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.

Pronouns and Philosophia Mathematica

The editorial board of Philosophia Mathematica have discussed the review of Haverkamp’s book (see the post below). The general editor, Robert Thomas, issued the following statement:

In the recent review of Nick Haverkamp’s Intuitionism vs. Classicism: A Mathematical Attack on Classical Logic in Philosophia Mathematica, published online on October 27th 2015, a paragraph was included that did not meet the standards for which we aim in the journal. We apologise for this. The review has now been retracted and procedures have been established to prevent similar episodes in the future.