Aarhus: Professor/Associate Professor in Science Studies

The Centre for Science Studies at Aarhus University 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.

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.
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Guido Bacciagaluppi from Aberdeen to Utrecht

Guido Bacciagaluppi (philosophy and history of physics) has accepted a position of Associate Professor (‘Universitair Hoofddocent’) in the Foundations of the Natural Sciences at Utrecht University, effectively succeeding Dennis Dieks who retired. Bacciagaluppi will start his new position very soon, on 1 September 2015. He will be based in the Faculty of Science and will be affiliated with the Descartes Centre (http://www.uu.nl/en/descartes-centre). His teaching will mainly be for the English-language Masters in History and Philosophy of Science (http://www.uu.nl/masters/en/history-and-philosophy-science).

He told me that he is very much looking forward to continuing the strong Utrecht tradition in foundations of physics. Indeed: after the moves of Jos Uffink to Minnesota, Thomas Müller to Konstanz, and Jeroen van Dongen to Amsterdam, and the retirement of Dennis Dieks, this is an excellent and most welcome reversal of a trend that has plagued Utrecht for a while and will make sure that Utrecht maintains its strength! Bacciagaluppi will be helped by Dieks, who continues his research activities, van Dongen, who has kept a part-time position at Utrecht, and Fred Muller, who visits Utrecht usually once a week.

And together with some hires elsewhere (some of which I hope to soon be able to announce, some I already have announced, e.g. right below), marks a significant contribution to the health of the field in Europe.

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Richard Dawid from Vienna to Stockholm

Richard Dawid (philosophy of physics, philosophy of science) has accepted a tenured position as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Stockholm. This hire puts Stockholm firmly in place for philosophy of physics, and represents a significant strengthening of their philosophy of science wing.

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New email distribution list in philosophy of quantum gravity

There is now a new email distribution list to share information about events and opportunities concerning the philosophy of quantum gravity, broadly construed. Anyone can become a subscriber, and any subscriber can send a message to the list. Posts that are off topic will be deleted, however, and their senders blocked. Drive responsibly!

To subscribe, go to https://listes.unige.ch/sympa/info/beyondspacetime.

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Jaakko Hintikka (1929-2015)

Jaakko Hintikka was not a philosopher of physics, of course, but the following obituary from Ilkka Niiniluoto might still be of interest to many readers of this blog:

Dear Colleagues,

It is my sad duty to tell the news that the Finnish logician and philosopher Jaakko Hintikka died at the age of 86 after a brief illness on August 12, 2015. In the previous week, he participated actively as a speaker in the CLMPS and LC at the University of Helsinki, including the congress banquet on last Friday.
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CFP Essay Prize: Space and Time After Quantum Gravity

Call for Papers:

Prize competition for essays on

Run by the University of Geneva-University of Illinois at Chicago ‘Space and Time After Quantum Gravity’ project


The investigation of quantum gravity has been central to theoretical physics for at least two decades, but philosophy has only begun to systematically engage with this field in the past few years. The purpose of this competition is to promote new work in the field, and especially engage directly with philosophy and philosophers thus-far outside of quantum gravity.
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Abner Shimony (1928-2015)

From Don Howard:

One of the world’s finest philosophers of science has passed. His many students and friends will miss him dearly.

ABNER ELIEZER SHIMONY Obituary (from the Boston Globe)

Shimony, Abner Eliezer Of New Haven Connecticut, formerly of Wellesley, Massachusetts, passed away at the Mary Wade Nursing Home on August 8. His life-time work was investigating connections between physics and philosophy. Abner was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 10th, 1928. His father, Morris Shimony, had emigrated from Palestine; his mother, Sarah Altman Shimony, from Poland. The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1932, where Morris was a cantor and Hebrew-school teacher at the Anshei Sphard Synagogue. Following his wife’s death in 1935, Morris married Dora Farber, an emigrant from Russia and a member of the congregation. After graduating Summa cum Laude in mathematics and philosophy from Yale in 1948, Abner was a student of Austrian philosopher Rudolph Carnap at the University of Chicago.
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