New Members

The Phlox-group is happy to announce the arrival of two new members:

  • Giovanni Merlo just started on a postdoc position partly funded by our Grounding project and partly funded by the Department of Philosophy in Hamburg.
  • Martin Lipman also just started, as this year’s Fine Fellow (funded by Kit Fine’s Anneliese Maier Research Award  in cooperation with the Department of Philosophy in Hamburg)

Also, Arvid Båve just started his second period on a Humboldt postdoc fellowship.

We are glad to welcome the three and we’re looking forward to working with them.

Katharina Felka Wins Stegmüller Award

Earlier this week, the ninth congress of the German Association for Analytical Philosophy took place in Osnabrück, characteristically featuring an abundance of good philosophy and good fun. Most importantly, though, long-time phlox-member Katharina Felka, who — sadly for us — is about to leave Hamburg to take up a position at Zürich University, won the highly prestigious Wolfgang Stegmüller Award for her dissertation “Talking About Numbers”. We are all very happy about this and proud for Katharina!

Four Junior Fellowships in Hamburg (PhD & Post-Doc)

The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism (MCAS-JS) at the University of Hamburg offers four Junior Fellowships, i.e. two for PhD candidates and two for Post-Docs, in each case for a period of six months, either during the fall or spring semester 2015-16. In well-founded cases according to an evaluation of the fellow’s results achieved so far an extension of the period of six months up to one year is negotiable. The award supports original research on (Jewish) scepticism in Ancient Times at the MCAS-JS. In this context, scepticism is understood as enquiry into (secular and sacred) belief and knowledge, the expression of doubts toward any kind of authority – raising the question of the criterion of truth (including implicit and explicit sceptical paradoxes) – and the purposefully evoked suspension of judgement to avoid dogmatism. Applications are welcome from young scholars in any field who are in the final stage of their thesis or Post-Doc research project. Fellowships carry a stipend of €1,400/month for PhD candidates respectively €1,700/month for Post-Docs.

The application deadline for the fall 2015 semester fellowship is June 30, 2015.

The application deadline for the spring 2016 semester fellowship is December 31, 2015.

For more details, please consult this document.

Phloxshop VII: Nominalizations (April 25-26)

We are happy to announce our upcoming workshop on Nominalizations. The workshop will take place in room 121 of the main building of the Universität Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (west wing) on April 25-26.

The speakers and their talks (ordered as scheduled) are:

Artemis Alexiadou (Stuttgart):
On two types of English nominalized adjectives and the lexicalization of properties
Thomas Hofweber (Chapel Hill):
The non-referential picture of language
Arvid Båve (Hamburg/Gothenburg):
The function of nominalisations
Robert Schwartzkopff (Hamburg):
The Fregean misconception of number(word)s as object(word)s
David Nicolas (Jean Nicod):
Derived mass nouns, tropes, states and events
Katharina Felka (Hamburg):
On easy arguments for numbers
Graeme Forbes (Colorado, Boulder):
Proposition-descriptions and their “that”-clauses
David Liggins (Manchester):
Propositions and “that”-clauses revisited

More information on the schedule can be found on the workshop’s poster.

The workshop is funded by the DFG, the Humboldt Foundation, and the DFG/ANR project Nominalizations.

Attendance will be free but participants are asked to register with the organizers (please write an email to:

ANNOUNCEMENT: Visiting Stipends for GROUND I: Yablo on Aboutness

We are happy to announce five stipends, each in the amount of 400 Euro, available for graduate students to help finance their visit of the workshop GROUND I: Yablo on Aboutness to take place at the University of Hamburg on August 3rd & 4th 2015.

In order to apply, please send a CV as well as cover page including your name, affiliation, contact information, and a brief statement of no more than 250 words, briefly explaining how your research would benefit from attending the workshop, to

The application deadline is April 1st 2015. We aim to arrive at decisions no later than May 1st 2015.

Successful applicants are strongly encouraged to also attend the 4th Hamburg summer school conducted by Professor Stephen Yablo from July 27th to 31th 2015.