Postdoc Position at Regensburg w/ Hans Rott

January 8, 2015



The University of Regensburg is seeking applications for a

Postdoctoral Position in Philosophy

at the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy. This full-time position (tariff TV-L 13) is intended to start from April 1, 2015, but a later starting date is also possible.

The position will be devoted to the topic “Reasoning with conditionals in a qualitative cognitive framework” and is part of a three-year project of the same title funded by the DFG. The text of the project proposal can be
downloaded at

The appointee will be expected to conduct philosophical research and participate in the organisation of the project. The ideal candidate:

  •  has completed or is about complete his or her PhD in philosophy or a related field,
  •  takes a keen interest in conditionals, and
  •  has not only a thorough education in logic and/or philosophy, but also substantial competences in the methods used in psychology or cognitive science.

The work program of the project may be adapted moderately to the candidate’s competences. A close co-operation with the DFG Special Priority Program “New Frameworks of Rationality” (SPP 1516) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is intended.

The University of Regensburg aims at raising the percentage of women among its academic personnel and particularly encourages female researchers to apply. Furthermore, given equal qualification, preference will be given to severely physically challenged individuals.

Applications (including a CV, a cover letter describing how the project fits the applicant’s academic history and research interests, certificates, a list of publications and of taught courses, and a writing sample) must be submitted either by email (preferred) or by ordinary mail to

Prof. Dr. Hans Rott
University of Regensburg
Department of Philosophy
93040 Regensburg

no later than February 8, 2015.

Additionally, the candidates are requested to have two confidential letters of reference sent directly to the address above (email preferred).

Contact for further inquiries:

New SEP Entry on Imprecise Probabilities

December 20, 2014

Seamus Bradley (MCMP) has a new Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Imprecise Probabilities.

Causal and probabilistic reasoning at MCMP

December 10, 2014


Causal and Probabilistic Reasoning

18-20 June, 2015, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

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:


Call For Papers: Epistemic Consequentialism at the University of Kent

December 9, 2014


Epistemic Consequentialism: Problems and Prospects

25-26 June 2015 • University of Kent, Canterbury

Keynote Speakers

Julia Driver (WUSTL)

James Joyce (Michigan)

Ralph Wedgwood (USC)

Jon Williamson (Kent)

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 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.

New Wiki of PhD programs in Philosophical Logic

December 9, 2014

Shawn Standefer has put together a very helpful Wiki of PhD programs in Philosophical Logic!

This wiki provides an unranked list of PhD (and (eventually) terminal M.A.) programs that have strengths in philosophical logic. Links are provided to the websites, CVs, and PhilPapers profiles of the relevant faculty at each program. Additionally, when known, the specialities and willingness of faculty members to work with new graduate students are noted. The primary intended audience is prospective or current graduate students with interests in philosophical logic who want to get the lay of the land by seeing who works where, and on what. This wiki is modeled on Shawn A. Miller’s wiki.

[Hit tip to Richard Zach]

Call for Participation: Agent-Based Modeling in Philosophy

November 15, 2014
Call for Participation
Conference:  Agent-Based Modeling in Philosophy
Location:  LMU Munich

Keynote speakers:
Jason Alexander (London School of Economics)
Rosaria Conte (Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology, Rome)
Scott Page (University of Michigan)
Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University)
Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania)

In the past two decades, agent-based models (ABMs) have become ubiquitous in philosophy and various sciences.  ABMs have been applied, for example, to study the evolution of norms and language, to understand migration patterns of past civilizations, to investigate how population levels change in ecosystems over time, and more.  In contrast with classical economic models or population-level models in biology, ABMs are praised for their lack of assumptions and their flexibility.  Nonetheless, many of the methodological and epistemological questions raised by ABMs have yet to be fully articulated and answered.  For example, there are unresolved debates about how to test (or “validate”) ABMs, about the scope of their applicability in philosophy and the sciences, and about their implications or our understanding of reduction, emergence, and complexity in the sciences.  This conference aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers aimed at understanding the foundations of agent-based modeling and how the practice can inform and be informed by philosophy.


Call for Papers: Formal Ethics 2015 at University of Bayreuth

November 15, 2014

Call for Papers

Formal Ethics 2015

July 3-5

University of Bayreuth

The formal analysis of ethical concepts and theories (via the application of tools from logic, rational choice theory, natural language semantics, AI) is a rapidly growing field of research. It has shed new light on a variety of concepts that are central to ethical theory, such as freedom, responsibility, values, norms, and conventions. The series Formal Ethics conferences aims at providing an international platform for the discussion and promotion of formal approaches to ethics and to push the frontiers of the research being conduced in this field.

For information about previous Formal Ethics conferences, please take a look at The program, tutorial, and working session links there will provide some indication of the breadth of possible topics and formal approaches.

We invite submissions to Formal Ethics 2015, to be held at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, from July 3 to 5, 2015. The workshop aims to bring together researchers who are employing formal tools to address questions in ethics and/or political philosophy. We encourage researchers at all level to submit, including graduate students.

Keynote Speakers.

Lara Buchak (Berkeley) — Risk and Uncertainty
Natalie Gold (King’s College) — Team Reasoning (Tutorial)
Fenrong Liu (Tsinghua) — Preference Logic (Tutorial)
Rudolf Schuessler (Bayreuth) — Ethics and Bargaining Theory

Submission Topics.

Submissions in all areas of formal ethics, broadly construed, are welcome. For Formal Ethics 2015, submissions related to ethics and responsibility are particularly welcome.

Submission Information.

Authors should submit an extended abstract (1000 words max, pdf or postscript format) suitable for anonymous review to EasyChair:

Important Note: Submissions will be considered both for full contributed talks and for the poster presentation. Authors who do not which to be considered for the poster presentation should mention this in the abstract.

Important Dates.

Deadline for submissions: January 3, 2015
Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2015
Conference: July 3 to July 5, 2015

Programme Committee.

Albert J. J. Anglberger (Munich)
Constanze Binder (Rotterdam)
Karin Enflo (Uppsalla)
Julian Fink (Bern)
Conrad Heilmann (Rotterdam)
John F. Horty (Maryland)
Fenrong Liu (Tsinghua)
Paul McNamara (New Hampshire)
Ittay Nissan (Jerusalem)
Martin Rechenauer (Konstanz)
Olivier Roy (Bayreuth)
Allard Tamminga (Groningen)

Local Organizing Committee.

Olivier Roy (Bayreuth)
Matthew Braham (Bayreuth)

Steering Committee of Formal Ethics Conference Series.

Albert J.J. Anglberger (Munich)
Constanze Binder (Rotterdam)
Conrad Heilmann (Rotterdam)
Paul McNamara (New Hampshire)

Contact and Further Information.


Submitted by Olivier Roy


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