Two Doctoral Fellowships at the MCMP

January 27, 2016

You would like to write a PhD thesis at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) on paradoxes of truth and/or vagueness, and on the metaphilosophical question about how to handle diverging solutions to such paradoxes? Great! Then please consider applying for one of the

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which we are advertising right now (as part of the European Training Network DIAPHORA that includes philosophers from Barcelona, Munich, Neuchatel, Stirling, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Paris).

More information can be found at

http://www.ub.edu/grc_logos/files/user77/1453661865-DIAPHORA_call%20for%20applications.pdf

 


SUMMER SCHOOL ON MATHEMATICAL PHILOSOPHY FOR FEMALE STUDENTS 2016

December 17, 2015

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

SUMMER SCHOOL ON MATHEMATICAL PHILOSOPHY FOR FEMALE STUDENTS 2016

MCMP, LMU Munich

24-30 July 2016

http://www.mathsummer.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html

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The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is organizing the third Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students, which will be held from July 24 to July 30, 2016 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. This year the focus of the summer school will be to provide an infrastructure for developing expertise in formal approaches used in (1) philosophy of physics, (2) philosophy of biology and social science, and (3) epistemic logic and philosophy of cognition. The summer school will offer the opportunity for study in an informal setting, lively debate, and for the development of a network with students and professors interested in the application of formal methods in philosophy of science. Finally, being located at the MCMP, the summer school will also provide a stimulating and interdisciplinary environment for meeting like-minded philosophers.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:

We invite applications from female students at an advanced undergraduate level, in a master program, or at an early PhD level. Detailed information on the application process is available here:

http://www.mathsummer.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/call-for-application/index.html

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. Decisions will be made by March 15, 2016.

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MAIN LECTURE STREAMS:

  • Modeling the Evolution of Behavior by Cailin O’Connor (University of California, Irvine)
  • From Epistemic Logic to Social Cognition by Rineke Verbrugge (University of Groningen)
  • Space, Time, and Geometry from Newton to Einstein, featuring Maxwell by James Owen Weatherall (University of California, Irvine)

PUBLIC EVENING LECTURE

  • Philosophical Reflections on Imposter Syndrome by Katherine Hawley (University of St Andrews)

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The summer school is organized by Samuel C. Fletcher, Milena Ivanova, and Karolina Krzyżanowska.

For further information please contact Karolina Krzyżanowska at mathsummer2016@lrz.uni-muenchen.de


PhD opportunities: Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN) at LMU & MCMP

December 8, 2015

PhD-scholarships in Neurophilosophy

The Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN) at LMU Munich invites applications for several PhD scholarships in Neurophilosophy. The GSN is the teaching entity for the Munich Center of Neurosciences – Brain & Mind (MCN). Through creating an interdisciplinary network of research the GSN provides a stimulating environment for students and faculty to produce novel formulations of current concepts and theories. Successful applicants will be affiliated with the Research Center for Neurophilosophy and Ethics of Neurosciences (http://www.neuro.philosophie.lmu.de) at the GSN.

Projects in the research center fall in the following areas:

  • philosophy of cognitive neuroscience (explanation, reduction)
  • philosophy and cognitive science of agency (mental causation, free will, moral psychology, abilities)
  • philosophy and cognitive science of reasoning (e.g. deductive and non-deductive reasoning, logic and neural networks, decision making)
  • ethics of neuroscience (research ethics, enhancement)

In the new application round we encourage applications in smaller focus areas in order to build research groups. In the 2015/16 round the focus areas are:

  • reasoning and decision making(esp. deductive and non-deductive reasoning in science and ordinary life, individual and collective decision making)
  • human agency(esp. mental causation, complex action, multi-tasking, attention, reductive and non-reductive explanation of agency)

However, single exceptional and independent projects in one of the other areas are also encouraged.  

Applicants should have advanced training in philosophy (typically a Master’s degree in philosophy) and a genuine interest in the neurosciences. This includes the willingness to acquire substantial knowledge of empirical work relevant to their philosophical project. Cooperative projects with empirical scientists in the network of the MCN are strongly encouraged. The reasoning and decision-making projects are closely linked to research conducted at the MCMP (http://www.lmu.de/mcmp) and at least one supervisor will be a member of the MCMP.

The application period will open on December 1st and will close on February 1st. Please check our website (www.neuro.philosophie.lmu.de) for details concerning the application procedure. The application includes an outline of your proposed research project, a CV, an official transcript of your academic work (list of attended courses; grades), diplomas and two separate academic reference letters. Please also name two potential supervisors from the core or affiliated faculty of the Research Center.


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

http://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=772097

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.

Organizers:
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:

http://fitelson.org/bridges2/

The event is open to the public.

 


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