Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Two Post-Doctoral Positions in Linguistics and in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Konstanz (Germany)

Deadline: Sunday 20 September 2020

The Research Initiative "Universal preferences for natural concepts" investigates how, out of the logical space of possible concepts, human cognition selects some concepts as ?natural? and dismisses others are ?unnatural?. We approach this question from three different disciplines: Philosophy, where a long discussion on natural kinds and on abstraction has spawned interest in natural concepts; Linguistics, where important semantic universals and their spectrum of variation have been studied in language typology and in language acquisition; and Artificial Intelligence, where neural networks and deep learning algorithms offer a point of comparison between concepts in human vs. artificial agents.

Two post-doctoral positions are available for one year each. In principle, each position can be divided into two part-time positions. Reference 2020/151.

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