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Faculty of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science
AOS categories Metaphysics
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Start date January 2023 (subject to negotiation)
Job description

We have exciting opportunities for a Postdoc to make a contribution to the NCN (National Science Centre) funded research project Meaning as use and externalism (2022-2025), working with PI Bartosz Kaluziński at the Adam Mickiewicz University’s Faculty of Philosophy. 

The successful candidate will produce high-quality research in accordance with the project’s aims, which involve issues on the intersection of normative inferentialism and externalism. 

Project summary: 

The project is focused on the use of theories of meaning, particularly the inferential theory of meaning (a theory saying that linguistic meaning is constituted by those material inferences (transitions, moves) one ought to or may (not) make). 

Externalism (Burge 1979; Putnam 1975) seems to be very popular in the philosophy of mind and language. The main point made by externalists is that meanings and contents are not determined by internal factors but (at least partially) by external ones. They emphasize the role of linguistic community (especially relevant experts) and the structure of reality in determining meaning of linguistic expressions. As externalists like to put it, “meaning ain’t in the head”. At first glance, inferentialism (after all, inferences are things that one carries in one’s head ) and externalism (“meaning ain’t in the head”) may be considered incompatible. We would like to check how normative inferentialism actually intersects with externalism – that issue is heavily understudied. 

Normative inferentialism is an essentially social theory, so we need to undertake the following issues: given that normative inferentialism, as a use-theory of meaning, identifies linguistic meaning with some sort of communal use, how it is possible to reconcile that with (a) distinguished role of relevant experts, and (b) the fact that meaning and content is at least partly determined by the structure of reality (for instance, atomic number). The research to be conducted includes, among others, the following research tasks: 

  • Inferentialism and semantics and metaphysics of natural kinds  
  • Inferentialism and division of linguistic labour 
  • The role of experts, community and reality in determining meaning of terms 

There is 1 position available, fixed-term for 24 months

For informal enquiries, please contact PI: [email protected] 

The main criteria for this position are academic excellence as well as compatibility with the project. The successful applicant should hold a Ph.D. title (at the date of employment) in philosophy. The degree has to be obtained within 7 years prior to joining the project. This period does not include maternity or paternal leave or other circumstances described in the Polish National Science Centre Opus project regulations. 

This is a purely research post; there are no teaching obligations. English is the working language of the project; no knowledge of Polish is required. 

Required documents: 

1. Diploma 

2. Full academic CV (including publications, conference presentations, research projects, fellowships, awards etc) 

3. Writing sample – paper or dissertation chapter – that the Candidates consider their best work (published or unpublished, max approx. 20 pages)  

4. Research Statement – outlining how the Candidates intend to contribute to the realization of the project (max. 3 pages)

5. Please sign the following consent clause:
"Pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) and the general regulation on data protection of 27 April 2016 (Journal of Laws UE L 119/1 of 4 May 2016), I consent to the processing of personal data other than those indicated in art. 221 of the Labor Code (first and last names and surname; parents' names; date of birth; place of residence; correspondence address; education; previous employment history) included in my job offer for the purposes of current recruitment."

Deadline for application: 2 September 2022 

Online interviews: mid September 2022 

Starting date: 1 January 2023 (subject to negotiation)

Net salary: ~6000PLN/month (~1,5 median salary in Poland)

During the period of receiving Postdoc remuneration, the successful Candidate will not receive remuneration from another employer on the basis of an employment contract, including an employer based outside Poland.

Applications should be sent to: [email protected]


How to apply
Application type Email
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Hard deadline September 2, 2022, 11:59pm CET
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Web address for more information https://www2.ncn.gov.pl/baza-ofert/?akcja=wyswietl...
Contact name Bartosz Kaluziński
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Time created May 24, 2022, 9:17pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date September 2, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Expired on September 4, 2022, 12:46am CET
Last updated September 3, 2022, 10:46pm UTC
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