FULLY FUNDED PhD POSITIONS AT KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, KTH Architecture and Built Environment

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes Architecture, Industrial Management and Urban Planning. There are a total of 13,400 first and second level students and almost 1,900 doctoral students. KTH has 4,900 employees. Architecture and Built Environment focuses on future of our societies, on how our cities, buildings and infrastructure should be designed. We study growth, technology and environment, as well as ethical considerations and risks. Our curriculum and our research are based on several academic disciplines: Engineering and the Technical sciences, the Humanities, and the Social sciences.
 

Job description
 

The PhD student will be conducting research within the project Organizing sustainable cities: planning, strategy, governance, management – a cooperation between KTH and three other leading European universities. The project aims at grasping how the concept of ‘sustainable urban development’ becomes translated into practice through the networks and practice spheres of contemporary city administrations.The conducted research will primarily involve ethnographic studies of the practical implementation of sustainable urban development policy in a number of European cities. The position is based at the KTH campus in central Stockholm, but the applicant should be aware
that the research will also demand periods of field studies in other European cities.
 

I BLASCO DISPUTATIO: PRAGMATISM

I BLASCO DISPUTATIO: PRAGMATISM: (VALENCIA, OCTOBER 26-27, 2015)

http://catedrablasco.cat/disputatio/ 

BLASCO DISPUTATIO is a yearly workshop designed to promote the discussion on any topic in epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. Each edition of this workshop focuses on a particular issue to be disputed by two invited speakers that will defend divergent, if not opposing, views. A call for papers will be made for contributions that will explore further aspects of the topic. The 2015 edition is open to discussing any issue concerning pragmatism.

CALL FOR PAPERS:

We invite submissions on any aspect of the debate on pragmatism. Authors should submit full papers  (5000 words) or extended abstracts (2000 words) by June 15th, 2015. Submissions should be sent to blascodisputatio@gmail.com. Notification of acceptance should be expected by July 15, 2015

PROPENSITIES AND STATISTICS SEMINAR: TWO NOTIONS OF HOLISM

Propensities and Statistics Seminar: Two Notions of Holism

Speaker: Elizabeth Miller (University of Birmingham)

Speaker's Abstract:

I distinguish two notions of holism: a standard, squarely metaphysical one, traditionally understood in terms of whole-on-part non-supervenience, and a predictive one applying to theoretical structure. The distinction promises to clarify, and perhaps even to reshape, current debate about the metaphysics of quantum entanglement. Though the metaphysical and predictive notions are distinct, a natural association between them may explain the appearance of cogency attaching to one standard argument from quantum entanglement to the existence of metaphysical holism.

CALL FOR PAPERS: WORKSHOP ON INNER SPEECH

Inner Speech: Theories and Models

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for the discussion of different approaches to inner speech, bringing together a number of philosophers and psychologists with diverse stances on this topic. We invite researchers with relevant work on inner speech to submit a paper on any related topic.

Dates: July 1-3 2015. Venue: Carmen de la Victoria, University of Granada, Spain
 

Call for papers

We invite submissions from philosophers and psychologists working on any topic related to inner speech, but we welcome especially submissions with a theoretical standpoint. We have six slots available for 40 minutes presentations (plus 20 minutes discussion).

Deadline for submissions is April 30. Response is expected by the second week of May.

Please send a 1000 word abstract to Fernando Martínez-Manrique at fmmanriq@ugr.es

 

SEMINARIO UNED: GUSTAVO ARROYO

Seminario del Dpto. de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la ciencia (UNED)

MIÉRCOLES 25 DE FEBRERO, 11.30 (Sala 06 de Filosofía, UNED)

Gustavo Arroyo (U. Nacional General Sarmiento, Gran Buenos Aires): "Argumentar acerca de definiciones: presupuestos teóricos en el caso de contraejemplos"

CALL FOR PAPERS: CAUSALITY AND MODELLING IN THE SCIENCES

CAUSALITY AND MODELLING IN THE SCIENCES (CaMitS)

Madrid 29th June-1st July 2015

Organiser: María Jiménez Buedo (UNED, Madrid)

This is the tenth conference in the Causality in the Sciences series of conferences.

http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/jw/cits.htm

Both causality and modelling play a central role in the sciences. Causal inference (finding out what causes what) and causal explanation (explaining how a cause produces its effect) are major scientific tasks in fields as diverse as astrophysics, biochemistry, biomedical or social and behavioural sciences, and questions of causality are typically investigated by building models. Many models have become famous in their own right, such as Bohr’s model of the atom, still used long after the background theory was abandoned; the Lotka-Volterra model of the dynamic interactions between predator and prey; the Ising model in physics (and now econophysics) showing by simulation how phase change can be caused by a small number of parameters; the Schelling model in social sciences, demonstrating again by simulation that only a mild preference for living closer to those of similar racial origin to yourself can lead to the formation of ghettos; and the Phillips Machine built to model the macro-economy. Styles of models range from complex computational simulations to equations or groups of equations, to conceptualisations of a problem, often made more concrete in diagrams or animations. There has been recent work on many aspects of modelling, including issues that impact on the public domain, such as the appropriateness of economic models in light of the global financial crash, or the challenges of climate modelling.

Previous conferences in the Causality in the Sciences series have investigated the relationship between causality and challenging concepts such as probability, mechanisms, evidence, experimentation and complexity. This one will focus on the relationship between causality and modelling. This raises many important questions deeply embedded in the practices of the sciences:

·         What are models and how can we use them to establish or investigate causal relations?

·         Is the nature of models the same or different across scientific domains? What are the relevant distinctions between different modelling practices?

·         How should we regard formal techniques for quantitative representation of causal relations, and for data mining?

·         Can purely predictive models be useful in investigating causal systems?

·         What good are models for pedagogical purposes?

·         How should we trade off close relationship to the target system with increasing idealization and sophistication of the model?

IKERBASQUE RESEARCH FELLOWS CALL 2015

Ikerbasque has launched a new international call to reinforce research and scientific career in the Basque Country, they offer:

15 positions for Promising Researchers Ikerbasque Research Fellows
5 year contracts
PhD degree between Jan2005-Dec2012

Support letter from the host group is mandatory
Deadline: April 15th at 13:00 CET

 For further information, use this link: www.ikerbasque.net
 

JORNADAS SOBRE ENFOQUES DEL MÉTODO CIENTÍFICO: PLURALISMO VERSUS REDUCCIONISMO

XX Jornadas de Filosofía y Metodología actual de la Ciencia

Las “Jornadas sobre Enfoques del método científico: Pluralismo versus reduccionismo” constituyen las XX Jornadas sobre Filosofía y Metodología actual de la Ciencia. Es una actividad pensada como Congreso, de dos días de duración, que organiza la Universidad de A Coruña con el respaldo de la Sociedad de Lógica, Metodología y Filosofía de la Ciencia en España.

Ponentes invitados

El invitado principal Robert Batterman es Catedrático de Filosofía en la Universidad de Pittsburgh (Estados Unidos). Doctor por la Universidad de Michigan, ha sido profesor de Ohio State University y la Universidad de Western Ontario en Canadá. Es Fellow de la Royal Society de Canadá. Actualmente coordina un proyecto de la Fundación Templeton directamente relacionado con estas Jornadas.

Otro ponente invitado es Mark Wilson, que es también Catedrático de Filosofía en la Universidad de Pittsburgh, donde ha sido el Director del Departamento de Filosofía. Anteriormente ha sido profesor de las Universidades de California-San Diego, Illinois-Chicago y Ohio. Se ha ocupado de una variedad de temas con especial atención a la Filosofía de la Física y el papel de la Matemática. Ha investigado asimismo sobre pensadores históricamente representativos como G. Leibniz, G. Frege y L. Wittgenstein.

También son ponentes invitados Giovanni Camardi, que es Profesor Titular de Filosofía de la Ciencia en la Universidad de Catania (Italia), Álvaro Moreno, que es Catedrático de Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia en la Universidad del País Vasco, y María Caamaño, que está acreditada como Profesora Titular de Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia en la Universidad de Valladolid.

Presentarán una ponencia cada uno de ellos y participarán en una mesa redonda.

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