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Conference: Descriptive psychology and Philosophy of Mind, 18–20 Ocotober 2018

Here you will find further information!


five new mach-scholars in the academic year 2018/19

Next year we’ll welcome five new Mach scholars at our department:

1. Anton Donchev (New Bulgarian University) on “The Influence of Prior Probabilites on Judgement of Explanatory Power”.

2. Davide Romano (previously at the University of Lausanne) on “What is Achieved by Decoherence”. He will stay with us from 1. October 2018 to 30. June 2019.

3. Alexander Ehmann (Lingnan University) on "Viability of alternative configuration space partitioning into overlapping macro regions".

4. Borut Tripin (previously at University of Ljubljana) on "Evaluating Conflicting Evidence".

5. Riccardo Baratella (University of Padua) on "Objects and Events. An Investigation into Their Identification" We are delighted to welcome our new Mach scholars!

Excellence in Teaching Award 2017/18 for our doctoral student Pascale Lötscher

On June 6 2018 our doctoral student Pascale Lötscher received the Excellence in Teaching Award 2017/18 for her course UV “Sprachphilosophie” (philosophy of language). She was praised for her didactical methods and commitment towards her students. Her course was very well structured and provided a very good opportunity for students to practice their skills in the reconstruction of arguments and structuring of texts. We congratulate her on this well-deserved award.


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Hiking day 2018



Barrierefreiheit: Hiking Day


Barrierefreiheit: Hiking Day

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April 10, 2018: A birthday salut to Karel Lambert, Honorary Professor of the Philosophy Department (FCS)

Welcome to our new Lise-Meitner scholar Giovanni Valente

We are very pleased to announce that we are welcoming another excellent Lise Meitner scholar at our department, Prof. Giovanni Valente (Milan). The project, which started on 15th March 2018 and has been awarded with a grant of 166.180,00 Euro, carries the title „From Causality to the Fundamental Structure of the World: Time and Ontology in Quantum Field Theory“. Prof. Valente is eager to solve some of the unanswered questions of Philosophy and Physics in the context of Quantum Field Theory. Underlying questions are: Is there an arrow of time directing how natural processes unfold at very small scales? And what are the microscopic constituents of our physical world?In relation to the project our department will host the IMPS Conference 2018 (03.-04.09.2018), accompanied by the workshop “Time in Physics” (04.-05.09.2018). For more information visit:


Irvine-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg Network

The Irvine-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg network in philosophy and foundations of physics aims at fostering the collaboration between faculty, researchers and students based in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California Irvine, the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, the Department of Mathematics and the META group at the Politecnico di Milano, and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Salzburg.
The activities of the network include the circulation of scholars among the four schools, as well as the organization of regular workshops on dedicated topics and an annual international conference for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Throughout the joint application for external funding it also promotes the career development of young researchers coming from all around the world.
The local coordinators are Prof. James Weatherall in Irvine, Prof. Stephan Hartmann in Munich, Prof. Giovanni Valente in Milan, and Prof. Charlotte Werndl in Salzburg.


New joint project

We are pleased to announce that the FWF (Austria) and the FWO (Belgium) will fund a joint project titled „The Puzzle of Imagistic Cognition“. The principal investigators are Christopher Gauker (Salzburg) and Bence Nanay (Antwerp). The aim of the project is to develop a theoretical approaches to the question how the mind uses mental imagery in solving practical problems. 

The project will fund one four-year doctoral fellowship and and three two-year postdoctoral fellowships.  (In each of the first three years of the project one new post-doc will be hired.)

For more information on the doctoral fellowship, see:
For more information on the post-doctoral fellowship, see:
For more informationon the aims of the project, see:

Peter Simons elected into Polish Academy of Sciences

We are very pleased to announce that Peter Simons, a former professor and current honorary professor of our department, was again elected into the Polish Academy of Science as a foreign member—“for his leading position in science”, as well as his “significant contribution to the development of scientific cooperation with Poland”. This is a rare honour, and he is the only philosopher among the foreign members of the academy. Congratulations, Peter!

Ph.D. Scholarship for Gregor Greslehner

Congratulations to Gregor Greslehner, who won a scholarship from the University of Salzburg to support his Ph.D. studies during the academic year 2017/18. Gregor is supervised by Professor Werndl and his Ph.D. thesis is entitled „Form and Function: Scientific Explanation in Molecular Biology”. “Structure” and “function” are abundantly used terms in biological findings. Frequently, the conjunct phrase “structure and function” or the directional phrase “from structure to function” is to be found, indicating that there is a special connection linking these two concepts. The aim of his thesis is to clarify these concepts, address their relation, and discuss the role they play in biological explanations. While these issues can be addressed on different levels of organization, he restricts the discussion primarily to proteins. ‘Structure’ and ‘function’ are both ambiguous terms. Discriminating different meanings of these terms allows one to distinguish different interpretations of the statement that ‘structure determines function’. Some of these interpretations are no longer sustainable in the light of recent experimental evidence. This clarification and re-assessment of the “dogmatic” sequence–structure–function relationship is relevant to biology as well as its philosophy.

Salzburg Philosophy Department as Partner in the Philosophy of Language and Mind Network (PLM)

The Philosophy Department of the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences of the University of Salzburg is pleased to announce that it has been accepted as a partner in the Philosophy of Language and Mind Network (PLM).  This is a consortium of European philosophy departments that are especially strong in the philosophy of language and philosophy of mind.  The PLM hosts conferences, workshops and master classes.  We can expect that Salzburg will in the future host events for the PLM.


Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy: SOPhiA 2017
September 13–15, 2017
Location: Unipark, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

SOPhiA 2017 is an international conference for students and graduates working in analytic philosophy. The conference comprises about 90 contributed talks from various disciplines (epistemology, ethics, metaphysics and ontology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, action theory, philosophy of law, political philosophy, history of philosophy). In addition to these talks, there are five affiliated workshops devoted to current topics in analytic philosophy as well as four keynote lectures.

Keynote Lectures

  • Johannes Brandl (University of Salzburg): “Why Language Matters for Self-Awareness: The Conceptual and the Narrative Route”
  • Christian List (London School of Economics): “Free Will as a Higher-Level Phenomenon”
  • Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh): “What is Perspectival Pluralism?”
  • Stathis Psillos (University of Athens): “Laws and Powers in the Frame of Nature”

Affiliated Workshops

  • Grounding in and after Bolzano (Organisation: Jan Claas, Hamburg & Antje Rumberg, Constance)
  • Modeling Physical Reality (Organisation: Florian Boge, Wuppertal)
  • The Power to Change: Dispositions and Persistence (Organisation: Florian Fischer, Bonn & Thorben Petersen, Bremen)
  • Probabilistic Approaches to Prototype Concepts  Organisation: Annika Schuster & Corina Strößner, Düsseldorf)
  • Values in Science: Perspectives from Philosophy of Science, Ethics, and Language Philosophy (Organisation: Frauke Albersmeier & Alexander Christian, Düsseldorf)

There are no conference fees. Everyone is welcome! For abstracts and further information see the conference website

five MACH-SCHOLARS IN 2017/18

We are delighted to announce that four Mach scholars will be joining us next academic year 2017/18.

1.     Pablo Ruiz de Olano Altuna is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values University of Notre Dame. His research interests are in philosophy of science and philosophy of physics. While in Salzburg he will work on a project entitled „Studies in Philosophy of Classical Mechanics: Symmetries, Conservation Laws and Theoretical Equivalence“  

2.     Mariangela Zoe Cocchiaro is a doctoral researcher at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests are in the philosophy of probability, philosophy of economics, and philosophy of science. While in Salzburg she will work on a project on the epistemology of disagreement from a formal perspective.  

3.     Insa Lawler is currently completing a doctoral research at the University of Duisburg-Essen.  Her research interests are in general philosophy of science, epistemology, formal semantics, critical thinking instruction and argumentation theory. While in Salzburg, she will work on a project on the role of statistical significance testing for scientific explanations.  

4.      Patricia Palacios is a doctoral researcher at the MCMP. Her research interests are in general philosophy of science and in philosophy of physics. While in Salzburg, she will work on a project on phase transitions in infinite systems.

5.      Andrea Marchesi will join Gulliaume Frechettes' project on Brentano's descriptive psychology. He is especially interested in theories of consciousness. 


Report on Charlotte Werndl in PLUS REPORT 2017

Report on the New Bachelor Programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Salzburger Nachrichten, June 10, 2017)

Report on the new PPÖ programme (June 10, 2017)


hiking day 2017

On the top of the “Schlenken”, 1648 m

Left to right: Lorenzo Rossi, Lena Zuchowski, Benedetta Pacini, Otto Neumaier, Flavio Murzi, Julien Murzi, Johannes Brandl, Bettina Bußmann, Laurenz Hudetz, Charlotte Werndl, Pauline van Wierst, Pascale Lötscher, Michele Ginammi, Benedict Eastaugh, Christopher Gauker

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Ankündigung Panorama:uni

Report on climate models by Charlotte Werndl (Salzburger Nachrichten)

Report on climate models by  Charlotte Werndl in den Salzburger Nachrichten

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We are delighted to announce that Leonhard Menges will join our department as assistant professor. Leonhard Menges' areas of specialisation are ethics and social philosophy; his areas of competence are free will, philosophical moral psychology, and history of ethics. His current research focuses on the right to privacy, why it is important, and how it relates to changes in our social world.
After studying philosophy, psychology, and German language and literature at the University of Freiburg and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he earned his Ph.D. at the Department of Philosophy at Humboldt-University Berlin with a thesis on moral blame. Currently, Leonhard Menges is an Assistant Professor at the University of Lübeck. We are looking forward to his arrival at our department in October 2017.

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We are delighted to announce that our Ph.D. student Laurenz Hudetz has accepted an assistant professorship (tenure-track) at the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. He will start in September 2018. 

Laurenz Hudetz's Ph.D. dissertation concerns the philosophy of science and logic and he is supervised by Professor Werndl. In his dissertation, he addresses four fundamental questions about scientific theories, their relations to each other and to the world: What are theories? What is it to interpret a theory? When is one theory reducible to (contained in) another? When are theories equivalent to each other? In order to approach these questions in a rigorous way, Laurenz Hudetz uses mathematical tools from category theory and higher-order model theory. By these means, he explicates a notion of translation between interpreted formal frameworks, which consitutes the heart of the thesis and helps to overcome open research problems.

FWF-funded post-doc, University of Salzburg (one year)

The Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Cultural and Social Science at the University of Salzburg seeks applications for a twelve months postdoc. The post is made available through the FWF funded project ‘The Liar and its Revenge in Context’ (P2971-G24), running from January 2017 to December 2020. The project members are Dr Julien Murzi (PI) and Dr Lorenzo Rossi (post-doc). The main focus of the project is semantic paradox and theories of truth. The relevant AOSs are philosophy of logic, philosophical logic, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of language. The annual salary is 50772,40 Euro, as detailed in the “Kollektivvertrag für die ArbeitnehmerInnen der Universitäten”. The starting date is 1 October 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter).The main tasks of the appointee will be research on the themes of the project (or closely related areas), teaching or co-teaching one course (in English or German), and the organisation of a workshop (together with the other project members), to be held in June 2019. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply for a major research grant with Dr Julien Murzi (such as a FWF standalone project). The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in philosophy, logic, or related areas, and a strong research record commensurate with career stage. Knowledge of German is not required. We especially encourage female scholars and members of other underrepresented groups to apply. The Department of Philosophy in Salzburg is known for its analytic and formal approach to philosophy. The appointee will join a vibrant philosophy community of permanent members of staff as well as many postdocs, Ph.D. students and visiting scholars. Each year there is a colloquium with international speakers as well as various other activities such as workshops, conferences, reading groups, and summer schools.Applications should be sent to Annelise Müller (annaliese DOT mueller AT sbg DOT ac DOT at) and should include a cover letter addressing the academic background and research interests, a writing sample (of max 10.000 words), a CV (including a list of publications), and a research statement (of max. 2 pages). Reference letters  may be required at a later stage. The closing date for applications is March 15, 2018. Interviews will be held at the beginning of May. Contact for informal inquiries: Dr Julien Murzi (j.murziATgmailDOTcom) and Dr Lorenzo Rossi (lorenzoDOTrossiATsbgDOTacDOTat).

New Bachelor Programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

We are delighted to announce that we will offer a new Bachelor programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Salzburg from October 2017 onwards (in German). This Bachelor programme is unique in Austria. Topics of relevance to society such as globalization, climate change, migration, inequality or political radicalization will be discussed. In this interdisciplinary programme students will learn to analyse and solve complex decisions with analytics tools. Graduates of the bachelor programme in PPE have many opportunities. They can continue with graduate studies in a variety of fields, including philosophy, politics, economics, European Union studies or data science. Graduates typically work in the public sector, in international organisations, in the private sector or pursue an academic career. Here you will find further information.

Impressions from the open day on March 15, 2017

Impressions from the open day 2017


Second Salzburg-Irvine-Munich Workshop

The second Salzburg-Irvine-Munich Workshop on Scientific Philosophy took place in Irvine, US, on March 3-4. Speakers included Jeff Barrett, Neil Dewar, Norbert Gratzl, Laurenz Hudetz Simon Huttegger, Cailin O'Connor, Lavinia Picollo, Lorenzo Rossi, Sean Walsh and Lena Zuchowski. Here you will find further informations.


New research project

We are delighted to announce that Iulian Toader has been awarded a Lise-Meitner grant for his project 'Understanding Non-Categorical Science'. Iulian Toader, who earned his PhD at the University of Notre Dame and who is currently a Senior Researcher at Utrecht University, will join our department in summer 2017. In the project, which will last for 24 months, the epistemological and metaphysical virtues of non-categorical axiomatic theories will be investigated. This approach is opposed to the nowadays popular view that non-categoricity is a defect of axiomatic theories. 

An abstract of Iulian Toader's project can be found here. Further information about Iulian Toader’s work can be found on his webpage.

Job advertisement

Assistant Professorship (Tenure-track) in Practical Philosophy (Ethics) – Start date March 1, 2017

Here you will find further informations


new research project

We are delighted to announce that Julien Murzi, Assistant Professor at our department, and Dr. Lorenzo Rossi, who was a research fellow in Salzburg during the Academic Year 2015/16, have been awarded a FWF grant of more than EUR 390.000 for a project titled 'The Liar and its Revenge in Context'.The project will start in January 2017 and will last for 43 months. It involves two post-doctoral researchers: Dr. Lorenzo Rossi, who earned his PhD at the University of Oxford with a thesis on semantic paradoxes and revenge, will be a post-doc for the entire duration of the project. A second post-doctoral position, funded for 18 months, will be advertised next year. In addition to this, the funding includes two one-month visits for the two main project members, one at the New York University (NYU), the other at the University of Connecticut (UCONN), as well as a number of workshops and conferences.

Here is the website of Prof. Murzi and Dr Rossi's project.

hiking day 2016

Forsthaus Wartenfels, near Fuschlsee

left to right: Lorenzo Rossi, Norbert Paulo, Campbell Fiocco, Johannes Brandl, Marcello Fiocco, Ashley Fiocco, Matteo Murzi, Julien Murzi, Christopher Gauker, Florian Wüstholz, Valentina Petrolini, Pascale Lötscher, Alexander Hieke

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Report on Charlotte Werndl in “Die Presse” of 28 May, 2016

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Our Ph.D. student Laurenz Hudetz won the graduate essay competition for the conference "50 Years of Worrall: Science, Structure and Rock 'n' Roll" at the London School of Economics for the essay“Strengthening Categorical Equivalence: Towards an Adequate Notion of Structural Equivalence of Theories” Laurenz will receive a copy of Proofs and Refutations, and will be joining us to give a version the paper at the conference with travel and accommodation costs covered. Many very strong submissions were received.

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Interview with Bettina Bußmann in Der Standdard of 24. November, 2015

Interview with Charlotte Werndl in Salzburger Nachrichten of 10 October, 2015.

Interview with Charlotte Werndl in Salzburger Nachrichten of 31 July, 2015.

Report on Charlotte Werndl in “Die Presse”

Photo of Prof. Werndl

SIM Workshop 2015: Here you will find the photogallery (Copyright © Kevin Walkner)

SIM Workshop 2015: Here you will find Videos of the talks

Interview about Philosophy of climate Science with charlotte werndl

in The Reasoner, Volume 8, Number 10, October 2014

Foto von Charlotte Werndl


Interview with charlotte werndl

in the Annual Report 2013 of the Centre for Technology Assessment, Bern, pp.11–12 (in German)

New assistant Professors

We are delighted to announce that Bettina Bussmann (currently in Hamburg) has been appointed Assistant Professor for Didactics of Philosophy,

Julien Murzi (currently at the University of Kent) has been appointed Assistant Professor for Theoretical Philosophy, and

Lena C. Zuchowski (currently at the University of Cambridge) has been appointed Assistant Professor for Logic and Philosophy of Science.

They will join us in October 2014 (Bussmann and Zuchowski) and Summer 2015 (Murzi).


New professors

We are delighted to announce that Christopher Gauker has been appointed to the Professorship for Theoretical Philosophy and that Charlotte Werndl has been appointed to the Professorship for Logic an Philosophy of Science. They will join us in September.

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