Lineup changes

Phlox continues to be in flux. Long term phlox-member Nathan Wildman left Hamburg in September and took up a position at Glasgow University. Stephan Krämer has also recently accepted a lectureship at Glasgow, and will move there in spring 2017. Finally, former Kit Fine Fellow Martin Lipman got awarded a prestigious VENI Grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and has moved to the University of Amsterdam.

As sad as we are to see Martin, Nathan, and Stephan go, we are of course very happy for their success and wish them all the best for their future careers!

Meanwhile, Ryan Cox has recently joined our group in connection with a 10-month DAAD fellowship, and  Joop Leo will join us as a new Kit Fine Fellow next year.

We will also be announcing a new position later this year, so watch this space.


Thanks and Good News

An intense week of discussing  contrastivism lies behind us and we have to once again thank Prof. Jonathan Schaffer for leading such an inspiring summer-school! Thanks are also due to this year’s participants; in particular, to the students who contributed their presentations on Jonathan’s work.

The occasion seems ideal to mention some very good news: Jonathan has been awarded the prestigious Humboldt Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which will enable him to organize some activities and spend some time at Hamburg in the future. More concrete announcements will soon appear on this page.



Summer School with Jonathan Schaffer

We are very happy to announce the fifth instalment of the Hamburg Summer-School in theoretical philosophy, this year organised jointly by Phlox and Richard Woodward’s Emmy Noether-Group. The summer-school will be taught by Prof. Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers) and focus on contrastivism in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language. It will take place from July 18 to July 22.

For more information please consult this page.


New Members

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

  • Sonja Schierbaum started working on a DFG-funded project on Leibniz’s and Crusius’s theories of free will and the Principle of Sufficient Reason.
  • Moritz Schulz, a member of the original lineup of Phlox, will be a core member of Phlox again as he just started on an assistant professorship at the University of Hamburg.

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

Stipends for the workshop Imperatives: Worlds and Beyond

We are happy to announce that we will be able to offer up to five stipends, each in the amount of 400 Euro, for graduate students to help finance their visit to Kit Fine’s workshop “Imperatives: Worlds and Beyond” taking place in Hamburg on June 12th and 13th this year.

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 March 16th 2016. We aim to arrive at decisions no later than April 15th 2016.