H2020 ETN Diaphora: 14 Early Stage Researchers in Philosophy

The European Training Network Diaphora, financed by the European Commission under grant agreement H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015-675415 and coordinated by the University of Barcelona, offers 14 3-year positions in philosophy at predoctoral level, starting 01.10.2016. Diaphora joins the Universities of Barcelona, Munich, Neuchâtel, Stirling, Stockholm and Edinburgh and the ENS Paris (Institut Jean Nicod) as consortium partners. Each consortium partner offers 2 predoctoral positions.

Diaphora serves as a research and training platform for collaborative research on the nature of philosophical problems, their resilience, the resources of persistent divergence of expert opinion about them, and their relation to conflicts in the practical sphere. It seeks to address these issues on the basis of first-level research into a number of notoriously hard philosophical problems and foundational issues in semantics and epistemology. Successful applicants are expected to conduct their doctoral research on topics within the remit of the network’s seven workpackages.

The deadline for applications is 08.02.2016 (at noon CET).

For further particulars, please consult:


Third Meeting: CSMN, Oslo, January 14

Normind is holding its third workshop on January 14th at CSMN at the University of Oslo, and it would be great to see some (maybe many!) of you there. We welcome especially early career students and scholars! We hope that these meetings can generate a friendly, low-pressure, and inclusive platform for the exchange of ideas.

Date: January 14th, 2016

The meeting is a general philosophy of mind and cognitive science workshop, open to both researchers working within and outside the Nordic region, though a central aim is to foster networking activities within the region.

Register by emailing Sebastian Watzl, sebaswat [at] csmn.uio.no with the subject line “Normind registration”. Please indicate if you intend to join us for dinner (at your own expense, cost: around 350 NOK).

Note for students (PhD or MA level):
Students are able to give very short presentations (~5 min) of their projects within the open session toward the end of the day, if this facilitates the release of funding for attendance. Please contact Sebastian if this applies to you.

10:30 – 10:45: Welcome
10:45 – 12:05: Åsa Wikforss (University of Stockholm)
12:05 – 12:50: Lunch
12:50 – 14:10: Donnchadh O’Conaill (University of Helsinki)
14:10 – 14:25: Break
14:25 – 15:45: Anna Drożdżowicz (University of Oslo)
15:45 – 16:00: Break
16:00 – 17:20: Pär Sundström (Umeå University)
17:20 – 18:00: Open session
18:15 – 19:15: Drinks
19:30: Dinner

Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (University of Oslo)
Room 652
Georg Morgenstiernes Hus
Blindernveien 31
https://goo.gl/TvpdvT (walk from Subway (T-Bane) stop ”Blindern”, Lines 4 + 6);
https://goo.gl/BgXwpe (walk from Tram (trikk) stop ”Universitetet Blindern”,  Lines 17+18)

More Philosophy:
Please note that surrounding the Normind Workshop there are also some other philosophy events here at CSMN that some of you may be interested in: e.g. The Thought and Sense Kickoff Workshop  and a Progress in Philosophy Workshop. You are, of course, welcome to attend those as well.


Sebastian, CSMN, University of Oslo




June 27-29th 2016, Aarhus University, Denmark

This conference in the Causality in the Sciences (CitS) series will focus on causality in the sciences of the mind and brain. Included in these sciences are psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience. The questions that this conference will address include: What characterizes the notion of causation in the sciences of the mind and brain? Are different notions required for different sciences or experimental methods? Are there differences in the notions that are explicitly and implicitly assumed in the methods employed? What counts as causal evidence in these sciences? What role is played by information of interventions and physical mechanisms in identifying causal claims in the sciences of the mind and brain?

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New Members Page

Dear All,

At NorMind #2 in Copenhagen it was decided that we’ll keep a roster of members. I’ve now put up a Members page (with one two entries so far).

To be listed, just email me, with your name (with your family name in ALL CAPS), a short text, a picture, and the address of your homepage, if you’d like me to link to that, and I’ll put it up.

Email-updates once a day

Dear All,

For reasons unknown to me, the settings controlling how often emails are sent to those subscribed to email updates had changed from ‘daily’ to ‘for every post’. I have changed it back, meaning (I hope) that subscribers will now at most get one email a day (although in practice much more rarely).

I apologise for the spam to your inboxes.