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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Two postdoctoral positions in "Ontology after Quine", Hamburg, GERMANY

The University of Hamburg offers *TWO* postdoctoral research positions in 
association with a new Emmy Noether Research Group, which is based in the 
Department of Philosophy and led by Richard Woodward 

The Research Group, which is generously funded through the DFG's Emmy Noether 
Scheme, will run for an initial period of five years. Its official title 
translates as "Ontology after Quine: Fictionalism and Fundamentality" and, as 
its name suggests, the Group's initial research project will focus on issues in 
metametaphysics and metaontology, set against the historical backdrop of the 
Quine-Carnap debate about the respectability of ontological inquiry. The remit 
of the project is thus broad, incorporating not only issues in first- and 
second-order metaphysics and ontology, but also connected issues in 
metaphilosophy and the philosophies of logic and language. More information 
about the Group and its associated project can be found at its website:

The present research positions are for *THREE* years, with possible renewal for 
a further year depending on available funds. The preferred starting date is 
October 1st 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. The exact starting date is 
negotiable. Successful applicants are expected to have a PhD by the time they 
take up their position. The application deadline is *July 31st, 2013*.

Our goal is to build a team of researchers with complimentary and varied areas 
of interest and expertize, and to create a friendly and productive atmosphere 
of collaborative research. We encourage applications from researchers working 
on the topics mentioned above and stress that we welcome applications from 
researchers from a wide variety of philosophical backgrounds and not merely 
those who have worked on (meta)-metaphysics in the past. We particularly 
welcome applications from philosophers in groups that are currently 
under-represented in our profession.

Mastery of the German language is not a necessary condition of appointment; 
mastery of the English language is.

For full details, including information on how to apply, please download the 
following document:

The official advert can be found here:

For more information, please contact Richard Woodward on