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PhD fellowship in philosophy (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, University of Iceland

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
Start date September 2022 (preferred)
Job description

The University of Iceland welcomes applications for a PhD position within the School of Humanities. The doctoral project focuses on the nature of philosophical progress and related issues regarding progress in philosophy. The doctoral position is funded for three years by the University of Iceland Research Fund, and will be closely associated with two other projects funded by the Icelandic Research Fund: Understanding Progress, in Science and Beyond (2020-2022) and Understanding Philosophical Progress (2023-2025). Work on the doctoral project would preferably commence in September 2022. We are looking for an individual who has enthusiasm for the subject matter and a determination to finish a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Iceland.

Brief project description: A number of philosophers have recently debated whether philosophy makes any (or ‘enough’) progress. For the most part, this debate has proceeded without clearly identifying what it would be for philosophy to be making progress. Clearly, however, there can be no sensible debate about how much progress is made in a discipline without an account of what would constitute progress in that discipline. The first and primary aim of this project is to develop a detailed account of the nature of philosophical progress, rectifying a surprising dearth of such accounts in the philosophical literature. A second aim of the project is to use the proposed account of the nature of philosophical progress to intervene in debates concerning whether it is possible to make philosophical progress under various conditions commonly thought to hold in contemporary philosophy. For instance, the doctoral student may wish to use the proposed account to investigate whether the empirical claim that philosophers widely and systematically disagree on most major philosophical issues would, if true, support the conclusion that philosophy has not made any (or ‘enough’) progress.

The PhD student should be enrolled in a full-time program at the University of Iceland during the grant period. The supervisor is Dr. Finnur Dellsén, professor of philosophy.

• MA degree in philosophy, or equivalent (first class grade).
• Proficiency in English.

The doctoral student will be enrolled in the PhD program at the Faculty of Philosophy, History and Archaeology the University of Iceland. The chosen applicant, working with the supervisor, will apply for a PhD program in Icelandic at the University of Iceland before a formal decision is made on the grant. This program can be applied to outside the traditional application period of PhD programs at the University of Iceland and the applicant will be assisted throughout the application process.

How to apply
Application type Online
The application should include: 1. A CV (with publications listed, if applicable). 2. A written application (ca. 2,000 words) describing the applicant’s interest in the subject matter and how they envision their approach to the research. 3. A record of previous education and certificates (BA and MA, or equivalent). 4. Two references, including their contact information. All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications are valid in the system for 6 months after the application deadline. Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland: http://www.hi.is/haskolinn/jafnrettisaaetlun#markmid2 The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy: https://www.hi.is/haskolinn/malstefna_haskola_islands
Web address to apply https://radningarkerfi.orri.is/?s=28984
Hard deadline June 20, 2022, 11:59pm GMT
Web address for more information https://understandprogress.wordpress.com/
Contact name Finnur Dellsén
Contact email
Time created May 18, 2022, 9:31pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date June 20, 2022, 11:59pm GMT
Expired on June 22, 2022, 12:46am GMT
Last updated June 22, 2022, 12:46am UTC
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