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Μεταδιδακτορικές υποτροφίες στην φιλοσοφία και ιστορία της επιστήμης και την κοινωνιολογία της γνώσης (Τμήμα Φιλοσοφίας, Πανεπιστήμιο της Βιέννης) Φεβρουαρίου 27, 2014

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Three postdoc positions in philosophy, 
history of science, sociology of
knowledge

These positions are available at the 
Department of Philosophy, University
of Vienna, in the ERC-funded project:

“The Emergence of Relativism: Historical, 
Philosophical and Sociological
perspectives”

(ERC Advanced Grant, PI: Prof. Martin Kusch), 
June 2014 to May 2019.

(One further post-doc position and two PhD 
studentships will be advertised
in 2015 and 2016 respectively.)

Information about the project is available here:

https://www.academia.edu/5095013/ERC_Proposal_on_Relativism_Short_Version_B1_

And here:

https://www.academia.edu/6219639/ERC_Proposal_on_Relativism_Long_Version_B2_

Three of the following four postdoc 
positions will be filled by this
summer, the fourth in 2015. In this 
call, preference will be given to the
first three profiles (Postdocs 1-3 
below), though in case of strong
candidates for the fourth profile 
(Postdoc 4), the order of hiring can be
changed.

One postdoc position (“Postdoc 1”) will
 be for a historian of
German-speaking 19th and 20th-century
 intellectual history, especially
historicism. Postdoc 1 will work on 
the “historicism” strand of the
project. The result will be a monograph
 and/or string of papers or book
chapters in leading anthologies and 
journals. Postdoc 1 will join the
project for a maximum of 54 months.

One postdoc position (“Postdoc 2”) will
 be for a historian of 19th and
early 20th-century German-speaking 
philosophy or science, with special
competence in one or more figures of 
the “philosophy of life”. Postdoc 2
will write a monograph and/or a string 
of papers on the development of the
philosophy of life into the Nazi period,
 with a special focus on the
emergence of, and debate over, 
relativistic themes. Postdoc 2 will join
the project for a maximum of 54 months.

One postdoc position (“Postdoc 3”) will be
 a sociologist of knowledge or a
historian of philosophy, with special 
interests in the history of
German-speaking social and political 
philosophy in the 19th and early 20th
century. Postdoc 3 will work on the 
“sociologism” strand of the project.
The result will be a monograph and/or
a string of papers or book chapters
in leading anthologies and journals. 
Postdoc 3 will join the project for a
maximum of 60 months.

One postdoc position (“Postdoc 4”) will
 be a philosopher specializing in
contemporary debates over relativism in
 epistemology and logic. Postdoc
(4) will write a string of papers 
evaluating and re-evaluating 19th and
early 20th-century arguments for and 
against psychologism, historicism and
other related forms of relativism. 
Postdoc (4) will also work on the other
systematic questions, e.g. on the 
associations between relativism and
other "isms". Postdoc (4) will join 
the project for a maximum of 48
months.

The PI and the junior members of the 
team will work closely together. This
is necessary because the four historical
 strands are intertwined, and
because the systematic work will build
 upon and inform the historical
work. There will be weekly joint 
seminars and joint publications.

The project team will organize three 
“landmark” conferences, in years 3,
4, and 5, entitled “Relativism, Past 
and Present, I, II, III”. The aim
will be to bring together leading 
historians, sociologists and
philosophers interested in the emergence
 and development of relativism,
and to produce 2-3 anthologies on the
basis of the conference papers.

Several senior scholars, including
Prof. David Bloor and Prof. Paul
Boghossian, will join the team for 
three-month periods during the project.

The University of Vienna is a leading 
research university, and its
Department of Philosophy has a lively 
research culture (eleven full
professors, a total of about twenty 
permanent research staff, more than
ten postdocs, and about three visiting 
speakers every week).

Candidates of all nationalities are 
encouraged to apply; applications from
women are especially welcome. The project
is committed to promoting
handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

None of these postdoc positions 
involves a teaching obligation.
The ability to work in an interdisciplinary
team is important.
For Postdoc positions 1-3 knowledge of 
German is essential.

The monthly pre-tax salary for the postdoc 
positions is about 3,500 euros.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. 
Candidates are requested to
submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae 
(including list of publications),
a research proposal on a topic related to
 the project (1000 words
maximum), two samples of writing 
(i.e. articles or book chapters), and
three names and email addresses of 
referees who have agreed to write a
letter of recommendation to: 
Ms. Ernestine Umscheider
<ernestine.umscheider@univie.ac.at> 
by 12noon on March 31st 2014.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed
 in person or over Skype in
April so as to allow for a start on June 
1st 2014. (A later starting date
is possible in exceptional cases.)

Contracts will be issued for one year 
in the first instance; in case of
satisfactory performance the contract will
 then be extended to cover the
full 4-5 years.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to:
Martin Kusch <martin.kusch@univie.ac.at>

-- 
______________________________________________________
Prof. Martin Kusch
Department of Philosophy
University of Vienna
Universitaetsstrasse 7
A-1010 VIENNA
Phone: +43-1-4277-47622
Webpage: http://univie.academia.edu/MartinKusch/

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