perspectives. All sessions are plenary. There are about 10 time slots available for contributed papers.

If you would like to contribute, send a title and abstract of 500 words to justgroningen.sub@gmail.com before March 15, 2015. Mention your name, affiliation, and email address in the text. Notification of acceptance: before May 1.

For more information contact justgroningen@gmail.com and visit www.philos.rug.nl/justification/

The workshop is part of the NWO-project 'The Regress Problem in Epistemology: A Probabilistic Approach' (number 360-20-280) headed by Jeanne Peijnenburg.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Causal and probabilistic reasoning conference at MCMP

Causal and Probabilistic Reasoning
18-20 June, 2015

Idea and Motivation

2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the publications of Judea Pearl’s Causality and the second edition of Peter Spirtes, Clark Glymour, and Richard Scheines’ Causality, Prediction, and Search, which together are the foundations for the mathematical theory of causal modeling. During this period, the theory of causal Bayesian networks has been applied to a variety of topics in the special sciences, including the brain and cognitive sciences. This conference will focus on the applications of probabilistic and causal modeling in cognitive science, with an emphasis on assessing both the power and limitations of these tools in our understanding of cognition.
Topics of the conference will include, but are not be limited to:
  • Causal reasoning
  • Probabilistic reasoning
  • Models of bounded rationality
  • Probabilistic causal models in cognitive psychology
  • Models of Judgment and Decision Making
  • Learning and Decision Making
  • Group Decision Making
  • Social Norms and Networks
  • Foundations of Causal Bayesian Networks

Call for Abstracts

We invite submissions from philosophers, cognitive scientists, and computer scientists of both a short abstract (max. 100 words) and an extended abstract (of no more than 1500 words) through our automatic submission system by 1 February, 2015. To submit, please prepare your abstracts for blind review, and save your extended abstract as a PDF file. Then follow the link to our Conference System.
When logged in, go to the new submission page. Include your 100 words abstract and upload the PDF file of your extended abstract. You will be able to revise your submission any number of times before the deadline. Please feel free to contact the organizers with any questions you may have.
The conference language is English.

Dates and Deadlines:

  • Deadline for submission: February 1, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2015
  • Registration deadline: June 1, 2015
  • Conference: June 18-20, 2015

Steering Committee:

Program Committee:


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Call For Papers: Epistemic Consequentialism at the University of Kent

Conference
Epistemic Consequentialism: Problems and Prospects
25-26 June 2015 • University of Kent, Canterbury

Keynote Speakers
Julia Driver (WUSTL)
James Joyce (Michigan)

Call for Papers
Contributors are invited to submit extended abstracts (no more than one page) on the topic of consequentialist or teleological approaches to epistemology. Papers in both formal and traditional epistemology are welcome.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2015

Submit abstract in PDF format to econs2015@gmail.com. Please remove identifying information from the abstract to allow for anonymous review. However, include identifying information in the email. The paper on which the abstract is based should be suitable for a 40-minute presentation.

Initial review of abstracts will be done anonymously. The final program will be selected with an eye to maintaining diversity. Graduate students, people outside the tenure track, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are thus especially encouraged to contribute.  

Partial funding is available to support travel and accommodation expenses for speakers.

If you are interested in commenting on a paper, please note that in your email. There will not be financial support for commenters, although your home institution may offer financial support for this kind of participation.

Conference Organizers
The conference is organized by Jeff Dunn (DePauw) and Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij (Kent), and made possible by funds from the Leverhulme Trust, the Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KIASH), and DePauw University.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students 2015

After a very successful event last year, the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy is hosting the second Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students.

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is organizing the second Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students, which will be held from July 26 to August 1, 2015 in Munich, Germany. The summer school is open to excellent female students who want to specialize in mathematical philosophy.
Since women are significantly underrepresented in philosophy generally and in formal philosophy in particular, this summer school is aimed at encouraging women to engage with mathematical methods and apply them to philosophical problems. The summer school will provide an infrastructure for developing expertise in some of the main formal approaches used in mathematical philosophy, including theories of individual and collective decision-making, agent-based modeling, and epistemic logic. Furthermore, it offers study in an informal setting, lively debate, and a chance to strengthen mathematical self-confidence and independence for female students. Finally, being located at the MCMP, the summer school will also provide a stimulating and interdisciplinary environment for meeting like-minded philosophers.

The program looks fantastic, with three main lecture streams, some introductory tutorials, and a number of exciting plenary lectures. Some of the highlights:


  • Lecture Stream 1: Attitudes in Epistemology: Belief vs. Credence (Julia Staffel, Washington University in St. Louis).
  • Lecture Stream 2: Simulations in Philosophy (Kevin Zollmann, Carnegie Mellon University).
  • Lecture Stream 3: Context-dependence and the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface (Isidora Stojanovic, Jean Nicod Insitute, Paris).

  • Welcome Lecture: What is Mathematical Philosophy? (Stephan Hartmann & Hannes Leitgeb, MCMP).
  • Evening lecture: Hidden Bias/Explicit Values: Gender and the Social Production of Knowledge (Carla Fehr, University of Waterloo).
Details on how to apply here.

Summer School in Logic 2015 - Helsinki

The Scandinavian Logic Society is very pleased to announce the next
summer school in logic, taking place July 27-31 in Helsinki this
summer of 2015. Notice that the school takes place exactly the week
before both the ASL European Summer Meeting and the LMPS, both of
which are being held in Helsinki the week starting August 3rd.

http://www.helsinki.fi/sls2015/index.html

Course are offered by a very distinguished group of lecturers:

Samson Abramsky (Oxford)
Jeremy Avigad (Carnegie Mellon)
Laura Fontanella (Hebrew University)
Curtis Franks (Notre Dame)
Åsa Hirvonen (Helsinki)
Nicole Schweikardt (Berlin)
Moshe Vardi (Rice University)

in: Automata-Theoretic Verification (Moshe Y. Vardi), Logic and
Quantum Information (Samson Abramsky), Reflection principles and Large
Cardinals (Laura Fontanella), Proof Theory and Proof Mining (Jeremy
Avigad), Stability Theory (Asa Hirvonen), Philosophy of Mathematics
(Curtis Franks) and a course by the excellent Nicole Schweikardt (as
yet TBA).

There may be funds for students. Also: note the inexpensive registration fee.

Contact person: Juliette Kennedy, jkennedy 'at' mappi.helsinki.fi