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Statistical Causation, Intervention, and Freedom

Project B5 of the DFG research group 2495 "Inductive Metaphysics"
Aims of the project: Project B5 intends to answer questions and develop solutions to problems concerning human action and freedom in an empirically informed way instead of relying only on intuitions and conceptual analysis.
Funding body and project life span: DFG research group 2495, 04/2017 - 03/2020
Research assistants: Dr. Maria Sekatskaya, Dr. Alexander Gebharter (former research assistant)


Creative Abductive Inference and Its Role for Inductive Metaphysics

Project A2 of the DFG research group 2495 "Inductive Metaphysics"

Aims of the project: We explore creative abductive inference and inference to the best explanation as methods of Inductive Metaphysics. For this purpose, conceptual and methodological issues are clarified and the role of an abductive methodology within metaphysics is investigated.

Funding body and project life span: DFG research group 2495, 04/2017 - 03/2020

Research assistants: Dr. Siegfried Jaag, Mag. Christian Feldbacher-Escamilla


Finished projects financed with external funding

Frame representation of Prototype Concepts and Prototype-based Reasoning

Project D01 of the DFG special research center SFB 991 undefined"The structure of representations in language, cognition and science".
Aims of the project: Investigating the probabilistic foundations of prototype frames and reasoning with prototype concepts.
Funding body and project life span: DFG special research center SFB 991, 07/2015 - 06/2019
Research assistants: Dr. Corina Strossner, Paul Thorn PhD, Annika Schuster M.A.
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Logic and ontology of the cognitive representation of theories

Subproject A06 of the DFG special research center SFB 991:undefined The structure of representations in language, cognition and science"
aims of the project: The topic of this project is the analysis and comparison of the ontological implications of the different methods of theory representation. The central tenet is to explore the ontology of frame-based methods of theory representation with a focus on the ontological status of attribute-values, which will then be compared with the ontological commitments of sentence representations and model representations.
Funding body and project life span: DFG special research center SFB 991, 07/2015 - 06/2019
Research assistant: Dr. David Hommen

Causality and Explanation

Subproject P1 of the DFG research unit FOR 1063 "Causality, Laws, Dispositions, and Explanation at the Intersection of Science and Metaphysics"
Aims of the project: Developing the theory of causal Bayes nets and its utilization in accounts of explanation. Metaphysics of causality and explanation.
Funding body and project life span: DFG research unit FOR 1063, 01/2013 - 07/2016
Research assistants: MA Alexander Gebharter, Dipl.-Math. Nina Retzlaff
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The Role of Meta-induction in Human Reasoning

Project within the DFG priority programme undefined"New Frameworks of Rationality" SPP 1516.
Aims of the project: Investigation the role of meta-induction rational reasoning, prediction in decision. New philosophical perspective on Hume's problem of induction.
Funding body and project life span: DFG priority program SPP 1516, 10/2011 -  03/2018
Research assistants: Christian Feldbacher, Dr. Paul Thorn 
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The Causal and Explanatory Relevance of Absences

Subproject P5 of the DFG research unit FOR 1063 "Causality, Laws, Dispositions, and Explanation at the Intersection of Science and Metaphysics"
Aims of the project: Investigating the role of absences and negative events in explanations in the empirical and juridical sciences.  
Funding body and project life span: DFG research unit FOR 1063, 01/2014 - 12/2016
Research assistant: Dr. David Hommen 
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Frame-theoretical investigation of unification and reduction

Subproject B04 of the DFG special research center SFB 991"The structure of representations in language, cognition and science"
Aims of the project: We will begin the project by providing a comparative analysis of existing notions of reduction and unification. On the basis of this analysis we will propose our own frame-theoretic concepts of these notions. We will then proceed to test the frame-theoretic concepts of reduction and unification against historically-informed case studies from 19th and 20th century physics and chemistry and from post-Darwinian biology.
Funding body and project life span: DFG special research center SFB 991, 07/2011 - 06/2015.
Research assistant: Dr. Ioannis Votsis
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Neuronal foundation of functional terms

Aims of the project: The project will attempt to develop a biologically and philosophically plausible model for the realization of situated concepts in the brain.

Funding body and project life span: DFG-Forschergruppe FOR 600 "Funktionalbegriffe und Frames", Subprojekt B2, 07/2005 - 07/2012

Research assistantsDr. Michela Tacca (former research assistant), Mag. Aleksandra Mroczko-Wąsowicz (former research assistant)Dr. Matthias Unterhuber (former research assistant)

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A frame-theoretic investigation of the dynamics of scientific theories

Aims of the project: Three related goals are central to this the project. The first goal concentrates on the question of how can competing (and in some cases in­commensurable) theories or research programs be compared? Weconjecture that frame-representations are especially suited to reveal structural correspondence relationsbetween different theories. Such relations can be construed as invariances, as the structural realists call them, that disclose objective information about the world (Worrall 1989, Votsis 2005, Schurz 2006b).

Funding body and project life span: DFG research unit FOR 600 "Funktionalbegriffe und Frames", Subproject B6, 08/2008 - 07/2011

Research assistantsDr. Ioannis Votsis (former research asssistants)

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Probability logic and non-monotonic reasoning from an evolutionary perspective

Aims of the project:

Funding body and project life span: EuroCores LogiCCC DFG-Projekt (EuroCores LogiCCC DFG-project) "The Logic of Causal and Probabilistic Reasoning in Uncertain Environments", Subproject P1, 09/2008 - 09/2011

Research assistantsDr. Paul D. Thorn (research assistant), Dr. Matthias Unterhuber (former research assistant)

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