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The Department of Philosophy, which is one of three departments of the Faculty of Humanities, is a vibrant and international community of philosophers committed to high-quality teaching and research in diverse areas of philosophy. The Theoretical Philosophy group, where the current position is based, was evaluated as the best group in theoretical philosophy among all participating groups during the last QANU research visitation.

The position is part of Dr. Catarina Dutilh Novaes’ ERC Consolidator project ‘The Social Epistemology of Argumentation’, which is devoted to investigating the role(s) of argumentation in social processes of sharing and producing epistemic resources such as knowledge, justification, defeaters etc. This postdoc project focuses specifically on formal theories of argumentation, in different disciplines: argumentation theory, logic, artificial intelligence, game theory, formal social epistemology. The postdoc will survey a number of prominent formal accounts of argumentation in order to determine how best to capture the key idea of the project, namely that argumentation is best conceived of as social epistemic exchange, within a formal framework. The postdoc project will be carried out in collaboration with the principal investigator, Catarina Dutilh Novaes, and PhD students and another postdoc to be appointed at later stages. The position includes ample funding for research and travel. A full description of the ERC project is available upon request; candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the project when writing their letter of application.

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Official call (in Spanish): http://www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2015-6508

A pre-doctoral research assistant is desired for a 4-year project on the uses of presumption in argumentative discourse. The selected candidate will join a research project having as its target the following questions:

  1. What’s the relationship between presumptions and presumptive inferences? Does the making of a presumption involves the making of a presumptive inference?
  2. Is it possible to provide a speech-act account of presumptions?
  3. How should we deal with the semantics of an epistemic modal such as “presumably”?
  4. What’s the difference between presumptions and other linguistic and argumentative phenomena such as presuppositions and assumptions?
  5. What are the argumentative conditions and consequences of making a presumption? What are the possible roles of presumptions in argumentative discourse?
  6. What are the correctness conditions for presumptions and for presumptive inferences?

For further information contact Lilian Bermejo-Luque: lilianbl@ugr.es

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Via the RSA, basic information on grant opportunities for women scholars engaged in projects focused on the history of rhetoric, including synopses. Click on the link below for more information:

More Grants, via the Coalition for Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition | The Blogora.

 

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2 SNF doctoral studentships
In linguistics – cognitive sciences – discourse analysis
Applications are invited for two SNF doctoral students (100%). Candidates will be working on their PhD within the SNF research project “Biased Communication: The Cognitive Pragmatics of Fallacies”. The project is closely connected to the activities and doctoral tuition offered by the CRUS doctoral programme ‘Language & Cognition’ based at the University of Fribourg and the Cognitive Sciences Centre based at the University of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland. Both PhDs will be jointly registered at both institutions (co-tutelle).

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‪Along with a team of fellow researchers, Vittorio Girotto (University of Venice) is investigating the intuitions people have about the outcomes of group reasoning efforts. Part of his research involves the survey that can be found at this link: ‬

https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0xLZ2rduJdZ3OFn

‪The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and should be interesting for respondents with experience in argumentation theory, informal logic, or critical thinking. The research team would be most grateful for responses!‬

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