Meetings Workshops Conferences

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The Acquaintance Inference – Linguistic and Philosophical Perspectives

Interdisciplinary Conference
20.–21. October 2022
University of Konstanz
Jochen Briesen, Natalia Korotkova
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Aesthetic Testimony – Systematic and historical perspectives

07.-08. October 2022
University of Konstanz
Jochen Briesen, Achim Vesper
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“The Set-Theoretic Multiverse”: 10 Years after

University of Konstanz
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Minimal metaphysics or minimal anti-metaphysics?

9./10. September 2022
Bischofsvilla (Otto-Adam-Straße 5, 78467 Konstanz)

Organisation: Tobias Henschen (Köln/Konstanz)
Förderung: Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie

Anjan Chakravartty (Miami)
Michael Esfeld (Lausanne)
Tobias Henschen (Köln/Konstanz)
Andreas Hüttemann (Köln)
James Ladyman (Bristol)
Michela Massimi (Edinburgh)
Alyssa Ney (Davis)

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European Summer School on the Philosophy of Mathematics

Universität Konstanz
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Workshop "The Present and Future of AI Research"

When: 28th July, 2022
Time: 09:00 - 17:30
Where: room G 300, University of Konstanz and on Zoom (online only the talks)
Registration: To help us with the organization, please, register HERE by Friday 15.07.2022.

This workshop is the closing event of the MA course "The Present and Future of AI Research" offered by the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Konstanz. Five invited speakers will present their work on different aspects that are crucial in Artificial Intelligence. At the same event, our students will present their scientific posters on topics related to the various talks.

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Online workshop on “Agency, Life, and Creativity”

18th-19th February 2022

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This workshop brings together experts from different disciplines - philosophy, computer science, and the arts - who share an interest for one or more of the notions of agency, life, and creativity. Its aim is that of discussing the reciprocal influence that these notions have on one another when we attribute them to natural or artificial systems. Talks have been grouped under four main titles: `The Nature of Creativity', `New Paradigms of Creativity', `Life and Learning in Artificial Agents', and `Artificial Agents and Scientific Discoveries'. The influence of the questions asked during each presentation, however, extends beyond its own section, to involve cross-disciplinary and cross-thematic discussions on the nature of agency, life, and creativity, and their implementation in artificial systems.

The workshop is funded by the Dr. August und Annelies Karst Stiftung, University of Konstanz and organised by Dr. Caterina Moruzzi, Department of Philosophy, University of Konstanz.

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Formal accounts of powers, processes, and change

Online-Workshop am 9./10. Dezember 2021, jeweils 14-19 h
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Organisation: Antje Rumberg (Aarhus) und Thomas Müller (Konstanz)
Der Workshop ist eine gemeinsame Initiative des DFG-Netzwerks „Change and Change-Makers“ und des Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Projekts „Reasoning about Processes: A Logico-Philosophical Investigation“.
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Antony Galton (Exeter)
Ludger Jansen (Rostock)
Thomas Müller (Konstanz)
Tomasz Placek (Krakow)
Antje Rumberg (Aarhus)
Johanna Seibt (Aarhus)
Barbara Vetter (FU Berlin)

Agents’ Abilities and Options for Action

Thursday September 2 to Friday September 3, 2021

This Conference was postponed due to the Corona Crisis.

K7, University of Konstanz
Contact: Thomas Müller, Jacob Rosenthal

9:30–10:45 Hans Briegel (University of Innsbruck) / Thomas Müller (University of Konstanz): “On the Role of Learning for Agency”
11:00–12:15 Jan Broersen (Utrecht University): “What is in between Real Possibility to Act and General Ability?”
13:45–15:00 Romy Jaster (HU Berlin): “Abilities – Modality, Generic Options, and Back”
15:15–16:30 John Maier (Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis): “Options and Imprecision”
16:45–18:00 Ferenc Huoranszki (Central European University): “Rational Capacities, Contingency and Real Options”

9:30–10:45 Jacob Rosenthal (University of Konstanz): “Conditional Analyses of Options for Action – A (Partial) Defence”
11:00–12:15 Maria Sekatskaya (Universität Düsseldorf): "Supervenient Fixity and Agential Possibilities"
13:45–15:00 Geert Keil (HU Berlin): “Which of the Agent’s Options Does the Late Intervener Leave Open?”

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Talking Morality: Moral Terms, Slurs, and Hybrid-Expressivism

Workshop mit David Copp

8. November
Universität Konstanz, Y 132
organisiert von Jochen Briesen und Stefan Fischer

Artificial Intelligence and Ethical Issues

2.–3. September
Universität Konstanz, V 1001
Organisiert von Federica Basaglia und Christian Wendelborn

In der heutigen Zeit rückt das Thema Künstliche Intelligenz immer mehr in den Vordergrund. Auch das Land Baden Württemberg hat bereits mit einer Ausschreibung reagiert, in deren Zuge eine neue Juniorprofessur in Konstanz entstehen wird. Die rasante technische Entwicklung unserer Zeit eröffnet immer mehr Möglichkeiten für die Anwendung von Künstlicher Intelligenz, wirft dabei aber auch ethische Probleme auf.

In diesem Workshop sollen diese ethischen Probleme diskutiert werden. Weitere Details zum Programm finden Sie im Plakat.

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Philosophical Reasoning as Transformative Experience

July 24, 2019–July 26, 2019
Universität Konstanz
Organisers: Rico Gutschmidt (Universität Konstanz), Andrea Lailach (unaffiliated)

L.A. Paul’s treatment of transformative experience has been much discussed in recent decision theory: How can we make rational decisions with respect to cases that we have reason to believe will be life-changing or personally “transformative”? But even beyond decision theory, it seems that the notion of transformative experience might be productively applied to the therapeutic and transformative aspects of the enterprise of philosophy itself. Indeed, from its ancient beginnings to the present day, philosophy is not a purely theoretical endeavor but also has a strong experiential aspect and might even be conceived of as a practice of self-transformation. This application of transformative experience to the activity of philosophy has not yet been developed in any detail and will thus be explored further at this conference.


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Philosophy, Archaeology and Community Perspectives: Finding New Ground

October 22th–23th, 2018
University of Konstanz
Organized by María Cruz Berrocal, Francesca Biagioli, Barbara Hausmair and Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach
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Western philosophies of different orientations have inputted the theoretical and epistemological construction of archaeology, especially the critical archaeological turn in theory and practice in the last decades. However, some philosophers today are deconstructing some aspects of philosophical thought (such as phenomenology) that informed the work of archaeologists concerned with theoretical issues. As philosophers pursue a globalized philosophy that has sources in non-Western systems of thought and reveals how mainstream philosophy dominates over other traditions and renders them silent or forces them into epistemic obedience, an interesting twist to the relationship between philosophy, theory and archaeology seems to arise and deserves to be studied. Demands to “decolonize” the philosophical canon are now gaining in currency within the discipline, while archaeologists, having gone relatively early through long discussions on Euro-centrism and other adherences to Western narratives, have been rethinking the world in the last decades with a critical look, using key elements of archaeological studies, i.e. materiality and a long-term perspective, as well as especially relevant case studies, and topics, such as postcolonialism, feminism, and violence.
The aim of this workshop is to shift the focus from epistemological issues, the dominant theme in previous disciplinary engagements, to a different aspect of philosophical studies, namely ethics, which is becoming key in the practice of a highly socially embedded science such as archaeology while also accompanying new attempts from philosophy itself to unmask cultural hegemony. The main tectonic line to follow during the workshop will be the discussion of the tensions arising from a perceived socially responsible research to be carried out among living communities. Are academic accounts still in danger of becoming impositions on local ways of understanding the world, and how? Can archeology and philosophy collaborate to prevent this sort of imposition from happening? How does the social positionality of researchers impact upon their research? How can socially responsible research make room for differences among situated knowers, differences which can be traced back to their social positionality? What is the level of epistemic diversity one should aim for?

Diversity in Philosophy

July 19th–20th, 2018
University of Konstanz
Organized by Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach
Plakat und Flyer als PDFs

The underrepresentation of minorities in academic philosophy is being currently challenged from within the field. If this underrepresentation can indeed be related to, perhaps inadvertent, exclusionary practices of the discipline, what is the way forward? The workshop focuses on diversity as one possible answer.

A critical reflection on diversity opens up a plethora of new, and urgent, questions: How, for example, should diversity be meaningfully understood in this specific context? Would a diversity amongst philosophy professionals suffice, along, say, the lines of gender, ethnicity, disability and other similar contingent criteria etc.? Or would such a practitioner diversity need to be supplemented by a content diversity too? Would the latter entail an inclusion of non-Euroamerican philosophical traditions as well? If so, on what basis? Furthermore, how can perspectives on diversity be implemented in teaching philosophy? Would they bring in their wake new methodologies in teaching and research into a discipline, whose self-image is defined largely by its commitment to disengaged activity?

Aiming to shed critical light on the potential diversity holds for structuring the field, the workshop will bring together international scholars to think through these and other relevant questions.

Contact the organizer for registration. Seats are limited.

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Grounding in and after Bolzano

September 13 2017
Universität Salzburg
Organized by Antje Rumberg (University of Konstanz), Jan Claas (University of Hamburg)

Workshop with James Lenman:
The Possibility of Moral Community

We are happy to announce a one-day workshop on moral philosophy which
will take place at the University of Konstanz on Friday, 21 July 2017.
The workshop will focus on themes from Lenman's new book in the making
(working title: “The Possibility of Moral Community”). We will read and discuss
previously unpublished work that addresses normative and moral issues
from an expressivist or Humean angle (namely the author’s). Texts will be
circulated electronically among all registered participants in early July. We
will have three sessions throughout the day, one in the morning and two in
the afternoon.

All interested philosophers (graduate students and “above”) are welcome.
There are no participation fees. Unfortunately, we will not be able to compensate
travel and accommodation costs. We will, however, gladly help you
with finding accommodation (which is not always easy at a sunny lake during

If you are interested, please send an email including your institutional affiliation
to Stefan.Fischer@uni-kn. The necessary details (precise
location, session times, etc.) will be provided in due time after registration.

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AQP2016: Conference on Agency and (quantum) physics

September 20–23
Universität Konstanz
Organized by Agency and (quantum) physics

Master class on Agency and (quantum) physics

September 19–20 2016
Universität Konstanz
Organized by Project Agency and (quantum) physics

Aspects of Defeasible Reasoning

Wednesday May 4th, 2016
Universität Konstanz
Organized by Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller and Dr. Frank Zenker

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Weyl and the Problem of Space – From Science to Philosophy

Konstanz, May 27–29 2015
Organized by Julien Bernard (Zukunftskolleg/Universität Konstanz) and Carlos Lobo (Collège International de Philosophie, Paris)

Real Possibilities, Indeterminism and Free Will

Konstanz, March 18–21 2015
Organized by Thomas Müller (Universität Konstanz)


The Ideal of Self-Knowledge – Perspectives from the History of Philosophy

Thursday, 10 July, until Saturday, 12 July 2014
Organiser: Professor Dina Emundts (Konstanz), Professor Ursula Renz (Klagenfurt)


Schönheit gilt nur für Menschen – Kants Ästhetik in der Kritik der Urteilskraft (beauty only applies to humans - Kant’s aesthetics in the Critique of Judgment)

28 and 29 Junie 2013, University of Konstanz
Organisers: Jochen Briesen, Dina Emundts

In this Kant workshop, Eckart Förster (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) and we will explore Kant’s theory of beauty in his Critique of Judgment. The workshop we be held in English and German. Eckart Förster will also hold a public evening lecture in the context of the departmental colloquium on 27 June (18:00).


Im Zweifel für den Zweifel?– Neue Arbeiten zum Skeptizismus (if in doubt, choose doubt? - new works on scepticism)

14 and 15 December 2012
University of Konstanz
funded by the Young Scholar Fund of the University of Konstanz

Speakers: Professor Elke Brendel (Bonn), Dr Jochen Briesen (Konstanz), Dr Anne Burkhard (HU-Berlin), Dr Wolfgang Freitag (Privatdozent) (Heidelberg/Konstanz), Professor Thomas Grundmann (Cologne), Professor Dietmar Heidemann (Luxemburg), Professor Olaf Müller (HU-Berlin), Dr Sebastian Schmoranzer (Osnabrück), Dr Ansgar Seide (Muenster), Professor Marcus Willaschek (Frankfurt)
Organiser: Dr Jochen Briesen


„What if?“-opening conference
25 - 27 October 2012, Senate room V 1001

Opening conference of the DFG research group „What if? On the meaning, relevance, and epistemology of counterfactual claims and thought experiments”, comprised of researchers from the University of Konstanz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Université de Genève. Invited are speakers from across Europe and North America whose research priorities are in philosophy, linguistics, philosophy and history of science, literature and history.



What can we believe? What should we do? 8th Meeting of the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie
17 - 20 September 2012 University of Konstanz
Organiser: Professor Wolfgang Spohn, University of Konstanz
Location: Audimax and lecture halls in building A


Theoretical Virtues in Theory-Choice
12 - 14 July 2012
University of Konstanz, Germany

Speakers: Elena Castellani (Florence), Malcolm Forster (Madison), Stephan Hartmann (Tilburg), Giora Hon (Haifa), James McAllister (Leiden), John Norton (Pittsburgh), Samuel Schindler (Aarhus), Elliott Sober (Madison), Dana Tulodziecki (Missouri), and Jereon van Dongen (Utrecht). The workshop is organized by Samuel Schindler (Aarhus), Giora Hon (Haifa/Konstanz), and James McAllister (Leiden) and it has been made possible by the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz.


A Passion for Reason
7 - 8 July 2012
University of Konstanz, Room V 1001 (Senatssaal)

Workshop with Paul Guyer (University of Pennsylvania) on Kant's Practical Philosophy. Paul Guyer will also give an evening lecture on 5 July 2012.
Organized by Dina Emundts (Konstanz), Jochen Briesen (Konstanz)


Monthly Monday Meeting
18 June 2012
University of Konstanz, Room V 1001 (Senatssaal)

Monthly Monday Meeting of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Formal Epistemology”. Speakers: Peter Fritz (Oxford), Joseph Y. Halpern (Cornell/Senior Fellow), Thomas Kroedel (Berlin), Timothy Williamson (Oxford)
Organized by Franz Huber (Konstanz)


Fourth Formal Epistemology Festival
4 - 6 June 2012
University of Konstanz, Room V 1001 (Senatssaal)

Speakers: Rachael Briggs (ANU), Alan Hájek (ANU), Paul Egré (Paris), Anouk Barberousse (Lille), Franz Huber (Konstanz), Kenny Easwaran (USC), Thomas Hofweber (UNC), Richard Pettigrew (Bristol), Yang Liu (Columbia), Joseph Halpern (Cornell/Senior Fellow), Jonathan Weisberg (Toronto), Dylan Dodd (Aberdeen), Seamus Bradley (LSE), Katie Steele (LSE), Jeffrey Barrett (UCI/Senior Fellow). Kindly funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Organized by Rachael Briggs (ANU), Kenny Easwaran (USC), Jonathan Weisberg (Toronto) and Franz Huber (Konstanz)


The Objective Reality of Causality
17 - 18 May 2012
University of Konstanz, Room V1001 (Senatssaal)

Speakers: Michael Esfeld (Lausanne), Mathias Frisch (Maryland), Stephen Mumford (Nottingham), David Papineau (King's College), Markus Schrenk (Köln), Michael Tooley (Colorado), Jon Williamson (Kent), Lorenzo Casini (Konstanz), Luke Glynn (CalTech), Eric Raidl (Paris), Michael Baumgartner (Konstanz), Wolfgang Spohn (Konstanz)
Organized by Michael Baumgartner (Konstanz) and Wolfgang Spohn (Konstanz).


Workshops with Jeffrey A. Barrett
30 April 2012
University of Konstanz, Room V 1001 (Senatssaal)

Speakers: Mario Gomez-Torrente (UNAM Mexico-City), Ole Hjortland (LMU Munich), Alexandra Zinke (Konstanz), Christian Damböck (Vienna), Catarina Dutilh-Novaes (ILLC Amsterdam/Groningen), Jeff Barrett (UC Irvine/Senior Fellow), Corina Strößner (Konstanz)