The Summer School Syntax, Truth, and Paradox will take place at USI, Lugano (Switzerland) from 17 to 21 June 2024 and will be taught by Volker Halbach (University of Oxford) and Lorenzo Rossi (University of Turin).
Deadline for applications: February 15, 2024
A map through the land of dragons: Truth, knowledge, necessity, and other notions central to philosophy are haunted by the paradoxes. Philosophers have discussed the liar paradox since antiquity, not only in the Western tradition. In this summer school, we discuss the origins and formal analysis of the paradoxes as well as possible solutions and ways to prevent them from undermining philosophical theorizing.
How to apply: Application is open to graduate students and early career researchers. Please send a copy of your CV, a one-page motivation letter and a reference letter from a supervisor or colleague to paradox.summerschool(a)usi.ch
Accepted participants will have the opportunity to send a short abstract for consideration to present some of their research at the summer school.
More information: usi.ch/paradox
Any questions: paradox.summerschool(a)usi.ch
JOB: 3-year Postdoc Fellowship in Philosophy of Physics, USI, Lugano
The postdoc will work at the Institute of Philosophy at USI, Lugano (Switzerland), under the supervision of Professor Damiano Costa in the framework of the SNSF-funded Starting Grant project ‘Temporal Existence’. A brief description of the project is provided below.
The approximate gross salary will be CHF 75'000 CHF per year.
The tentative starting date is flexible (earliest starting date is May 1, 2024).
Candidates must have a PhD degree in philosophy and a background in the philosophy of physics, with an emphasis on Relativity Theory. Proven specific competence in analytic metaphysics would also constitute an advantage. The main selection criteria will be (a) compatibility with the research project as well as (b) scientific excellence.
Candidates may write to damiano.costa(a)usi.ch with questions about the suitability of their profile for the project.
Deadline for applications (soft): the selection process will start on March 1, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received before February 29, 2024 will be given priority.
Language Requirements: Lugano is in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, but for the purposes of the position only English is compulsory.
Applicants must submit their dossier as a single PDF file to damiano.costa(a)usi.ch with ‘Postdoc application’ in the subject line. The dossier should include:
(i) a cover letter describing the candidate’s background in philosophy of physics and the fit between the candidate’s interests and qualifications and the Starting Grant project;
(ii) a CV;
(iii) a 5'000 word writing sample;
(iv) the contact details of two philosophers who can provide academic references.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Zoom in March 2024.
SNSF Starting Grant ‘Temporal Existence’
Everything in our concrete universe, from the smallest elementary particle to the largest galaxy, exists at some time and at some place. But what is it for something to exist at a time? What is temporal existence? Even though other topics in the vicinity, such as tenseless existence, time, persistence, and temporary intrinsics, have been at the centre of much recent philosophical research, this specific question has been overlooked so far. This project tackles this problem head-on. Drawing from metaphysics and physics, this project will launch a systematic inquiry into the nature of temporal existence and explore the transformative impact that this inquiry can have in philosophy and beyond. A first sub-project deals with this question from the point of view of analytic metaphysics, making use of conceptual tools developed in mereology, location theory, and the theory of grounding. Questions to be addressed include: what is it for something to be in time? Is existence-at a relation? What’s its relation with existence and being? Is everything in time in the same way? A second sub-project will tackle the question from the point of view of the philosophy of physics, and more precisely Relativity Theory. Questions to be addressed include: what is spacetime unitism? How, if at all, does Relativity Theory support spacetime unitism? What does spacetime unitism tell us about being in time? A third and fourth sub-project will apply the methods, arguments and results developed in the first two sub-projects to two case studies, namely that of abstract objects and that of the mind. Questions to be addressed include: are abstract objects such as universals and numbers in time? Does this imply that they are also in space? What consequence do different theories of temporal existence have on debates concerning the existence and nature of abstract objects?
The research team will be composed of PI, a post-doc working on philosophy of physics, a post-doc working in metaphysics, philosophy of mind or religion (or the history thereof), a PhD student working on metaphysics.
The International Association for Philosophy of Time (IAPT) is pleased to announce its 9th annual conference to be held at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland, on 24th–28th June 2024.
Confirmed invited speakers include:
- Craig Callender
- Nina Emery
- Kit Fine
- Jenann Ismael
- Tim Maudlin
- Kristie Miller
- Laurie Paul
- Oliver Pooley
- Thomas Sattig
- Daniel Sudarsky
- Emily Thomas
More invited speakers will be announced soon.
The local organisers are Damiano Costa and Cristian Mariani. The programme committee is chaired by David Ingram. The conference is sponsored by Swiss National Science Foundation grants, Temporal Existence (Costa, SNSF Starting Grant, 211294), and Quantum Indeterminacy (Mariani, SNSF Ambizione, 208762).
Call for Abstracts: the organisers invite submissions of high-quality abstracts (500 words max.) of papers on the philosophy of time, broadly construed, suitable for 40-minute presentations. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and submitted by email (as a .docx or .pdf file) to iapt9lugano(a)gmail.com by 31st January 2024, 12.00 pm (noon) GMT. The submission email should include your name, institutional affiliation, and the title of the paper (in the body of the email). Successful applicants will be notified and the full programme confirmed in April.