Come and Join Us!

Phlox is hiring a postdoc, AOS: metaphysics, ontology, and/or philosophy of language and logic. Applicants must have obtained their PhD in 2020 or later.

The position comes with quite attractive conditions:

  • contract of 4 years, with a possible extension of 2 years after an interim evaluation;
  • one sabbatical;
  • 50.000€ research funds.

The deadline for applications is the 31st of October. Starting date: June, 2023 (a later starting date might be negotiable).

For further details click here.

Summer School 2022

Since Phlox has mostly moved to Vienna, we renamed our series summer school into the Hamburg/Vienna Summer Schools. This year’s speaker was Karen Bennett (Rutgers), the topic was Social Ontology and “Traditional Metaphysics”. It was a very enjoyable first instalment of the Vienna events.

Hamburg Summer School 2020

The Phlox Research Group and the Emmy Noether Group Relevance are delighted to announce that the 9th Hamburg Summer School  (20.6.2020-24.6.2020) will be taught by Francesco Berto (St. Andrews/Amsterdam). This year’s topic will be:

The Hyperintensional Revolution: Topics and Non-Normal Worlds.

Possible worlds semantics (PWS) has been a 20th Century philosophical success story: it has been used to analyse fundamental notions such as knowledge, belief, information, content, conditionality, and more. The early 21st Century is witnessing, in Daniel Nolan’s words, a ‘hyperintensional revolution’, as the open problems of PWS are increasingly understood as revolving around one issue: most of those fundamental notions are hyperintensional – they require distinctions more fine-grained than what PWS can easily model.

This Summer School introduces two approaches to hyperintensionality: (1) non-normal or impossible worlds semantics and (2) topic theory. Applications of both in formal semantics, epistemic logic, suppositional thinking, indicative and counterfactual conditionals, are presented. And some open problems for both views are discussed.

The course will take place from Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24, 2020 at the University of Hamburg. For more information, please visit

Call for attendance
We very much welcome external participants to the Summer School, though only a limited number of spaces are available. If you would like to participate, please send a registration email, attaching (i) a brief CV, and (ii) a short letter indicating how the course would benefit your work, to sommerkurs (at) gmx (dot) de.

Registration is open until April 30th; we will notify applicants by the 10th of May. (Please note: Should we receive an extremely high number of applications, we may close applications at an earlier date.).

The registration fee will be 25€ to cover refreshments and snacks throughout the course. The fee will be payable at the beginning of the event.

Yet another Emmy Noether Group (and another open position)

Phlox began as an Emmy Noether group almost ten years ago. In the meantime, some phlox-members have managed to successfully apply for Emmy Noether grants on their own. After Moritz Schulz brought his project on Knowledge and Decision to Hamburg in 2016, we are very happy that Stephan Krämer will return to Hamburg by the end of May to start as principle investigator of a new Emmy Noether Group on Relevance. You can find more information about the project and the group on this page.

Stephan has already advertised a three year position for a postdoctoral researcher. You can find the advertisement here.

Job in Hamburg

The University of Hamburg will have a position open for a research associate (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) with a starting date of July 1st 2018. The position is for three years with a possible renewal for another three years. It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 39 hours per week. It involves teaching obligations (2.5 courses per semester) as well as some administrative duties.
The successful applicant must have passed the defence of their doctoral dissertation by the time they take up their position. A focus in the philosophy of language and/or analytic metaphysics is expected. Applicants who can evidence research interests that overlap with those of the associated Professorship (Prof. Benjamin Schnieder) will stand at an advantage

The deadline for applications is April 8th. For more information on the position and the application-procedure please consider: (The official, less informative, advertisement can be found here:

Update on Spring/Summer Events

  • As you may have seen, the webpage for the Hamburg Summer School in Philosophy with Gideon Rosen has been updated. Check out if you plan to attend.
  • There are also news on the Workshop on metaphysical grounding to take place on May 25.-27. 2018 in Hamburg. The workshop is funded by Prof Fine’s Annalieser Maier Award from the Humboldt Foundation and a Connections Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada awarded to Prof Raven.

    The workshop will assemble contributors to “The Routledge Handbook of Metaphysical Grounding”, edited by Prof Raven, with the aim of fostering discussion of the various topics in the volume and the connections between them.

    The workshop is structured in five sessions: (i) History (contributors: Margaret Cameron, Phil Corkum, Stefan Roski), (ii) Explanation and Determination (contributors: Louis deRosset, Martin Glazier, Kathrin Koslicki, Kevin Richardson, Benjamin Schnieder, Alex Skiles), (iii) Logic and Structure (contributors: Scott Dixon, Stephan Krämer),  (iv) Applications (Fatema Amijee, Carolyn Brighouse, Kit Fine, Michaela McSweeney, Asya Passinsky, Erica Shumener, Tobias Wilsch), and  (v) Connections (contributors: Ricki Bliss, Tom Donaldson, David Kovacs, Stephan Leuenberger, Noel Saenz,  Olla Solomyak,  Tuomas Tahko, Jeniffer Wang).

    Space at the workshop is limited, but we hereby invite applications to fill up to eight slots of non-contributing participants.

    A number of bursaries, each in the amount of 400 Euro, will be available for junior academics (graduate and PhD students as well as early postdocs) to help finance their visit of the workshop. Since Prof Fine’s Anneliese Maier Research Prize is intended to be be used to further Prof Fine’s connection to German academia, applicants associated with a German university stand at an advantage.

    In order to apply, please send a CV as well as cover page (including your (i) name, (i) affiliation, (iii) contact information, (iv) a brief statement of no more than 250 words, briefly explaining how your research would benefit from attending the workshop, and (v) an indication of whether you would like to be considered for a bursaries) to The application deadline is March 31st 2018. We aim to arrive at decisions no later than April 30th 2018.