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(Updated) Postdoctoral position in contradictory logics, Bochum (Germany)

Deadline: Friday 15 July 2022

*Ruhr University Bochum (RUB): Post-Doctoral Position (3 years)*.

The Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities in Germany. As a reform-oriented campus university, it uniquely combines the entire range of major scientific fields in one place. The dynamic coexistence of subjects and subject cultures offers researchers and students alike special opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Within the framework of the ERC Advanced Grant "Contradictory Logics: A Radical Challenge to Logical Orthodoxy" (Prof. Heinrich Wansing), the following position is available at the Ruhr University Bochum.

Post-doctoral position (3 years, 39.83 hours per week).

For the subproject on experiments related to contradictory logics, a postdoc is sought with excellent knowledge in experimental philosophy and solid knowledge in non-classical logic and philosophy of language. The project will study certain contra-classical logics, namely non-trivial inconsistent connexive logics, bi- and tri-lattice logics, logics with double negation as negation, and Abelian logics. The goal of the project is to gain systematic and detailed insights into the extent to which competent speakers of a natural language (by default English and by contrast a non-Indo-European language such as Turkish or Japanese) respond positively to (instances of) provable contradictions. Guided by the insight that the inconsistency of non-trivial inconsistent logics results from a combination of standard conditions for supporting the truth or falsity of a statement with less familiar conditions, the subproject will use qualitative empirical research methods to test agreement with (a) sentences expressing the unfamiliar conditions and (b) contradictions that are provable in the inconsistent logics under study. Among other things, the acceptance of the falsity conditions of conditionals expressed by the so-called theses of Boethius is to be tested. The postdoc is expected to be familiar with scope distinctions and phenomena such as negative concord.

We offer a productive internationally oriented research environment; the working language is English. This is a research position. In addition, support of project-related activities (workshops, hosting guests, etc.) is expected.

Applications should be sent with the subject line "ERC ConLog, experiments on contradictory logics" to: Prof. Heinrich Wansing <> and Ebru Tekin <>. Application materials should consist of the following: (i) short letter of motivation, (ii) cv, (iii) copies of all relevant certificates, (iv) two writing samples. All documents should be submitted as a single pdf file.

At the Ruhr University, we particularly want to promote the careers of women and people of color in areas where they are underrepresented and are therefore very pleased to receive applications from these groups as well as from non-binary and genderqueer individuals. We also welcome applications from suitable severely disabled applicants and applicants with equal status.