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Υποτροφίες για διδακτορικό: 1) KU Leuven (Belgium), 2) Leeds (UK) Δεκέμβριος 16, 2014

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PhD Fellow at KU Leuven (Belgium) – Wittgenstein and free will

Job Description

As part of the research project, ‘A Wittgensteinian account of free will’, funded by the FWO (Research Foundation – Flanders), the Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven (Belgium) is offering a full-time position at the predoctoral level for a four year period, starting October 1, 2015.

The successful candidate will prepare a doctoral dissertation on the topic of the research project under supervision of the project’s main investigators, Prof. Stefan Rummens of the Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, and Prof. Stefaan Cuypers of the Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy. He or she will be integrated into the workings and research activities of both of these research centres.

The salary for this position is around 1.800€ per month (after tax).


The research project aims to apply Wittgenstein’s therapeutical method to the long standing philosophical problem of free will. It investigates the hypothesis that the question whether free will can exist in a deterministic universe constitutes an example of a meaningless question which should be therapeutically dissolved rather than solved. In its critical dimension, this project therapeutically engages with the ongoing academic debate on free will in the analytic tradition and aims to identify how and to what extent this debate is marred by an unwarranted ‘metaphysical’ use of the key concepts of ‘freedom’ and ‘determinism’. In its reconstructive dimension, the project focuses on the legitimate or ‘everyday’ use of these concepts and attempts to show that if ‘meaning is use’ – as Wittgenstein  would have it –, then the idea of a possible conflict between determinism and free will cannot be meaningfully formulated.

Profile and requirements

The candidate must

  • have obtained a master’s level degree in philosophy before taking up the position
  • show potential as an academic researcher
  • be motivated to work in an international academic environment
  • be able to demonstrate his/her affinity with the topic of the research project
  • have an excellent command of English in writing and speaking
  • be willing to carry out minor educational and organisational duties
  • be willing to live in Leuven or its vicinity (Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp,…)


Candidates are requested to use the online application tool of KU Leuven. The application deadline is April 1, 2015. Interviews with selected candidates will be held soon thereafter.

When applying online, you should submit the following application materials

  • a cover letter (including a statement regarding your motivation to work on this particular research topic)
  • a CV
  • a writing sample

More information regarding this job offer can be found on our website:


In case you have additional questions regarding this position or the application procedure, you can contact Prof. Stefan Rummens (stefan.rummens@hiw.kuleuven.be).


AHRC Project Doctoral Studentship in Metaphysics / Phil Physics / Phil Science

** Application Deadline: 31 January 2015 **
* Under the new AHRC regulations those with a relevant PhD are also eligible to apply. *

An AHRC-funded PhD studentship will be available from 1 March 2015 in the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at the University of Leeds. (A later start date, up to 1 September 2015, may be possible; expressions of interest are invited.)

The studentship is part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Scientific Realism and the Quantum’ (PI: Juha Saatsi, Co-I: Steven French). The successful applicant will engage in research on a suitable topic in metaphysics and/or philosophy of physics/science.

The project will be concerned with the relationship between metaphysics and physics. It could for example focus on specific metaphysical issues concerning quantum physics, and/or appropriate meta-metaphysical issues, or methodological issues in metaphysics as they relate to or are affected by relevant features of modern physics.

The award holders will benefit from the activities of the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science and the Centre for the Metaphysics and Mind, and from contact with national and international experts in philosophy of science and philosophy of physics through the programme of international visitors, seminars and workshops funded by the project.

Information about the Studentship

The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years (full-time), starting 1 March 2015. A later start date, up to 1 September 2015, may be possible; expressions of interest are invited. Renewal of the studentship each year is subject to satisfactory academic progress.

AHRC regulations require that applicants must meet UK residency criteria or be ordinarily resident in the EU.  EU candidates are normally eligible for a fees-only award, unless they have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.  Applicants should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree in Philosophy. Further details concerning eligibility are available via the AHRC website at:

Full awards cover academic fees at the standard UK rate and a maintenance grant for full-time study.

Scholarship Funding   

Applicants must be either UK residents (full studentship) or EU nationals (fees only).  They should normally have, or expect soon to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant discipline (philosophy or physics), though exceptions can be made for applicants with strong undergraduate records and relevant experience.  Those with a relevant PhD are also eligible.

The studentship support three years’ full-time work.  Standard tuition fees and maintenance grants will be paid by the AHRC to the nominated student at RCUK rates  (minimum of £13,863 for 2014-5). Renewal of the studentship each year is subject to satisfactory academic progress.


The closing date for applications is 31st January 2015.  You should also arrange for two academic references to be sent to us by this date.

The following documents should be submitted with your cover letter:
•    500 word PhD proposal;
•    a copy of your degree transcripts (or a transcript of your marks to date if you are currently completing a degree);
•    a sample of written work, consisting of a philosophical essay on a question of your choice, not less than 3000 words in length;
•    CV.

All applications and references should be sent to Jenneke Stevens, Postgraduate Administrator, School of PRHS, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, email: PRHS_PGEnquiries@leeds.ac.uk, tel: 0113 343 3263.

Intending applicants should contact Dr Juha Saatsi (J.T.Saatsi@leeds.ac.uk) for information about the project and the studentship.



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