Oxford: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Metaphysics

The Metaphysics of Entanglement project

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Metaphysics, to work on the multidisciplinary project, The Metaphysics of Entanglement in Nature and in the Divine, hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. The Project is directed by Dr Anna Marmodoro and has as co-investigators Professor Andrew Steane (Oxford), Professor Brian Leftow (Oxford), and Dr Christopher Hughes (King’s College London). The Project is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

For the further information on the project, please click here. For further information, please contact anna.marmodoro@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

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New Spaces for Mathematics and Physics – Formal and Philosophical Reflections

New Spaces for Mathematics and Physics – Formal and Philosophical Reflections.

Added 1 July 2015:

28 September – 2 October 2015,
Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris (France)


Confirmed Speakers:

Mathieu Anel
Pierre Cartier
Cecilia Flori
Patrick Iglesias-Zemmour
André Joyal
Mikhail Kapranov
Anders Kock
Maxim Kontsevich
Shahn Majid
Timothy Porter
Jean Pradines
Hanno Sahlmann
Urs Schreiber
Carlos Simpson
Michel Vaquié

Presentation: Since the development of differential and algebraic varieties, the notion of space has traversed very radical transformations, both in pure mathematics and in mathematical physics. The objective of this project is to propose a formal, conceptual and historical vision of these evolutions by addressing recent notions of space in mathematics and/or physics (such as diffeologies, schemes, topoi, stacks, spin networks, homotopy types, noncommutative spaces, supermanifolds, etc.).

This conference is part of the wider project of editing a collective book on these subjects. The workshop is conceived as an opportunity to collectively discuss and enrich the different contributions to the book.

More information is available on http://ercpqg-espace.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en

Participation is free, you can register by writing to ercpqg-espace@sciencesconf.org.

Scientific Committee: Gabriel Catren et Mathieu Anel
Organisation: C. Cachot, J. Page et F. Zalamea

ERC project Philosophy of Canonical Quantum Gravity, Laboratoire SPHERE (Sciences, Philosophie et Histoire), UMR 7219, CNRS – Université Paris Diderot

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UIC Postdoc: Keizo Matsubara

Nick Huggett and I are very happy to announce that our first hire to the Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project is Keizo Matsubara, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rotman Institute of Western University: http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/members/keizo-matsubara/. He will be joining the philosophy department at UIC as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in September. Welcome on board!

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VIII conference of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science

The registration for the VIII conference of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science is now open at:


The conference will be held at Barcelona, 7-10 July 2015.

The congress will host the second edition of the Lullius Lectures, which will be in charge of Prof. Hartry Field (New York U.). The steering committee of the society will organize a symposium on H. Field’s work, with talks by Otávio Bueno (University of Miami), David Liggins (University of Manchester) and Elia Zardini (University of Lisbon).

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New Templeton Project: Space and Time after Quantum Gravity

Nick Huggett and Christian Wüthrich are happy to announce the award of a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation to fund a three year investigation into the philosophical implications of theories of quantum gravity, Space and Time after Quantum Gravity. The work, which will be divided between the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Geneva, continues their Beyond Spacetime project. The premise of the project is that scientific research programs in quantum gravity simultaneously demand philosophical, conceptual investigation for their progress, and raise profound questions about fundamental philosophical assumptions resting on a non-quantum understanding of space and time. How physics thus ‘meets philosophy at the Planck scale’ has been explored so far in the various publications and meetings coming out of the project. The new grant, supplemented with funds from UIC and Geneva, will fund postdocs and predocs in the research groups at both institutions; regular speakers and visitors to the groups; essay competitions; a summer school at Chicago in 2016; a conference at Geneva in 2017; edited volumes; and a course of video lectures for non-specialists. Many of these activities will be made publicly available on video. For more information please subscribe to the project blog at beyondspacetime.net, or look out for calls for participation.

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Frisch (Maryland) receives offer from Hannover

Mathias Frisch (U Maryland) has received a senior offer for full professor at the University of Hannover. If he accepts, this will further strengthen Hannover’s already impressive strength in philosophy of science.

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Powers, Perception, and Agency Summer School and Conference: Rome, 21-27 September 2015

Powers, Perception & Agency Summer School
21-25 September 2015
British School at Rome

The Summer School is open to international graduate students and early career academics (PhD awarded within the last 3 years). The course will be taught by Dr Anna Marmodoro (Oxford, Corpus Christi College) and Dr Erasmus Mayr(Oxford University). To apply for a place in the Summer School please email your CV, a one page motivation statement and a letter from a supervisor or academic colleague to powers@philosophy.ox.ac.uk by Friday 3rd July 2015.
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