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Urbino Summer School: June 17-20

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The 22nd International School in Philosophy of Physics will be held in Urbino, on June 17th-20th, 2019. The topic of the school is “Philosophy of Cosmology” and will feature lectures given by Christopher Smeenk (Western University, and Director of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy), Erik Curiel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), and afternoon seminars given by Alfio Bonanno (INAF, Catania Astrophysical Observatory), Elena Pian (INAF, Astrophysics and Space Science Observatory, Bologna), Vincenzo Fano (University of Urbino) and Giovanni Macchia (University of Urbino)

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RIP: Adolf Grünbaum (1923-2018)

As noted on Daily Nous, Adolf Grünbaum, professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Philosophy of Science and its Department of History of Philosophy of Science, died this past Thursday.

Professor Grünbaum was known for his work in philosophy of physics and the philosophy of psychology.

He joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1960, founding its Center for Philosophy of Science. Prior to that, he was a professor at Lehigh University. He received his PhD in philosophy from Yale in 1951.

(via Edouard Machery)

On a more personal note, I was fortunate to take a seminar he taught on the philosophy of religion, which he alternated with a seminar on the philosophy of psychoanalysis in the early 2000s when I was a graduate student at Pitt. I will always be grateful for his support, particularly for his very kind letter of recommendation (which he read to me over the phone!). I always admired his energy and enthusiasm for philosophy, which kept strong at what was already then an advanced age!

At the peril that this may be an awkward thing to say about the staunch atheist he was: may he rest in peace.

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Foundations of Physics Research Chair: Western

The University of Western Ontario invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Foundations of Physics. Tier 2 research chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars, meaning that scholars should have less than 10 years as an active researcher in the field (further details).  The successful candidate will be appointed to both the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Philosophy, and is expected to have a strong research track record in both physics and philosophy, with a doctoral degree in at least one of the fields.

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RIP: Aristidis Arageorgis

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Aristidis Arageorgis, lecturer in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Law at the National Technical University of Athens. Aristides worked mostly in the philosophy of physics, but also in general philosophy of science and the philosophy of mathematics. He received his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. The community will miss him.

I will be happy to link obituaries or announcements which appear online. Here is the announcement from Pitt’s HPS department. The Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Law at NTUA has dedicated a website to the memory of Aristidis, with messages of condolences by John Earman and Peter Machamer.

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LMU Munich: Two Postdoctoral Fellowships at the MCMP

http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/post_doc_2018/index.html

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) seeks applications for two 3-year postdoctoral fellowships starting on October 1, 2018. (A later starting date is possible.) We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in at least one of the following fields: general philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of statistics, formal epistemology, formal philosophy of science, social epistemology, philosophy and psychology of reasoning and argumentation, agent-based modeling in philosophy, or decision theory.

Application deadline: April 15 2018

For more information and details see: http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/post_doc_2018/index.html

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Oxford: Fixed-term departmental lecturer in philosophy of physics

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford.

Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy of Physics

Grade 7: £31,604 – £33,518 per annum

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Rotman Summer Institute: Philosophy of Cosmology

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy will host a summer institute in philosophy of cosmology, June 11-20, 2018. The Institute will focus primarily on two issues:  first, the role of simulations in cosmology, and second, the status of singularity theorems in light of proposals from quantum gravity.  Graduate students and junior scholars are encouraged to apply by March 30. Please visit the Institute website for further details.  This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, awarded to Chris Smeenk and Jim Weatherall.

 

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Extended Deadline: Summer School on the Philosophy, History and Sociology of Particle Physics

Second Call for Applications: The Research Unit Epistemology of the LHC invites applications for the Summer School

‘Particle Physics at the Crossroads: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Particle Physics’

taking place 23-30 July 2018 in Wuppertal (Germany).

Extended deadline: 28 February 2018

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Philosophy of QFT Summer School (Urbino, June 25-28)

The XXI International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics hosted in Urbino, June 25-28, will focus on Philosophy of Quantum Field Theory.  Interested graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply to attend, or to present a paper.
Lectures will be given by Miklos Redei (London School of Economics and Political Science), Laura Ruetsche (University of Michigan) and Giovanni Valente (Polytechnic University of Milan); and afternoon seminars will be given by Elena Castellani (University of Florence), F.A. Muller (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Utrecht University), and Sergio Doplicher (University of Rome La Sapienza)

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MPIWG: Two postdoc positions

Alex Blum is starting his own research group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and is looking to hire a philosophy of physics (or physics) postdoc and a history of physics postdoc. The duration of these fixed-term positions will be two years, with the possibility to be extended for another two years. For more information, please visit http://mpiwg.de/en/news/jobs#16123.

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