Columbia Workshop on Group Agency & Social Epistemology

March 23, 2016
The Columbia University Department of Philosophy will host a Workshop on Group Agency and Social Epistemology on April 2, 2016. The workshop starts at 10am, and will be held in Philosophy Hall. The schedule for the event is below.
10:00Gregory Wheeler (MCMP), Mispriced gambles: What peers learn when they disagree
11:30Philip Kitcher (Columbia), Social agnotology
2:30Kevin Zollman (CMU), The credit economy and the economic rationality of science
4:30Cailin O’Connor (Irvine LPS), Power, bargaining, and evolution
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  • Michael Nielsen (Columbia)
  • Ignacio Ojea Quintana (Columbia)
  • Rush Stewart (Columbia)

Postdoc on shared agency and coordination

March 22, 2016

An interesting postdoctoral position is open at the Center for the Study of Social Action of the University of Milan. Topic: Acting together: Coordination, collective goals, and cooperation (project led by Hykel Hosni and Corrado Sinigaglia). Both formal and experimental approaches are of interest (ideally, they’re looking for someone who attempts to combine them).

Deadline fairly close: April 26, 2016.

All details HERE.


Five Years MCMP: Quo Vadis, Mathematical Philosophy?

March 18, 2016

Five Years MCMP

Quo Vadis, Mathematical Philosophy?

June 2-4, 2016

MCMP, LMU Munich

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) invites participation in Five Years MCMP: Quo Vadis, Mathematical Philosophy?, a workshop to be held at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from June 2 to June 4, 2016.

On the one hand, the workshop will celebrate the five years of existence of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP). On the other hand, and much more importantly, the workshop will be devoted to the question of where we should be heading in the future: what next, mathematical philosophy?

Workshop Features.

  • A brief look back at five years MCMP
  • 16 short talks by young mathematical philosophers
  • Three evening lectures on the logical empiricist background to mathematical philosophy
  • Three general discussion sessions
  • An “Ideas Session“ in which the participants will be asked to contribute new ideas for the application of logical and mathematical methods to philosophical problems and questions.

Registration Deadline.

May 1, 2016


Prof. Dr. Hannes Leitgeb
Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann

Submitted by Hannes Leitgeb

Rationality Summer School: Call for applications

March 2, 2016


Call for applications (40 full stipends)

We invite applications for the first International Rationality Summer Institute (IRSI), which will take place from September 4-16, 2016, in Aurich (Germany). The topic of the Summer Institute is human rationality from a psychological, philosophical, and cognitive (neuro)science perspective.

Topics of the courses are: Rationality and normativity, Norms vs. evidence in reasoning research, Rational belief change, Inductive reasoning, Causal cognition, Probabilistic reasoning and argumentation, Language and reasoning, Mental models and rationality, Probabilities and conditionals, Bounded rationality, Neural bases of reasoning, Development of reasoning, Logical and probabilistic approaches to rationality, Intuition and analytic thinking, Scientific objectivity and inductive inference.

Faculty members are: John Broome, Vincenzo Crupi, Igor Douven, Aidan Feeney, York Hagmayer, Stephan Hartmann, Konstantinos Katsikopoulos, Martin Monti, David Over, Arthur Paul Pedersen, Jérôme Prado, Eva Rafetseder, Marco Ragni, Hans Rott, Jan Sprenger, Jakub Szymanik, and Valerie Thompson. In addition to the courses, we will have two keynote speakers: Gerd Gigerenzer and Johan van Benthem.

We invite applications by doctoral students and early-stage postdocs interested in human rationality and with a background in psychology, philosophy, cognitive (neuro)science, or related fields. Advanced Master’s students with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the disciplines and with an outstanding interest in the topic are also encouraged to apply.

The IRSI is generously funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung. Successful applicants will get a full stipend that covers the participation fee, board and lodging, and the reimbursement of traveling costs.


The IRSI is organized by Markus Knauff, Patricia Garrido-Vásquez, and Marco Ragni (Giessen). Advisory board: Ralph Hertwig (Berlin), Gabriele Kern-Isberner (Dortmund), Gerhard Schurz (Düsseldorf), Wolfgang Spohn (Konstanz), and Michael Waldmann (Göttingen).

Please find more information on the Summer Institute and on how to apply at For inquiries, please send an e-mail to


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

*** Two Doctoral Fellowships at the MCMP ***

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



December 17, 2015

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


MCMP, LMU Munich

24-30 July 2016


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.



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:

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



  • 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)


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


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

For further information please contact Karolina Krzyżanowska at

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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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.


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