CFP: First Annual Conference of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science

The Society for the Metaphysics of Science will be holding its first annual conference on September 17-18, 2015 at Rutgers University – Newark. As well as various presentations, the conference will also feature the first organizational meeting of the Society which will elect officers, begin to make various policies, plan future conferences, etc. Both those interested in presenting papers and/or participating in the Society are invited to the conference. (For more information on the society, see the Society for the Metaphysics of Science web page.)
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PhD Studentships at Vienna

Two Phd studentships (fully funded for three years) at the University of Vienna

The first studentship is earmarked for a project at the borderline of philosophy of science and physics: (1) projects in general philosophy of science with reference to the history or the current state of the physical sciences; or (2) projects in the philosophy of physics itself. Projects in (1) might focus on debates over scientific realism, on the unity/disunity, pluralism/monism debates, on the relationship between experiment and theory, or on the role of intuitions in physical theorizing. Projects in (2) might e.g. focus on philosophical questions concerning quantum gravity and quantum optics, or the role of irreversibility in philosophy and (quantum) physics. — Work in this area would be co-supervised by one of the philosophers in the in the doctoral college (professors Kusch, Nemeth or Stadler) together with a physicist (professor Aspelmeyer).
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Fellowships at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP; http://www.lmu.de/mcmp) invites applications for visiting fellowships for one to three months in the academic year 2015/16 (15 October 2015 to 15 February 2016 or 15 April to 15 July 2016) intended for advanced Ph.D. students (“Junior Fellowships”) and postdocs or faculty (“Senior Fellowships”). Candidates should work in general philosophy of science, the philosophy of one of the special sciences, formal epistemology, or social epistemology and have a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative work.
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Two PhD positions at Leeds

In the context of the three-year AHRC-funded project “Scientific Realism and the Quantum” project at the University of Leeds, there will be two PhD positions. One is envisaged to work on the relationship between metaphysics and physics in the context of quantum physics; the other is envisaged to explore issues concerning the nature of modelling, idealisations, and explanation in science, and their epistemological repercussions, in the context of quantum physics.

For more details on the PhD studentships, see the flyer for the AHRC Studentships ‘Realism and Quantum’ here.
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Observatoire de Paris, 6-7 October 2014: Workshop on the History of Time Accuracy in Physics and Astronomy

Next week, I will be giving a talk entitled “The conspicuous absence of space and time in quantum gravity” at the Workshop on the History of Time Accuracy in Physics and Astronomy to be held at the Observatoire de Paris, 6-7 October 2014. For details, please see the attached program.

This workshop will feature a public debate:

Debate: Faut-il tuer le temps?
Tuesday October 7, 19h00, Palais de la Découverte
Public debate between Carlo Rovelli (Université de Méditeranée and Centre de physique théorique de Luminy) and Patrick Peter (Institut d’astrophysique de Paris), moderated by Michel Blay (CNRS).

Workshop Programme

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CfP: 1st Munich Graduate Workshop in Mathematical Philosophy: Philosophy of Physics (LMU Munich, 9 – 11 April 2015)

www.lmu.de/graduateworkshop2015

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is organizing the first Munich Graduate Workshop in Mathematical Philosophy, 9 – 11 April 2015. The workshop is intended for masters and doctoral students with interests in the philosophical foundations of physics. The program will feature student presentations, keynote lectures, and `working groups’ on advanced material at the forefront of contemporary research.
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Call for nominations: Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize

The undersigned hereby issue a call for nominations for the 2014 Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize in the field of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. The Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize intends to honour the life and work of Hanneke Janssen (1982-2008), who was a brilliant student in this field, until her untimely death in a traffic accident.

The prize – which has been funded by donations through the Hanneke Janssen Memorial Fund – is open to international candidates, for any Thesis submitted for a Master’s Degree (or an equivalent thereof), or as a substantial part for obtaining this Master’s Degree, in the field of History and Philosophy of
Modern Physics.
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