Duesseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (DCLPS)

About the DCLPS

The DCLPS is located at the undefinedChair of Theoretical Philosophy of the undefinedUniversity of Duesseldorf. It cooperates and is in lively exchange with the undefinedDepartment of Philosophy of the University of Duesseldorf, with the Duesseldorf Collaborative Research Centre undefinedSFB 991, and with related undefinedresearch centers throughout the world. 

The DCLPS supports investigations in logic and philosophy of science in all their dimensions. Thereby its focus lies on the application of formal methods to philosophy of science, epistemology, and cognitive science. More recently we also apply computer simulations or empirical experiments. Each year the DCLPS organizes a undefinedmultitude of activites and events.

20.01.20 DCLPS Fellow in 2020: Alexandre Costa-Leite

The next DCLPS fellow (January 20, 2020 till February 20, 2020) will be Alexandre Costa-Leite from the University of Brasilia (UnB). Professor Costa-Leite is an expert in modal logic and metaphysics.

Category: Theoretische Philosophie

22.12.19 Synthese-Festschrift for Gerhard Schurz

Synthese-Festschrift for Gerhard Schurz: "Logical Perspectives on Science and Cognition – The Philosophy of Gerhard Schurz",  special volume of Synthese, ed. by C. Feldbacher-Escamilla, A. Gebharter, P. Brössel und M. Werning, online (in print 2020).

Category: DCLPS, Theoretische Philosophie

26.09.19 International Conference: Free Will and Causality

The conference aims at bringing together experts on free will and causality in order to explore what the debates about these topics can learn from each other. In particular, the connection between metaphysical aspects of the free will problem and how they depend on or relate to causation in general as well as to more specific theories of causation shall be investigated. It is, for example, widely believed that free will requires control and that control is a causal notion. Whether one is a compatibilist or a libertarian, one must have a theory of control that the agent exerts over her actions. Another important requirement for free will, according to sourcehood libertarians, is ultimate origination of one’s actions: to have free will is to be able to initiate causal chains, i.e., to have a certain causal ability, sometimes referred to as a ‘causal power’. These causal notions might greatly profit from being treated in accordance with different accounts of causation. Different understandings of free will might, the other way round, support different theories of causation or might help in solving tasks such as identifying causal structure.

Category: Theoretische Philosophie

01.05.19 Buchveröffentlichung von Professor Gerhard Schurz

Gerhard Schurz: Hume's Problem Solved: The Optimality of Meta-Induction. The MIT Press, 2019.

Category: Theoretische Philosophie

06.01.19 Symposium: The Possibility of Metaphysics - Between Inductive, Analytic, and Transcendental Arguments

In the last century, metaphysics in the traditional sense became subject of radical scepticism. One strategy to save metaphysics from sceptical doubts is bringing metaphysical investigation closer to scientific practice. This workshop is intended to explore the Kantian question whether metaphysics is possible as a “science”, and if so, whether it can or should be conducted on the basis of scientific methods and findings or whether it can still be justified as an aprioristic enterprise. A Kantian strategy to counter scepticism is the use of transcendental arguments. Questions of particular interest are – among others – the following ones: How can metaphysics be justified? Is metaphysics an aprioristic discipline or should it be pursued on the basis of scientific findings or argumentative methods used in the sciences such as induction and abduction? How do transcendental arguments relate to inferences made in the sciences? What is their relevance for modern metaphysical approaches such as naturalised metaphysics or the Canberra plan? Which role do empirical data and empirical methods play in contemporary metaphysics and can their use in metaphysics be justified?

Category: Theoretische Philosophie

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