2nd Munich Graduate Workshop in Mathematical Philosophy: Formal Epistemology

November 27, 2015

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is organizing the second Munich Graduate Workshop in Mathematical Philosophy, 7th – 9th April 2016. The theme of this year’s workshop is formal epistemology and we invite submissions from masters and doctoral students interested in presenting a paper on this topic.

In addition to student presentations and keynote lectures, the workshop will feature three ‘workshops’ focused three areas in formal epistemology at the forefront of contemporary research. The themes of the working groups will be the foundations of imprecise probability theory, philosophical logic, and the role of probabilistic methods in contemporary cognitive psychology. See the program for more details.

The workshop is open to masters and doctoral students with interests in formal epistemology. Applications are welcome from students whose background is philosophy, computer science, statistics, and the decision sciences. The conference language is English.

Students wishing to present a paper should both complete a blinded submission via easychair. See instructions on the conference webpage (http://www.graduateworkshop.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/call-for-papers/index.html).

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Social Epistemology & Economics postdoc positions in Copenhagen

October 15, 2015

The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for two 2-year postdoctoral positions. The successful candidates will be appointed to the newly established Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation, where the project will be based, and will be expected to begin on January 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

1. A Postdoc in economics with emphasis on the mathematics of bubble formation
2. A Postdoc in formal methods of knowledge representation

Please see here


Closing date for applications is 23.59 CET, 19 November 2015. Starting date is January 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter

What do you want to do with that? Answers from philosophers outside the academy

September 13, 2015

What do you want to do with that?
Call for Participation
October 23-24, 2015
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich

Philosophers are everywhere—-in private industry, nonprofit organizations, government, the arts, and even universities. It should come as no surprise to find philosophers thriving throughout all corners of society. What is surprising, and what this conference is conceived to respond to, is the degree to which philosophers inside the academy remain isolated from those outside of it.

This two-day conference brings together a distinguished group of philosophers who know of life inside and outside the academy, and who will share their insights and experiences navigating the transitions from one realm to another; which insights and experiences translate well, and which do not; and what habits and best practices the broader community of philosophers can and should adopt to create opportunities for philosophers at all stages of their careers, but especially for philosophy undergraduate and graduate students.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Jeffrey HelznerEliciting Expert Knowledge When Time is Scarce, the Stakes are High, Scalability is a Concern, and the Distributions are Skewed
  • Andreas EdmüllerThe World of Business Needs Philosophy!
  • Rebekka Reinhard ‘What are You Living for?’ On How to be a Free-Lance Philosopher
  • Zachary Ernst Barriers to Exit: Real and Imaginary

Each lecture will be filmed and made available on the MCMP iTunes video archive. In addition, each speaker will lead a workshop to allow for one-on-one discussions that draw on their experiences in starting a consulting business, joining a fast growing startup, managing a public profile and mass media engagements, and leading interdisciplinary research and development teams within a corporate environment.

Stephan Hartmann
Gregory Wheeler

Bridges 2 – Workshop at Rutgers

September 7, 2015

The Rutgers Philosophy Department and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science will be hosting a workshop (on Logic, Language, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science) September 18-20. The workshop will bring together scholars from the NYC area, Amsterdam (the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation), and Munich (the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy). The schedule for the workshop is posted on the Bridges 2 webpage:


The event is open to the public.


On Careers Outside the University

August 24, 2015

Zachary Ernst has a new blog, Goodbye, Academia!, which offers “thoughts, discussion, and guidance on leaving academia.”  Already there are a couple of excellent posts on interviewing and managing the risks of a career change.

Similarly, we are hosting a conference this October in Munich on career options for philosophers outside academia: What do you want to do with that?  Answers from philosophers outside the academy.  Along with Zach, Jeff Helzner, Andreas Edmüller, and Rebekka Reinhard, will be our keynote speakers.  In addition to their lectures, which will be filmed and made available in the MCMP iTunes library, each of our distinguished speakers will lead a workshop to allow for one-on-one discussions that draw on their experiences of starting businesses, joining a fast growing startup, managing a public profile and mass media engagements, and leading interdisciplinary research and development teams within a corporate environment.

Together, our goal is to develop resources and best-practices for offering concrete and useful information to students and peers who may be interested in career options outside of academia.

Eighth Workshop on Principles and Methods of Statistical Inference with Interval Probability

August 4, 2015

Munich, September 1 – 6th, 2015


The Working Group Methodological Foundations of Statistics and their Applications at the Department of Statistics, and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (LMU), is proud to host a workshop on principles and methods of statistical inference with interval probability for the third time. This workshop is a follow-up to earlier WPMSIIPs held in Durham (2008, 2010), Ljubljana (2011), Lugano (2013), Ghent (2014) and Munich (2009,2012).

Confirmed Participants

Everyone, including PhD students, is welcome to participate and /or to present their views on one or more of the covered topics, on one or more days! We welcome any stimulating contribution, ranging from a presentation to a short informal statement. If you want to join the workshop, please contact Julia Plaß and the organizers of the specific day(s) that you would like to contribute to.


The Role of Explanatory Considerations in Updating

June 10, 2015

Heads up for any C&I readers interested in probabilistic models and how they relate to the psychology of updating, check out the following two articles coauthored with Igor Douven.  Both were published in the last month, and both are freely available at the moment.

I’m especially proud of this joint work, which defends explanationist (and probabilist) models of human learning over and above prevailing Bayesian models.  For more detail, abstracts are below the fold…

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