Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Postdoc: Intuitions in Science and Philosophy (Aarhus)

The project Intuitions in Science and Philosophy hires
-        2 postdocs and
-        1 PhD student.
Application deadline: 01/11/2015.
The Sapere Aude project Intuitions in Science and Philosophy, funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research and led by Samuel Schindler, will investigate the role and nature of intuitive judgements in science and philosophy. Whereas intuitive judgements in philosophy have been much debated in recent years, little attention has been paid to intuitive judgments in science. This is where the project will step in. In particular, it will investigate intuitive judgements in thought experiments in physics and in the form of acceptability judgements in linguistics. The results of these investigations will be related to debates about the evidential function of intuitive judgements in philosophy.
The project will cooperate with several renowned scholars in the field and organize two major conferences and a workshop. Each of the project members will be able to visit the project’s cooperation partners abroad. The starting date is negotiable. The project duration is four years. The tasks of the team members will be roughly as follows:
Postdoc position 1 (2 years): “Justifying intuitive judgments”. Together with the PI of the project, the postdoc will, amongst other things, conduct qualitative and quantitative surveys. Knowledge of statistics, experimental design and/or experimental philosophy would be an advantage, but is not required. 
Postdoc position 2 (2 years): “Histories of thought experiments”. In a set of extended historical case studies the postdoc will investigate the role intuitive judgments in thought experiments have played in theory choice. The applicant can be a philosopher, but should have strong interests and competences in the history of science (and ideally, physics). 
PhD student (3 years): “Justifying intuitive judgements in linguistics”. The PhD student will inquire into the justification of the use of acceptability judgements in linguistics. For that purpose, the student (trained in philosophy or linguistics) will, amongst other things, conduct qualitative and quantitative surveys. Knowledge of statistics, experimental design and/or linguistics would be an advantage, but is not required.
The project will be located at the Centre for Science Studies at the Department of Mathematics and associated with the Department of Philosophy at Aarhus University. The project members are expected to move to Aarhus. The project language is English. Also teaching in English is possible.
For further information and questions contact Samuel Schindler (sks@css.au.dk) or visit http://projects.au.dk/intuitions/.

Job: Associate or Full Professor AOS: Science Studies (Aarhus)

Professor/Associate Professor in Science Studies

The Centre for Science Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark invites applications for the position of full professor or associate professor (depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate) in science studies with an expected starting date of February 2016. Deadline for applications is 12/10/2015.

We seek applicants with academic expertise in either one or several of the following areas: history of science, technology, or mathematics, philosophy of science, science communication, or related areas.

The Centre seeks to strengthen its research by attracting excellent researchers. The successful candidate is expected to take an active interest in developing the research profile of the Centre in collaboration with the other staff members.

The Centre teaches philosophy of science courses to almost all bachelor students at the Faculty of Science and Technology. The appointee is expected to take responsibility for one or more of these courses.

The Centre also has its own Master’s Programme in science studies. The appointee is expected to teach courses within this programme and engage in the development of new courses.

Moreover, the appointee will be expected to participate in all aspects of the Department’s activities and to be present on a daily basis.

The Centre for Science Studies is placed within the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology. The centre ranks as one of the major centres for the history and philosophy of science, technology, and mathematics in Europe. For more information about the Centre, please see:www.css.au.dk/en.

For further details regarding the application procedure visit:

Further information may be obtained from Head of Department Niels O. Nygaard, phone +45 8715 5785, emailniels.nygaard@math.au.dk

Monday, February 16, 2015

Postdoc position: evaluating evidence in medicine

A new research project Evaluating evidence in medicine, has secured funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The project will run for 3 years from 1st June 2015.
We are advertising for a postdoctoral research associate to work on the project. Find out more by searching for job reference HUM0604 here.
If you know of any strong prospective postdocs, please let them know about this opportunity!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CFP: Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology 2015

Announcing the 5th Annual

Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference


At the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas
May 19-22, 2015
Keynote Speaker:
Science, technology, and medicine have a major impact on our lives. We live with constant technological innovation and scientific discovery, and this changes the conditions that we live in, as well as the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Science, technology, and medicine are thus entangled with our values, our culture, and our politics, and they have an important impact on policymaking and action. Making value judgments is important to the way that we fund, conduct, evaluate, and apply scientific research.

We invite proposals for papers that engage with these issues from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches, including philosophy of science, technology, & medicine, epistemology, ethics and political philosophy, history, science and technology studies, policy studies, and natural and social sciences.

This year's conference will have three target themes:
  1. Gender, sex, and sexuality in science, technology, and medicine
  2. Science and values in the work of Paul K. Feyerabend, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Against Method
  3. Distinguishing legitimate from illegitimate roles for values in science
We welcome any paper and panel proposals in the broad area of values in medicine, science, and technology, but we will give priority to proposals on these target themes.

Suggested topics for papers and panels include:
  • The value of diversity in epistemic communities
  • Sexism, heterosexism, or transphobia in technology culture
  • Sex and gender in medical research or practice
  • Feminist critique of gender differences research
  • Feyerbend's relationship to feminist philosophy of science
  • Feyerabend on science, values, and democracy
  • The indirect/direct role distinction
  • The ideal of well-ordered science
  • The cognitive status of values and value judgments
We will consider proposals for individual papers, but also thematic panel sessions and more informal formats. Please feel free to contact us early to discuss potential panel formats at values@utdallas.edu

For contributed papers, please submit a 250-500 word abstract. For symposia and other multi-participant panels, submit an abstract up to 250 words describing the topic of the panel and descriptions of up to 100 words describing each participant's contribution.

Submit your proposals here.


Please do not submit more than once for each presentation format (so you can submit as part of a group symposium as well as an individual paper, but not two papers). Participants will generally only be able to appear on the program once in any capacity. Papers that are not accepted for presentation will be automatically considered in our open roundtables session.

Deadline is 1st of February 2015.

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology works to foster diversity and inclusiveness in our programming, events, and outreach efforts. Proposal authors and panel organizers will be asked to submit an optional 50-100 word diversity statement to explain their commitment and contributions to diversity in their proposal and in general. Conference proposals will be reviewed for quality, but final programming decisions will be made with diversity and inclusiveness in mind. Contributed paper proposals will be anonymously reviewed at all stages, whereas final decisions on organized panel proposals may consider identity of the panelists.

Conference facilities will be wheelchair accessible, and interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing can be provided upon request. For any questions about the conference, please contact values@utdallas.edu

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology is an institutional member of the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and/or Engineering (SRPoiSE).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

PhilPapers Editorship Vacancies

I have decided to step down from my roles as Area Editor for General Philosophy of Science and as Editor for Scientific Realism at PhilPapers. Due to personal reasons, I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to dedicate to this wonderful project and I have decided it would be wiser for me to focus my efforts on the two categories of which I will retain Editorship (i.e. Properties, and Dispositions and Powers) instead. This means that the above-mentioned editorships are now vacant. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through the PhilPapers application system. PhilPapers is one of the most useful and powerful professional tools we have and it relies on Editors to function at its best, so I hope many of you will consider applying!

(UPDATE: David Chalmers informs me that, in the process of removing my name from those editorships, all the editorships in the general philosophy of science area have been removed as well. This )

Thursday, September 25, 2014

EBM+ blog

Readers of this blog may be interested in the blog of the EBM+ consortium, accessible at www.ebmplus.org


EBM+ is a consortium whose members are keen to develop the methods of evidence-based medicine to better handle evidence of mechanisms.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Journal: Ergo

The first issue of Ergo is out and can be accessed here: http://www.ergophiljournal.org/

The following are four blog posts discussing each of the papers appearing in the first issue:

Julia Jorati (OSU) on a paper in early modern by Paul Lodge (Oxford):
http://philosophymodsquad.wordpress.com/

Anna Mahtani (LSE) on a paper by Michael Caie (Pittsburgh):
http://choiceandinference.com/http://m-phi.blogspot.ca/

Ellen Clark (Oxford) on a paper in philosophy of biology by
Christopher Hitchcock (Caltech) and Joel Velasco (Texas Tech):
http://philosomama.blogspot.co.uk/

Thomas Nadelhoffer (Charleston) on a paper in experimental philosophy
by John Turri (Waterloo):
http://philosophycommons.typepad.com/xphi/