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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Two post-doctoral grants in logic and information theory, Campinas, BRAZIL

Post-Doctoral Fellowships Opportunity

I ) Title: Post-Doctoral Grant in Logic
Field of knowledge: Logic
Project title: The three-valued logic of Charles Peirce: systemics,
self-organization and non-classical logics
Working area: Logic and Epistemology, Philosophy
Principal Investigator: Itala M. Loffredo D'Ottaviano
Unit/Institution: Centre for Logic, Epistemology and the History of
Science (CLE), State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, So
Paulo State, Brazil

This post-doctoral research project intends to analyze the possible
contributions of Charles Peirce's trivalent logic, as presented his
manuscripts of 1909, in order to elucidate the Peircean concept of
frontier, from the perspective of systems theory and the theory of
self-organization. The aim is also to analyze the possible
characterization of his logic, not only as the first conceived system
of many-valued logic in the literature but also as a system of
paraconsistent and paracomplete logic in the contemporary sense,
characterizing it as a possible logic underlying the theory of
self-organization. In this regard, Peirce's role as a precursor of
non-classical logics in general, and specifically of many-valued,
paraconsistent and paracomplete logics, will be investigated.

II) Title: Post-doctoral grant in complex systems and information theory
Field of knowledge: Epistemology, Complex systems and Information Theory
Project title: Language as a self-organized system: linguistic and
epistemological perspectives
Working area: Epistemology and Linguistics - Philosophy
Principal Researcher: Maria Eunice Quilici Gonzalez
Unit/Institution: Centre for Logic, Epistemology and the History of
Science (CLE), State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, So
Paulo State, Brazil
Partner Institution: Faculty of Philosophy and Sciences, State
University of So Paulo ?Jlio Mesquita Filho? (UNESP), Campus Marlia
Partner Institution Representative: Maria Eunice Quilici Gonzalez

This project will investigate the epistemological status of
linguistic/informational knowledge from the interdisciplinary point of
view of self-organization theory, which characterizes language as a
complex system. The project's principle objectives are: 1) to analyze
the relevance of self-organization theory for the study of natural
languages; 2) to research the implications of the complex systems
approach to language for epistemology and the concept of information.

The two fellowship positions are part of the thematic research project
entitled "Systemics, Self-Organization and Information", whose main
objective is the investigation of the epistemological status of
processes of self-organization in the field of complex systems.

It is expected that the grant recipient will: (1) Participate in the
regular seminars, meetings and events of the CLE Interdisciplinary
Research Group on Self-Organization; (2) maintain regular meetings
with the principal researcher responsible for the project; (3)
autonomously perform research in archives and research centers; (3)
autonomously prepare scientific papers; (4) submit the regular reports
required by FAPESP; (5) commit to exclusive dedication to the
development of the proposed research project, and not receive outside
salary or remuneration except under the conditions outlined in
resolution PR N 05/2012 (available on the FAPESP website,

Candidate Requirements: (1) Possess a PhD for less than seven years;
(2) have developed research in the project area; (3) be proficient in
the Portuguese or English language; (4) be available to reside in

Selection Process: The candidate selection will be carried out in two
steps: the first step is an assessment of the candidate by analysis of
documents submitted by the candidate; the second stage is a personal

Required documentation for application: (1) A cover letter in which
the applicant justifies his or her interest in the project; (2) a
current academic CV; (3) a copy of the candidate's PhD degree; (4) two
letters of recommendation.

Inscription of Candidates and deadline: Candidates should submit their
documentation by email to the CLE department secretary
Registration will be open from February 10th, to March 30th, 2013.

Result: The result of the selection process will be announced
electronically on May 6th, 2013.

Duration of Financial Support: The post-doctoral grant will be valid
for 24 months from the date of implementation.