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wagner fellow in philosophy of risk

Call for Applications

The Center for Philosophy of Science seeks applications from scholars in philosophy of science for a fellowship in philosophy of risk for the academic year 2011-2012. The Wagner Fellow will reside in Pittsburgh for the term of the fellowship and work in the Center for Philosophy of Science.

The Fellow will:

• undertake an original research project in the philosophy of risk from a philosophy of science perspective;
• participate as a fellow in the intellectual life of the Center for Philosophy of Science;
• organize an open call conference on the philosophy of risk to be held in the Center for Philosophy of Science at the conclusion of fellowship period.

Applicants should:

• have a doctorate in philosophy, in history and philosophy of science, or in a closely related field;
• be a more senior scholar at least five years past the awarding of their doctorate;
• have an established record of scholarship pertinent to philosophy of risk.

Fellowship stipend: US$65,000, to be paid in eight monthly installments between September 2011- April 2012 and also a supplementary budget to support the conference.

Applications contain:

• a cover letter indicating interest in the Wagner Risk Fellowship;
• a research proposal of at least 1000 words describing the project to be undertaken during the term of the fellowship;
• a curriculum vitae;
• three letters of reference from qualified academics; We recommend letters whose content is blinded to the applicant.
• samples of relevant past work or electronic links to them.

Inquiries and applications are to be submitted in electronic form to:

Karen Kovalchick
Assistant Director, Center for Philosophy of Science

The pdf file format for documents is preferred.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2010
Notification: January 15, 2011
Acceptance: February 28, 2011

The philosophy of risk is the analysis of foundational problems in the notion of risk itself. These issues have broad scope. At their core are epistemic notions of knowledge and uncertainty, upon which the concept of risk depends.  Their analysis may also draw upon decision theory and may also raise questions in ethics. The Fellow will be expected to have a broad facility in all these areas.  In keeping with the Center's mission of fostering the best new work in philosophy of science, the Fellow will be expected to have a core competence in epistemic issues, especially as they relate to current problems in philosophy of science, and it is expected that these issues will be the central focus of the research.

The fellowship is supported by the generosity of the Harvey and Leslie Wagner Foundation


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