CFR: Dark Matter and Modified Gravity Conference, Aachen

Dark Matter & Modified Gravity Conference
6-8 February 2019
Aachen, Germany
Call for Registration (deadline 13 January 2019)
The Research Unit “Epistemology of the LHC” invites students and other scholars in philosophy, history and sociology of physics/science, as well as in physics, to register for the conference “Dark Matter & Modified Gravity”, taking place from 6 to 8 February 2019 at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
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Bonn: Postdoc and graduate funding in history and philosophy of physics

The University of Bonn invites applications for a five-year postdoc in history and philosophy of physics, as well as applications for a graduate studentship (four years of full funding) to pursue a PhD in the same subject. For details see

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Wuppertal: Professorship in philosophy of science

(NOTE: For information only–the deadline has passed (see below).)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Research (IZWT)

is seeking a

*University Professor for Philosophy*

Pay scale group: W 2 State Remuneration Act (LBesG) NRW (pursuant to
section 36 Higher Education Act (HG) NRW)

to start on 01.04.2020 or earlier.
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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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CFP: Early Career Workshop in History and Philosophy of Physics

Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Workshop dates: April 11-12, 2019
Submission deadline: January 15, 2019

Confirmed Keynote Speaker
Katherine Brading (Duke University)

The history and philosophy of physics is an intellectually diverse field which has become increasingly engaged with issues of interest to contemporary practicing physicists. One of the driving forces of this intellectual diversity has been early career philosophers, historians, and physicists exploring topics of foundational import in a broad range of sub fields of physics, such as cosmology and astrophysics, particle physics, quantum gravity, and condensed matter physics, alongside more traditional issues in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics and spacetime physics. In several cases, historians and philosophers have contributed directly to methodological debates taking place within the physics community.
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Bonn: New Group for History and Philosophy of Physics

Dennis Lehmkuhl has accepted a faculty position at the University of Bonn, where a new group for history and philosophy of physics will be created. For details of the planned research projects, and soon for announcements of postdoctoral, doctoral and visiting fellowships, see the website of the new group,

UPDATE 5 November 2018:
The Lichtenberg Group led by Dennis Lehmkuhl is part of the larger local group in the philosophy and history of physics at the University of Bonn. For more information on the entire group and its activities, please visit

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Northwestern: New Grant/Sabbatical Opportunity

Applications are being accepted through 1 Dec. 2018* for grant support for an interdisciplinary visitor (a philosopher, theologian, …) to be resident at the new Center for Fundamental Physics (CFP) at Northwestern University. The CFP webpage describes the opportunity and proposal requirements ( for applications to be submitted via this website.

*Any extensions of the deadline date will be announced on the web page.

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