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About wuthrich

I am a philosopher of physics at the University of Geneva.

Fondecyt Postdoctoral Program 2021

The Philosophy Institute, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, invites early career scholars (that have received their PhD no earlier than 2017, and no earlier than 2016 for female researchers that had children since 2016) to apply to the Fondecyt Postdoctoral Program 2021, funded by the Chilean government. Postdoctoral research projects can last two or three years. The grant includes a monthly salary of about 2300 USD, and funding for attending conferences. The grant is highly competitive, so applications must be as strong as possible. Philosophers of science and philosophers of physics interested in applying, please contact Pablo Acuña ( For more info, visit

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CFP: Synthese Topical Collection, updated deadline

Simplicity out of Complexity? Physics and the Aims of Science

**New deadline: 30 September 2020**

Guest Editors

Florian J. Boge (University of Wuppertal)
Paul Grünke (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Martin King (University of Bonn)
Miguel Ángel Carretero Sahuquillo (University of Wuppertal)

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Postdoc: LARSIM, Paris-Saclay

LARSIM group at CEA-Saclay will hire a postdoctoral researcher to work with Dr. Alexei Grinbaum in the foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum information. Topics of interest may include, but aren’t limited to, non-classical resource theories, indefinite causal orders, or quantum and generalized contextuality. While this research is expected to be of theoretical and mathematical nature, professional contact with experimental groups inside and outside CEA will be appreciated. Collaborations in Paris area may include Paris Center for Quantum Computing, ENS Paris-Saclay, or INRIA.
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Lakatos Award 2020: Nicholas Shea

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Lakatos Award, which goes to Nicholas Shea for his book Representation in Cognitive Science (Oxford University Press, 2018).

The Lakatos Award was made possible by a generous endowment from the Latsis Foundation, in memory of the former LSE professor Imre Lakatos. It is administered by an international Management Committee, which is organised from the LSE but entirely independent of LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. The Committee decides the outcome of the Award competition on the basis of advice from an anonymous panel of selectors who produce detailed reports on the shortlisted books.
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MAP: Master in Philosophy, USI Lugano

The the Master in Philosophy (Map) at USI, Lugano
– stands out for the international stature of its professors;
– is research-oriented, aimed at preparing to the most demanding PhD programmes around the world;
– has a clear focus in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Ancient Philosophy and Medieval Philosophy;
– requires students to submit regular written work, to produce research papers and to develop their presentation and discussion skills;
– guarantees a personal tutor, who is one of the professors of the Master ;
– and provides: regular one-to-one tutorials, feedback on written work and guidance about future academic careers.

The MAP is a two-year graduate degree (120 ECTS; usual duration: 2 years). The language of the programme is English.
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Postdoc in philosophy of physics

The research unit “The Epistemology of the LHC”, established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), invites applications for

a Postdoctoral position
in the field of philosophy of physics.

Established in 2016, the Research Unit has forged a unique cooperation between physicists, philosophers, historians, and social scientists. Its aim is to collectively investigate the epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. With its six individual projects cooperating closely and its teams located at universities across Germany and Austria, the Research Unit covers a broad variety of issues concerning the forefront of research on experimental and theoretical physics at one of the largest scientific facilities worldwide. It addresses key questions in philosophy, history, and the social sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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Open Zoom Seminars in the Israeli Philosophy of Physics Discussion Club

The Philosophy of Physics Discussion Club will hold a series of Zoom-seminars during June. Guests and colleagues are welcome.

Full abstracts and updates are available on the discussion club web page:

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CFP and CFA: Urbino Summer School on the Philosophy of Quantum Computation

*Call for Participation* and *Call for Papers*

The Inter-University Center for Philosophy and Foundations of Physics (CIRFIS), the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences of the University of Urbino Carlo Bo and the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science (SILFS) are glad to present:

XXIII International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics
15-18 June 2020, University of Urbino
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Cushing Prize 2020: John Dougherty

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce that Dr. John Dougherty, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, has been chosen as the winner of the 2020 James T. Cushing Memorial Prize in the History and Philosophy of
Physics for his paper, “Large Gauge Transformations and the Strong CP
Problem,” which is forthcoming in *Studies in the History and Philosophy of
Modern Physics*.
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PhD position: 3-year PhD position in philosophy of physics at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Call for applications
Starting date: 4 May 2020

The International Center for Formal Ontology (ICFO) at the Warsaw University of Technology invites applications for a 3-year doctoral position within the NCN funded project “Self-subsisting structures in quantum gravity” (Principal investigator: Antonio Vassallo; see below for the project’s description).
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