Faculty of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University
|Job category||Postdoc or similar / Fixed term|
|AOS||Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science|
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
|Location||Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland|
|Start date||January 2023 (subject to negotiation)|
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.
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:
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.
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)
Deadline for application: 2 September 2022
Online interviews: mid September 2022
Starting date: 1 January 2023 (subject to negotiation)
Applications should be sent to: [email protected]
|How to apply|
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|Hard deadline||September 2, 2022, 11:59pm CET|
|Web address for more information||https://www2.ncn.gov.pl/baza-ofert/?akcja=wyswietl...|
|Contact name||Bartosz Kaluziński|
|Time created||May 24, 2022, 9:17pm UTC|
|Scheduled expiry date||September 2, 2022, 11:59pm CET|
|Last updated||June 14, 2022, 3:01pm UTC|
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