Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Iceland
|Job category||Postdoc or similar / Fixed term|
|AOS||Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, or Metaphilosophy|
Philosophy of Science
|Location||Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland|
|Start date||Flexible, but between September 1st 2019 and January 1st 2020.|
The University of Iceland invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship at the School of Humanities (Institute of Philosophy) in connection with the research project ‘Understanding Progress, in Science and Beyond’, funded by the Icelandic Research Fund (RANNÍS). The full-time position is fixed-term for 3 years.
‘Understanding Progress, in Science and Beyond’ is a three-year project based at the University of Iceland. The main objectives of this project are (i) to develop and evaluate a novel understanding-based account of scientific progress, and (ii) to explore the prospects for extending this account to philosophical progress. The proposed understanding-based account differs from the three currently dominant accounts of scientific progress, which respectively explicate such progress in terms of knowledge, truthlikeness, and problem-solving abilities. This project will connect with burgeoning research on scientific and philosophical understanding in order to develop an account of scientific and philosophical progress that simultaneously builds on the successes of competing accounts and improves upon their weaknesses.
The understanding-based proposed account holds, roughly, that science and philosophy make progress precisely when they increase our understanding of the relevant phenomena. This account, which was first sketched with regard to scientific progress in recent publications by the project's principal investigator Finnur Dellsén, will serve as the central working hypothesis for the project. Using standard methodology from philosophy of science and epistemology, the project will seek to capitalize on various potential advantages of this understanding-based account, e.g., regarding the systematicity of scientific and philosophical representation, the epistemic value of understanding, and the role of idealizations in scientific and philosophical theorizing.
The project is led by Finnur Dellsén (University of Iceland), who is the project’s principal investigator (PI), and Insa Lawler (UNC Greensboro), who is the project’s co-investigator (Co-I). The project also involves the following international collaborators: Alexander Bird (KCL), Henk de Regt (Radboud University Nijmegen), Catherine Elgin (Harvard), Alison Hills (Oxford), Milena Ivanova (Cambridge), Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury), Ilkka Niiniluoto (Helsinki), Daniel Stoljar (ANU), and Michael Strevens (NYU).
The tasks of the post-doctoral fellow include undertaking research relevant to the project goals, prepare research publications, present papers at appropriate scholarly conferences and meetings, and assist with the administration of the project and its events. The post-doctoral researcher will be expected to work with a research team consisting, among others, of the project’s PI, Finnur Dellsén, and its Co-I, Insa Lawler, and the international collaborators listed above.
The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to spend the majority of their working time at the University of Iceland to facilitate the collaboration of the team. The University will assist with applications of visa permits if needed for non-EU/EEA applicants (EU and EEA citizens do not need a work visa).
The expected starting point of the position is between September 1st 2019 and January 1st 2020.
The application should include:
All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications may be valid for six months.
Salaries follow the standardised wage agreements between the Association of University Teachers (Félag háskólakennara, www.fh.hi.is) and the Ministry of Finances.
Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.
The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy.
Specialized assistance and practical support is offered to all incoming international staff and their families on various issues related to moving to Iceland. More information can be found at the University of Iceland website, International Staff Service.
The application deadline is July 1st 2019 (at 11:59 GMT).
|How to apply|
Please find the advertisement for this position at the webpage linked below, and then click on "Apply Now".
|Web address to apply||https://english.hi.is/vacancies|
|Hard deadline||July 1, 2019, 11:59pm GMT|
|Web address for more information||https://understandprogress.wordpress.com/|
|Contact name||Finnur Dellsén|
|Time created||May 28, 2019, 5:04pm EST|
|Scheduled expiry date||July 1, 2019, 11:59pm GMT|
|Last updated||June 6, 2019, 8:48am EST|
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