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.


Events in 2018

It looks as thought 2018 will be as busy a year as the past ones. Here are a couple of phlox-events this year:

  • On February 10-11, there will be a second instalment of the Hamburg-Meets-Glasgow Workshop, this time in Glasgow. For further information, consider the workshop’s website.
  • Kit Fine, Mike Raven, Robert Schwartzkopff, and Benjamin Schnieder will organize a conference on Metaphysical Grounding to take place at Hamburg University on 25-27 May. We will soon post more information about this event on this page.
  • Finally, also this year there will be a Hamburg Summer School. We are happy to announce that Gideon Rosen will lecture this year. The topic will be moral responsibility. The Summer School will take place on 23-27 July. We will soon post more information about this event on this page.

Fall events

We are happy to announce that members of phlox are organizing two events taking place this fall.

  1. The second Fudan Meets Hamburg Workshop, taking place at the University of Hamburg on October 27th and 28th (for more information see here).
  2. The fourth Philosophy Meets Literary Studies Workshop, taking place at the University of Göttingen on November 17th and 18th  (for more information, see here).

Glasgow-Hamburg Workshop

On Monday and Tuesday of next week (August 28th and 29th) there will be a workshop bringing together philosophers from the Glasgow and Hamburg departments. The workshop is organized by former Phlox-member and recent Glaswegian Stephan Krämer as well as Jonas Werner.

The event will take place in Room ESA W-119. Attendance is free, but please let the organizers know if you plan to come. A timetable and further information can be found on the workshop’s website.